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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Deres Benn, DB, Tusculum College

Deres Benn is a solid player with good instincts.

NFL 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?

Deres Benn Jr.

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2 205

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Tusculum College

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

I would have to say it was when I went and volunteered at the local boys and girls club back in my hometown Chattanooga. Me and the group of people I went with helped the kids out there with their daily activities and homework. It felt good to go back and help out there and put a smile on those kids faces.

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


Where are you from?

I’m from Chattanooga, TN

Who is your role model, and why?

My role model is my Grandmother because she’s one of the hardest working people I know and the fact that she always keep a smile on her face no matter what.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I also played basketball.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I’ve played Wide Receiver and Cornerback

At your position, what separates you from others?

I say my versatility and instincts is what separate me from others.

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

I look for tendencies in the offense and things they like to do on certain downs and distances. I also watch players demeanor on the field and things such as the receivers splits.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest player I ever had to face was Tre Herndon in high school.

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

I would say Su’a Cravens for the Washington Redskins. We can play Linebacker and Safety which shows off our versatility. He can play the run very good at Lb and then be able to go out and lockup receivers as well. Or even be at Safety and play my half or third just as well.

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

The biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome in my life was being out of school and eventually getting back in so I could continue pursuing getting a degree. I overcame that by staying persistent and keeping my faith.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Pray and stretch real good.

What is your biggest strength?

My instincts

What is your biggest weakness?

Lack of exposure

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

I’m a hard worker who loves the game of football. I’m willing and able to step right in to any role and perform very well consistently.

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

My favorite player is Tyrann Mathieu and my favorite NFL team is the LA Rams.

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

My grandmother, Tyrann Mathieu and Jay Z

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

My family a house

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