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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Isaac James-Gray, CB, Youngstown State

Isaac James-Gray the standout cornerback from Youngstown State recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Isaac James- Gray
  • Position: Cornerback
  • College: Youngstown State
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Twitter: @Isaac_James13
  • Instagram: @ike_jg

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

  • My versatility gives me the ability to play anywhere in the secondary. I have the speed and athleticism to cover the slot and play Nickel not to mention my physicality to disengage defenders and make plays closer to the line of scrimmage. I feel like I can do it all.

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

  • My passion for football began when I was about 6. I watched my first NFL game and fell in love.

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

  • NFL teams should know that they’re getting a dependable and hungry player, willing to do whatever it takes to win. 

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

  • I would donate to food availability in underprivileged communities. I graduated with a degree and human biology and studied the inequities of healthy food availability in our communities. I believe it’s the start to fixing a plethora of health issues in our country

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

  • Be the change that you want to see in this world. Don’t wait until tomorrow to make an impact, your journey always starts with your first step.

Who was your childhood hero? 

  • My Mom was my childhood hero, she showed me how to embrace challenges and grow through adversity. 

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

  • I would say the guys from scout team are underrated. Their energy and effort at practice were critical to our success each week.

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

  • I hate when people chew their food mad loud

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

  • It was hard for me to overcome a season-ending injury. It was a physical and mental battle.

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

  • Youngstown State is a university with a great history in football, nothing is ever given to us. If you want it, go take it. That’s the Youngstown way.

What is your favorite snack food? 

  • Pistachios.

What is the best part of football? 

  • The best part of football is the locker room and the brotherhood that comes from all the long hours at practice and after games. Every locker room is special in its own way.

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

  • I’m an intellectual, passionate, and motivated individual that will work endlessly to become a champion.

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

  • Chris Harris Jr. Similar stocky build, pesky defender and willing tackler.

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

  • I would have dinner with Elon Musk, LeBron James and Dr. Sebi 

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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