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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jequaries Martin, DE/OLB, Nicholls State University

Jequaries Martin the pass rusher/outside backer from Nicholls State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
Jequaries Martin the pass rusher/outside backer from Nicholls State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Jequaries Martin
  • Position: DE/OLB
  • College: Nicholls State University (previous school) Independence Community College, Middle Tennessee, Austin Peay
  • Height: 6’3
  • Weight: 245
  • Twitter: 205Raised_
  • Instagram: n4l_jayque

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

My speed and ability to get to the quarterback at an elite level makes me a top prospect at my position. Also being athletic enough to play OLB and drop in coverage. 

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

I was a junior in high school when I first started playing football and knew I was good at it. I always knew about the game of football but basketball had my interest. 

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

I’m a smart football player when it comes to playing my position. 

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

I would donate back to my high school football program, because when I was playing there we didn’t have much.  

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

Best advice I ever received was from my brother. He told me “ You can rest later”. That stuck with me because the route I’m going I got to grind for the position I want to be in and I don’t have time to take a break.

Who was your childhood hero? 

Kobe Bryant was my childhood hero because his mentality and his will to win was next level. 

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

It’s a lot of guys in my locker room wasn’t getting the recognition they should be getting. It’s too many guys to name. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

My biggest pet peeve is not playing football. I don’t feel like myself when I’m not playing football. 

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

Overcoming the death of my oldest brother was the hardest thing I had to deal with in my life. Football saved me from that obstacle, it helped me get a lot of angry and pain out. 

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

The fans at Nicholls State was amazing. The support down there in Thibodaux Louisiana was next level. I love Colonel Nation! 

What is your favorite snack food? 

Oreos and milk is my favorite snack. I can eat that everyday of the week. 

What is the best part of football? 

I would say the best part of football is getting to travel to other cities and see different parts of the world. 

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

I would say I have the ability to be one the best pass rushers that played the game of football. 

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

Leonard Floyd, I watched him when I was in high school and he was at Georgia. I loved the way he played. I definitely took some notes from his game. 

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

If I could have dinner with 3 people it would be my older brother and my 2 other friends that passed away because I haven’t seen them in a long time. 

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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