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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jarod Neal, QB, University of Tennessee Martin

Tennessee Martin quarterback Jarod Neal has been productive in the FCS for several years now
Tennessee Martin quarterback Jarod Neal has been productive in the FCS for several years now

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?

Jarod Neal

What is your Height/Weight? 

6-1  205

What is your position? 


Where do you play college football? 

University of Tennessee Martin

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

Union City High School YoungLife Leader

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

Music Class

Where are you from? 

Hendersonville, TN

Who is your role model, and why? 

Peyton Manning, He is a great person with his giving and is very humble with all his accomplishments and he plays my position. He is what a quarterback is supposed to be.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Baseball and Basketball

Did you play any other positions in football? 

Running back and Wide receiver

At your position, what separates you from others? 

My preparation

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

Ways that they may tip off a coverage and/or blitz

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Robert Nkemdiche

Jarod neal1If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why? 

Aaron Rodgers because he has a great arm and I do also. He has a quick release and so do I. He also makes quick decisions and gets rid of the ball and I do too.

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

My parents divorce, I was only three when it happened but it has been a battle throughout my life since then with splitting time but I have learned how to channel that and put it away when I can and only come back to it when I have to. I learned that it is part of life and you can’t let it bring you down.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I like to get dressed and taped then go outside and throw some and get loose, then come back in and get finished dressed. After pregame warm up I always come back to my locker right before we go outside and pray. After that I am ready to go.

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

I have to overcome the mindset of people saying I can’t play at a higher level because of my small school status.

What is your biggest strength? 

Strength is my mind

What is your biggest weakness? 

Weakness is my mind, it gets in the way sometimes when I overthink

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

I am the hardest worker you will see and no one will work harder than me.

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

Tennessee Titans

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

Corrie Dew (My fiancé), Abraham Lincoln, and Aaron Rodgers

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

Buy a house

Rapid Answers:

  • Spongebob or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles?
  • Backstreet Boys or One Direction?
  • Lifetime Channel or HGTV?
  • Waffles or Pancakes?
  • Snakes or Spiders?
  • Madden or Mario?

Damond Talbot

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