NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Antwane Grant, WR, Western Kentucky University
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What is your name?
Antwane Emanuel Alexander Grant
What is your Height/Weight?
What is your position?
Where do you play college football?
Western Kentucky University
Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?
Helped my coaches teach and run some camps that were being held at the university. Enjoyed myself coaching up some young high school talent.
What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?
I would say Western Civilization
Where are you from?
Who is your role model, and why?
My role model I would have to say is Antonio Brown, a guy like that who has the patience with his family after all he’s had to persevered with throughout his life. The way he uses that pain as motivation and be a better father for his son it’s just refreshing knowing it’s other fathers, brothers, sons, etc. in this world that put others first no matter what.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I played soccer primarily and was on and off with baseball. Was one to always think basketball was easy and for girls, I then put the pads on for the first time took a couple hits but fell in love with it from day 1.
Did you play any other positions in football?
Yea I played Corner, Safety, and Running Back
At your position, what separates you from others?
I would have to say my knowledge of the game and the rapid understanding of grasping the concept of the playbooks. Just understanding what my offenses is trying to accomplish is something I relate to very well.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
Cornerback tendencies, for instance how soon a cornerback opens his backpedal or how he may play the ball while it’s in the air. Understanding if I have to make sure I snatch the ball out of the air and tucking it into my hip because he may be a corner that is exceptional with playing a receiver’s hands.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
I would have to go as far back to my freshman year in Junior College. We made it to a bowl game and I played a Cornerback that ended up playing for Kentucky. He was technically sound and made sure I worked for everything I got.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
I would have to compare myself to a Michael Crabtree or Jeremy Maclin. The way I can use my body against smaller defenders and again the knowledge of the game they both possess is something I can relate to.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest obstacle I had to overcome is not graduating high school and not playing football at one point in my life. I overcame that by going and earning my GED and doing what I had to do taking the JUCO route.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Always say a prayer with Mom Dukes
As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?
Showing GM’s and scouts that I can play with the best of the best and also showing them that I’m more than a system guy, not one dimensional, can be utilized in multiple ways, and can move well with my size.
What is your biggest strength?
My biggest strength would have to be my strength. Love the weight room!
What is your biggest weakness?
I would have to say my flexibility.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I would say that I’m a very passionate guy. My work- ethic is very hard to compare and I am very self- driven when it comes to something I want. Love playing this game regardless if my team is successful or not, although it is a bonus if we are but all in all it’s about not being selfish and I’ll contribute in any way possible putting the team’s goals before my own.
Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?
Terrell Owens/Steve Smith and the Carolina Panthers
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
Barack Obama/ Lebron James/ & My son if he was at an age where he could remember and ask any questions he wanted to. He currently only 1
With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?
I would have to say a car for me, a car for my mom, and a place for me and my son to live.
- Spongebob or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
- Backstreet Boys or One Direction?
- Lifetime Channel or HGTV? Neither
- Waffles or Pancakes?
- Snakes or Spiders? Neither
- Madden or Mario? Madden all day!