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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Braxton Butler, DT, Newberry College

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Newberry College defensive tackle Braxton Butler recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Braxton Butler
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 270
  • Position: DT
  • College: Newberry College
  • Twitter: @BraxtonButler50

What is the best restaurant in your hometown city?

  • American Deli

When breaking down your film what will stick out? 

  • I look at the down and distance first, then the personnel the offensive comes out in. I then look at the offensive lineman’s stance and whether it’s two-point or three-point. From there I look at the feet, hands, and splits of an offensive lineman. Just studying my opponent’s movements in all situations gives me the advantage to tell if an offensive lineman is pass blocking, run blocking, or pulling. 

If you won the lotto, what is the first thing you would do with the money?

  • The first thing I would do with the money is to put most of it in a savings account. The money leftover I would use to put my family in a better situation. I would also give back to those less fortunate and start up a foundation to help every struggling kid in the inner cities. 

What has been your biggest failure?

  • My biggest failure has been not signing a scholarship on signing day 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

  • My teammates would say my best qualities are my get off, speed, and hands. 

Who is the hardest working teammate on your team?

  • Tyrann Dixon 

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?

  • Growing up my family give me the nickname Pop

What is your degree in, if you do not make it as a football player, what is your dream job?

  • I am completing my degree in sociology with sports management as a minor. My dream career would be to training athletes of all ages while owning my own training facility.

What is your coolest life moment?

  • Being able to overcome everything I have and still be able to chase my dreams.

What song would you sing at Karaoke night?

  • Keep Ya Head Up – 2Pac 

If you could pick any actor to play you in a movie, who are you picking?

  • Ice Cube 

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Who is your favorite football team?

  • New Orleans Saints 

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

  • King

What is your biggest fear?

  • Not fulfilling my purpose God assigned me in this world 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?

  • Javon Hargrave 

Take us through game day, How do you prepare?

  • On game day I start my morning off with a prayer and listen to a little bit of gospel. I then take one last look at the game plan and watch the film until the pre-game meal. After pre-game meal and meetings, I then get taped, put on my playlist, and go out on the field stretch and clear my head. 

Do you have any hobbies?

  • Hobbies of mine would be fishing, playing video games, and spending time with loved ones. 

If you had to compare yourself to someone in the NFL, who would that be?

  • Aaron Donald 

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

  • My mother, just seeing her push through life at all times even when we didn’t have anything. Having kids at an early age and still being able to finish school and obtain multiple degrees. Just taking her you can always do anything in this world no matter how tough life gets. 

What motivates you to work hard?

  • Myself and my environment 

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

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