Overview: Jihad Abdur-Rahman is a senior who is a defensive end. He started off his college career at Delaware State University before transferring to West Virginia Wesleyan College. In 2016, he was named Scouting News D2 Preseason First Team All-American. He is a great athlete who is a good run stopper. He had 23 career starts, 71 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 11 QB hurries, four pass break-ups and one fumble recovery.
Fun fact: He didn’t start playing football until junior year in college. Played basketball his entire life leading up to and in college.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jihad, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
JAR: I fell in love with the game 3 years ago when I first started playing the game. I was a basketball fanatic before football and never thought about playing football. The game ended up growing on me which really made me a better player.
C: What it is like to have 9 NFL teams potentially interested in you during your pro day?
JAR: To be honest it is truly a blessing. It was a great experience for me working out for all 9 teams. Overall I had a good day and I was very happy with my performance. Some of the teams that were there also were present when I played in the FCS Bowl back in December. This was the second time in the offseason I was evaluated by various scouts at one time.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
JAR: My upside is what separates me from other players at my position. I have only been playing football for 3 years and I have a high ceiling.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
JAR: Strengths: Stopping the run and my football IQ.
Weaknessess: Need to use my hands more on pass rushing and needs to play with lower pad level.
C: Who in the NFL do you see as a role model, and why?
JAR: James Harrison, he works hard every day and always takes care of his body. Your body is the most important aspect of the game of football.
C: What has been your biggest accomplishment during your football career?
JAR: Being named a First Team Preseason All-American by Scouting News.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
JAR: I compare myself to Michael Bennett I can play inside and outside on the defensive line. Rather you want me to play 3 tech or 5 tech I can play both.
C: How have you been training this offseason?
JAR: I have been training at Peak Performance in Delaware.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
JAR: “Treat everyday like it’s game day. Rather it’s practice, a walk through or film session everyday is a game day” Via EJ Junior.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
JAR: God, Family, and Football is the motto I go by every single day. God has blessed me with the ability to play the game of football and the NFL team I go to will not only get a good player but an even better person.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Jihad Abdur-Rahman for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a professional football player.
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Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.