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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Ryan Mckenzie, CB, Humboldt State University

What is your name?

Ryan Mckenzie

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2/185 lbs

What is your position?

Cornerback

Where do you play college football?

Humboldt State University

Where are you from?

San Jose, California

Who is your role model, and why?

My mom because she showed the true meaning of sacrifice and hardworking. She would go with so my brother and I could be happy.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Mr. Murphy

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball, Track & Field, and Wrestling.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Devin Gray

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Jaquan Gardner

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

Ambition (Wale)

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

Marcus Peters; I believe I can make a game-changing play at any moment, I play with confidence, swagger and very physical type of corner. Great ball skills and not afraid to come up and help stop the run.

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

Witnessing my grandmother deal with Dementia, I would have conversations with her and she would recognize me or wouldn’t understand where she was. I dealt with it by just keeping faith with God and letting him handle all the problems and praying for everything to be okay.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Pray and watch football highlights on Youtube.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

Could have been the game-winning interception but we couldn’t score on the last drive. We were down by 7 with a minute left in the fourth quarter, their ball. I intercepted the ball later in the drive and gave my team an opportunity to tie or win the game.

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

Supporting those who are in need or less fortunate than myself, whether it be passing out a couple lunches to people I see living on the streets homeless.

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

New York Giants

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

Kobe Bryant, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Bruce Lee.

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