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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Zane Samuel, DE/OLB, Delta State

Zane Samuel the amazing speed rusher and outside backer for Delta State recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Zane Samuel
  • Height: 6’3
  • Weight: 250
  • Position: Defensive End / OLB
  • College: Delta State University
  • Twitter: @Zane_37

What is the best restaurant in your hometown city?

• Longhorns Steakhouse.

When breaking down your film what will stick out?

• Use of hands getting off blocks and relentless effort. 

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

• I would buy a home. Then invest the rest of the money. 

What has been your biggest failure?

• The Biggest failure was losing the 2nd round playoffs 2017. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• My attitude and work ethic

Who is the hardest working teammate on your team? 

• John V. LB is a guy who is always getting extra work and reps.

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it? 

• Not until college, Zanimal 

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

• Sports Management, owning my own business is the goal. 

What is your coolest life moment?

• Having a son. 

What song would you sing at Karaoke night? 

•  Luther Vandross – Bad Boy

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

• I would say Jamie Foxx, but he is too short, so Richard T. Jones. 

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Who is your favorite football team?

• I do not have a favorite team; I just enjoy watching the game. 

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

• Competitive by nature 

What is your biggest fear? 

• My biggest fear is to look back and regret not doing something because I was afraid to take the chance. 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?

• Maxx Crosby 

Take us through game day, how do you prepare? 

• Let’s say it is an early kickoff, leading up to the kickoff I am constantly mentally visualizing making plays, hydrating ass much possible. Review of my tips and reminders before callouts and pregame meals. First arriving at the stadium, walk the field, Pre- Stretching and rolling while listening to my custom playlist. Cut the music off get taped up and I’m locked in until the game is over.  

Do you have any hobbies? 

• I play the guitar and jump rope for fun.

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

• Maxx Crosby DE Oakland Raiders.

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

• The biggest influence would be my dad, starting me off playing sports when I was 6, then eventually introduced to training, helped me develop physically as a athlete. 

What motivates you? 

• The opportunity to be the best and showcasing that I have the tenacity to be it. I want to be the best at anything I do. 

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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