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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Colton Strickland, DL, Tusculum University

Colton Strickland of Tusculum University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jonathan Joyce.

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Colton Strickland
  • Tusculum University
  • DL
  • 6’2”
  • 300lbs.
  • Hometown: Naples, FL
  • Twitter: @RealColtStrick

2018 Accolades & Statistics:
  • 2018 South Atlantic Conference Football All-Conference Second Team.
  • GP: 10
  • Total Tackles: 36
  • TFL: 5
  • Sacks: 2.0
via Colton Strickland (YouTube)

As an athlete, what is your motivation?

I have a sheer desire to be the best. The thought itself of someone out working me drives me because I refuse to be second best.

What defines success for you?

My definition of success is using my God-given talents, combined with hard work and dedication, to achieve my dreams and goals.

What would your teammates say about the type of player and man you are?

I believe my teammates would agree that I am a hard-working and dependable player and man both on and off the field.

Who is the toughest player you’ve competed against during your collegiate career?

The toughest player I played against so far in my college career is Sawaar Canady, who played for VMI. He was a solid LG, he had a strong grip and good length.

Finish this sentence. The best player in the NFL is _______.

Patrick Mahomes.

What is your team of choice on Madden, why?

My team of choice is the Los Angeles Rams because they have the best defense and I am a big defensive guy.

Failure is inevitable in life. How do you handle situations that don’t go in your favor?

I made a personal goal for myself to go to a D1 school, but despite failing to do so, I have embraced playing at the Division 2 level. I believe failure is necessary for success.

Is there a current/former NFL player that you model your game after?

I model my game after Aaron Donald, we have similar size and agility.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

I would have dinner with Bill Belicheck. I chose him because he is one of the greatest football minds of all time and I would love to sit and pick his brain and learn from him.

In 15 words or less, why should an NFL team invest in you?

I have the work ethic, talent, and football IQ to be every NFL team’s dream.

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