2018 NFL Draft Interview: Derius Jones, Eastern Kentucky University

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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Derius, can you please tell us about yourself?

Derius Jones: My name is Derius Jones, I’m from Louisville, KY. I grew up in a negative environment, football helped me escape that situation. I was a Walk-On at EKU. I had to try out for the team twice.

Justin David Kish: During your college career, you played for Kentucky State and Eastern Kentucky. Tell us about your transition from Kentucky State to Eastern Kentucky?

Derius Jones: It was a tough transition, but it was well worth it. I started at a small HBCU and transferred to a major university. I had a lot to learn coming in from Kentucky State about being a student-athlete. I overcame every obstacle and graduated with my Bachelors Degree.

Justin David Kish: When you look back at your career you created a number of memories, what is one memory that really stands out from the rest?

Derius Jones: One of my best memories during my collegiate career is when I transferred into Eastern Kentucky University. I wasn’t able to compete that year, so I was a scout team player. Every practice I came to work and treated it as if it was my game. At the end of the season, my teammates voted me Offensive Scout Team Player Of The Year.

Justin David Kish: Let’s shift our focus to draft-related questions, how are you currently preparing yourself for the NFL Draft or any future opportunities?

Derius Jones: I’m working on building my resume and investing in myself. I recently played in the FCS Senior Bowl. I plan on attending some CFL tryouts, NFL regional Combine, & Pro Day. I’m also in the lab working with my trainer to perfect my craft.

Justin David Kish: When you look at your game what do you consider to be your biggest strengths?

Derius Jones: I believe my biggest strengths is effort, Toughness, and route running.

Justin David Kish: Name a point during your college career that you overcame adversity and how did you learn from the experience?

Derius Jones: I faced adversity throughout my entire career, but my biggest situation is when I tore my ACL. It brought me to a dark place in my life, but through prayer and hard work, I overcame that situation.

Justin David Kish: Outside of football, what does a typical day look like when you have time off?

Derius Jones: Spend time with my newborn daughter, work on earning my real estate license & other career opportunities.

Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the spot. My first question, if you could compare yourself to any current NFL wide receiver who would you compare yourself to and why?

Derius Jones: Keelan Cole for the Jacksonville Jaguars. We’re from the same city and attended the same high school. Early in his career, he was overlooked, but through hard work and dedication, he overcame every obstacle. The underdog always prevails.

Justin David Kish: My final question, if I was an NFL GM why should I draft Derius Jones?

Derius Jones: You don’t have to draft me, just give me an opportunity. I’m a hidden GEM!

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