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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Alton Voss, DE, Grand Valley State University

Alton Voss had to overcome a lot to continue playing this sport. That is impressive to me

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 500 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?

Alton Voss IV 

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3″/260lbs

What is your position?

DE/OLB

Where do you play college football?

Grand Valley State University 

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

The most rewarding off the field act is being a counselor at Camp Sunshine, A camp for adults with special needs. During my summers at Grand Valley, my teammates and I dedicated four days and nights as counselors for special needs campers. I have so much respect and love for them.  

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

College Stats

Where are you from?

New Port Richey, FL

Who is your role model, and why?

Robin Burge (step father). He stepped in as a father figure when I was very young. He loved me as his own son. He is my teacher, biggest fan, and best friend. 

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played baseball and basketball.

Did you play any other positions in football?

QB & TE

At your position, what separates you from others?

My motor, speed, physicalness, and selflessness

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

From a big picture perspective, I evaluate personnel groupings and play tendencies. From an individual perspective, I evaluate strengths and weaknesses of the man I’ll line up across from and any tells for certain plays.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Nate Theaker from Wayne State University. 

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

I would compare myself to Clay Matthews. We both have high motors, play physical, are versatile with really good natural instincts. 

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

My biggest obstacle in life was overcoming drug addiction. I overcame my addiction with successfully completing a two year treatment in Argentina. I had tremendous support of family, friends, and the staff at the treatment facility. I am recovered, not recovering.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I listen to my “grimey” playlist and that’s it. 

What is your biggest strength?

My versatility, speed coming off the edge and my physicality in the run game

What is your biggest weakness?

Playing and coming from a Division II school. 

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

I take care of my business on and off the field and will do whatever it takes to win. 

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

Detroit Lions and Barry Sanders

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

My Grandfather, Tim Tebow, and Tony Robbins

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

A car

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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