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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Davion Shelton, TE, Southwest Minnesota State University


Davion Franklin has soft hands and is a pretty solid route runner.

Davion Shelton has soft hands and is a pretty solid route runner.

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?

Davion Shelton

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2 228

What is your position?

Tight End

Where do you play college football?

Southwest Minnesota State University

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

A group of friends and I volunteered at a homeless shelter twice this year. We prepared meals for them and donated a bunch of clothes.  

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

Statistics was pretty challenging for me

Where are you from?

Compton, CA

Who is your role model, and why?

I really look up to Keenan Allen. He’s a hard worker and he hasn’t given up due to all the injuries he’s been dealing with. I love watching him play and I like how he carries himself on and off the field.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I’ve played baseball, basketball, and I’ve ran track.  

Did you play any other positions in football?

I’ve played WR, LB, & DE

At your position, what separates you from others?

My route running ability

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

I look for my opponents strengths and weaknesses. I like to see if they can cover or not. Also, I watch for a d lineman’s favorite move when they’re being blocked.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

AJ Page. He played at SMSU with me last year.

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

I would say Jordan Reed because of his route running ability and how he creates separation. He’s not the typical big and tall tight end. He’s more of hybrid and it’s always a mismatch when a safety or a linebacker lines up against him.

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

I broke my ankle in high school in 2010. I had plates and screws placed in it during surgery. The doctor told me that I wouldn’t be the same if I were to play football again and that I should consider not playing anymore. When I started rehab I made sure that I took is very seriously and made sure that I worked hard to get back to 100%.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I make sure that I have either a snicker or gummy worms before a game with a Gatorade. Also make sure that I dance to whatever music I’m playing in my headphones.


Davion Shelton

What is your biggest strength?

Route running ability

What is your biggest weakness?

Run blocking

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

I’m a player who is selfless and I’m dedicated to this game. Never quit has always been the motto for me. I’m very coachable and I’m going to give you 100% effort everyday.

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

Growing up I loved LaDainian Tomlinson which made me like the San Diego Chargers.

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

My grandma, Mike Epps, and T.D Jakes

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

A house

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