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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Tyrone Taylor, DB, California University of PA

tyrone taylEvery 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?

Tyrone Taylor

What is your Height/Weight?

5’11” 190lbs

What is your position?

CB/KR/PR

Where do you play college football?

California University of Pennsylvania

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Boise State, Oregon State, New Mexico State, Eastern Michigan, and San Diego State.

How did you choose your school?

I had to go the JC route first because of qualifying. I went Cerritos JC and got my AA first. I then went on to EMU and ultimately found my way to Cal U where I earned my BA and I am currently 4 months away from my Master’s Degree.

Where are you from?

Los Angeles, CA

Who is your role model, and why?

My mother, through all of my ups and downs, she has been the person who continues to believe in me and push me to succeed. I would not be in this position without her.

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

I received a call from a scout from the Lions about two weeks ago. He said he loves my film and the way I play. I’ve also worked out for a couple of CFL teams, Edmonton and Hamilton. Hamilton seems to be very interested, they’ve sked me for more film. But I fully expect to be in an NFL camp after the draft.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I pretty much stuck with football, but I did play some baseball and basketball growing up.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I also played WR in HS.

tyrone taylorAt your position, what separates you from others?

My versatility is an asset. I am a very physical CB, my press is outstanding, and my footwork and eyes are great. I have a very high football IQ. You can put me in any situation and I will be good.

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

I try to first look for weaknesses of my opponent. Any type of tendencies I can exploit. Second, I have to look at the strengths of my opponents, I can never go into battle under-estimating him, which will set you up failure.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Honestly, no one really stands out to me. I play all WR the same.

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

Well, I’m stuck between Darrelle Revis and Deion Sanders. In my opinion these are the two best to ever do it. But if I had to choose only one, I’d say Sanders. I’m a lock-down CB, throw it to my side and I’m all over it, pic or a knock-down for sure.

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

Well, when I left Cerritos JC, I went to EMU in the Winter of 2011. Needless to say, that trip wasn’t very successful for me. I ended up on academic probation and had to sit out. I worked very hard academically to get my GPA back to a level so that I could play ball again. I studied and worked out physically every day. In 2013, I decided to go to a DII school Cal U. Like I said earlier, I earned BA from Cal U in May 2014, played my final season of CFB and now I’m 4 months away from my Master’s degree.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I pray before I do anything. I stretch and listen to music from my headphones.

What is your biggest strength?

My physicality.

What is your biggest weakness?

I’m not sure what my biggest weakness is, that would have to come from film I think.

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

All I need is a chance to show you what I can do. I love this sport, I live for this sport. There is no limit to how hard I will work to be great! If you want one of the best DB’s coming out in this draft, then you better get me on your roster, you will not be sorry.

Who was your favorite player growing up?

Deion Sanders for sure.

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

My grandfather who passed away in 2012. My best friend Ken McRoyal, WR from University of Idaho who was shot and killed in May 2012. And as always, my mom!

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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