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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jonathan Thompson, CB, Southern Illinois University

Jonathan Thompson the big and physical cornerback from Southern Illinois University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Jonathan Thompson
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 191
  • Position: Cornerback
  • College: Southern Illinois University
  • Twitter: 3jt__

What is the best restaurant in your hometown city?

  • Oyster Bay

When breaking down your film what will stick out?

  • How good I am at finishing plays, and how good I am at understanding/knowing what routes to expect and taking them away.

If you won the lotto, what is the first thing you would do with the money?

  • Buy my mom a house, get a new car, and put the rest up in a bank account.

What has been your biggest failure?

  • Not making it to the 2019 NCAA FCS playoffs 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

  • My leadership skills and my work ethic 

Who is the hardest working teammate on your team?

  • Coleton Jeralds Or Landon Lenior 

Have you ever had a nickname? If Yes, What is it?

  • I go by JT

What is your degree in, if you do not make it as a football player, what is your dream job?

  • Sports Administration, and to be a sports therapist for college athletes seeking emotional/mental help.

What is your coolest life moment?

  • Receiving a D1 offer coming out of juco or gaining my starting job at SIU

Last year SIU DB Jeremy Chinn was selected in the second round

What song would you sing at Karaoke night?

  • Dreams and nightmares by Meek Mill

If you could pick any actor to play you in a movie, who are you picking?

  • Will Smith 

Who is your favorite football team?

  • Pittsburgh Steelers 

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

  • Brutally honest 

What is your biggest fear?

  • Not being successful according to my own standards

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?


Take us through game day, How do you prepare?

  • PRAY in the morning, eat, Pray again, go upstairs of the facility lay down and listen to my music in a dark room with my eyes closed, walk the field and work on my techniques, pray again before entering the locker room, get my gear on, walk back out to the stadium (pray for I run out the tunnel), DOMINATE.

Do you have any hobbies?

  • Working out 

If you had to compare yourself to someone in the NFL, who would that be?

  • AJ Bouye or Marcus Peters 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

  • My mother because she’s a single mom and I have 3 younger siblings and every day she works her butt off to try and provide for them.

What motivates you to work hard?

  • Knowing that when I make it, I can tell my mom she doesn’t have to work anymore.


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