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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: CJ Chatman, DB, Walsh University

CJ Chatman of Walsh University is a hard hitting safety with good ball skills
CJ Chatman of Walsh University is a hard hitting safety with good ball skills

NFL Draft Diamonds and our staff have been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 2 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. We have tons of NFL staff that read our interviews, and we actually received several of the questions from NFL scouts we speak too. This gives them a little bit more information regarding your character. We hope to bring you more than 300 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner.

What is your name?

CJ Chatman

What is your Height/Weight?

5’9 175lbs

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Walsh University

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

I’ve participated in many voluntary acts in Akron and plan to continue to give back with or without football.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Accounting courses

Where are you from?

Akron, Ohio

Who is your role model, and why?

Both of my parents because of the way I was raised I know those important childhood lessons are what got me where I am today and the reason that gets me to the places I will be in the future.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball, Baseball, and Track

Did you play any other positions in football?

Slot WR and Returner

At your position, what separates you from others?

My heart, fearlessness, and passion

walshWhen you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

QB intentions, WR play throughout the game, lineman stances between pass & run plays… Try to find any repeats. Also the play calling on situation downs.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?


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

Tyrann Mateiu because of our size and ability to rome around the field and play all of the DB position. Also our ability to get in the box and blitz the QB. Fearlessness we both play with.

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

Losing some family members that I was very close too. There’s nothing you can do to prepare yourself for it. I put that pain into my play on the field.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Prayer over me and my team.

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

Getting noticed and the respect that the other players have because the played D1 ball.

What is your biggest strength?

I’m a smart player I trust my instincts, I don’t think I just play ball.

What is your biggest weakness?

I don’t feel like I have a weakness, I feel like I can always get better and work on my overall game.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I’m a consistent player that’s going to get his job done. With the opportunity I can show you instead of talking about it.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

Sean Taylor

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

Donnie Chatman, Veola Mulllins, and Mychal Clayton

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

My Mother a home in Texas, where she would love to move and retire.

Damond Talbot

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