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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tariq Thompson, DB, San Diego State University

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San Diego State University defensive back Tariq Thompson is a special player. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen, check it out!
  • Name: Tariq Thompson
  • Position: DB
  • College: San Diego State University 
  • Height:5′ 11″
  • Weight: 205 lbs 
  • Twitter:@tariq__thompson
  • Instagram: @riqtbw

1.What sets you apart from other defensive backs?

  • What sets me apart is my intelligence level of football and my ability to read what happens on a play and my ball-hawking skills I feel like I can go after the ball really well.

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

  • I would say Chad Johnson he was my favorite player growing up. And I liked his personality and celebrations and he had fun playing football. He was a great player and somebody I looked up to.

3.What has been your biggest challenge in life?

  • The passing of my auntie, she was really close to me and my cousin. And she was really critical of what I did whether it was track or football. She made me strive to become the person I am today.

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

  • My mindset is do anything to help my team win and anything less than that is a failure in my opinion.

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

  • What made me decide I wanted to be a football player was my other cousin played and I loved competing with him and it drew me to football. I love football and all the people I have met and what football can bring for me.
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6.What are your favorite moments from your football life?

  • Winning a National Championship in youth football, it was something I had with a goal in mind and glad I achieved it.

7.What is your favorite workout?

  • Back squat

8.What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?

  • Effort, intensity and passion if you have those things you can get to work.

9.What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

  • I bring positive and humble energy and I try to become the best football player and any chance I get to get better I need to take advantage of it.

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

  • A team would get a player dedicated to playing football and they should take a shot at me playing every day.

11.What were your favorite things about playing football for San Diego State University? 

  • Playing in front of my hometown, playing with my brothers and and all the hard work I put in.

12.What role do you hope to have if you make it into the NFL?

  • Whatever role any team wants me to fulfill I’m dedicated to playing any position.


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