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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Ammari Sylla, FS, Virginia University of Lynchburg

Ammari Sylla the free safety from Virginia University of Lynchburg recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Ammari Sylla the free safety from the Virginia University of Lynchburg recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Ammari Sylla
  • Position: Free Safety
  • College: Virginia University of Lynchburg
  • Height: 5’11
  • Weight: 190
  • Twitter: hustlemar_
  • Instagram: splashthegod_

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

What makes me a top prospect for the 2023 draft is that I have a knack for the ball. If you want turnovers then I’m the guy you can count on to give it back to your offense. I’m also very versatile. I can line up on all 3 levels and make an impact whether it’s safety, corner, or Nickel.

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?

I was first interested in the sport of football when I was 15 years old. I began playing after watching Reggie Bush play. 

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

One thing NFL team should know about me is that I will fight to the end and never give up. When playing, I’m constantly trying to make a play every down. My goal is to win the 3 downs or 4 hard downs any way possible. My energy flows during the game. 

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

I would donate to breast cancer awareness because my grandmother passed away from it. 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

The best advice I have ever received was from a coach. He told me to dream big and dreams come true.

Who was your childhood hero?

My mom was my childhood hero. She has supported me throughout her entire life so I owe her the world.

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

The most underrated teammate in the locker at my school is Jeremy Allen Brown. He’s got great hall instincts and is a hard worker with swag too.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is someone who doesn’t have passion for the game going through the motions. We are here to chase greatness. 

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

The hardest moment in life I had to overcome was the passing of my 2 cousins. They were my best friends and always supported me and played football with me while we were young. That’s why I go hard.

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

VUL has a great schedule. It gives you an opportunity every Saturday to chase your dreams on ESPN so your family can watch it. For that, I am forever grateful. 

What is your favorite snack food? 

Honey buns 

What is the best part of football? 

The best part of football picks 6s. To me there is no better feeling in the world to look back and see the defeat on your opponents after this is priceless.

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

I am a dog and a dog is going to eat! 

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

I would say Tyran Matthieu. He’s around the ball a lot. 

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

If I could have dinner with 3 people, 1 would be Kobe because he has that mamba mentality and I’ve always looked up to that. The way he went into every game unafraid is unmatchable. He is a goat. The next person would be Tyran Matthieu. I watch his highlights before every game. His size doesn’t matter, he’s a dog and you can count on him, so I would love to see how he thinks. The third person would be Deion Sanders. Sanders is a legend! He is the greatest defensive back of all time. I would love to sit down at dinner with him pick his brain and get tips on the next level.

Damond Talbot

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