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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Josh Straughan, QB, Southern Illinois University


Southern Illinois quarterback Josh Straughan is a gunslinger. I love his style

Southern Illinois quarterback Josh Straughan is a gunslinger. I love his style

NFL Draft Diamonds has been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the player. We hope to bring you more than 350 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 to the right.  Now let’s meet the prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Josh Straughan

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2” 205 lbs

What position do you play?


What school do you play at?

Southern Illinois University

Who is your role model, and why? 

My father, he worked his butt off to get where he is today and always instilled that work ethic in me.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball and baseball

Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

Accuracy, and work ethic.

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

I look for coverages, fronts, and third down and redzone coverages and pressures.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Trey Hendrickson FAU

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

I would say Teddy Bridgewater, an accurate thrower who can also extend plays and make plays outside of pocket when necessary.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I will always read some of my favorite bible verses.

What is your biggest strength? 

My accuracy and craftiness.

What is your biggest weakness? 

My speed.

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

Nobody will outwork or prepare me, i will be a great teammate and give everything i have to help the team win.

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

My favorite player was Peyton Manning

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

Lebron James, Peyton Manning,  and Bill Belichick

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy? 

Pay off my parents house.

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  • Better safety Eric Weddle or Ed Reed
  • Better linebacker Ray Lewis or Luke Kuechly? 


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 [email protected]

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