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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Joe Smith, DB, New Mexico Highlands

Joe Smith the versatile defensive back from New Mexico Highlands recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Joe Smith the versatile defensive back from New Mexico Highlands recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Joe Smith
  • Position: DB
  • College: New Mexico Highlands
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 200
  • Twitter: @JoeSmithEra
  • Instagram: @Jayohee7

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2023 NFL Draft?

My ability to play any position in the secondary.

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?

I came out womb loving football, I started playing at 6 years old.

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?

I’m selfless and a great team player.

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be?

I would donate to world hunger. I hate seeing people all around the world suffering.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

The best advice I ever received was “Be where your feet are”.

Who was your childhood hero?

Both of my parents

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school?

I would have to say Devon Henderson. The energy he brings to the whole team and his work ethic is contagious. He always inspires others to go hard even when they don’t want to. He’s also a freak athlete; he ran a 4.2 with a hurt knee.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

I hate when people lie for no reason.

Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome?

The hardest moment I had to overcome was losing one of my best friends to gun violence back in 2017.

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?

NMHU will forever special to me because they took a chance and really believed in me.

What is your favorite snack food?

Welch’s Fruit Snacks

What is the best part of football?

Besides get to hit people, I would say the camaraderie and lifelong relationships it brings.

If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say?

I’m a Swiss Army Knife, who can adapt to anything.

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

Jamaal Adams, because you can put him anywhere. He’s blitzing off the edge, dropping back in zone, and he can match up with bigger tight ends.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would chose Drake, Elon Musk, and MLK. I would just be sitting back the whole time soaking up knowledge from those guys.

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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