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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Zafir Kelly, DB, South Carolina State University

Zafir Kelly
Zafir Kelly the big and physical defensive back from South Carolina State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Zafir Kelly
  • Position: DB
  • College: South Carolina State University 
  • Height: 6′ 1 1/2″
  • Weight: 177 lbs
  • Twitter: @Zafir_kelly6

1.If your life was a tv show what would you call it and why?

The everyday life of a underdog.

2.What is your favorite workout?

Field workouts

3.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?

Be a dog but play fundamental sound football.

4.What is your favorite stadium that you have played in?

Buccaneers when we played USF.

5.If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

Patrick Peterson and because I watched him growing up and he is somebody who’s game that I admire.

6.What do you do for fun?

Go to the field workout, play in pick up football games and play Madden.

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7.What do you hope to accomplish if you make it into the NFL?

When I make it I wanna have a successful career but I wanna inspire the youth that no matter where you go that you can make your name known.

8.What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

My grandfather was a head coach at this park called Sherman park bulldogs in Syracuse New York so I was around football and at the age of 4 they started me off in flag and loved the game ever since.

9. How has your experience as a South Carolina State University Bulldogs football player been?

Been a great experience so far got the opportunity to play with some dogs.

10.What would a team get in a player like you?

A film junkie, hard worker, a technician & a flat out ball player that’s versatile in the back-end.

11.What are your favorite moments from your football life?

So many moments but I’d have to go with catching the pick 6 against Bethune Cookman.

12.What has been your biggest challenge in life?

Growing up with my father in jail. 

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