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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Scott Matiaha, TE, University of Central Arkansas

Scott Matiaha is a big boy with soft hands that can block defenders. NFL teams will love that skill set

Scott Matiaha is a big boy with soft hands that can block defenders. NFL teams will love that skill set

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?

Scott Matiaha

What is your Height/Weight?

6’4 255

What is your position?

Tight End

Where do you play college football?

University of Central Arkansas

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

Probably read to the kids at the elementary schools in Conway and was able to be apart of a class where we helped gather sports equipment for underprivileged children.

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


Where are you from?

Originally from New Zealand but moved Oklahoma.

Who is your role model, and why?

My dad and my late step dad, they’ve played a big role in my life and taught me things that made me who I am today.  

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Rugby,Baseball,Basketball,Track and Field

Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

Probably my speed  for how big I am.

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

Tendencies of the opponent such as what he does in a 6,7,and or 9 technique.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Emmanuel Ogbah, from Oklahoma State

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

Travis Kelce, his speed is crazy for a big guy.

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

Death of my step father, Going To God in prayer and family.  

ucsDo you have any pre-game rituals?

Praying after we run out.

What is your biggest strength?


What is your biggest weakness?


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

I would talk about how i expect nothing but high levels of effort from my self, and that if they took a chance on me they wouldn’t regret it.

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

Brett Favre, and the Dallas Cowboys  

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

Rob Gronkowski,George Strait, Muhammad Ali.

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

Whatever my mom wants, she deserves it.

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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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