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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tristen Taylor, OT, Eastern Washington University

Tristen Taylor EWU
Tristen Taylor is a mauler on the Eastern Washington offensive line. He recently sat down with Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Tristen Taylor
  • Height: 6’6”
  • Weight: 325 lbs
  • Position: OT
  • College: Eastern Washington University
  • Twitter: @TristenTaylor65

Tell us about your university/college. Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?

Eastern Washington University is a small homey type of school, and the fan base is awesome. I did not participate in any other activities on campus because football has been my main priority since I’ve been here. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

On the field: Dependability, Football IQ and Physicality 

Off the field: Work Ethic and Loyalty

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

I started mostly at Left Tackle at EWU. I can play Guard and Tackle on either side of the O-line so whatever a team needs I can do it with the skill set I have. 

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

Samson Ebukam in 2016 everyday in practice.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

Jusstis Warren. He has a great work ethic.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

In highschool, I wasn’t the best student so I almost wasn’t eligible to come to EWU. That’s probably why I think more schools weren’t interested in me which is why I’m grateful for this University  

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?

I don’t think I would play another sport, nothing else really gives me the joy football does. I’d probably try to play Video Games professionally because I’m pretty good at that.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

Something I am most proud of is that I am about to graduate college.

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Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.

There are too many to tell, but the first one I think of is when we beat Washington State in 2016 and my QB Gage Guburd ran in the final touchdown for us to win. 

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

I’d say my favorite athlete ever is Floyd Mayweather but football wise it is Joe Thomas. I love the way he played O-Line 

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?

Right now my favorite is Lil TJay or Juice WRLD , Lil TJay would probably be my pre-game artist to get me pumped up 

What is your favorite comfort food?

Chicken Adobo made by my grandfather 

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

I have a lot of favorite movies but my favorite actor is Mark Wahlberg 

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?

I’m really good at Call of Duty and most first person shooters. I play XBox in my free time 

Who or what motivates you the most?

Something that motivates me the most is not letting my family down even though they say I would never let them down. 

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