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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Eddie Zinn-Turner, DT, University at Buffalo

Eddie Zinn Turner Buffalo NFL Draft Prospect
Eddie Zinn-Turner the quick-footed defensive tackle from the University at Buffalo recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Eddie Zinn-Turner 
  • Position: DT
  • College: Marist/Vanderbilt/Buffalo 
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 315
  • Twitter: @eddiezinnturner

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

  • Yes, very much so, I have all the cards stacked against me but that’s how I like it. I’m gonna use it to my advantage to make one hell of a story.

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?
  • There’s nothing in this world I care about more than football it’s been my main focus since I was 5 years old. I’m self-motivated and hungry. I’m a man of great integrity and would never do anything to jeopardize myself or my team.

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

  • I would like to end world hunger, I’m also working on plans to build my own schools and medical centers in underprivileged communities.

Who was your childhood hero? 

  • LeBron James

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

  • Eddie Wilson

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

  • Lying

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

  • Overcoming poverty and homelessness with my younger brother. My father was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison when I was 8 years old and my mother gave us up to live with different family members. Through that process, my brother and I were forced to overcome a lot of strenuous situations as children and into my young adult life. 

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

  • All of the schools I attended hold a special place in my heart, all of them provided me with friendships that will last a lifetime. 
Eddie Zinn-Turner declaring for the NFL Draft!

What is your favorite snack food? 

  • None, don’t really eat snacks more of a home cooked meal type guy steak baked potato Mac an cheese   

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

  • I’m a hungry dog that’s been starved give me the opportunity and I’ll take my plate. 

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

  • Fletcher Cox

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

  • Malcolm X, Nikola Tesla, and Bill Gates – I just would like to pick their brain to see what knowledge I could gain. 

Damond Talbot

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