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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jon Taylor, DT, Southeastern Louisiana University


jonnnNFL Draft Diamonds has been providing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed things up a bit. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the draft eligible 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 our next prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Jon Taylor 

What is your Height/Weight?

6’5″ 341 lbs 

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Southeastern Louisiana University 

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

I’ve had a few cool experiences off the field, my favorite would be when we had the opportunity to help victims of the devastating Louisiana floods a few months ago. 

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

I haven’t struggled much in any of my classes academically but I would say math is never fun. 

Where are you from?

Millen, Georgia

Who is your role model, and why?

Lebron James, he’s an elite athlete, who doesn’t let that get to his head, he is family oriented and always gives back to the community. 

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Yes, track and field, basketball and baseball. 

Did you play any other positions in football?

Yes O-line in high school. 

At your position, what separates you from others?

My strength and quickness for my size. 

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

The first thing I look for is habits of the offensive line. Then I check their stance. Then what level the running back is set. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Toughest would have to be Ryan Kelly. 

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

I don’t like to compare myself to others, I just want to go out there and be the best version of myself that I can be. 

Jon Taylor was an UA All American coming out of high school. Even spent time on Georgia and Alabama

Jon Taylor was an UA All American coming out of high school. Even spent time on Georgia and Alabama

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Listening to music. 

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

That there is great competition at every level. Just because this is a small school doesn’t mean that there aren’t elite athletes produced at levels lower than D1 programs. 


What is your biggest strength?


Strength and size


What is your biggest weakness?


Maintaining pad level

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


Michael Vick. Falcons. 


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


Bill Gates, President Obama, and Steve Jobs. 


With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?


I would put it in my savings 


Rapid Answers:

  • Who will win the Super Bowl?  The Falcons 
  • Whose better Peyton Manning or Tom Brady?
  • Better Running Back Adrian Peterson or Barry Sanders?
  • 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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