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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Tyler Johnson, QB, Alfred University

Tyler Johnson of Alfred State is a gunslinger. I love his game

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? 

Tyler Johnson

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’1 210

What is your position? 


Where do you play college football? 

Alfred University

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

The coolest thing I’ve done off the field to give back to the community is doing fun activities with the Hornell concern for youth groups and getting to know those kids 

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

Accounting was the hardest class

Where are you from? 

Syracuse, New York

Who is your role model, and why? 

My dad, he was my first coach and has always been supportive

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball and baseball 

Did you play any other positions in football? 

Always have played Quarterback

At your position, what separates you from others? 

My ability to read defenses, audible to the best play, and scramble when necessary to be a dual threat QB

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

I look for defensive schemes and tendencies, also key player tendencies, anything that can give away what their strengths and weakness are in the game

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Nick Woodman from Utica

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

Russell Wilson, he has control of his offense, makes smart decisions, scrambles when needs to and can make big plays by doing so

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

Transferring from American International to Alfred, a complete opposite environment and community. Having to adjust and prove myself to be the starter. I over came this by focusing on my academics and studying the playbook; by week 3 of my redshirt freshmen year I came in at half time and earned the starting spot in a crazy comeback win in overtime vs Brockport

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

My pregame rituals are waiting until I step on the field to tie up my cleats and also saying a prayer of my thankfulness and blessings to be able to play this game I love during the national anthem

What is your biggest strength? 

My biggest strength is my leadership, awareness of the game and making plays on the run

What is your biggest weakness? 

My biggest weakness is my pocket presence

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

I would say that no matter if I am playing or not I will make a positive difference through leadership of the team

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

Mike Vick is my favorite player, I believe he was the most athletic player on the field at all times

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

Will Smith, Stuart Scott, Tom Brady

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

My parents new cars

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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