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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Danzel McKinley-Lewis, WR, University of Toledo

Danzel McKinley-Lewis the speedy wide receiver from  the University of Toledo recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Danzel McKinley-Lewis the speedy wide receiver from the University of Toledo recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Danzel McKinley-Lewis 
  • Position: Wide Receiver 
  • College: University of Toledo 
  • Height: 5’11
  • Weight: 196
  • Twitter: forever_dml
  • Instagram: forever_dml

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

My versatile to play the slot and wide receiver. My straight line verticle speed and deep ball tracking ability along with my ability to play every position on special teams not only returning but tacking and blocking as well. 

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

16 years old going into my junior year of highschool. 

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

There is no limit to what I can do.  I will come in and work with no questions asked and can play any position. 

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

Children with disabilities and cancer research. Specifically St. Jude 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

You are alive and well everyday is a blessing and see it as such because some may never see another day again. 

Who was your childhood hero?

My childhood Hero was Jackie Robinson.

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

Jamal Hines 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

I absolutely do not like to be late, Life keep passing you by and that time becomes wasted.

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

Going through highschool not knowing what I was going to do. I had way below average grades but above average test scores I didnt know where I was going to go to school or what I was going to do. Alot of schools actually didnt want to offer me because of my low GPA.  Having the chance to come to Toledo changed that were I focused more on my grades where now I am a recent MBA grad. 

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

It has become my home. I have developed friends that have become family from football fraternity and everyday life. There will always be a reason for me to come back here nomatter where I end up in life. 

What is your favorite snack food?

Peanut M&MS 

What is the best part of football?

It can mean something different to 100 people from getting them out of bad situations to just stress relief. The freedom to dominate someones child and not get in trouble for it.

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

I am fearless ambitious and driven anything I do I give it my all, and im not afraid of any task.

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

Phillip Dorsett, He has elite vertical speed and special teams ability.  

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

I would like to meet with Jackie Robinson because as a black athlete having to overcome so much I would like to understand his perseverance and how he was able to keep his composure, One of my Ancestors to be able to trace my african sides roots and understand where I came from,Aliko Dangote to analyze his brain and see where he thought things went wrong, what he would have done different, and what he would tell his younger self.

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 [email protected]

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