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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: JD DiRenzo, OL, Rutgers University

JD DiRenzo the mauling offensive lineman from Rutgers University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
JD DiRenzo the mauling offensive lineman from Rutgers University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: JD DiRenzo
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • College: Rutgers University
  • Height: 6’6
  • Weight: 315lbs
  • Twitter: @jddirenzo
  • Instagram: @jddirenzo

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

My physicality, athleticism and work ethic.

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

4 years old

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

My desire to make it and succeed in the NFL could not be higher. I will do whatever it takes to make it because of my love for the game. 

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

St. Judes Children’s Hospital

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Don’t be afraid to fail

Who was your childhood hero?

My grandfather

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

Michael Ciaffoni

What is your biggest pet peeve?


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

Overcoming anxiety

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

The culture there is amazing and I am proud to be a part of it. We prioritize outworking the competition and sacrificing for one another on and off the field.

What is your favorite snack food?


What is the best part of football?

Legalized violence

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

I pride myself on being a leader and hard worker, and any team I end up on will be getting exactly that.

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

Trevor Penning

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

  1. Kevin Hart
  2. Dave Chappelle
  3. David Goggins

The first two are hilarious and would be fun to be around and I admire everything David Goggins has overcome and accomplished. He is the best example of hard work and mental toughness.

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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