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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jhurell Pressley, RB, University of New Mexico

New Mexico running back Jhurell Pressley is a stud. He should get a shot
New Mexico running back Jhurell Pressley is a stud. He should get a shot

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?

Jhurell Pressley.

What is your Height/Weight?

5’10/ 205.

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

University of New Mexico.

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

Watched over a friend daughter after my friend passed away.

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

Earth Science.

Where are you from?


Who is your role model, and why?

My brother James Pressley because he help me become the man I am. He was a father and big brother to me.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball/ Baseball/Track and field.

Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

Speed/power/vision/ explosive plays/awareness.

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

I look for my opponent’s strengths and weakness.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Scooby Wright.

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

LeSean McCoy because he not afraid to take a chance to be great and we have similar game style play.

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

I had a blood clot in my right shoulder during spring ball. If I would have got hit in practice in could have bleed internally in die one the field. The one the hardest things I had to overcome because the Doctor told I will have a blood clot for the rest of my life and I might not play football. By God grace he gave me the second chance and made me realize that I shouldn’t take anything for granted.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Just relax my mind and body and see myself making plays in my head.

What is your biggest strength? 

Toughness, speed, power, and the will to not fail.

What is your biggest weakness?

Making plays without the ball.

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

I am a person who is determined not to fail. Hard working man that loves to complete at highest level. Coachable, team player, leads by example and accountable person that is responsible on and off the field. 

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

Baltimore Ravens and favorite player Ray Lewis

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

Jesus, Huey P. Newton and Martin Luther King

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

Going to save my money to give back to my community.

Damond Talbot

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