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 reader’s pleasure. We hope you enjoy this interview, with another potential NFL draft prospect.
- Name: Shuler Littleton
- Height: 6′ 7”
- Weight: 296 lbs
- Position: OT/OG
- School: Campbell University
- Twitter: @shubug70
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
- My hometown of York is in the upstate of South Carolina and it really was a great place to grow up. It was a town and county that really loved its football and supported the local high school.
List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
- I would say film, practice, strength, and then conditioning. I would never want to go into a game without being fully aware of every single aspect of a given game. If I know where I’m supposed to be as well as where my man is going to be, then half the battle is already one. Then I put strength because there really is no substitution for it. And I put conditioning last because if I’m practicing football and lifting weights then its pretty hard not to be in shape.
What do you worry about, and why?
- I try not to worry too much but the one thing that does give me trouble is not having a plan. No matter if it’s for a game, school work, or day to day life if I haven’t come up with a plan of execution I tend to find myself worrying. In any situation I want to know what I’m doing, and why I’m doing it.
Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
- In this past year at Campbell University, we attempted to put together the first 7 win season while also playing our first season in a bigger Big South Conference. A goal that we were about 15 yards away from accomplishing. Working through that failure has not been easy but it isn’t impossible. I woke up the next day, the sun came up just like the day before, then I started moving forward to my next big goal.
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
- My teammates would say that I have the ability to push others around me to be better than themselves. I take pride in the successes of those around me and push them to do it.
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
- I have played against some pretty good guys but what iv noticed is that as you play bigger and bigger school the talent doesn’t change that much. It’s just a change in how deep that talent goes in each position. That being said the DE’s from Coastal Carolina, Drake and Georgetown probably gave me my biggest fights
What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?
- I would further my study in data analytics and pursue a career in which I could utilize my degree in economics.
Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?
- I would clean my car first. I’m always on the move and can’t have clutter there. You could say I live out of my car more than my room.
If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
- Is that even a question? The family is everything.
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
- If I could be any character I would be Michael Ross from the show Suits. He has an amazing ming (In the show) and he gets Megan Markle.
Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?
- I was always underweight and even when I got to college I only weighed in around 270 lbs. So in order to ever have a chance at playing division 1 football I had to get bigger. Knowing what I had to do I put my head down and worked till I was 315 lbs 4 months into my redshirt year.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
- When my knee braces caught running full speed down the field on a breakout run. I flew about 5 yards before I ate it.
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
- Probably a screen pass that I ran out and creamed a corner on a few years back playing Butler.
What song best describes your work ethic?
- How Do You Like Me Now by Keith Urban has always been a good motivator for me.
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level?
- Humility. Knowing that I’m not the best so I do show up to work every day.
If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
- Steve Jobs. He has always been a model for me and iv never owned an Apple product. I admire people who think they can do anything that hasn’t been done before
If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?
- I’ve never been big on dance clubs but id like to think id keep it simple. Maybe just “70”. It’s kinda my favorite number.
- I don’t know that I’d say any player is overrated, they can all obviously play. A lot of players just get a undeserved media attention because they talk out of their ass. But I won’t point any fingers.
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
- I’d rather be respected, people who are like don’t change things and who says a respected person can’t also be liked?
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
- I never felt that bad for Johnny Manziel until he wrote that letter to Baker Mayfield wishing him luck. Regrets a hard thing to deal with and that’s why I feel for him. The pain of regret is a lot worse than the pain of failure
Do you love to win, or hate to lose?
- I love to win. That feeling you get is like a drug to me. Keeps you chasing that high.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
- I would say my head coach Mike Minter. He taught me the confidence needed to be successful in anything I do. A way of carrying myself and handling my business that will be an asset to me forever.