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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Patrick Godbolt, OLB, South Carolina State

2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Patrick Godbolt, OLB, South Carolina State
Patrick Godbolt the play-making outside linebacker from South Carolina State University recently sat down with NFL Draft DIamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Patrick Godbolt
  • Position: OLB
  • College: South Carolina State
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 235
  • Twitter: @patrick_godbolt
  • Instagram: patty__ice43

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

I feel like I’m a top prospect because of my athleticism, my football intelligence, and my versatility to play multiple positions and in different defenses. 

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

I first got into football when I was 7 years old and started playing at the recreation center.

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

NFL teams should know that I’m a hard-working player who is always trying to improve my game.

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

I would like to donate to the funding of HBCUs to improve the education and athletic departments of those universities. I appreciate all that South Carolina State University has done for me and I’d like for others to get that same opportunity. 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

The best advice I ever received was from my parents who told me to “never let what you want keep you from what you need.”

Who was your childhood hero? 

I’ve always looked up to my parents. Besides them, I would say my childhood hero was Batman. 

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

I would say Jared Kirksey. I think he’s going to have a great upcoming season. He’s a great player.

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

My biggest pet peeve is being late to anything. I’m always on time. 

Who is your favorite teacher ever?

My favorite teacher is Dr. John B. Williams. He and I developed a nice relationship towards the end of my undergraduate degree at SC State. 

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

The hardest time I had to go through was when I hurt my LCL during the COVID-19 outbreak. On top of the world shutting down, I was dealing with that injury and it was a tough time for me. The support of my family got me through it though. 

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

South Carolina State University is special to me because of the pride that I developed for the school over my time attending. The people at SC State are great and it will always be a special place for me. 

If you could have any franchise restaurant in your house what would it be?

The one franchise restaurant I would like to have in my house would be Chick-fil-A.

What is your favorite snack food? 

My favorite snack food is any type of gummy snack.

What is your degree in? 

I received my Bachelor’s in Biology and I am currently working on my Master’s in Nutritional Science.

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

I am the best option because I am dedicated in every way possible and I will work harder than everyone else to be the best. 

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

I would compare myself to Haason Reddick. We have similar size and athleticism. I admire his game and what he has been able to accomplish.  

What is your favorite game to play at the carnival/theme park?

My favorite theme park game would be the water gun game. 

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

I’m close to my parents, so the first two would be my mom and dad, Walker and Betty Godbolt. The last person would be Carroll Shelby. I’m a bit of a car guy, so I think that would be awesome.

Damond Talbot

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