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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Ryan Nixon, CB, Valdosta State

2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Ryan Nixon, CB, Valdosta State
Ryan Nixon the standout cornerback from Valdosta State recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Ryan Nixon 
  • Position: Cornerback 
  • College: Valdosta State
  • Height: 6’3
  • Weight: 200
  • Twitter: ry_nixon3
  • Instagram: ryanlnixon

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

Everything. I just know I have an NFL skillset and the ability to be a playmaker. From my Size and Length and my movement at my size I feel there are so many things I’m capable of but there will always be so much room for me to grow as well.

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

I’ve Been around the sport of Football since I’ve been born but I Began playing at the age of 7.

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

That I am Leader #1 and not always by word of mouth but by action. People gravitate toward me in a positive way, I work hard I want to be the Best and I Love the game of Football.

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

I would donate towards homelessness, and do my best to provide them with meals. 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

The best advice I can and always will remember me receiving is me and my Grandfathers talks of just simply Working hard and doing the rights things that I can accomplish whatever it is I want too in this life If you do things right.

Who was your childhood hero?

My Childhood Hero growing up was definitely Spiderman I got all the Spiderman movies I even have a picture dressed up as Spiderman when I was younger.

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

I would say my most underrated teammate in the locker room would be my guy Jamari Nelson Cornerback #25. He wasn’t the tallest or biggest at all and knew whenever he was on the field he would be a target just simply based off his stature but he would always have Supreme confidence in his a ability which would always motivate me even when he didn’t know it did.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Loud Chewing would have to be my biggest pet peeve lol.

Who is your favorite teacher ever?

My favorite teacher that I could remember would be Mr. Napalan at teacher I had in High school at Long Beach Poly. He believed in me as an athlete but also held me accountable in the classroom and I respect and appreciate him for that.

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

Adversity for me simply was just getting to this point that I am at now. Went through different transitions in my career from Transferring multiple times and just staying the course of it all knowing that I would want to be at this point. As well as knowing who were the correct people to receive advice from in my life and who truly has my best interest.

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

Honestly, Valdosta St. has great tradition and when you’re winning out there it’s Fun. Winning is just fun in general but I truly enjoyed my time there and met a lot of great people, they also have a lot of NFL talent come through there.

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

I would have to go with Roscoe’s Chicken n Waffles. It’s the best chicken and waffles anyone could have.

What is your favorite snack food?

I like Fruit Snacks I could probably eat a box by myself If I wanted too. 

What is your degree in?

Communications/ Organizational Studies

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

A Gem. 

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

I would compare my play style to Jalen Ramsey and I honestly believe that and see so many similarities in his game that I know I’m capable of and also they way his Versatility is used I have all of those capabilities. The main thing is just being consistent and that is why he has had so much such in his Career. We have similar builds and I Love his game the Physicality he brings along with his swagger. 

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

Whenever I was at a carnival or theme park I enjoyed getting on rollercoasters for sure. 

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

  1. Nipsey Hussle and that is because he was great and had to work his way all the way up so I would Love to have a Conversation with him if he was still here.
  2. Kobe Bryant simply because of his Greatness and legacy , his mindset and everything he stood for I would just want to have a conversation with him. 
  3. Micheal Rubin and that is because I would want to learn how to maneuver in Business and know what would be the right type of investments that could be made.

Damond Talbot

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