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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Vernon Johnson, DB, East Central

What is your name?

Vernon Johnson Jr.

What is your Height/Weight?

6’1 212lbs

What is your position?

Defensive back

Where do you play college football?

East Central (OK)

Where are you from?

Dallas, Texas

Who is your role model, and why?

Ray Lewis, his great leadership

Who was your favorite teacher?

Dr. Bolin!

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I ran track. 100m & 200m

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Kyler Murray, undefeated in Texas HS Football. 42-0

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Patrick Edwards

What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?

Meek Mill – Dreams & nightmares

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

Eric Berry, he’s a versatile safety with a range that can play on all levels of the defense.

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

Playing at division 2 knowing I have what it takes to play in The NFL. I continue to have a great attitude and effort throughout the process. Those are two things I’ve had complete control over.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I like to eat a good meal. Headphones on! Warm up big, and visualize winning and the big plays I will make!

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

A series of tackles for loss in my first time I seen action as a true freshman. Earned a starting spot going into the 3rd game of the season.

What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?

I met a kid that spent most of his life in foster care. Took him to dinner to hear his story and we talked for hours.

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?


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

My late cousin Eric, Muhammad Ali and 2 pac

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