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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Nick Orekoya, RB, Valparaiso

Former UMass running back Nick Orekoya now at Valparaiso recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Former UMass running back Nick Orekoya now at Valparaiso recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Nick Orekoya
  • Position: RB
  • College: Valparaiso(UMass Transfer)
  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 221
  • Twitter: who_got24
  • Instagram: orekoya_era

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2022 NFL Draft?

  • As a running back, my instincts and vision lead me to where I need to run the ball. I’m very aware of my surroundings and have the contact balance to take a hit and stay on my feet as well as make the first and second guy miss. I have the athletic ability to play every down and I’m effective in the passing game whether that’s catching out the backfield or blocking for our QB.

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?

  • 6

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?

  • My drive for this game is relentless and I won’t stop until I become the best version of me.

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be?

  • I’d probably donate money to medical research

What is the best advice you have ever received?

  • The secret to life is to have no fear. If you are afraid you won’t be able to do your best in whatever task it is because you will be paralyzed by the fear. So for me it’s important to attack everything fearlessly.

Who was your childhood hero?

  • I wouldn’t say hero but someone I looked up to as a child because of their play on the field was Michael Vick and he was part of the reason I started playing football.

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school?

  • Doug Haugh, one of our running backs who is also a long snapper. He has a positive attitude and he doesn’t complain when things aren’t going his way, he continues to work and has been a good leader on the team as well.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

  • Chewing with your mouth open

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?

  • The family aspect of the team and it’s special to me because family is of utmost importance to me.

What is your favorite snack food?

  • Fruit Snacks

What is the best part of football?

  • The team camaraderie and the journey throughout the season.

If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say?

  • I will do whatever it takes to be the best version of myself.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be?

  • I’d say Nick Chubb

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?

  1. Kobe Bryant, as a kid I saw Kobe as the superstar but as I got older I started to understand the sacrifices he made for the game to become that so it’d be interesting to pick his brain and learn from him.
  2. Marshawn Lynch, he seems like a lot of fun to be around.
  3. Dave Chappelle, I wanted to have one that’s not an athlete but someone I think I’d have a good time with.

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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