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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Dathan Hickey, DB, Yale University

Dathan Hickey the versatile defensive back from Yale University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Dathan Hickey the versatile defensive back from Yale University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Dathan Hickey
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • College: Yale University 
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 198
  • Twitter: @Lockdat11
  • Instagram: @Lock.dat_11

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

I can play and make an impact at any position in the defensive backfield and I thrive when faced with adversity and competition.

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

When I was 5 years old.

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

When I get my opportunity I will take advantage of it.

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they produce your future.

Who was your childhood hero?

My dad was my childhood hero everything I did was to make him proud of me.

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

Billy Dahl

What is your biggest pet peeve?

When someone responds with “sure” to a question.

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

The hardest moment in my life to overcome is struggling with depression and it’s not something that just goes away it’s a constant fight but it’s a lot easier to handle now than it was in the past.

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

My school has some of the brightest minds in the world and that’s special to me because no matter who I’m around whether it’s a teammate or not I am always learning and ultimately making myself the best version of me.

What is your favorite snack food?

Trolls sour gummy worms no doubt

What is the best part of football?

It gives me a place to let go and be free. It’s a time where literally nothing else matters. You can truly be who you are and show the work you’ve put in.

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

If you want someone who will never stop learning and can never be outworked I’m your man.

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

I honestly feel like I play the game different than a lot of players in my position but if I had to pick I’d say Jalen Ramsey, he has great instincts, awareness and cover skills but is also strong enough and aggressive enough to play closer to the line of scrimmage. 

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

1.) Jesus, I would love to just feel the presence of him in the flesh and ask him a whole lot of questions. 2.) Kobe Bryant, His mindset is something I try to adopt and being able to pick his brain and get some advice from him would be incredible. 3.) Adam Sandler, he is one funny dude. When I laugh at movies I usually chuckle a little bit but his movies have me laughing out loud. I probably wouldn’t even touch my food at this dinner if I’m being honest.

Damond Talbot

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