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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Devyn Collins, RB, Reinhardt University

Devyn Collins the versatile running back from Reinhardt University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Devyn Collins the versatile running back from Reinhardt University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Devyn Collins
  • Position: Running Back 
  • College: Reinhardt University 
  • Height: 5’7
  • Weight: 202
  • Twitter: @devyn3_
  • Instagram: @ayeitsdev__

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

  • My work ethic and drive speaks for itself. It is something that I’m committed too. 

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?
  • I was 5 years old when I fell in love with the game. During my first game, my very first carry went for a 60 yard touchdown and I knew then that this is what I wanted to do.

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

  • I am a competitor and I’m never complacent. I don’t know how to give up. My whole life has been nothing but facing adversity and I’m still going no matter what. I am a team guy and lead by example.

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

  • I would donate to foundations with kids without fathers. We all need that leader or role model in our life. Having a father can help change a kids life. I’ve seen friends that needed that father figure and they end up going left field. My dad made me into the player/man I am today.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

  • My dad always told me: “ Life always repeats itself somehow someway, but it is up to us to take advantage of it and change the outcome when it comes back around.” 

Who was your childhood hero?

  • My dad because he sacrificed so much for me.

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

  • Our whole team has some great talent all across the board but I would say Markell Sutton. He can play Safety, Corner, and Receiver. 

What is your biggest pet peeve?

  • My biggest pet peeve would be not sleeping with the fan on. 

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

  • I have faced adversity my whole life. I tore my ACL in high school, transferred from Mississippi State University because of coaching change. I been told to hang it up. No matter what people say negative about me I am going after my goal. 

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

  • My school gave me another opportunity to play ball when I didn’t know where to play after transferring. The coaching staff brings the best out of you and pushes you to your full potential. 

What is your favorite snack food?

  • My favorite snack would be a smoothie and extra cheddar gold fish.

What is the best part of football?

  • The best part of football is the memories it brings and lessons it teaches in life. 

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

  • Nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Fall forward and keep trying. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.

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

  • I don’t really know who I’d say I run like because I’m a mixture of everything, but I study Darren Sproles and Barry Sanders a lot.

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

  • My Pawpaw, Lebron James and Darren Sproles. My pawpaw passed away years ago and it would be great to eat one more meal with him. I would love to sit down with Lebron to listen to him tell stories of how he deals with the criticism he gets. I would love to sit down with my Darren Sproles to learn how he overcame people telling him he couldn’t make it.

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