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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jacob Dorn, DL, University of West Florida

Jacob Dorn the star pass rusher from the University of West Florida recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of NFL Draft Diamonds
Jacob Dorn the star pass rusher from the University of West Florida recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of NFL Draft Diamonds
  • Name: Jacob Dorn
  • Position: DL
  • College: University of West Florida
  • Height: 6’3”
  • Weight: 260 lbs
  • X: @jakedorn5
  • Instagram: @jakedorn29

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

I started playing in 9th grade and I played a variety of sports as a kid but with my body type I decided football was best suited for me to play collegiately and I’ve made a lot of friends and had a lot of relationships through football.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

Game days and those times when you are able to talk about memories with teammates.

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

My dad, he’s just someone who puts his family first rather than himself and always went and provided for my family through whatever was going on and I would love to give back to my family.

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

The physicality of the position I play which is defensive line.

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

Nick Bosa, he’s someone who doesn’t talk a lot but his game is heavily respected and I would love to get some tips to refine my skills.

What are your favorite things about playing football for West Florida?

The ability to play for Coach Melo, he holds you to a high standard everyday to be better than anyone else and also to come play for a school who has a very rich tradition that wins like West Florida.

What should we know about Jake Dorn the person?

I’m somebody who is the same person everyday, blue collar type of guy and I push everyone to be the best version of themselves.

What is your favorite defensive scheme and why?

4-3 is my favorite scheme but I have played in several and my physicality can play in any scheme and any position.

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

I view challenges simply as opportunities to come back better and approach it not only to be a better football player but a better man.

What would a team get in a player like you?

A versatile athlete who is very explosive at the line of scrimmage but could also get put into a variety of positions not only on the defensive line but special teams as well.

What stands out about your film the most?

My explosiveness and physicality at the snap of the ball and the use of my hands to shed blockers and defend the run but also defend the pass as well.

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

Trevor Nowaske, he was my roommate last year who had little attention up until his senior year and now he is with the Lions.

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