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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Zach Jackson, FS, Mercer University

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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? 

Zach Jackson

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’0 202

What is your position? 

Free Safety

Where do you play college football? 

Mercer University

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

Was able to provide philanthropic needs to a less fortunate family for the holidays

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

Sign Language

Where are you from? 

Lawrenceville, Ga

Who is your role model, and why? 

My older brother. The positive example he’s set for me.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Baseball, Basketball, Track

Did you play any other positions in football? 

Cornerback, Running back, Wide Receiver

At your position, what separates you from others? 

I feel that my ability to cover ground, speed, play recognition/position tendencies and opportunistic mindset and ball skills are a few things that set me apart from others at my position

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

I look for alignment keys, and certain tendencies that a Lineman, WR or QB have that could possibly give me a heads up on what’s coming

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Justin Thomas from Georgia Tech

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

Earl Thomas because of my range passion and big play ability

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

Transferring from TCU. I overcame it by seizing and making the most of my opportunities here at Mercer University

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Just get away from everyone and listen to a certain song before every game and read a chapter from Proverbs before every game

What is your biggest strength? 


What is your biggest weakness? 

Over anticipating plays

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

I have a “Go Getters” mentality and if I set out to accomplish something or tell myself I’m going to do something I will never rest until it’s done.

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

Ed Reed

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

J Cole, Will Smith, Michael Jordan

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

Investment half of my earnings(savings, mutual funds, etc.)

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