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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Todd Peat, DL, Texas A&M Commerce

Texas A&M Commerce have a solid pass rusher in Todd Peat.

Texas A&M Commerce have a solid pass rusher in Todd Peat.

NFL Draft Diamonds and our staff have been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 2 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers.  We have tons of NFL staff that read our interviews, and we actually received several of the questions from NFL scouts we speak too.  This gives them a little bit more information regarding your character.  We hope to bring you more than 300 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season.  You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner.

What is your name?

Todd Peat

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3 325

What is your position?

Defensive tackle

Where do you play college football?

Texas A&M Commerce

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

That’s a tough question. I just try to do for others as much as I can. I’ve given strangers my last dollar. I’m not about going out and using status to do good for people. Many people just go and do a community outreach just cause you are on a football team or it makes your organization look good. I believe in positive action with good intentions because in turn you get flawless karma.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

I’ve taken a lot of classes where it was hard for me to stay engaged. I can’t name just one.

Where are you from?

Phoenix, AZ

Who is your role model, and why?

I have a few role models but the main one is my father. He’s accomplished a lot of things that I wish to.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played basketball and baseball growing up.

Did you play any other positions in football?

Offensive line back in high school.

At your position, what separates you from others?

My strength, my hands and hips.

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

Formation tendencies, tendencies of the offensive linemen individually, blocking schemes, I look for what a coach wants to run in different situations. When evaluating myself I’m looking for footwork, hand placement, and whether I defeated a block fast enough.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Either Brett Hundley or Marcus Wheaton back in high school.

Todd Peat 1If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

Haloti Ngata he’s a big smart guy who can play multiple positions on the dline.

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

My college career has been full of obstacles; from coming back from back surgery at Nebraska, to getting cut at Butler CC, to not qualifying academically out of EAC, but in every situation I’ve learned to remain positive and more importantly to BELIEVE in that positive thought, make a plan of action and work hard to make the most of any situation.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

No

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

I have seen both sides of the spectrum guys at big time division 1 programs don’t realize how lucky they are with the resources that they have. Especially when it comes to nutrition, athletic training and strength and conditioning. Small schools just don’t have the same resources. I also understand how the NFL as a business works. A guy from a power 5 conference is gonna get more opportunities than a guy from a mid-major than a guy who played 1aa than a guy who played d2 or 3.

What is your biggest strength?

My toughness both mentally and physically.

What is your biggest weakness?

I’m still continuing to reach my full physical potential especially when it comes to conditioning.

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

I can help any teams run defense. I don’t believe there are many players who are as smart or as tough as me. I don’t believe I’ve even come close to reaching my ceiling as an athlete. I’ve been coached by 6 different dline coaches at 4 different schools and can take coaching. I can play in any defense and any scheme with whatever technique I’m told to anywhere from the 5 to the nose. I don’t come with the big ego like many of these other players. I’ve been humbled by my past and am ready to be a pro. I belong in the NFL

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

My dad played for the Raiders so that’s my favorite team. My favorite player was Warren Sapp

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

Jesus, Che Guevara, and W Fard Muhammad

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

I’m going to put my sons mother through school. She’s out here in commerce with me and has sacrificed a lot for our family.

Rapid Answers:

  • Spongebob or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
  • TMNT
  • Backstreet Boys or One Direction?
  • Backstreet I guess.
  • Lifetime Channel or HGTV?
  • Hmmm….
  • Waffles or Pancakes?
  • Waffles
  • Snakes or Spiders?
  • Spiders
  • Madden or Mario?
  • Madden

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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