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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Eli Jenkins, QB, Jacksonville State University

Eli Jenkins of J-Ville State is a beast. He is underrated for sure

NFL Draft Diamonds website 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?

Eli Jenkins

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2 215

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Jacksonville State University 

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

Spoke with a group of kids about football and life outside of football.

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

Therapeutic modalities 

Where are you from?

Birmingham, Al

Who is your role model, and why?

My dad always made the small things in life look large!

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Soccer, basketball and track

Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?  

I’m a leader on and off the field I understand that mistakes will happen , but I never get rattled from one because it’s all about how you bounce back.

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

Tendency of players and coaches

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

PJ Hall Sam Houston state

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

I can compare myself to someone like Russell Wilson not a huge Quarterback but gets the job done. Makes the play when called on and looked up to by many.

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

Having a son at young age. It was a wake up didn’t have much in college but when I did it’s was split between my small family. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Touch all the pylons before the game and whisper all day baby!!

What is your biggest strength?

I’m a quarterback who can make athletic plays, so when the play is not picture perfect I can make things work. 

What is your biggest weakness?

Sometimes in college I tried to be superman because I wanted to make my teammates understand I’ll do whatever for them, and with that it put us in some spots at times. 

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

Everyone says they’ll work harder than the next, but I’ll work harder than the last guy.

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

Michael Vick

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

My grandmother (dead) my son, and future GM

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

Small apartment

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