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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Preston Smith, WR, Davenport University

Preston Smith the standout wide receiver from Davenport University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Preston Smith the standout wide receiver from Davenport University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Preston Smith
  • Position: WR
  • College: Davenport University
  • Height: 6’4
  • Weight: 205
  • Twitter: live_ty11
  • Instagram: ty.sm1th

What makes you a top prospect at your position  in the 2023 NFL Draft?

I am a hard working player that thrives off of being surrounded by other great athletes. I am a big body receiver that can run every route effectively i also have speed and can play in the slot too. Also i arguably have the best hands in the GLIAC.

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

I was 9 years old and my Mom brought me to the football field after I got out of school. She asked me if I wanted to try out for the team, I said yes and tried out that day in my school uniform and haven’t stopped playing ever since.

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

I want NFL teams to know that I am willing to compete. I know that I’ve come from smaller schools but I am a dog and will show that at any given opportunity.

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

I would like to donate to the American Diabetes Association because my grandmother suffers from diabetes and she’s one of the strongest people I know.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

The best advice that I have received so far was “to never let anyone put expectations on me.” you cant put expectations on me because I’m me.

Who was your childhood hero?

The neighborhood Spider-Man.

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

Jalen Robinson, Aaron Hill, 

What is your biggest pet peeve?

When people make a decision to do something and don’t put there all into it.

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

My older brother passed away and I went home to be with my family because i started to go through depression. I wasn’t mentally ok to be hours away from home and go through losing someone I loved by myself. So I made the decision to move back with my family and because of that decision I didn’t play football for 2 seasons. During those two years i battled depression and continued to work and workout so I would be prepared to go back in school and now I am here today.

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

My school is brand new in the GLIAC, so we have a lot to prove, we plan to make this year the year that we earn our stripes in this conference.

What is your favorite snack food?

Payday

What is the best part of football?

Scoring touchdowns

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

He’s a player/person that you can always count on to make a play no matter the situation.

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

Julio Jones 

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

My older brother that passed away my freshman year of college. Odell Beckham Jr. because he changed the way that i played and viewed the game of football. lastly I would pick Julio Jones, he is a great receiver that I am built like, I would love to sit and get game from him and develop a relationship

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 [email protected]

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