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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Derwyn Lauderdale, WR, Southwest Baptist University

Derwyn Lauderdale is a playmaker at Southwest Baptist
Derwyn Lauderdale is a playmaker at Southwest Baptist

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? 

Derwyn Lauderdale

What is your Height/Weight? 

5’10 185

What is your position? 

Wide Receiver/PR/KR

Where do you play college football? 

Southwest Baptist University

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

Going to the elementary school and hanging with the kids. 

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

College algebra 

Where are you from? 

Houston Texas 

Who is your role model, and why? 

My mother Gwen, she’s the hardest working working I know. She has five kids and always made sure we were taken care of. 

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

I ran track and played basketball. 

Did you play any other positions in football? 

I’ve played QB, CB and RB in high school. 

At your position, what separates you from others? 

What separates me from others is my consistency of catching the ball, I’m a for sure target when the ball is thrown my way. 

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

When I watch film I’m watching the DB’s hands hips an feet. To see if he have tendencies that I can attack or do he do things different in certain zones or on certain situations. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Pierre Desir, he had long arms and was patient at the line with good make up speed. 

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

I would compare myself to Odell Beckham Jr because he catches everything and he’s a play maker. 

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

The biggest obstacle I had to over come was not getting a senior year of football. I only played 3 years of college ball. The first time I missed it I tore my quad training for the season. The second time I missed my senior season after getting my medical redshirt my compliance director misadvised me and gave me wrong information and was marked ineligible to play. I overcame that by staying focused and continuing to trust in God. Probably one of the hardest things I had to do. But I remained positive and started working on my skills. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Pregame rituals are listening to music and calling my pastor for a prayer before taking the field. 

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

As a small school player I have to overcome being overlooked. If you look at my numbers from my All-American season you’ll know I can play with the best of them. Even with a freshmen QB. 

What is your biggest strength? 

My biggest strength is my hands. I’ll catch whatever is thrown my way. 

What is your biggest weakness? 

I feel I don’t have a weakness if it’s something I need to work on is beating jam coverage with the bigger corners. 

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

I would tell a GM if they wanted a great person and an even better football player you would take a chance with me. Not a troubled kid I do what I’m told an I stay out the way. 

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

Growing up I loved Randy Moss he did unbelievable things but my favorite team was the Patriots because of Tom Brady story. 

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

If I could have dinner with three people it would be both of my Grannies and my Uncle Darrell. They all passed away. 

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

With my first NFL check I’m going to put some in church an than buy my mother what she’s always wanted a white ranger rover with black rims


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