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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Julian Burton, WR, Missouri State University

burton 2Every year, NFL Draft Diamonds brings our readers the best in depth interviews on the internet. We specialize in giving players an opportunity to showcase their talents on our website. We conducted interviews last year with over 300 plus players. We want you to enjoy our interviews, because when these young men are in the league, we will not be surprised, and neither should you.

What is your name?

Julian Burton

Where do you play college football?

Missouri State University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

About 20

How did you choose your school?

Originally for dual sports ” basketball, football”

Where are you from?

Memphis TN , White Station High School

Who is your role model, and why?

My mom and grandma because they show me what real love and support is through all adversity. Very hard workers and family oriented

Have any scouts met with you yet, and if so what are they saying?

They’ve watched game film and watched practices. Taken notes on everything. Talked with my coaches. Ready to see me workout. Haven’t met with them 101 yet.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball and Baseball

Did you play any other positions in football?

Return specialist , can play RB as well

At your position, what separates you from others?

I can play outside or the slot, my releases and being able to find the void in the defenses. Being able to make the first man miss and my knowledge of route running and vision in certain defenses and scenarios. My speed quickness helps me separate.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

Tendencies , when they like to jam, when they play off, when they play the sticks and their footwork as well.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Ashton Lampkin OSU

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

Steve Smith because we have similar size, play style, aggressiveness. Confidence is very important at the reciever position I feel like I can make every play

burtonWhat was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Breaking my collarbone true freshman year in my 3rd game. First serious injury , I stayed focused didn’t lose track of my goals and used that time to get smarter on and off the field. ” weight room, film, learning defenses”. Made me a better person and better football player. Never take a down for granted.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I pray and stretch before every game staying lose to my tunes of the week.

What is your biggest strength?

My quickness, speed and being able to make people miss in small space.

What is your biggest weakness?

Not playing much receiver on the right side of the field since I was majority the X receiver in college.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I love football and I can help the team win games. I can be any type of receiver or playmaker that you need me to be rather it’s possession or big play guy day in and day out. I have high expectations of myself and my play and in the right offense I’ll be very dangerous. Always ready to make plays fathers it’s on offense or special teams.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Reggie Bush & the falcons back when they had Vick at QB.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

Martin Luther King, Allen Iverson,  Steve Smith

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