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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Andre Smith, LB, University of North Carolina

NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview:

What is your name?

Andre Smith

Where did you play College Football?

University of North Carolina

What position do you play?


What is your height/weight?

6’0” 240lbs.

Did you play any other sports growing up? If so, what were they?

Track & Basketball

Who is the toughest player you competed against in College?

Lamar Jackson (QB-Louisville) & Dalvin Cook (RB-Florida State, Minnesota Vikings 2nd Round Pick).

Are you listening to music before a game? If so, what?

Yes, mostly rap & hip-hop.

Do you have any superstitions before a game? If so, what are they?

During individual warmups, I come out & take a lap around the field. After warmups are over, I take another lap around.

Who is your role model & why?

My mom. She grew up in a small country town & worked hard to provide for what I needed.

While in College, what was your favorite & least favorite class?

Favorite class was Portuguese. Least favorite class was Geology.

Outside of Football, what was your favorite experience while in College?

I had the chance to meet Michael Jordan at a basketball game against Duke, which we won.

Growing up, who was your favorite NFL Team & NFL player, & why?

I did not really follow specific teams, but I’m a big fan of Patrick Willis (former San Francisco 49ers LB) & Ray Lewis (HOF former Baltimore Ravens LB).

If you could be in any movie of your choice, what would it be & what character would you play?

I am a big fan of The Lion King. I would be Pumba.

If you could have dinner with three (3) people, dead or alive, who are they?

Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando in The Godfather), President Barack Obama & J. Cole.

If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose & why?

Martin Luther King Jr.

Who is your favorite superhero & why?

The Flash, because of his speed.

What is your definition of hard work?

Setting a tough goal & striving hard to reach it.

What is the most unexpected lesson you learned while in College?

Being injured caught me by surprise. Helped me learn not to take anything for granted.

Which would you prefer, three (3) wishes over five (5) years or one (1) wish right now?

Three wishes over five years.

What is something you wish you could go back & tell yourself as a High School Freshman?

Look into other things besides football.


This interview was conducted by Jonathan Joyce. Follow him on Twitter!

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