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: Tyron Roberts
• Height: 6’3
• Weight: 300
• Position: DL
• College: Winston Salem State University
• Twitter: @tyronroberts
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
• From a small town called Lincolnton in NC, it is a place where you can focus and work on your goals with many town people supporters. I’ve had good motivation and supporters in that area from people that knows it’s going to take a lot of effort coming from a small place. That’s what motivated me to achieve all my goal’s and sports I’ve been successful in.
List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
• First I would say strength and conditioning because before you attempt to achieve something, you would have to get yourself mentally and physically prepared for the obstacles that may come your way. Second I would say film study because that’s part of being mentally prepared for what’s yet to come, and film will give you an idea on what to work on or toward. The third one will have to be practice which is when you put all of it together and put it to use, you will be mentally and physically prepared to practice what you studied on film.
What do you worry about, and why?
• I worry and think about if I have prepared myself at the best of my ability because I don’t like feeling like I missed the opportunity of being a better me because I didn’t do enough. That’s why no matter where I’m at, I’m going to work on my craft and ability to help perform at my greatest.
Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
• I went to state in track for shot put but lost, I was mad but acknowledged the winner excellent technique which made me work harder on my technique and small details for more success.
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
• incredible strength, ball get off and acceleration
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
• Trent Cannon
What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?
• working with computers
Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?
• Room, that’s where you live so it starts there
If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
• Family first, because you take care of who took care of you then I will also get whoever else in need.
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
• Dewayne Johnson, his character is always the strong character mentally and physically, he is a self-driven person who do anything to accomplish a job or goal. His appearance is always major in movies as he only set good examples in movies which can be used in real life situations.
Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?
What is your most embarrassing moment?
• forgetting cleats on an away game in high school
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
• My Junior season I scooped and scored a 40-yard touchdown, and won the game.
What song best describes your work ethic?
• Every Season by Roddy Ricch
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level?
• Physical, especially in your legs and arms for a lineman
If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
• My grandma sister, those are the queens and teachers of our family, they taught and loved us to the fullest and gave so much wisdom.
If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?
• I don’t dance much so that wouldn’t be on my list
Who is the most overrated player in the NFL?
• No thoughts on that
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
• Respected, like in football certain people may not like how you dominate opponents but they got to respect your grind to be able to dominate the way you do in a powerful way. Respect is big with me as I respect people myself, respect is shown when you put the effort into doing what is right for any situation.
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
• Ndamukong Suh, even though people seen him as too aggressive in football, and the media attacked him for his aggressiveness toward players, he made the right actions and kept grinding while causing less conflicts on the field.
Do you love to win, or hate to lose?
• I love to win, and if you continue to win you don’t worry about any losses
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
• My family, especially mom she helped through every good and bad situations that many people don’t know about. She kept me in line allowing me to stay away from trouble.