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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Markel Garner, OL, Graceland University

Graceland University offensive lineman Markel Garner is a tough player

Graceland University offensive lineman Markel Garner is a tough player

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?

Markel Garner

What is your Height/Weight?

6’0 290

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Graceland University

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

It kept me out of trouble kept my mind focus on my goals of making it out the environment I’m from

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


Where are you from?

Dallas, Texas

Who is your role model, and why?

Chris Gilbert my high school football coach because he didn’t give up on me when everybody did

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Track & Field

Did you play any other positions in football?

Guard,  Defensive Tackle

At your position, what separates you from others?

Quick feet fast hands. I’m able to identify when linebackers are blitzing

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

I look for tendencies that teams may have.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Justin Manning

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

Zack Martin and John Kuhn

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Thank god for everything. Call my granny

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

Stay focus. Some people don’t take it serious because it isn’t D1 but to me everything happen for a reason

What is your biggest strength?

Quick with hand and feet

What is your biggest weakness?


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

I would tell him that if he gave me the opportunity he would not regret it I love the game of football it’s something I been doing since I was 4 I would give maximum effort.

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

Larry Allen Dallas Cowboys

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

Larry Allen My Aunt My Great Grandmother

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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

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