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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Derrick Jean, OT, Jackson State

untitled (10)NFL Draft Diamonds Spotlight Interview: Derrick Jean, OT, Jackson State

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
There were a total of nine teams recruiting me out of high school.

How did you come to make your college decision?
I always wanted to find a college home away from home

Where are you training, and what are your goals for pro day/combines?
I am training at Jackson State University. My goals for pro day is to run a decent forty time and to rep 225 36 plus times.

Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
No, I haven’t meet with any scouts

At your position, what separates you from the others?
My quickness off the ball as well as my footwork. My strength and physicality also separates me from others.

Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
When breaking down film I look for tendencies, safety rotation along with how well a defensive lineman use there hands during their pass rush.

Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
Joseph Lebeau

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

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle would have to be dealing with the lost of my grandfather at a early age. Overtime I learned to deal with his lost.

What system fits your style of play the best?
Pretty much any system would fit my style of play

What is your biggest strength?
Pass blocking and my physicality

What is your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness would have to be wanting everything done right.

If I were a GM and gave you a minute to sell yourself, what would you say?
I would say I am a very coachable player. I have a great work ethic and I am fast learner with determination that is trying to succeed on this level.

Growing up, who was your role model?
My grandfather

Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
My favorite team was the Denver Broncos. My favorite player would have to be Peyton Manning becuase of the way he takes control of the game and because he is always aware of everything that is going on around you.

If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
Martin Luther King, Bill Gates, Barack Obama

What would you buy with your first NFL paycheck?
With my first pay check I would buy my parents something nice.

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