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2025 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Malik Thomas Jr., RB, UConn

2025 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Malik Thomas Jr., RB, UConn
Malik Thomas Jr. the speedy and elusive running back from UConn recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Malik Thomas Jr
  • Position: Running Back 
  • College: University of Connecticut 
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 210lbs
  • Twitter: Malik_Thomas_Jr
  • Instagram: Malik_Thomas_Jr

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2025 NFL Draft?

I believe I am a top running back prospect in the 2025 NFL Draft because I combine athleticism, football IQ, and work ethic. I am a physical runner who can use my vision, agility, and power to be successful when running with the ball. I have a great understanding of the game and can recognize and exploit defensive weaknesses. I also work hard on and off the field, always striving to be the best running back I can be. I am confident that I can make an immediate impact on whatever team drafts me and be a reliable weapon in the backfield.

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

I am extremely passionate about the game of football and I strive to work hard and be successful at whatever I do. I am a team player, have a great work ethic, and am willing to go the extra mile to help my team achieve success.

What would it be if you could donate to one cause in the world? 

I would donate to a cause that works to end global poverty. Poverty affects so many people around the world and there are so many organizations out there that are dedicated to helping end poverty and providing assistance to those in need. By donating to such a cause, I would be contributing to something that is making a meaningful difference in the lives of people worldwide.

Who was your role model? 

My biggest role models are my mom and dad. They taught me important values and skills, provided unconditional love and support, and inspired me to be the best version of myself.

Who is your favorite NFL team? My favorite NFL team is the Cowboys. Because they get everyone involved and they run the ball a lot. One of my favorite running backs, Ezekiel Elliott was a successful player in their offense.

Who is the most underrated teammate at your school? 

One of the most underrated teammates on my team is Brett Buckman. He’s one of the most hardworking players on the team and is always looking to improve his game, but doesn’t get the same recognition as some of the other players in the nation. He’s an important part of our offense and deserves more recognition for all he does.

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

My biggest pet peeve is when people are consistently late or unreliable. 

Who is your favorite teacher ever? 

One of my favorite teachers ever is my middle teacher Greg Schwarz. He always pushed me to be the best version of myself even when things got tough. He would motivate me every day to be great.

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

Going through high school with only a few offers on the table was tough. It felt like a setback when I saw other players getting more attention. But I didn’t let it get me down. Instead, I used it as motivation to push myself harder. Playing Division FCS ball was a grind. Balancing academics and football was no joke. But I was determined to prove myself on the field. I spent hours training, working on my skills, and giving it my all every game. Those four years weren’t easy. There were times when I doubted myself, and times when things didn’t go my way. But I kept pushing forward, never losing sight of my goal. Finally getting the chance to play in the FBS was a dream come true. It was the result of years of hard work and dedication. My journey taught me that with perseverance and determination, you can overcome any obstacle and achieve your dreams.

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

Having a franchise restaurant in my house would certainly be a unique experience! If I had to choose one, I think I’d go with something versatile that offers a wide range of options to suit different tastes and occasions. Chipotle in my house would be fantastic. With its focus on fresh ingredients and customizable options, it’s a crowd-pleaser for gatherings or just casual meals. Plus, who wouldn’t love having access to their delicious burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads? 

What is your favorite snack food? 

My favorite snack food would be Honey Wheat Pretzel Twists and Ritz Bits Cheese Sandwich Crackers

What is your degree in? 

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree and now I am pursuing a masters in Applied Biochemistry and Cell Biology

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

I would be grateful to have dinner with my grandma, mom, and oldest sister. It would be a special occasion for me. I don’t get the chance to spend a lot of time with them. I would love to hear the stories that they have to tell about my family’s history and how their lives have been intertwined with each other. It would be an amazing opportunity to learn more about my family and to share some of my own stories with them. I know it would be a night that I would always remember.

What is your biggest weakness? 

My desire to achieve flawless results can sometimes lead to me overthinking. While striving for excellence it is admirable, perfectionism that gets in my way and hinders progress at times. Learning to balance high standards with flexibility and self-compassion can help mitigate this weakness and foster a healthier approach to achievement.


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