NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Alijah Robinson, DB, Virginia Military Institute
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What is your name?
What is your Height/Weight?
What is your position?
Safety and Linebacker
Where do you play college football?
Virginia Military Institute
Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?
I did volunteer work for Last Chance Animal Rescue, Goodwill, and the Children’s Aid Society
What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?
Where are you from?
Who is your role model, and why?
My parents are my biggest role models because they have always inspired me to pursue my dreams and have supported me in football throughout my career. My mom taught me many different life lessons, has always kept me inspired to keep pursing my dream and is always there when I need her. My dad is my role model because he is just as big a competitor as me in everything he does and his encouragement and the inspirational talks we have kept me motivated.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
Did you play any other positions in football?
In high school I played running back and corner, and college I played nickel and all special teams.
At your position, what separates you from others?
My speed, strength, ability to use my hands against blocks and preparation throughout the week for the game.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
When looking at film, I study the formations of the offense first and what plays they like to run on certain downs and certain areas of the field. Next I look at how the lineman pass block and run block and what is their weaknesses against both. Then I look at the splits of the receivers, how they run their routes and the different route combinations they have.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
Julie’n Davenport I thought he was a good pass blocker
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
Deone Bucannon because he also made the transition from safety to linebacker like I did and he is physical and has speed.
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 was always being underestimated about how well I can play and I overcame this by working hard in the off season and making plays on the field.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I listen to a certain playlist of songs before the game.
What is your biggest strength?
My speed, strength and knowledge of the game
What is your biggest weakness?
My blitz angles
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I am a player that will compete and give you my best effort each and every play. I am a leader that encourages and tries to bring the best out of my teammates. And if you want a player that does not play for just his self but plays for his teammates and gives them his best effort because you know they are giving theirs, then I am your guy.
Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?
Steve Smith Sr, Carolina Panthers
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
J Cole, Wale, Jackie Robinson
What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?
I am going to buy my mom some more vinyl records