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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Rakeem Hatchett, DT, Eastern New Mexico University

Rakeem Hatchett the stout defensive tackele from Eastern New Mexico University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Rakeem Hatchett
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • College: Eastern New Mexico University 
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 290
  • Twitter: Rakeem Hatchett
  • Instagram: Rakeem.Hatchett

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

I’m a unique defensive Tackle that has a motor and can run to the ball like my hair is on fire. I get off the ball with great tenacity and I can collapse the pocket and get in the backfield.

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

I was 7 years old when I first started football 

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

They will get a hard worker that is willing to do whatever it takes to become a better player and a player that appreciates the game and embraces every bit of it

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

I would donate money to get the young men in my neighborhood opportunities to go to college because it’s a constant cycle of the same old path with them and they need a different path.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

To always finish what you’ve started

Who was your childhood hero?

My father

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Lazy people with a bad attitude 

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

I had to overcome the adversity of realizing I needed to become a man. I had to make grown man decisions to flourish in my life

What is your favorite snack food?

Hot fries

What is the best part of football?

The best part of football is learning, you can never learn enough with football a person should always want to improve and never feel like they made it.

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

I am a player that has a lot to learn, but I embrace the process and take care of business.

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

To be honest, I feel my style of play is unique and I play like no other. 

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

Michael Jackson, My grandfather Joe Hatchett, and 2 pac.

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

I can’t compare I’m like no other player, not discrediting them I just feel I’m different.

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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