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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Mike Tuaua, DE, Texas Christian University

TCU pass rusher Mike Tuaua is an animal off the edge. NFL teams love his pursuit and motor

TCU pass rusher Mike Tuaua is an animal off the edge. NFL teams love his pursuit and motor

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?

Mike Tuaua

What is your Height/Weight?


What is your position?

Defensive End 

Where do you play college football?

Texas Christian University

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

Feeding the homeless with my church in California 

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

Research and Methods for Sociology 

Where are you from?

Rohnert Park, CA 

Who is your role model, and why?

My dad is my role model because he made me the man I am today and always makes sacrifices to give the family what we need. 

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball and Track

Did you play any other positions in football?

Offensive tackle/TE 

At your position, what separates you from others?

My motor and will to get to the ball. 

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

I look for tackle tendencies, formations and the  possible run or pass in those formations.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Spencer Drango

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

I don’t know who to compare myself to because I don’t watch it as much (no cable) but I if I had to say someone it would be Von Miller because he is relentless. 

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

My biggest obstacle was when I got in trouble for something I didn’t even do. I felt like I left my whole family and school down and thought I wasn’t going to get my degree. I prayed and kept positive because I knew the truth would come out eventually. 

Mike TuauaDo you have any pre-game rituals?

I pray and listen to music. 

What is your biggest strength?

Playing the run 

What is your biggest weakness?

Transition from run to pass 

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

That I would give my all on and off the field and do my best to contribute to the team in any aspect whether it’s on the practice squad or special teams. 

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

Junior Seau was my favorite player because he was Samoan and player with no fear. He played violent, mean and fast. 

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

Martin Luther King, My grand father, Mahatma Gandhi

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

I would by my parents a house 

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie?
  • NFL Network or ESPN?
  • Coke or Pepsi? Water…(Pepsi)
  • Pizza or Burgers?
  • Dogs or Cats?

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