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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Donnell Alexander, RB, University of Akron

Donnell Alexander is declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft.  Many know him as Derrick Thomas' son
Donnell Alexander is declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft. Many know him as Derrick Thomas’ son

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?

Donnell Alexander

What is your Height/Weight?

5’11 210

What is your position?

I would like to be considered an athlete.

Where do you play college football?

I played at Colorado State and transferred to Akron

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

For me, the best thing I think I have done off the field, is to have had the opportunity to speak at an youth camp and allow the kids to hear a voice that they can relate to and also give them hope to chase their dreams.

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

Any Math class

Who is your role model, and why?

My grandfather because he was a great person all around, and is very special to me

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball was actually my first sport at a point in time.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I played receiver, and safety

At your position, what separates you from others?

My ability to catch is a very important asset

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

I like to protect the quarterback so I usually spend a huge amount of focus on blitzes. I also look at how lbs attack the line and if they get tired and take plays off.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Shaq Barrett he is with the Broncos now

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

Le’veon Bell Is very special with the ball in his hands and can do many different things.

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

Getting a scholarship, sometimes we can take that for but If I would not have gotten that opportunity no telling where I would be.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I just throw on my headphones and vibe

What is your biggest strength?

Making plays when the opportunities come

donnellWhat is your biggest weakness?

There is always somewhere you can get better

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

I’m a guy who you can trust to lay it out on the line for the team and make something happen

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

Sean Taylor and my hometown Kansas City

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

Tupac, Iverson, Rihanna

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

Hopefully nothing to crazy I would like to keep my money.

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie?
  • NFL Network or ESPN?
  • Coke or Pepsi?
  • Pizza or Burgers?
  • Dogs or Cats?

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