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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Josh Hyer, DL, University of Calgary

Josh Hyer the standout defensive lineman from the University of Calgary recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Josh Hyer the standout defensive lineman from the University of Calgary recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Josh Hyer
  • Position: DL
  • College: University of Calgary
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 250lbs
  • Twitter: @joshhyer
  • Instagram: @joshhyer

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

– I think what makes me a top prospect this year at my position is my versatility, I can play on the edge, I can play inside and I also have the speed to play special teams where ever fit.

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

– I first started playing football when I was 6 years old, but my love for the game really started to grow when I was in grade 10 playing with the seniors. 

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

– I’m a quiet guy, I’m not the guy who yells and screams on the field to show my leadership and love for the game, I prove that through my effort and attitude every day I’m playing football.

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

– Any cancer foundation and to be specific, prostate cancer. I have a history of prostate cancer within the family so that would be my focus area.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

– Some of the best advice I have received that I have been able to apply to aspects of my life outside of just football is that nothing is guaranteed, where you’re at today isn’t the best you can be and if you let complacency creep into your life, your spot will be taken. 

Who was your childhood hero?

-My father and My grandfather are two people that i really looked up to as a hero throughout my childhood.

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

– Aidan Miele, He is a guy who battles with injuries so has never gotten a chance to prove himself, but he constantly is the hardest-working guy in the gym and the guy who makes the locker room a good environment every day. 

What is your biggest pet peeve?

– Some of my biggest pet peeves are dirty/messy areas and having animal hair on my clothes. I Keep a lint roller on my hand all the time.

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

– Some of the hardest moments in my life came when I was younger, within the span of a month or two my parents got divorced and my grandfather died. This was a tough time and then the following years to come and having to deal with those pains created a lot of character in me. 

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

– U of C has had the most amount of players drafted in the CFL draft, this school special to me because when I moved to Calgary from Small town BC I was still a kid and over the 6 years I’ve been here I have shaped into the person I am today. The biggest part of that is the relationships that this school has allowed me to gain while being here. 

What is your favorite snack food?

– I’m a big skittles person, but if we are talking healthy options I have been liking greek yogurt lately. 

What is the best part of football?

– There are so many great things about being able to play football but one of the biggest ones for me is the brotherhood, it’s the people you meet and spend every day with for months on end creating lifetime relationships.

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

I may not look like the biggest scariest guy but my effort each and every play will make you look over that.

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

– Maxx Crosby

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

– It would be Three of my past coaches from different levels of football I have played. Spending so much time with each one of them during football season I think it would be beneficial to sit down with all of them at once.

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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