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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Thomas Carter III, WR, Portland State

Portland State wide out Thomas Carter III is a big reason the team is still in the playoffs

Portland State wide out Thomas Carter III is a big reason the team is still in the playoffs

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?

 Thomas Carter III

What is your Height/Weight? 

5’10 185

What is your position? 

WR/ Returner

Where do you play college football?

Portland State

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

Visit elementary schools around the area and read books to the kids, also listen to them read to me.  

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

This criminal justice class, Crime Analysis.

Where are you from? 

San Bernardino, Ca

Who is your role model, and why? 

My role models are my parents because of seeing what they had to go through to provide for me and my brothers and sisters From working multiply jobs, working grave yard shifts, they always put us first and I respect them dearly for that. Hardest working people I ever met!  

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

I ran track and played basketball growing up.

Did you play any other positions in football? 

I played quarterback my whole life, I also played some free safety in high school.

At your position, what separates you from others? 

My route running ability, my ball tracking skills, and also being able to play both slot and out wide.

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

What certain players on the defense do to give away the coverage and also study the tendencies of who I would be going against the whole game.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Deshawn Shead a Portland State alumni – now playing for the Seattle Seahawks

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

It would have to be either Andrew Hawkins or Jarvis Landry. Not the biggest or fastest at the position but seems to always find a way to be open.

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

I would say having to make the switch from Quarterback to playing Wide Receiver. Quarterback was all I knew since I was 7 years, I liked having the ability to change the game at any time. I overcame it once I realized you could also change the game at wide out, you just have to be patient. Your opportunity will come.  

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Going to end zone getting down on one knee and thanking the man upstairs for how far I came.

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

I feel it’s harder to gain respect and exposure that the FBS schools/players automatically get. Also some people will always question the strength of competition you go against being a smaller school guy.

What is your biggest strength? 

Running routes vs man coverage, being able to gain enough separation coming out of my break

What is your biggest weakness? 


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

I’m willing to do whatever it takes/ play any role to make this team sir.

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

Michael Vick/ Reggie Bush and the Raiders were my favorite team growing up.

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

Bernie Mack , Dave Chappelle, and Jesus

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

My Mom something very nice!

Rapid Answers:

  • Spongebob or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
  • Backstreet Boys or One Direction? Neither, I prefer “The Migos”
  • Lifetime Channel or HGTV?
  • Waffles or Pancakes?
  • Snakes or Spiders?
  • Madden or Mario?

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

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