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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jalen Holmes, RB, Bethany College


Jalen Holmes is a scat back with versatility.
Jalen Holmes is a scat back with versatility.

NFL Draft Diamonds has been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the player. We hope to bring you more than 350 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 to the right.  Now let’s meet the prospect!!!!

What is your name? 

Jalen Holmes

What is your Height/Weight? 

5’7 188

What is your position? 

Running back

Where do you play college football? 

Bethany College

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

I have worked football camps doing footwork drills

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

American Lit

Where are you from? 

I am from New Castle PA

Who is your role model, and why? 

My father is my role model, because he works so hard to provide for his family and he is consistent

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Growing up I played baseball, basketball, football, and ran track

Did you play any other positions in football? 

I played outside linebacker

At your position, what separates you from others? 

The thing that separates me from others at my position is that I’m already low and I am a one cut back and I also can block

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

When I’m breaking down film look to see how the d-line fires off the ball and how good the linebackers hips are

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

The toughest player I have ever faced was Rushel Shell

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

Darren Sproles is who I compare my game to because I can catch out of the backfield like him and we are difficult to tackle

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 in my life was being told by people that I was too small or that I was too slow, I overcame it by working hard and being dedicated

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

My pre game ritual is saying a prayer before every game

What is your biggest strength? 

My biggest strength is that I have God on my side and I am a competitor I don’t back down from any competition

What is your biggest weakness? 

My biggest weakness is I don’t watch enough film!

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

If you were a GM and gave me a second to sell myself, I would tell you I rather show you that I’m worth your time instead of telling you what to expect from me

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

My favorite player growing up was Barry Sanders and my favorite NFL team was the chargers because of Ladainian Tomlinson

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

If I could have dinner with three people dead or alive I would choose Albert Einstein, John F Kennedy, and Mike Tyson

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

The first big item I would buy is just giving my dad my first big paycheck.

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