NFL Draft Diamonds Spotlight Interview: Nathan Slaughter, WR/KR, West Texas A&M
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
I had a number of schools recruiting me out of high school, I couldn’t give you a specific number.
How did you come to make your college decision?
Well when it came down to actual offers there were few, so I made the best decision made on what would be best for me. West Texas A&M gave me an opportunity to excel in some of my strong suites and it was close to home.
Where are you training, and what are your goals for pro day/combines?
I’m training at West Texas A&M. My goals including putting up some of the best numbers ever recorded for my position in each drill.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
Yes, they like my athleticism and my speed.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
My ability to make something out of nothing, along with my speed and quickness. I’m also very smart and I can learn plays and numerous positions easily.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
While watching film I look to see the coverages the defense runs and the physicality of the defense. I also look to see where they may struggle whether it may be in the passing or running game.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
Nobody comes to mind but as a true freshman, Central Missouri was the toughest game I’ve played in by far.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
Guys like Ty Hilton and Julian Eldeman. Their ability to impact the game from different positions across the offense, as well as in the return game are things I can do as well.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome in life is growing up without a father. Just keeping my faith and God and the love of my mother helped me get through that.
What system fits your style of play the best?
Teams that spread defenses out and get athletes in space suit my style of play, such as the Patriots, Saints, Broncos and Colts.
What is your biggest strength?
My biggest strength is my athletic ability, I can make a play that looks like it’s a minimum gain go for a 1st down or touchdown.
What is your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness is being my biggest critic which can cause me to get down on myself at times.
If I were a GM and gave you a minute to sell yourself, what would you say?
I would say that I’m a first class guy who goes the extra mile to be great. I’m a quick learner and I can impact the game in any facet I’m asked to. I make plays with the ball in my hand and I’m not a guy that needs to be worried about to cause problems.
Growing up, who was your role model?
Kobe Bryant, I love his competitiveness, confidence and killer instinct.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
I’ve never had a favorite team but I watch a lot of players like Dante Hall and Percy Harvin.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
Kobe Bryant, Floyd Mayweather and Eric Thomas
What would you buy with your first NFL paycheck?
A present for my mother to let her know how much I appreciate her.