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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tristen Vance, LB, Northern Arizona University

Tristen Vance the hard hitting linebacker from Northern Arizona University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Tristen Vance (33) the hard hitting linebacker from Northern Arizona University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Tristen Vance 
  • Position: ILB/OLB 
  • College: Northern Arizona University 
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 230
  • Instagram: @ t__rokvance 
  • Twitter: @DropTopT_R0k

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

  • My ability, production, versatility on defense, high-level special teams play, football IQ, commitment to sacrifice, and thirst to win. 

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football? 

  • 7 years old, also first year playing. 

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

  • I’m someone who is relentless in effort and intention to effective winning and culture; in whatever role is needed. 

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

  • Social Reform, creating better ballade and equity in all communities. 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

  • Whatever you’re at, find a way to take it  further, and way to enjoy it more. 

Who was your childhood hero? 

  • Lebron James, for his commitment to greatness in all aspects of life 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

  • Complaining and a lack of motivation 

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

  • Loosing two people close to me shortly before 2 separate college seasons.  A family member 2016, a teammate 2019. I write both of them on my tape every game. 

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

  • It is a unique place with rare life experiences to offer, great resources, and an opportunity to be great. 

What is your favorite snack food? 

  • Cereal, great any time of day the snack is  needed 

What is the best part of football? 

  • The opportunity to compete and “…any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.” Vince Lombardi 

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

  • I am a player willing to commit unwavering effort, details, energy, and execution for the teams goal.  

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

  • Eric Kendricks: Minnesota Vikings ILB
  • Active havoc in the run game 
  • Good feel for the passing game, and matching receivers routes in space
  • Assignment and Emotional leader 

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

  1. Jay-Z 
  2. Dave Chappelle  
  3. Maya Angelou 

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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