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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Cole Nelson, DT, University of Alberta

Cole Nelson
University of Alberta defensive tackle Cole Nelson is a monster standing at 6060 and weighing close to 300 pounds. He recently sat down with us.
  • Name: Cole Nelson
  • Height: 6’ 6”
  • Weight: 295
  • Position: DT
  • College: University of Alberta
  • Twitter: @Cole97952394

What is the best restaurant in your hometown city?

• In Ponoka I would pick Boston Pizza, but the neighboring town Lacombe has a really great restaurant called Cilantro & Chive.

When breaking down your film what will stick out?

• Good first step, with strong punch and extension

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

• I would buy land and start grain farming.

What has been your biggest failure?

•Letting some teammates do stuff that ended up in their removal from the team.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• Having a growth mindset.

Who is the hardest working teammate on your team?

•Reggie Schoeppe 

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?


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

•My degree is in sociology. My dream job is to be a police officer in Calgary or Edmonton.

What is your coolest life moment?

• Breaking land with my dad as a kid, seeing it go from a treed area to usable land.

What song would you sing at Karaoke night?

• Your Man, or really anything else by Josh Turner.

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

• Jason Momoa 

Who is your favorite football team?

• Edmonton Eskimos/Minnesota Vikings

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

• Don’t touch the back of the head.

What is your biggest fear?

• Not being a good father when I have a child.

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?

• Ronnie Stanley

Take us through game day, How do you prepare?

• I keep it pretty simple and just do what I do through the week of practice. I make sure I have good meals throughout the day. I have my playbook with me and just cycle through the pages making sure I know my responsibilities and finally stretch everything out and make sure I’m loose.

Do you have any hobbies?

• Snowmobiling, building computers, welding, and reading.

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

• I guess he’s retired but it would be Jared Allen.

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

• My father. I mean he taught me everything I know in a life sense. Everything from building an engine, managing money, dealing with altercations to cooking and cleaning.

What motivates you to work hard?

• Make the old man proud.

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