2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Arnold Mbembe, DE, Lincoln University
- Name: Arnold Mbembe
- Position: Defensive End
- Height: 6’6″
- Weight: 245 lbs
- School: Lincoln University
- Level: Division II – Independent
- Twitter: spatcho2
- Instagram: shoowout
Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
Major: Business Management
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
My personality – I like to be a funny guy
What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I can play multiple positions on the defensive line but I am the best in a three-tech or a five.
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
University of Laval – 6’7” OT who went on to play for the Ottawa Redblacks
Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
The defensive line and linebackers really impress me – this is my first time playing in America
What makes you different from others at your position?
I believe I am faster than other defensive linemen.
Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
In 2018 when I lost my scholarship from UMass, I didn’t know if I was going to have another chance to play in the United States.
If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
Maybe soccer, but definitely not basketball.
What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement is playing college football in the United States.
Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
Against Concordia – I had a strip-sack while my mother and the rest of the family was in the crowd. It was a great feeling.
Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
Favorite team: Baltimore Ravens (AFC) or San Francisco 49ers (NFC)
Julius Peppers and Aldon Smith are both players I idolize.
What gets you “pumped up” before a game?
I listen to my music to get in the zone.
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
I have a big passion for music, specifically signing and combining it with rap.
Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
My parents and my grandmother made this dream a reality for me. They are very good people and I am proud of what they are doing.
What do you want NFL teams to know about you?
I have had a very long journey to get where I am now, but I’m versatile and ready to go.
I started playing as a receiver back in 2006 when I was in Montreal (peewee league). I got bigger and played offensive/defensive line. In grade 9/10 was when I specifically honed into the defensive end spot and won the defensive player of the year award. In 2017 I started getting attention from U.S. programs and committed to UMass.