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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Alex Smith, LB, Newberry College

Alex Smith the playmaking linebacker from Newberry College recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Alex Smith the playmaking linebacker from Newberry College recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Alex Smith
  • Position: Outside Linebacker
  • College: Newberry College 
  • Height: 6’2 ft
  • Weight: 220 lbs
  • Twitter: @Beast3_AS
  • Instagram: @Asmith__17

What makes you a top prospect at your position  in the 2022 NFL Draft

  • I feel that my passion for the game is unmatched. I believe that everyday there’s something I can do to get better and I won’t stop until I’m the best athlete I can be.

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?
  • I was interested in football around the age of 6 or 7. I was always around it because my dad played all his life and attend The University of South Carolina to play football. So my brother and I naturally loved the sport and played. 

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

  • I’m a hard working and determined athlete who strives to do big things. I will always set goals for myself and I will stop at nothing until I reach those goals.

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

  • I would donate to help with the fight against Alzheimer’s. This is because my grandma fought with this disease for a long time and it was hard watching her going through something that I could not help her with.  

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

  • No matter where you go in life always remember that self-care is number one priority- My Mom

Who was your childhood hero? 

  • My childhood hero was my older brother not only as an athlete, but as a person I always looked up too. 

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

  • The most underrated teammate in my locker room is Andre Amaker. He is a hard worker on and off the field. You can just see the passion in him and I see big things for his future. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

  • My biggest pet peeve on field would be when a teammate playing next to me is not giving 110%. 

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

  • The hardest moment in my life was the passing of my grandma. Fortunately, with the love and support from my family I was able to get through it. 

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

  • Newberry College is small, but being at small school means that you can get to know people better. It’s a big family here at Newberry.

What is your favorite snack food? 

  • White cheddar popcorn and wild berry skittles. 

What is the best part of football? 

  • The best part about football is the atmosphere in the stadium, it’s like no matter where you go there’s always a screaming crowd at the games.

If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say? 

  • Count on me to get whatever you need done.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be? I would compare myself to Tyrann Mathieu.

  • If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why? I pick my brother as one, because he is always giving me advice. I would pick my grandpa, because not only did I love being around him but he always inspired me to be a better person. Then I would pick my grandma, because I miss seeing her healthy and happy. 

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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