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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Johnny Jean, FS, Northeastern State University

Johnny Jean the play making free safety from Northeastern State University recently sat down with NFL Draft DIamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Johnny Jean the play-making free safety from Northeastern State University recently sat down with NFL Draft DIamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Johnny Jean 
  • Position: Free Safety
  • College: Northeastern State University 
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 200
  • Twitter: Johnnyjean14
  • Instagram: johnnyjean_1

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

My playmaking ability, I’m a hard hitter and  I have great hands. My size is also perfect for the position and I believe my 40 times would impress scouts as well at my pro day and would rank very high if I’m invited to the combine.

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

When I was 10 years old

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

Work ethic would never be an issue because I love what I do. 

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

World hunger 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

You are who you hang out with so surround yourself with like-minded people. If you hang  around 3 bums chances are you’ll be the 4th and if you hang around 3 millionaires chances are you’ll be the 4th 

Who was your childhood hero? 

My Mother 

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

Jarrett Bryant 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

McDonald’s gave me cold cookies after I asked for them to be fresh.

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

Juco football was one of the hardest times for me and overcoming adversity. I went through so much for the time that I was there. I’ve seen so many quit and give up so it was a make-or-break-you situation.

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

My school competes in a great conference in the MIAA. It’s so special to me because it’s where I got an opportunity to play the game that I love.

What is your favorite snack food?

Chocolate Chip Cookies 

What is the best part of football? 

The best part is the friendships you make throughout the process and big hits are fun as well.

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

I bring lots of energy to my defense because I make big plays. 

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

I Would say Derwin James because he’s close to the area I grew up down in the 863  in south Florida and he is a safety that can play in the box, sack the QB, and also can run with slot guys and makes plays on the ball in the air and comes downhill with very violet hits. He makes plays at every level and I believe I do too. 

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

  1. Lebron James – he’s always been my favorite basketball player/ athlete 
  2. Kobe Bryant – I would love to hear everything he would have to say about his mindset and what it truly means to have a mamba mentality. 
  3. Lamar Jackson – he’s one of my favorite players to watch been keeping up with him since he was in high school. 

Damond Talbot

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