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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview:  Otis Odom, RB/KR, Kentucky State University

Otis Odom the speedy and versatile slot back/return man from Kentucky State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds.
  • Name: Otis Odom
  • Position: Slotback and Return Specialist 
  • College:  Reinhardt University and Graduate Year at Kentucky State
  • Height: 5’5
  • Weight: 145
  • Twitter: @Luh_odi
  • Instagram: @Luh_odi

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

  • My ability to make a play and be a momentum changer for my team. My change of direction is up there with the most. My breakout speed is definitely in of the top brackets.

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

  • I was 5 years old

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

  • I am a team player and if you want somebody that can change the momentum of the game I am that person. I am the spark player a team needs. I will get the fans into the game and my teammates and coaches.

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

  • Breast Cancer 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

  • You have to work harder than most in sports because of your height and size and nothing will ever just be handed to you

Who was your childhood hero? 

  • My childhood hero was my Auntie who I called Auntie Sister who passed away when I was a kid.

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

  • I would say the most underrated teammate at my school would be either Shaquan Oliver or Isaiah Jackson.

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

  • Letting my emotions take me out of the game

Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome? 

  • When my best friend’s mother passed away and mother and I were the ones that had to take him to see his mother shot and killed in front of his house with his little sisters inside the house peeking outside the door crying knowing that their mother was dead. This had a huge impact on my life and it just made me cherish every moment with my friends and family even more. 

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

  • It was special to me because it was an HBCU and I have never been enrolled at an HBCU, so the journey laughs, and memories I have from this school I will always cherish 

What is your favorite snack food? 

  • Swiss Rolls

What is the best part of football? 

  • Kick and Punt Return

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

  • I am always going to work every day and will never give up on anything I do because I have always been the underdog, so I know how to work 2x harder than an average person would.

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

  • I would say Tyreek Hill or Jaelon Darden

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

  • I would have dinner with Kobe Bryant- Because he is a winner and I just want to see the vibe he gives off when talking about sports or winning., My grandfather Larry Miller -Because I have never seen him and my family brings up so many great stories about the type of man he was., My Auntie Sister- Because she is the person that got me to where I am at today. She told me at a young age that nobody will ever give me anything and that I will have to work for everything that I want it doesn’t matter how big or small it is I will have to work for it. I just want to thank her and tell her that what she told me has always stuck with me and is in the back of my head with everything that I do.

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