NFL Draft 2017 Prospect: Jihad Abdur-Rahman
Name: Jihad Abdur-Rahman
College: West Virginia Wesleyan
Position: Defensive End
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Jihad: Smart, Athletic, Relentless.
Q: How are you going to train/prepare this offseason in preparation for the draft or other pro opportunities?
Jihad: Training at Peak Performance Athletics in Camden, Delaware.
Q: If you could compare yourself to one current or former NFL player who would it be and why?
Jihad: Michael Bennett from the Seahawks, because I have the ability to rush the edge and play inside as well.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
Jihad: First, I identify formation and personnel. Second, I pay attention to snap count hints the quarterback might give me. Last, I evaluate each lineman’s tendencies.
Q: What separates you from other players at your position?
Jihad: The quickness of my hand placement in the run game and also, I have a lot of upside and raw potential due to this only being my third year playing football.
Q: What kind of abilities would you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Jihad: On the field, I could contribute to any team with my pass rushing skills and ability to stop the run as a 4-3 DE or a 3-4 OLB. Off the field, I would definitely contribute to the community, especially the church. The lord has blessed me with the ability to play football and I will use my talents to let my lord and savior use me as the servant he brought me in this world to be. I owe everything to Jesus Christ.
Q: What is your final pitch/sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
Jihad: Your team will be getting a very different player. I’m not about the money, cars, or houses, those are not the way my morals work. You will be receiving a player that is a flat out hard worker. Sure I’m going to make mistakes, but I guarantee you I will not make the same mistake twice. I catch on fast and with my God given size and athletic ability and a scheme that I am given a opportunity to shine in, I will not let you down. Speed and strength is one thing, but you can never teach heart and that’s what I have.
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