Meet 2023 NFL Draft Prospect Jacky Chen, OT, Tempo College

Jacky Chen the athletic offensive tackle from Pace University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Jacky Chen the athletic offensive tackle from Pace University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.

  • Name: Jacky Chen
  • Position: OT
  • College: Pace University
  • Height: 6’5 and three quarters
  • Weight: 310
  • Twitter: @jackychen4890

What makes you a top prospect at your position  in the 2023 NFL Draft? 

What makes me a top offensive line prospect is my physical stature and ability to move and distribute my weight to dominate my opponent. I will do whatever I need in order to get the job done.

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?

I have been interested in the sport of football all my life but did not play until my sophomore year of high school.

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

I am very coachable and will put myself in the best position to better the team.

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be? 

I would donate to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

Welcome pressure into your life and don’t run from it because pressure is a privilege.

Who was your childhood hero? 

My parents. They moved to America from China with a dream and fought through adversity to be where they are now and provide a beautiful life for my sister and I.

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school? 

Dominic Nicolo!

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

Not giving something you choose to accomplish your all and leaving any doubt out there.

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

The hardest moment in my life is when I suffered from mental health issues and I had to discover myself in order to get to the point where I am today. 

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?

Pace University Football gave  a 240-pound offensive tackle a shot and a scholarship to further my football career and develop me into the player I am today

What is your favorite snack food? 


What is the best part of football? 

Being a part of a brotherhood that lasts forever as well as the lessons learned that are applicable to life after playing.

If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say? 

I am willing to keep sprinting when the distance is unknown.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be? 

Taylor Lewan

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

My grandpa passed away last year because I was never able to see him before he died and tell him I love him due to covid restrictions and the borders. Jackie Chan, because rush hour has to be my favorite movies and our names are very similar. The third person would be Michael phelps. He is one of those guys who dominates at what he does all the time and I would love to hear his story and how he did what he did as well as the adversity he faced. He is very motivational. 

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at [email protected]

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