NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Traivonne Brown, RB, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
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What is your name?
What is your Height/Weight?
What is your position?
Running back/slot receiver
Where do you play college football?
Southeastern Oklahoma State
Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?
Was able to help clean up the boys and girls club over by the school with my teammates. Then after, had the chance to play some games with the kids
What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?
Statistics in Behavioral Sciences
Where are you from?
San Diego, CA
Who is your role model, and why?
I would have to say both my mother Renethia Hall and father Lester Brown. They had their hands full with 6 boys, 1 girl and still were able to get their jobs done and provide for the family.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I ran track & field and I also did wrestling
Did you play any other positions in football?
Multiple positions. Played Both Free and strong Safety in pop warner and also QB my last season on my fathers team. Then at Southeastern I played middle linebacker, Sam backer, and special teams.
At your position, what separates you from others?
Not only can I run, but I can also catch the back coming out the backfield or even being able to line up at the receiver position and run routes
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
I look for where the blitzes are coming from and how I will have to break down the right way to stop the defender from getting to the QB and also when I’m running the ball I like to see how many players or in the middle of the field or on the outside, that’s going to tell me if I need to bounce it up the middle or keep to the outside.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
Levine Toilolo. He also played DE in high school. It was kind of hard trying to maintain a 6’8 guy coming in hard off the edge.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
Marshawn Lynch Because he doesn’t go down on first contact and neither do I. I may not be as big as he is but my running style I believe is just like his.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest obstacle I had to overcome I would have to say was finding a school to play my last two season. After junior college I went to go walk on over at Oklahoma state, things didn’t go the way I planned for them to go due to problems with my classes back home at the junior college. I went back home to finish the courses I was missing and was going to try to attend another big school university but was turned down because of my NCAA clock. My other options were to go down to a D2 or lower. It was hard to find a school who wanted me because I was out for a year and didn’t have much film besides my high school highlight tape and a few clips from junior college. It was getting close to teams about to start their camps, so I thought it was going to be the end for me but then I received a call from Southeastern where I was given a chance to finish my last two seasons.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I just listen to music and walk around the locker room
What is your biggest strength?
My mental strength
What is your biggest weakness?
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
Hard worker with a lot of talent.
Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?
Michael Vick and Atlanta Falcons
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
Just my grandmother, she died at a young age and I would just like the chance to spend more time with her. Also I would like to get that birthday dinner with her that we had planned before she passed.
What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?
I’ll buy my parents a house.
- Tupac or Biggie?
- NFL Network or ESPN?
- Coke or Pepsi? Don’t really drink soda like that but out of the two I’d pick Coke.
- Pizza or Burgers? I’m greedy so I’ll go with pizza because I can have more than one slice.
- Dogs or Cats? Dogs, I can’t stand cats.