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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Emery Simmons, WR, University of Utah

Emery Simmons the star wide receiver from the University of Utah recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds scout Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Emery Simmons
  • Position: WR
  • College: The University of Utah
  • Height: 6’1”
  • Weight: 180 lbs
  • X (Twitter): @zipsimmons
  • Instagram: @zip_simmons

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

I played multiple sports growing up but football was the most natural. It ran in the family and I just always loved playing it, something that I never wanted to let go. My dad was a great football player and his career didn’t go like he wanted it to but thats why he got me and my brother to do it for him.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

One was my touchdown catch against Notre Dame in 2020, another was my touchdown catch against Georgia State in 2021, and my overall top catch was against Maryland in 2022.

What are you looking to achieve as a football player going forward?

Being the best version of me, I know what I am capable of on the football field, once somebody gives me the opportunity I’m taking it and running with it, I feel like I still have so much to give and I want to achieve something that has not been done in my family.

Kennan Allen, just because he is from north carolina and so am I. There’s not that many North Carolina native players that I know of that have been in the league. So with a guy like him who has been in the game for so long would be a great sit down.

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

The clichè answer would be my parents but to be honest as I’ve became older it’s really my family as a whole, you start to realize that everyone pitches in and tries to help in someway, shape or form because they believe in you and want your dreams to come true just as bad as you do.

What is your favorite offensive scheme and why?

I’ve played in the 3 total offenses, 2 of the was RPO schemed and the other was pro style. I prefer the pro style because I knew with coming into the league that was what was going to be ran. So with me learning it for a year and getting the terminology down, the cadence of the play call and what to listen to, it should make mini camp a little less strenuous.

What should we know about Emery Simmons the person?

God fearing, family man, I love dogs, favorite hobby is video games or bowling, a consistent blue collar guy.

What stands out about your film the most?

My athleticism, any ball you throw I’m going to go and get it, not scared to go across the middle and take on hits and just my consistency. No matter where I have been you can never say, he’s late, he causes trouble or don’t work hard. I’ve graduated as well so I’d like to think I have some type of IQ.

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

Through prayer, through talking to loved ones and just keeping the mindset of never giving up on what you set your mind on. I never want to give up on football and later in life I have the “what if” moment which I lived through college already. So whatever life challenges or on the field challenges I’m ready for them and grateful for them because at the end of the day it’s making me a better man for the future.

What would a team get in a player like you?

Like I said before you are getting a hardworking, consistent player. A player who doesn’t run away from adversity but runs towards it because it’s not stopping me from what I want and the final destination. I don’t do too much talking I just let my work ethic speak for itself.

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

The locker room, the camaraderie, the unforgettable moments, the brotherhood that lasts a lifetime. I love football for what it is on the field but I love it because of the friendships and relationships and life lessons it brings into my life. It makes me smile knowing I get another day to joke around with the fellas, run around for a couple of hours and then go home. To be able to call that my job, my profession, is a blessing.

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

Josh Henderson and just because he reminds me a lot of myself in ways and I just feel like when somebody get their hands on him they are going to have a good one for sure.


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