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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Levi Watson, DL, Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois defensive lineman Levi Watson is a mountain of a man who is very disruptive and should be catching the eye of NFL scouts.

Player Profile:

  • Levi Watson
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • DL
  • 6’5″
  • 285lbs.
  • Aurora, CO
  • Twitter: @99_Uchies
  • Instagram: LDubew_99

2018 Accolades & Statistics:

  • 2018 All-OVC Football Second Team.
  • GP: 11
  • Total Tackles: 55
  • TFL: 10.0
  • Sacks: 3.0
  • FR: 1

What is your favorite song to listen to prior to competing?

Famous by Lil Wayne.

How would your teammates describe you as both a player and person?

Fundamental, hard-worker, and passionate.

How do you and your teammates make practice and film study fun?

Correcting each other’s mistakes and learning how to fix them when it’s time to come out and practice.

When you are studying film, what is your main focus to gain a competitive advantage?

Locking my focus on how my opponent plays as to playing high, quick feet or just plain slow off the ball and his technique.

While at the Collegiate level, who has been the toughest player you have competed against?

B.J. Autry (Jacksonville State University – OL).

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

Keep striving for greatness and opportunity to play at this level and being revolved around a great group of guys and staff on giving me this opportunity to make the best of it.

What team do you choose in Madden? Why?

Philadelphia Eagles, because that’s been my team since Michael Vick, Donavan McNabb, and, T.O., McCoy, D. Jackson

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?

The ability to be an all-around leader.

What do you value most from your Collegiate experience?

Relationships within the team that I developed.

Who is your personal hero?

My mother, because even though we didn’t live in the goodness of things she always found a way to do her best to teach me the right things to do and what not. And her telling me that “football will always be there but your education will stick with you through it all.”

Tell me something about yourself nobody would know.

I was always motivated to find out and learn new ideas and ways how to fix cars by myself.

How do you work on yourself?

By separating myself from all the other players to focus on what ways in life that I can get better when nobody’s paying attention.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

Mark Twain. The guy is one of but a few uniquely American literary geniuses.

If you could have any superpower, what power would it be and why?

Made of iron. Because I cannot be broken or injured of any sort.

What would constitute a perfect day for you?

Growing up and to spend more time with my Grandma before she passed.

Who inspired you as a young athlete?

My dad, because he pushed ever me to work harder than everyone since I was 4yrs old when I first started playing football my dad and my older brothers used to ride the bikes to practice for miles and miles just get our endurance up and to just be more active as kids growing up.

What are the positive attributes that you bring to a professional football team?

High intensity, high energy, great hustle to the ball, EFFORT goes a long way, and G.R.I.T (fortitude, toughness, determination) being coachable.

Tell me about a time where you overcame a challenge.

Being able to put my team on my back during 4th and inches or when the game came down to the final inch just having that senior mind frame of “you will never get this play back,” just that thought going through my head.

What one skill would you like to improve on? What’s your plan for doing so?

Developing a faster change of direction, and my plan for that is better awareness.

If you could sack an NFL QB, past or present, who would it be and why?

Tom Brady because he seems to break defenses apart with all the time he has in the backfield.

What current/former NFL player do you model you’re playing style after?

Warren Sapp, because based on my ability to get through offensive lineman and see the KNOCKBACK and EXPLOSIVENESS off the ball.

What is the best part of your hometown; Denver, CO?

Loyalty, support, and awareness of who you were from when you were young until now.

In 15 words or less, give me your pitch to an NFL GM on why you should be a part of their organization.

(Motivated, tough, coachable, dedicated, and trustworthy). To giving me a shot that I would be at least one of the hardest player to work and get better on my craft to make this team notice me as someone who gave it their all and I promise once that foot is in the door is domination from there on out which means I’m here to stay.

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