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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Miles Hayes, DB, Robert Morris

Miles Hayes the big and tall defensive back from Robert Morris recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Miles Hayes
  • Position: FS/DB
  • College: William & Mary, Nevada, Robert Morris
  • Height: 6’3
  • Weight: 192
  • Twitter: mileshayes4

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

  • Anticipation; I can see things before they happen which helps me stay a step ahead and make plays. 

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

  • Since I can remember; been putting food on my family’s table since before I was even born. 

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

  • I’ll never shy away from contact, and that’s on film. 

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

  • There’s a lot of worthy causes, but the first on my mind would be a group home where I live in St. Petersburg. Don’t know where I’d be without my family, so financially I would want to help out there first. 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

  • “If you’re cold, shoot until your hot. Once your hot, keep shooting.” Its a phrase my dad got from one of his players. In life things go wrong, but it shouldn’t discourage us from giving absolute effort on the next play. 

Who was your childhood hero?

  • I used to look up to Brian Simmons a lot. He was always where he needed to be, dependable. Or Justin smith. He used to say, “this (stuff) ain’t for everybody,” and that phrase stuck with me throughout my playing days. 

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

  • At William & Mary, got to go with Jack Armstrong; kid set the tone everyday through actions, not words. At Robert Morris, Bryce Fontana. Kid just keeps it moving, always got bumps and bruises, but comes to practice every day ready to work and it shows on Saturdays. Everyone wants to be a hero, but you need guys that are willing to do their job above all else, and Bryce was one of those guys. 

What is your biggest pet peeve?

  • Over-complaining. Keep it moving or get off the train, but keep it to yourself!

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

  • I feel like the hardest moments in our life are meant to prepare us for something even harder. But it’s for a purpose to shape & mold us. I’m not sure what the hardest moment was, there’s been a lot, but it can always be worse!

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

  • Robert Morris is special to me because they opened their doors to me multiple times. I chose Nevada over Robert Morris, and when it didn’t work out, they kept the door open. I’m forever grateful for the coaching staff and teammates that welcomed me. 

What is your favorite snack food?

  • Grippos

What is the best part of football?

  • Gameday. Ain’t nothing like it. 

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

  • I’m am an extremely productive player when I’m on the field; the eye in the sky doesn’t lie! 

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

  • Jayron Kearse. We have similar builds and movement patterns so I like to watch him and pick up on his footwork since he’s a tall DB that likes to hit. 

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

  • Miles Davis, because I was named after him, so I have to. King Solomon because he was known for being the wisest man alive while being extremely foolish; I’m sure he has some great advice. And Lauryn Hill because she also seems extremely wise and doesn’t care what people think about her. I don’t really look up to too many people outside of my family. 

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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