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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Tyler Stephenson, DB, Houston Baptist University

tyler 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?

Tyler Stephenson

Where do you play college football?

Baylor/ Houston Baptist University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

20+

How did you choose your school?

I chose Baylor because it was close to home and my family could see me play, but also because I wanted a great education. I decided on Houston Baptist because it was a great chance to play for Aaron Fletcher again after high school and he’s great at what he does when it comes to coaching cornerbacks and helping you learn the game.

Where are you from?

Lancaster, Texas

Who is your role model, and why?

I would say my mother because I was able to see her raise two children on her own, and at the same time never really had it but we never knew. She was the one who taught me how to play football, put up my basketball goal, while also working nights. And to see how far i have come she will forever be my role model no matter what.

LaDarius Brown, Tyler StephensonHave any scouts met with you yet, and if so what are they saying?

I’ve met with one from St. Louis but it was just taking down basic information a lot of questions about how strengths and weakness, and also how I learn the game.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball, Soccer, Ran Track

Did you play any other positions in football?

WR, S, RB

At your position, what separates you from others?

I would say having great hips from hurdling and footwork because both of those are very important things to have when playing defensive back

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

I tend to look for players strengths what they do the best, because when you find that you can find different adjustments in your game that will help you

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Kenny Stills

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

I try not to I mean every person game is different and some do things better than others. I just try and go out there and be the best Tyler Stephenson I can be and play t my full potential.

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

I would say growing up without my father. It was pretty different because all the things dads are suppose to do with a son i didn’t have that. I was able to over come it because I had a hell of a mother who rode me just as hard as dad would his son, and everything a dad was suppose to teach his son I learned from my mother.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Play a couple of songs but the closer it gets to game time I watch film and then get to myself and pray.

What is your biggest strength?

I would say my feet and hips and being able to have a great vertical transition.

What is your biggest weakness?

Staying healthy battled a very injuries over the years, hernia, ankle, hand.

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

I’ve been selling myself my entire life that’s what it’s about.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up? Growing up my favorite player was

Randy Moss and I loved the Vikings when it was Randy, Chris Carter, and Culpepper

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

Kobe Bryant, Denzel Washington, and Rosa Parks

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