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NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Derrick Beckom Jr., DB, Harding University

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Harding defensive back Derrick Beckom Jr. recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot. Check out his interview.
  • Name: Derrick Beckom Jr.
  • Position: Any position in the secondary and all special teams. 
  • College: Harding University and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 
  • Height: 5’9
  • Weight: 193
  • Twitter: @beckom_jr

Right now, people are not talking about you the way I feel they should. Do you feel you are an underdog?

            My entire football career has been an uphill battle. I don’t blame anyone for the battle though. I have always known that not being a certain size would cause conflict with my football career. That didn’t stop me from always giving the game my full effort. I knew that if I didn’t quit I would be given an opportunity to play the game after high school. Being given another opportunity to play football after the college level is something I have always worked for. When my name is called I will be ready to show my knowledge of the game of football, along with the skills I have attained along the way.

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you? 

           My effort will never be questionable; I always show up ready to work, no matter what role I have.

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be? 

                I’m donating to St. Jude because they do not bill families who come. My sister has been a patient at St. Jude and I believe their organization deserves my donation so they can continue to operate and help children and their families.

Who was your childhood hero? 

           My dad is my hero he served this country in many ways through firefighting, the Army, and law enforcement. He is the perfect example a son could have on how to be a leader.

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school? 

           Shedrick Robinson is very underrated, he has size, skill, and speed. He lacks the opportunity to show his talent in games. He could be a game-changer if given more reps. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

           One thing that aggravates me is the lack of communication. When working with others communication is the foundation to success. 

Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome? 

           One hard moment in my life was being there for one of my friends throughout high school after his mom died. This was hard because I pushed my problems away in order to show support to my friend who moved in with my family. I found myself always being an encourager even when my life was not going the best. During these times I learned adversity wanted you to fold and give up, but if you endure trials things will get better.

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?

           The reason my school was special to me is I was learning to be a Christian man while there. I had coaches that worked hard every day to be great examples of how men should lead in life and with their families. It takes a dedicated coaching staff to be that example every day. 

What is your favorite snack food? 

           Eating cereal is a snack that will not get old to me I will eat them at any time during the day.

The NFL Draft is quickly approaching, If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say? 

           I don’t have a specialty in the field, I’m very versatile.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be?

  Tyrann Mathieu because I am not the biggest on the field but I like to be very physical. I make my presence known when I’m on the field. I love to compete or be challenged.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?

           Kobe Bryant, Ray Lewis, and Alvin Kamara are the 3 I chose. These men all share a mentality that is inspiring to the people around them, they are all leaders. Kobe worked harder than any other player he shared the court with. He often out-trained his opponents whenever he was given the opportunity. Ray Lewis was the voice and face of his team. He brought the energy that lit a fire in the teammates around him. Alvin brings a work ethic to his team. He is not very flashy and his path to the NFL was an uphill battle that started in college. His hard work paid off leading him to be one of the best backs in the NFL today.


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