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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Isaiah Swopes, DB, University of Northern Colorado

Northern Colorado defensive back Isaiah Swopes is a gamer, who recently sat down with us at NFL Draft Diamonds
  • Name: Isaiah Swopes
  • Height:5’9
  • Weight:175lbs
  • Position: CB/Nickel
  • College: University of Northern Colorado
  • Twitter: @Iswopes1

Tell us about your hometown, and what you lovemost about it?

  • My hometown is Gautier, MS it’s a small town on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. What I love most about it is that it’s warm majority of the year and the seafood.

List these three in order of importance and why:Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
  • All three are important butI would say film study, practice, and strength and conditioning. I say filmstudy first because with film you can understand what pass concepts you willsee, the opposing teams favorite routes, understand their releases, and etc. toprepare so you be one step ahead. Practice and repetition coincides withconfidence.  The harder you practice the easier the game will be. Strengthand conditioning is not to be taken lightly. 

What do you worry about, and why?

  • Truly do not have anyworries. 

Give me an example of when you failed atsomething. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

  • I failed by signing ascholarship my senior year of high school. I was down for months because I wasgoing to a D3 school and I know I was way better than that but I made the mostout of my opportunity. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

  • Work ethic. Work ethic issomething I pride myself on because I know I don’t have have the idealmeasurables so I have to bring something to the table that everyone else doesnot have. 

Who is the best player you have ever playedagainst in college?

  • The best college player Iplayed was Stephen Guidry when I was at JUCO. 

What would your career be if you couldn’t playfootball? 

  • I would be a PhysicianAssistant. I am going to go apply to PA school once I’m done withfootball. 

Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?

  • I would clean my room, car,then desk. 

If there was a disaster and you could eithersave three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

  • I would save my familymember. God and family are the two most important things in my life. 

If you could be any television or moviecharacter, who would you be and why?

  • Ace Boogie from Paid infull because that’s my favorite movie and because he was humble and alwayswanted to see everybody doing well.

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life andhow you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

  • My biggest adversity wascoming to Colorado because I was 22 hours away from home and the culture is sodifferent. It took me some time to truly get use to being away from home, butit made me grow more as a man. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

  • My most embarrassing moment is probably old facebook pictures on my dad’s facebook. I really do not get embarrassed.

What was the most memorable play of yourcollegiate career?

  • The most memorable play ofmy collegiate career is my pick vs. Montana St 

What song best describes your work ethic?

  • “I am” by Yo Gotti bestdescribes my work ethic. 

What is the most important trait you can have(Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

  • My mental trait is the mostimportant for the next level. 

If you could bring one person back from the deadfor one day, who would it be and why?

  • I would bring my greatgranny to be able to spend more time with her. 

If you could be any television or moviecharacter, who would you be and why?

  • The name of the nightclubwould be Truth like from the show “Power.”

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?

  • Most Underrated player in the NFL is Xavien Howard.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

  • I rather be respectedbecause respect goes a long way. 

What player who had his career derailed byoff-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

  • Josh Gordon because he hadsome much talent.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

  • I love to win. Winning is agreat feeling. A feeling I cherish. 

Who has been the biggest influence on your lifeand explain why?

  • God and my parents are thebiggest influences on my life because without them I would not be the young manI am today. Truly thankful for them. Blessed to call them my role models.

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