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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Gavin Burford, LB, University of West Florida

NFL Draft Diamonds has interviewed some of the best small schoolers to make it to the NFL.  Last year our team interviewed over 750 players from NAIA to the FBS.  This year we went to NFL teams scouts for every question on this interview. Ten NFL scouts who are avid readers of Draft Diamonds put this interview together for our readers pleasure.  We hope you enjoy this interview, with another potential NFL draft prospect.
  • Name:Gavin Burford
  • Height:6’2 
  • Weight:230
  • Position:LB
  • College:University of West Florida (Transfer from Abilene Christian University)
  • Twitter:@badluckburford
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
  • Lewisville, Texas. It’s North Dallas, there’s always something to do in Dallas.

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

  • I can not put these in order by importance. Each one is extremely important on how you play on game day.
What do you worry about, and why?
  • I tend not to worry about a lot of things because I know I have strong faith in God.

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

  • My years at ACU. I wasn’t playing a lot, so I counted that as me failing at football for those years. I reacted by grinding all spring semester of 2018 and transferring to UWF. It went great, I came to a new school and became a leader and ended up being 1st Team All Conference.
 What do your teammates say is your best quality?
  • My teammates would probably say my best quality is understanding defensive schemes and calling out plays before the ball is snapped.
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
  • Michael Gallup
What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?
  • I would be doing work with a Forensic Department or be coaching football.
Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?
  • I would clean them in this order: 1.Room  2.Car  3.Desk
If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
  • This is a hard one!!! I would have to choose a family member because they have brought me joy in my life.
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
  • Naruto, he never gives up on his main goal.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
  • Getting over looked in the recruiting process in high school and at my first university. I overcame it by just working on my craft everyday on my own time and finding a school that wanted to use me more.

What is your most embarrassing moment?
  • I missed a game winning shot in basketball my 6th grade year.
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
  • First interception versus Colorado State.
What song best describes your work ethic?
  • 1942 Flow – Meek Mill
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non Physical) to help you succeed at the next level?
  • Time management
If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
  • Christian Dawson, died too young. To show him how many care about him.
If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?
  • G&B’s Club and it would be located in Uptown Dallas.
Who is the most overrated player in the NFL?
  • Nobody is overrated in the NFL.
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
  • This one is easy, I would rather be respected. People that are liked most times are people pleasers. People pleasers get stuck in tough situations because they are afraid to say no.

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

  • Brian Banks. He was a highly recruited prospect out of high school then was accused of rape and did prison time for over five year. After serving over five years, his conviction was overturned and the accuser finally admitted that she made the whole story up.

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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