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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Kylan Cotton, S, Faulkner University

Kylan Cotton of Faulkner recently interviewed with Damond Talbot of Draft Diamonds

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: Kylan Cotton

Height: 5’9

Weight: 190

Position: Safety

College: Faulkner University

Twitter: @Kylancotton

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

I’m from Spanish Fort Alabama a growing town that loves its sports. What I love the most about The Fort is how hard our athletes work from Elementary through high school.

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

First it’s Film study then practice and then conditioning and strength.

What do you worry about, and why?

The only thing I worry about is that I am as good of a father to my baby girl as my dad was to me because if I do that then I’m doing a great job

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

Coming out of high school I was suppose to sign D1 and end up not having the grades and ended up being in eligible my first two years out of high school. I was a low point in my life and finally decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and ended up going to Juco and becoming a two year starter and went to Faulkner and starting every game there as well 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

Leadership because you make everybody around you better” Antonio Gurly teammate at Faulkner 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

From my years playing juco in Arizona and playing here at Faulkner Ive played a lot of great players but the best I would have to say is Jake McCrary .

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

 If playing football is not in God’s plan for me In the future then coaching football would be the next option because I just can’t see myself not being around the sport.

Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?

My room would defiantly be the one I clean first. I can’t sleep in a dirty room .

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

I would choose my family member first because how much family means to me but I would try and save all of them.

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

Shannon Sharpe or Stephen A Smith they are the face of their tv shows and they get paid to talk about sports.

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

The biggest adversity in my life was when I was homeless in JUCO I was to pride-full to ask my teammates for help or even tell my parents I was without somewhere to stay for about a week till one of my teammates noticed how early I was in the weight room every morning and how I had all my bags with me . He told me I could stay with him till I have a place of my own to stay . but I never let that stop me from going to practice and classes and never used it as an excuse.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

My most embarrassing moment was when I got stiff-armed my freshmen year! My friends still talk about it!

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

I really don’t have a most memorable play but my most memorable moment would have to be when I had 19 tackles in a game.

What song best describes your work ethic?

The song that best describes my work ethic is Drake’s God’s Plan because I work hard as I can and trust that God will take care of the rest 

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

The most important trait that would help me at the next level is the desire I have to be the best at what I do! 

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

If I could bring somebody back for one day it would be my Granddad because I never got a chance to meet him he passed away a day after I was born

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?

The Cotton Lounge

Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 

I wound never call anyone over rated in the NFL because guys in the NFL are some of the greatest athletes in the world 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

I would rather be respected would like because you don’t have to like me on the field but you got to respect my overrated

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

My teammate from high school he was by far one of the fastest and strongest guys I have ever played with but never got a chance to showcase it at the next level.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

I hate to lose more than anything!

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

My biggest influence In my life is my baby girl Kaylee Alicé Cotton everything I do is for her. 

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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