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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Christian Kuntz, LB, Duquesne University

Christian Kuntz is one of the best small school pass rushers

NFL Draft Diamonds website 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?  

Christian Kuntz

What is your Height/Weight?  

6’1” 235lbs

What is your position?

Outside Linebacker

Where do you play college football?

Duquesne University

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

I handed out presents at the Salvation Army around Christmas time.

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

Forecasting

Where are you from?

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Who is your role model, and why?

My Mom.  She has worked so hard her whole life, and has been the best mother to 3 sons.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball and baseball.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I was the team’s short and long snapper my last two years at Duquesne.

At your position, what separates you from others?

I think my natural ability to read plays and react quickly.

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

I look at the stance of the guard, tackle and tight end.  Also, I watch formation tendencies and what sets offenses like to run certain plays out of.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Julian Davenport from Bucknell. Really good player and we matched up well against each other.

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

Clay Matthews.  He just has a relentless motor to him that I love and try to play with every day.

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

Tearing my ACL after my sophomore season.  I listened to everything my trainers and coaches said about what I had to do to get better and back on the field.  Kept my head down and worked.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I walk and count the inside hash marks on the field.

What is your biggest strength?

My natural football instincts and lateral quickness around the line of scrimmage.

What is your biggest weakness?

Overcoming the perception of playing in a small school conference, and also showing scouts that I can cover in space. I went to work on my pass coverage technique immediately after the season finished.

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

I’m willing to do whatever the team needs me to do to win games. Pro day drills measure a lot, but they can’t measure heart and I would put my will to compete against any other player in this year’s draft class.

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

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Troy Polamalu.

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

Lebron James, Babe Ruth, Biggie Smalls.

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

I will pay to have my mom’s kitchen re-done. She’s wanted to do that for some time now.

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 nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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