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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jody Webb, RB, Youngstown State University

Jody Webb is another small school back that is very dominate at the FCS level
Jody Webb is another small school back that is very dominate at the FCS level

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?

Jody Webb

What is your Height/Weight?

5’8 175

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Youngstown State University

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

The coolest thing I’ve done off the field had to be time spent with youth, to inform them on the importance of tomorrow being a result of today’s decisions.

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

The hardest College class I have ever taken may have been “Communication Theory”.

Where are you from?

Toledo, Ohio

Who is your role model, and why?

My mother is my role model. She taught her children how not to blame your circumstances for an outcome, but make the most of what you have, and possibly create a better outcome.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Growing up, I played basketball, baseball and ran track in addition to football.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I also played DB, coming up.

At your position, what separates you from others?

What separates me from others is my ability to utilize my strengths against my opponent’s weaknesses, as well as having the confidence to never second guess a decision made while on the field.

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

While breaking down film, I look for defensive player’s tendencies, such as their run fit, how well they play their rules, leverage when approaching a ball carrier, and how well they move.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest player I ever faced may have been Nicholas Grigsby, who’s now with the L.A Rams. He seemed to just have a nack for where the ball was.

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

If I could compare myself to one player, it would be Jamaal Charles. Studying his game, and the characteristics he brings to the table, I feel our decision making is very similar. He’s a guy with great speed, but not the biggest frame, and he takes advantage of his ability to beat guys without wasted movement.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

My only pregame ritual is Prayer.

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

As a small school football player, I feel that I do have to stand out ten times more than a guy on a larger stage, due to the fact that he’s being noticed even when hes not the focal point. The bigger stage allows guys to have “first dibs”.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is refusal to fail.

What is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is failing to realize that it’s alright to make mistakes. My expectations for myself sometimes gets in the way of everything I’ve accomplished and plan to do so further more.

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

If you were a GM, I’d tell you “Sir, all I’m asking for is an opportunity. I’ll rise to the occasion.” Then I’ll do just that.

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

My favorite player coming up was Michael Vick, but I was an Indianapolis Colts fan.

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 my daughter, my grandmother, and my nephew.

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

With my first NFL check, there are many things I hope to one day soon be able to purchase, but the amount of my check is what would determine it all.

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