NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Bakari Blunt, DB, Assumption College
Diamonds has been providing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed things up a bit. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the draft eligible 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 our next prospect!!!!
What is your name?
What is your Height/Weight?
What is your position?
Where do you play college football?
Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts
Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?
Off the field the coolest thing I was involved with was Team Impact. Our football program at Assumption “signed” Yan Perez as a member of our team. Yan is 8 years old and was diagnosed with a brain tumor in his first year of his life and fights every day since. I loved spending time with Yan outside of football. Being involved with the Team Impact program really puts my abilities in prospective and really made me realize how fortunate I am as a person and a player.
What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?
Where are you from?
Charleston, South Carolina
Who is your role model, and why?
My mother is my role model. She is a single parent that sacrifices everything she has for my sisters and I. She is an incredibly strong, motivated and driven woman, and has never gave up on my dreams. She has always been right on the sidelines even if that meant streaming games from a laptop.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
Soccer, Basketball, and Track and Field
Did you play any other positions in football?
RB, Free Safety, KR, PR, K, P
At your position, what separates you from others?
My athleticism and using my 41” vertical to high point deep balls
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
Constance of WR releases off of the line and their route running. Watch for the top routes the WR runs QB’s accuracy and the style of QB
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
Billy Brown of Sheppard University. He challenged me from the first play to the last.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
Champ Bailey because he is my favorite cornerback. His football IQ and sense of urgency on the field is something that I feel we share in common.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
Losing my older sister to sickle cell in 2014 was a big lost for me. I overcame it by just working my hardest and dedicating every play to her knowing that she’s watching me play every game from above.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Giving my trainer a fresh bag of Sour Patch candies before every game Taking a nap in the training room Listening to my gospel playlist while warming up then praying
What is your biggest strength?
My ability to deep ball coverage
What is your biggest weakness?
Lack of hands
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
“This kid can play some ball. Have you seen his dunk videos on YouTube? He has 41in vertical. He doesn’t just have good coverage, but he flies in like a missile and doesn’t mind hitting.”
Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?
Mike Vick and Atlanta Falcons
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
Sean Taylor, Mike Vick, and Dominique Wilkins
What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?
Buying my own car — CASH