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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Isaac Darkangelo, LB, University of Illinois

Isaac Darkangelo the standout linebacker from the University of Illinois recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of Draft Diamonds
  • Name: Isaac Darkangelo
  • Position: LB
  • College: University of Illinois
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 230 lbs
  • Twitter: @isaacdarkangelo
  • Instagram: @isaacdarkangelo

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

I grew up in a family of 6 so having two older brothers and watching them play really drew me to the game that I love which is football.

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

Make the NFL and to take full advantage of the opportunities that I face!

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

If I could sit down with one NFL player it would be Devin White. The reason why is because I love the way he plays the game and I would love to learn from him.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

Being able to play with my brother Austin in high school. Being able to cherish those times and share the same field was pretty special.

Which one of your family members inspires you the most and why?

All 5 of my siblings inspire me. I don’t think that there is a specific one. I’ve been able to learn and grow from each one of them which has been pretty special.

What is your favorite defensive scheme and why?

I’d have to say any linebacker designed blitz. I mean who doesn’t like coming on a blitz and getting your number called.

What should we know about Isaac Darkangelo the person?

That I’m a hardworking individual and anything that I do I will always do it with 100% of my effort. I love to read, grow my mind and learn about new things!

What stands out about your film the most?

I think when you watch my film you will see my effort and pursuit to the ball every play.

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

The way that I handle challenges both in life and on the football field is by relaxing and focusing on the task that is at hand.

What would a team get in a player like you?

They would be getting a competitor! Someone who would give relentless effort and do anything the team needs!

What do you love the most about the game of football?

I would say the competition. I’m a competitive person and I love competing and there’s always competition in football.

Who is the most underrated player you’ve played with and why?

I don’t think he’s that underrated but definitely doesn’t get enough acknowledgment. I would say Sydney Brown. I think the guy is just unbelievable when it comes to football knowledge and detail. He is a true competitor and is always flying around.

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