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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Deneco Hathorn, CB, Concordia College

Deneco Hathorn is a small school corner with a feisty go-getter attitude
Deneco Hathorn is a small school corner with a feisty go-getter attitude

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?

Deneco Martel Hathorn

What is your Height/Weight?

5’9″ 176lbs

What is your position? 

Cornerback/Free Safety

Where do you play college football? 

Concordia College Alabama

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

Held special Olympics in Junior College for special need patients

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

College Algebra

Where are you from?

Bassfield, Mississippi

Who is your role model, and why? 

Brandon McDonald, attended same high school, drafted by Browns, trained me through high school and college

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Baseball, basketball, track

Did you play any other positions in football?

Safety, Wide Receiver, H-back

At your position, what separates you from others? 

Speed, ball skills and Instincts, ability to read routes and jump them quickly

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

Wide receiver tendencies, do they play different on run than pass, gestures given by QB to WR, routes ran on certain parts of field.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Casey Osborne WR of Delta State

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

Senquez Golson Pittsburgh Steelers, similar size, same playing style, excel in any zone scheme as well as man and ball skills!

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

Coming out of Community College committing D1 but my Grade Point Average was not making me eligible, so I had to pay for school, and get my grades right. That is how I landed at a D2 School.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Pray and watch Brent Grimes and Janoris Jenkins highlights!

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

The biggest obstacle will be getting exposure to more NFL teams and getting a fair shot I think

What is your biggest strength? 

Great Technique, Ball skills, fluid hips and change of direction

What is your biggest weakness? 

Only weakness is height

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

I’m a competitor, as well as great person off the field, work hard everyday to perfect craft, coachable, quick learner!

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

My favorite player growing up was Champ Bailey

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

President Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., and Brent Grimes

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

Start paying student loans

Rapid Answers:

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

Damond Talbot

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