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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Stephen Scott, DL, Prairie View A&M University

Stephen Scott the hard hitting DL from Prairie View A&M University recently sat down with Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Stephen Scott
  • Height: 6020
  • Weight: 288
  • Position: DL
  • College: Prairie View A&M University
  • Twitter: @__BigSteve

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

First I would like to point out the fact that as a football player this is a very poorly asked question. Being that no one thing in football is bigger than the other they all play an equal role in being successful on the field. However for the sake of the questionnaire I ordered them below. 

  1. Strength and Conditioning- In order to even be able to play the game of football effectively you have to be in shape, strong, and able to withstand blows and contant. Strength and conditioning gives you the ability to be able to do things at a high level.
  2. Film Study- film study is essentially the basis of your practice you work on things that you do well and not well in the film room, in order to practice effectively you must watch film. 
  3. Practice- Without film study or a good strength and conditioning regimen, there is no way you can effectively practice. Practice, however, is important because bad practice habits translate to games. 

What do you worry about, and why?

• Honestly, I don’t worry about things at all, I just try to live everyday as it was my last and trust my Lord and Savior and the paths that he takes me. 

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

• I could give an abundance of examples, but the one that I feel tested how I would succumb to failure the most was my first 2 years of college football, being at the bottom of a depth chart, not knowing if you are going to play or even travel is very tough on your mental when you were never actually the person in that position before. However, I daily to myself thank my coach for allowing me to experience that because I feel that it molded my work ethic and my mindset to be able to see the light and enjoy everyday working out of a rough patch. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• Just being a genuine person, and always putting my best foot forward. 

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

• I am very biased, so I am going to say my former teammate D’eriq King. 

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

• If I couldn’t play football I would continue to do what I am pursuing right now becoming a Sped teacher and trying to touch the lives of young african american males such as me. I also have other business, and investing endeavours that I would pursue. 

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

• 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 save one family member, simply because how can I choose someone I never met over my family. 

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

• If I could be any movie character I would be Micheal Corleone, because of his attention to detail, intellect, and needed fierceness. 

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

• My biggest adversity I would say was when I was a high school football player and was at a place where I wondered if a coach or program would offer me. In dealing with this I just did the things I do everyday work and trust. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• Too many to recall.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• Winning my last game on a blocked field goal at Alabama State.

What song best describes your work ethic?

•  Meek Mill- Respect the Game

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 I believe that a person could have to succeed is perseverance, because you have to go through trials in order to succeed. 

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

• My Grandmother, to feel a grandmother’s warmth again. 

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

• Never thought of it, not a dance club type of guy. 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Quentin Bell 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• Respected, some people may be liked because they don’t have to be respected. 

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

• My teammate Gary Haynes, the reason being that he was one of the best football players I seen.  

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

 • Hate to lose.

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

• My Father and my Grandfather, the have always showed me the true meaning of being a African American male in American, how to provide for you family, and how to be selfless. 

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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