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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Hunter Nourzad, OL, Cornell University

Cornell University's offensive lineman Hunter Nourzad
Cornell University’s offensive lineman Hunter Nourzad recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Hunter Nourzad
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • College: Cornell University
  • Height: 6’4”
  • Weight: 310
  • Twitter: @NourzadHunter
  • Instagram: @nourzad.h

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2022 NFL Draft? 

  • I think that my athleticism and build make me a great prospect for the NFL. So far, I’ve only played tackle in college, which I think will allow me to play interior offensive line in the league at a high level because of my hands and footwork, but I also love being in the trenches and the higher contact of being inside the tackles. 

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?
  • My family has always watched football, so from a young age I loved watching the Arkansas Razorbacks and Dallas Cowboys, but I didn’t really want to play until I got an NCAA video game and in 4th grade I convinced my parents to let me play in a peewee league. 

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?

  • I’m very focused on perfecting my craft, studying, and researching new ways to improve myself in very facet of my life so that I can be the best football player and person possible. Along with that comes my versatility on the offensive line. 

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be? 

  • Trying to get clean water to places that don’t have access to it. 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

  • Be yourself and don’t let anyone knock you off of the trajectory that you want to be on. 

Who was your childhood hero? 

  • I didn’t really have a real-life hero when I was younger, I always loved Spiderman. But as I get older, I think my hero has always been my mother. 

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school? 

  • I think it has to be Jack Burns, who is also an offensive lineman in my class. He always graded well in games, has a great motor, a great football IQ, and is relentless on the field. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

  • When people don’t say thank you when you hold the door open for them.

Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome? 

  • Barring my personal life, I think the hardest moment so far would be having our 2020 season cancelled because of Covid. I know myself and a lot of other players in the Ivy League were really looking forward to that season, but it allowed us to take a step back and focus on getting stronger, faster, and even more prepared for the 2021 season. 

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?

  • Cornell is very different from what I was used to before I came to college, but within the athletics department, football staff, an engineering college, I have made so many connections that I think will remain in my life for a long time. Those people really care about my success in every aspect of my life and I’m grateful for it. 

What is your favorite snack food? 

I like sweet, chewy candy, like Mike and Ikes or Gushers. 

What is the best part of football? 

  • There are so many great things about football. It acts as a type of meditation for me; the controlled violence and aggression, being part of a team and getting to play the greatest team sport with my best friends.

If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say? 

  • I’ve succeeded in everything I have been put up against so far because of my work ethic and dedication, and I don’t play to stop now. 

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be? 

  • I think that Trent Williams’ play in the NFL translates to my play in the Ivy League. He has finesse and discipline in the passing game, can drive a down lineman with power, but also prides himself on being able to get in the open field on screens, being an athlete, and keeping up with the receiver or back. 

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why? 

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson because I think he is just very educated on things I don’t really know about. Elon Musk because is doing some things in the engineering world that are remarkable. This one is kind of random, but I think the third would be David Bakhtiari because he’s an Iranian NFL player and I’m also Iranian so it would be cool to talk to him about that. 

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