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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Sheldon Jackson, DL, Arkansas Tech University

Sheldon Jackson of Arkansas Tech has a relentless motor. He makes big time plays
Sheldon Jackson of Arkansas Tech has a relentless motor. He makes big time plays

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?

Sheldon Jackson

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2 296 pounds

What is your position?

Defensive Line

Where do you play college football?

Arkansas Tech University

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

I’ve worked with former professional football players with football camps for the youth, also when the tornado hit my hometown I helped with my former high school by donating clothes and food to help the homeless people.

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


Where are you from?

Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Who is your role model, and why?

My mother, because I watched her be a worrier and a hard worker as I came up. I watched how she overcame so many obstacles with raising four children with the help of my grandmother, that’s why she’s my role model.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball when I was younger, soccer, and track when I was in high school.

Did you play any other positions in football?

LB, OL, & DL.

At your position, what separates you from others?

Not only can I be a force on the run but I can also rush the passer.

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

I look at the splits of offensive lineman, what plays they like to run, then the percentage rate of passing/throwing, and what they do on certain down and distance.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Isaiah Crowell/Tyreek Hill

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

Aaron Donald we are similar in size; not only can he stop the run but he can rush the passer

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

Growing up without a father. I watched guys in the church and school who I felt could possibly have a positive impact on my life and took notes. The rest is history.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Prayer is a major role before I approach any game following that I have my playlist ready with a few gospel songs leading up to some upbeat hip-hop.

What is your biggest strength?

Run stopping and pass rushing abilities.

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

You’re getting a hard working young man who’s humbled and passionate about whatever role I am blessed with.

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

The Patriots.

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

Martin Luther King Jr., Nick Saban, & Yo Gotti.

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

My family a home.

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