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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jalen Baldwin, CB, East Central University

Jalen Baldwin the standout cornerback from East Central University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Jalen Baldwin the standout cornerback from East Central University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Jalen Baldwin 
  • Position: Cornerback/Nickel
  • College: East Central University 
  • Height: 5’10
  • Weight: 188
  • Twitter: @BaldwinJalen
  • Instagram:@j_bal25

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2023 NFL Draft?

I’m a technician in this position. I train constantly to be the best so I can dominate every day. I’m the ultimate competitor and I play with a lot of passion.

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

I was introduced to football when I was 5 years old.

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

Football has been with me my whole life and I work hard and I’m very competitive.

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

If could donate to one cause in world it would be helping the homeless

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Best advice I’ve received was from Inky Johnson trust the process and never rush the process. 

Who was your childhood hero?

My childhood hero is my mom.

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

I would say Ameer Muhammad

What is your biggest pet peeve?

When people say they want to accomplish something but they don’t put in the work to do it.

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

Hardest moment of my life was losing my Grandma which hit me hard and seeing the hurt in my family was very tough.

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

The reason my school is special to me because we’re in a town where it’s nothing to do but grind and build relationships with your teammates. I would truly say we are a family. 

What is your favorite snack food?


What is the best part of football?

The best part about football is you get to play the game you love. Also winning and creating relationships for a lifetime. 

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

If you line up with me just be ready to put your seatbelt on. 

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

I have my own style of play, but I would compare myself to Stephen Gilmore because he breaks down the game and he is very technical in everything he does. 

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

Kevin Durant would be one because he’s one of my favorite athletes and I’ve always wanted to meet him. Also, Lebron James to sit down and talk about his work ethic and how he became the athlete he is today. Last person would be my Grandma just so I can tell her about my life up to this point and hug her again. 

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