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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Kendricks Gladney Jr, LB, Coastal Carolina University

Kendricks Gladney Jr. the hard hitting linebacker from Coastal Carolina recently sat down with Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Kendricks Gladney Jr
  • Position: LB
  • College: Coastal Carolina University
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 212 lbs
  • Twitter: @kg_finesse

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

My older brother he motivated me to get into football.

What sets you apart from other linebackers?

I’m simply not just a linebacker. I’m a hybrid defensive player who can play in the secondary and a few front 7 positions.

If there was a billboard with 5 of your traits on it which 5 traits would be up there?

IQ/awareness, instincts, explosiveness, fluidity, and playmaker.

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

Dynamic energy, I get my teammates going and I like to lead by example and set the tone.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

Winning championships, watching me improve as a player every single year, making plays I envision myself making and pushing my teammates to new limits.

How are you planning to prepare for the draft?

Just constantly working on everything I can to become the best player I can whether that’s physically or mentally and simply becoming a better man in general.

What should we know about Kendricks Gladney Jr the person?

I’m a religious man, I’m extremely artistic, I’m a family man, I love to laugh and have a good time and I love to bring great energy to the table at all times.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

By face on. When I encounter challenges I just like to control what I can control and I have a quote that says “Stay in the present and be where my feet are.”

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

Consistency, understanding your work, playing at full speed until the whistle blows, having fun with what you do and having the confidence to believe in what you want to do.

What would a team get in a player like you?

A team player, a leader, a hard worker that loves to play special teams just as much as defense, a consistent player and a man that wants to make a difference in the community outside of football.

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

Sean Taylor, I grew up watching him, he’s the reason I play defense. He’s the true definition of how a player should play defense and look like.

What are you looking to achieve as a football player going forward?

To become the best version of myself in all aspects of my game and become a better man. Also in everything I do I want to be better at.

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