Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jocuel “Joc” Skinner, DB, Bethel University
Joc Skinner has great ball skills and NFL scouts have fallen in love with the big corner that possesses an Power Stick. The kid can light people up, and with his big play abilities I would expect Skinner to be in the NFL come next season. Skinner could be the second Bethel player in the NFL. A few years ago the Buffalo Bills drafted Mike Jasper. Joc’s Highlight Film
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
Only one team recruited me out of high school
Where did you choose and why?
I chose Bethel University because that was my only offer and they were giving me a chance to continue playing football
What are your goals for your senior year?
Become an All-American and lead the conference in interceptions
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
Yes I have met with a few scouts. They are just asking what kind of corner you see yourself as. Over the years you have been here, what do you think you have improved most on?
At your position, what separates you from the others?
Understanding the scheme of the defense and just having a instinct of where the ball is going to be.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
When watching film I am looking for land marks on where the receiver lines up. How the receiver releases on run/pass plays. How the receiver deals with being physical.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle was wondering if I was going to be able to play football again coming out of high school. Not having any offers and it was coming up on the time to graduate. I just kept my faith in God and knew he would make a way. Right after graduation Willie Tillman, former DC at Bethel University, came to my home and made an offer on the spot.
What system fits your style of play the best?
I’ve played in various systems while being here at Bethel, but I would have to say a zone based style.
What is your biggest strength?
Being a student of the game and being technique sound
What is your biggest weakness?
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I am a dedicated student of the game and willing to do whatever it takes to not only better me but also the players around me to get the job done.
Growing up, who was your role model?
My brother Terrell Skinner
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
Dallas Cowboys was my favorite team. Deion Sanders was my favorite player because every time he touched the field you knew it was Prime Time and you knew he was going to do something that had you out of your seat.
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
Finding out that my oldest brother Terrell Skinner was hanging up his cleats. Growing up I looked up to him and wanted to be like him. I would watch his games in high school and college, then try to go out and imitate exactly what he did or even better. This experience just makes me want to pick up where he left off and take it to another level.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
Dorothy M. Boykins, Vince Lombardi and Carson W. Skinner
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
Pay for a vacation get away for my parents.