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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Andrew Hayes, CB, University of Central Arkansas

Andrew Hayes, CB, University of Central Arkansas
Andrew Hayes the play maker cornerback from University of Central Arkansas recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Andrew Hayes
  • Position: Cornerback
  • College: University of Central Arkansas
  • Height: 5’11
  • Weight: 195
  • Twitter: @TheAndrewHayes
  • Instagram: @theandrewhayes

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2024 NFL Draft

My dedication to the game and my heart. I will give wherever I end up 100% of what I have and no less.

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

When I was six years old. 

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

I’ll never give up, no matter what happens. Under any circumstances, I’ll give my absolute best at all times.

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


What is the best advice you have ever received? 

One coach once told me, “It’s gotta mean something.” It’s something that is simple but sticks with me every day. Football means so much to me; if I keep that advice in my head, it reminds me why I’m pushing harder and harder.  

Who was your childhood hero?

My dad. 

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

TaMuarion Wilson, he is extremely elite. 

What is your biggest pet peeve?

When’s things aren’t organized. 

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

The death of my sister was really hard on me. Thankfully I had friends and family to help me through that situation. 

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

I always wanted to attend UCA, my sister went to college here, and I heard many beautiful things, so I’m here now and loving it.

What is your favorite snack food?

Chocolate chip cookies. 

What is the best part of football?

The hustle and competition, the fact that those who outwork others will succeed, is a very special thing to me. 

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

I’m incredibly dedicated and will do whatever the team needs from me the most.

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

Panthers Josh Norman. I’ve always loved the fire he played with, but I try and let my game do the talking first and foremost. He also used his status as an underdog as motivation, and I do the same.

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

I would have dinner with my sister, Will Ferrell, and Jamie Foxx. A dinner with those people would be endless joy and laughter. 

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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