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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Ismail Abdul, DB, Cumberland University

2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Ismail Abdul, DB, Savannah State
Ismail Abdul the standout defensive back from Cumberland University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Ismail Abdul
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • School: Cumberland University/Savannah State 
  • Height: 5’11
  • Weight: 192
  • Twitter: Ishflash1
  • Instagram: Ishflash

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2023 draft?

My speed, athleticism, body control, & leadership.

At what age were you first interested of football?

I’ve loved watching football since 7 years old.

What is one thing NFL teams should know about you?

My dad was an Olympian for Jamaica (Sprinter), and he has taught me a lot about life & how to be successful.

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

Donate to help organizations that support children with disabilities.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever received you can’t put unleaded in a Maserati. The Maserati is the human body. 

Who was your childhood hero?

My father is my childhood hero.

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room?

Johnathan Singleton

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Biggest pet peeve is not being told the truth.

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

The hardest moment in my life was losing my uncle.

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

My school is a pretty calm environment and fun to be in, & this school is special to me because I transferred from a D1 to another and wasn’t able to receive a waiver for my third D1 school. It’s been a great home to be a part of & it’s taken very good care of me!

What is your Favorite snack?

Clif Bar

What is the best part of football?

The best part of football is making big plays when the game is on line.

If I could sell myself in one sentence, what would you say?

Ismail is a big ball of light.

Who would you compare yourself to one player in the NFL who would it be?

Kenny Moore 

Three people in the world dead or alive you would want to sit down and talk to?

My mom, dad & uncle because they helped pave the way for me.


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