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2022 Draft Prospect Interview: Dimitrius Patterson, WR, Lindsey Wilson College

Dimitrius Patterson the star wide receiver from Lindsey Wilson College recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen
Dimitrius Patterson the star wide receiver from Lindsey Wilson College recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen
  • Name: Dimitrius Patterson
  • Position: WR
  • College: Lindsey Wilson College
  • Height: 5’9″
  • Weight: 180 lbs
  • Twitter: @CantGuardMeech
  • Instagram: @cantguardmeech

What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

When I was young one of the first football games I ever watched Michael Vick was playing against the Vikings and the way he single-handedly beat them made me want to play QB in the NFL.

If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

If I could hang with any football player for a day it would definitely be Michael Vick. When I was little I used to want to play just like him. I remember in elementary school I would put Dimitrius Vick on my papers! But he changed the game for QBs and I loved that about him. I wear #7 because of him. He battled adversity when he made some bad choices and he battled back to play football again. So I have the utmost respect for him.

What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

If you check out my highlight film on my Twitter my head coach Chris Oliver who is now the coach at Georgetown says I am a fountain and I pour into other guys with my energy and I’m ready to practice, play, or anything with my guys. I bring positivity to the field and I have a winners mentality! I love to compete and I’m going to hold myself and my teammates to the highest standard!

What sets you apart from other wide receivers?

What separates me from other WRs is my willingness to play special teams as well as play WR at a high level. I love to block, I’m a good route runner, and my IQ of the game is what separates me from a lot of other players. When you are able to play the game without thinking you are able to play faster without making mistakes. So that is what separates me.

What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?

Your off-season is key. You don’t win Championships during the season. You win them during the summer when you are grinding to get better. I can attest to that because we won the National Championship at my school. Lindsey Wilson College.

Preparation. Practice is most important during the season because how you prepare is how you do what you practiced in the game. In my case, I practiced against the best players in the country so it was easier on game day! Hard work is key to becoming successful in football if you fail to work someone is always working and they will pass you up. So to be successful don’t be outworked.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

A few moments that come to mind are becoming region MVP in high school, because I played in a really good region. The friends I have gained from this game are amazing. Next would be having the opportunity to play with my brother Noel Patterson in college for two seasons! Last, would be winning a National Championship.

What should we know about Dimitrius Patterson the person?

I am a Christian who keeps God 1st in everything I do. I do everything for the glory of God! I am a kind person with a big heart. I love people and the people I trust I will do anything for. Once you are in my circle I will ride for you! Most importantly though I am a man of God and want to honor him in everything. I look at life mostly with how I want to be remembered, and I want to be remembered as a guy that did everything right and earned everything he got. It doesn’t matter if I am a mailman I want to be the best at that so I just strive to be great at every single thing I do.

What do you love about the game of football?

I love how it brings your true character out. When times are hard, how do you respond? How do you act when you are down in a game? Are you going to respond with a great attitude or are you going to sulk? I respond with great effort and attitude. I love football because it is the ultimate team game, you need 11 people doing right at all times to be able to win. So building a great relationship with those guys you are playing with makes it so much easier to give everything you have for that guy next to you! That’s why I love football.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

Like I stated I attack adversity and challenges with a great attitude. If you are down and do not believe in yourself a lot of things can go wrong. So why not have the utmost faith in whatever you do all the time. I believe that’s the ultimate test of a man. How do you stand under trial and tribulation? I stand firm and I am ready to work.

What would a team get in a player like you?

A team will get player with a worker’s mentality to any team I am on. I will be early and stay late. I am a grinder. I love it, and I hate to be out worked. I treat every practice as if it was a game and I am a winner and I believe I would be a great WR for any team that is willing to take a chance on me. I can always be trusted whether it’s on the field or off the field.

How are you planning to prepare for the draft?

I am playing in a senior bowl mid-January and then after I will start training in Chattanooga, Tennessee with one of the best trainers in the business Cam Russell! I will be training with him to prepare for a pro day in April so that I am ready to impress scouts at.

What is your favorite route and why?

My favorite route is the “Choice” route. We ran it at my school where I am able to break in, out, or sit. It’s a great route for man and zones and it gives me the ability to make plays running freely to get open. It was a great route for me during my time at Lindsey Wilson because I was always on page with my QB Cameron Dukes from all the work we put in together during the off-season.

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