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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Solomon Means, DB, Arizona State University

Solomon Means is a very solid defensive back, that can play anywhere in the secondary
Solomon Means is a very solid defensive back, that can play anywhere in the secondary

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? 

Solomon Means

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’1″ 185

What is your position? 

Nickel/Corner/Free Safety

Where do you play college football? 

Arizona State

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

The coolest thing I have done off the field was giving back to my community in Northern California. During Christmas, my friend and I gave brand new shoes, clothes and toys to a shelter that house many families. We also had a hover board giveaway for students who maintained the highest gpa.

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

I passed every class with flying colors. College has never been hard for me.  All I did was apply myself.

Where are you from? 

Stockton, California.

Who is your role model, and why? 

My role model growing up was Davone Bess. His words helped mold me into the player I am today.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played baseball, and I ran track. 

Did you play any other positions in football? 

I played corner, nickel, and safety.

At your position, what separates you from others? 

My speed.

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

I look for quarterback mannerisms, formations, the offensive tackle’s pad level, receiver splits, and the structure. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Bryce Treggs

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

I would compare myself to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie because we are both longer cornerbacks and we both have speed.

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

Being homeless while going to high school. I overcame it by prayer and staying positive.

Solomon MeanasDo you have any pre-game rituals? 

Pray and kiss my bible after we come back in the locker room after warming up right before the game.

What is your biggest strength? 

My speed and ability to play throughout the secondary.

What is your biggest weakness? 

I live at the gym. 

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

I have character, class, discipline, and I am smart. 

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

My favorite player growing up was Eddie George and I loved the Raiders and Titans.

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

If I could have dinner with three people dead or alive it would be Marcus Garvey and both of my grandpas on my mother’s and father’s side.

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

The first big item I will buy once I am in the NFL my mother and father cars. The ones they have now break down often.

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie? Tupac
  • NFL Network or ESPN? ESPN
  • Coke or Pepsi? I don’t drink soda.
  • Pizza or Burgers? Burgers
  • Dogs or Cats? Dogs

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