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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Tyshawn Headen, WR, University of New Haven

Tyshawn Headen is a big play wide out, with great hands

NFL 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? 

Tyshawn Headen 

What is your Height/Weight? 

6 Ft 190 

What is your position? 


Where do you play college football? 

University of New Haven 

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

Coolest thing I have done off the field was interacting with kid who are younger than me being a role model basically. I read to kids in elementary as well as go back to my high school and help out. 

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

Business Corporate Finance 

Where are you from? 

Newark, New Jersey 

Who is your role model, and why? 

My mother is my role model because she was a single parent taking care of 5 kids. She already put two of them 3 of them in college. She my strength and what makes me go hard everyday 

Did you play any other sports growing up? 


Did you play any other positions in football? 


At your position, what separates you from others? 

My mental mind set, route running, and possessive hands. 

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

I look for tendencies, look at the type of plays defensive player makes, which way are they quicker or faster, and see if the player goes hard or not everyplay

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

I don’t believe I have faced a player that was too tough for me but Assumption College is defense the hardest team I had to face 

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

I would say Torrey Holt or Isaac Bruce, they both ran great route and get separation from anywhere on the field. They have great hands as well an I try to incorporate other big time players into my style of play. The greats do did all. 

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

Tearing my ACL after being on the way to breaking a couple of my school season record. I was really focused on getting back on track so I rehab as hard as I possibly can to get back where I use to be. Mentally, just try to trust my knee again. Injuries require you to be mentally strong in order to come back. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Pray and then throw on some old school Lil Wayne 

What is your biggest strength? 

My biggest strength is my mindset to compete and be great. I will not be denied under any circumstances. Football is a mental game to begin with. 

What is your biggest Weakness?

Size I could be bigger compared to NFL receivers 

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

I am a relentless player that plays hard and loves to compete one opportunity is all I need 

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

Favorite Team Eagles and don’t really have a favorite player because I like so many  

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

Malcolm X, My Grandfather, and Jerry Rice 

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

Momma need a new house 



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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