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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Johnny Daniels, DT, Arkansas Pine Bluff 

What is your name?

Johnny Daniels

What is your Height/Weight?

6’4 – 286

What is your position?

Defensive Tackle

Where do you play college football?

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff

Where are you from?

Chicago, IL.

Who is your role model, and why?

I would have to say my big brother Renell. Before I knew what my life goals were, I wanted to do everything he did. His actions really molded my mindset and competitiveness, even though I saw him display excellence in a different sport altogether.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Bill Smetak. May he rest in peace.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Yes, basketball and baseball.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Davonte Kincade was probably the fastest QB I’ve ever had to chase, and he also had a quick release.

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Kevin Agee, he should have a big year next season.

What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?

Country by Tee Grizzly.

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

I would say Gerald McCoy because I feel as if my athleticism and disruptiveness comes natural such as it does for him. My first step is a big upside and helps me out as well, which lets me use my arm length to my fullest advantage. The best part about this is that I’m continuously growing and far from my peak.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

After my granny died, it was hard for myself and family members to adjust to living without her because she lived in the same house as I did since birth. She made me promise that I would live a life of positivity, success, and pursue my passion with everything I got. Still holding on to that word.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I’d usually just listen to the same songs in the same order, relook at the game plan, meditate, and say a pre-game prayer.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

This season in when we played Jackson State for our first conference game, we ended up going to OT. On third down I ended up getting to the QB for a sack that helped us win the game.

What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?

Coolest thing I’ve done off the field for someone else was when I gave some kids at my old school all of the extra football gear I had from high school and college. The expressions they displayed were priceless.

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

New England Patriots.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

Will Smith, LeBron James, and Tom Brady.

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