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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Coutrell Plair Jr., CB, Samford University

Coutrell Plair Jr. the versatile defensive back from Samford University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Coutrell Plair Jr. the versatile defensive back from Samford University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Coutrell Plair Jr.
  • Position: Cornerback
  • College: Samford University
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 182
  • Twitter: @CMoneyPlair
  • Instagram: @cplair2

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

  • I believe that several attributes make me a top prospect in this year’s Draft, but my elite cover skills paired with a high football IQ are what I think separate me the most. 

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

  • I was interested in football from as early as I can remember. I had 2 older brothers who played football so it was sort of inevitable for me at some point. 

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

  • NFL teams should know that I bring even more to the table than my physical skills. I’m a natural leader who can elevate a locker room from Day 1. 

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

  • I would donate to different impoverished areas around the world. A lot of people, especially the youth, miss out on valuable opportunities just from simply not being able to afford things to be put in those positions, so hopefully I could help someone out. 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

  • The best advice I’ve ever received is to run your own race and outwork everyone. 

Who was your childhood hero? 

  • My childhood hero was my mother. She did whatever she had to do to provide for my three siblings & I. Seeing how she handled her business while also being a single mom was something that I always admired.

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

  • I think the most underrated teammate I have is Montrell Washington. He’s a “ball player”, and doesn’t get enough credit for how he can impact the game in every phase. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

  • My biggest pet peeve is probably when people or things are unorganized. I immediately feel uneasy when too many things are out of place or there’s no structure in a situation.

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

  • Watching my dad go to prison at the age of 6 was one of the hardest moments I faced. I had to grow up fast and learn a lot of things on my own that he otherwise could have taught me. 

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

  • My school is special because it is a place where you can grow as an individual as much as you can as an athlete. You are surrounded by great people who care about you and your success as a person just as much as your sport success. 

What is your favorite snack food? 

  • Cool Ranch Doritos.

What is the best part of football? 

  • The friendships and relationships that you build while playing football are what I think the best part of the sport is. 

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

  • I am a resilient and optimistic hard worker who leads by example. 

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

  • I think my game could be closest compared to Tre’Davious White from the Bills. I think he’s a headsy player who has a knack for covering guys much like I try to pride myself on. 

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

  • I would have dinner with Young Dolph, Elon Musk and Martin Luther King Jr. I feel like these people could give me all encompassing advice.

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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