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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Darius Philon, WR, Benedict College

Darius Philon the star wide receiver from Benedict College recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Darius Philon the star wide receiver from Benedict College recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Darius Philon
  • Position: WR/PR/KR
  • College: Benedict College (FIU Transfer)
  • Height: 5”10
  • Weight: 178
  • Twitter: philon_3
  • Instagram: darius_philon

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

  • My work ethic oversees any other potential prospects. I refuse to be outworked, I’ll outwork anyone in any room that I’m in. I have experienced and produced on all 3 collegiate levels (I, II, III). I’m a student of the game with great IQ , great ball skills, vision, very physical and great route runner. I know what it’s like having over a 1,000 yards in one year. A lot of guys can’t say that. I give nothing but my best effort. 

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

  • I’ve been interested and playing football since the age of 6. 

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

  • You’re getting an All-American. You’re getting future pro bowler. You’re getting a future hall of famer. You’re getting a playmaker, one that leads verbally and one that leads by example. Also one that have the willingness to do and play any position to help contribute to the team’s wins. Also one that loves special teams and understands how critical SPT is. 

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

  • Mental health awareness/suicide prevention. 2020 I studied the means of personal development. 2019 there was a suicide incident from two of my close peers. 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

  • Look adversity in its face and embrace it. You won’t achieve greatness if you don’t know how to face adversity and overcome it. 

Who was your childhood hero? 

  • My parents. Thankful for them teaching me the ins and out of life. Not only teaching me what life’s about but how to survive in it as well. 

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

  • Our Kicker Eugene Eubanks , I swear the guy had the speed and body of playing a skilled position. Plus he’s 29 years old. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

  • Some who is lazy and have no work ethic. 

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

  • In high school being denied by the team’s head coach of being part of the team for personal reasons. Then in order to be put back on the team, I was required to complete 28 days of 300 yards worth of (semi) tire flips, bear crawls and 75lbs sled pulls everyday after summer practices. This was the biggest adversity moment that led to all county/region, 4xMVP, all American, top ranked in FL senior year high school. 
  • Another would be making the team as a walk-on 2018 spring at Florida International University. Starting from the bottom of 5th string to being the only walk-on to start as KOR in 2018 of the 9-4 record breaking season. Making things look just as easy, if not better, with not nearly the same amount of resources as scholarship players. 

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

  • I went from a international base school to a HBCU. Being around your common culture is special itself. It’s an experience like no other. The football program was constructed and ran like a D1 program. That’s what made it so special to be me being a graduate transfer from division 1. Felt like nothing changed.

What is your favorite snack food? 

  • Dried Mangos 

What is the best part of football? 

  • Knowing that you GET to be out there and not HAVE to be out there. There’s nothing like a 75+yards drive on offense well executed, all 11 men doing their job.  Builds trust like no other. 

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

  • I am Darius Philon and I work hard everyday to be one the greatest players to ever play WR at the highest level. 

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

  • Desean Jackson and Antonio Brown 

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

  1. Randy Moss.. all because he’s a pro hall of famer. So, the game he’ll be giving throughout the dinner conversation would be so valuable. Also the simple fact that he’s the biggest inspiration of me starting to play football 
  2. Andy Reid.. I see him as one the greatest coaches. I’d like to ask multiple questions and build a relationship. 
  3. Jerry Rice.. I would like to talk about his HBCU experience coming into the draft. Also the things he did to become one of the all time greats today. 

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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