Meet 2023 Prospect Leon Middleton, OL, Washington & Jefferson

Leon Middleton the versatile offensive lineman from Washington and Jefferson College recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of Draft Diamonds.
Leon Middleton the versatile offensive lineman from Washington and Jefferson College recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of Draft Diamonds.

  • Name: Leon Middleton
  • Position: OL
  • College: Washington and Jefferson College
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 280 lbs
  • Twitter: @LMiddleton53

What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

What made me decide I wanted to be a football player started at a young age. When I’m on the field it brings me peace, joy, & happiness. That is a feeling I wouldn’t trade for nothing. Football is something I enjoy a lot. Football is something I gave my all too. I knew at a young age football was something I wanted to do as my profession.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

My favorite moments from my football life are really the memories, bonds, & winning games with teams & organizations I have played for. I been playing football since the age of five years old. I have hundreds of favorite moments from my football life & it will be impossible to pick out my favorite because each moment means something different to me.

What are you looking to achieve as a football player going forward?

Going forward as a football player I am looking to achieve to be the best player I can be in the NFL. I want to make a name for myself & prove to myself that I can play & compete in the NFL.

If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

If I can hang with any football player for a day past or present, I will most definitely hang out with Ray Lewis. Growing up playing football Ray Lewis was that guy. On the field he played with so much passion & aggression. He talked his talked & backed it up as well. Ray Lewis is so inspirational to me & every time he talks it is very motivational for me. I learned a lot from listening & watching Ray Lewis.

Which one of your family members inspires you the most and why?

My mom inspires me the most. As a single mother I witnessed my mom earn her bachelor & master degree from the University of Maryland. I watched my mother work hard to achieve her goals & make sure I had everything I needed growing up & now. My mother has showed me that no matter what you do in life you have to work hard for it regardless. It will not just be given to you. I Love My Mom!

What is your favorite offensive scheme and why?

My favorite offensive scheme is Smashmouth football. Being able to run the ball consistently & effectively on the offense is fun, especially playing offensive line. Knowing you are moving another man from point A to point B against his will is something I will always enjoy to do.

What should we know about Leon Middleton the person?

What you should know about Leon Middleton the person is that he is a well-rounded respectful man. Very chill & laidback. Confident, brave, and very passionate in anything he does. Leon Middleton is one of a kind & sees the world differently from most.

What stands out about your film the most?

What stands out about me the most on film is my footwork, my strength, & my power. Also being able to understand where the play is designed to go & creating good running holes for the running backs & doing my job by delivering solid blocks.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

How I handle challenges in life is by not trying to get overwhelmed by things. I learned that in life things will become challenging & as humans we tend to think too much about what we need to do or things that we need to have done all at once. So I focus on one thing at a time and by doing this it helped me be able to overcome any challenges I come across. This has also helped me on the field as well by focusing on one play at a time & executing that play to help out my team.

What would a team get in a player like you?

What a team will receive in a player like me is a hard worker. A player who will always give it everything he has. A player who is coachable & will get the job done no matter what. A player that is dedicated in perfecting his craft.

What do you love the most about the game of football?

What I love most about the game of football is the competitive nature of the sport, the physical aspects of the game & having fun while winning games with my team.

Who is the most underrated player you’ve played with and why?

Throughout my football life I played with a lot of underrated players. Since I have to choose one, I will like to say the most underrated player I played with is EJ Thompson. I played with EJ in high school at Thomas Stone High School & in college at Washington & Jefferson College. He is a running back who I have seen put in that work on & off the field. EJ pushes his teammates to be better & is a beast on the field. EJ is difficult to tackle when he has the ball in his hands & is a powerful blocker. Shoutout to my good friend EJ Thompson.

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