NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Cameron Sommer, TE, Portland State University
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What is your name?
What is your Height/Weight?
6’3″ 1/2 251
What is your position?
Tight End and Long Snapper
Where do you play college football?
Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?
While I was at Portland State, we had the opportunity to go to a local church and serve food to the homeless in the area. It was humbling and cool to spend time with people who were less fortunate.
What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?
My accounting senior capstone
Where are you from?
Who is your role model, and why?
My role model is my brother. He has always been the person to tell me what I can accomplish if I stay consistent with my work ethic and attitude, and has been there with me through everything. He is my biggest critic and my biggest fan, I owe him a bunch.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I played basketball and threw in track
Did you play any other positions in football?
I played Defensive End and Left Guard in high school
At your position, what separates you from others?
My ability to prepare for the next opponent. I spend all free time watching film looking for tendencies and hand signals that can tip coverage or stunts.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
I watch the film threw a couple of times. The first time I just let the tape play through and look for the players that stand out and what they do well as well as what gives them problems. The second time through I watch for move tendencies or leans or anything of that nature. And the last time through I watch for coverage tendencies and stunt tendencies along with any hand signals or ways they show their play before the snap.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
James Cowser who played at Southern Utah and now plays for the Raiders.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
Jacob Tamme because we are the same size and move around the formation a lot.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
When I was in high school, one of my best friends drowned and passed away. My group of friends and I were able to come together along with my buddies family and spend time with each other and help ease the pain a bit.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I’m one of the first ones on the field, and I catch balls with the QB as well as get a couple snaps in with the kickers and punters. Right before I go in to the locker room, I take a lap around the field and call my dad to tell him I love him and appreciate everything he’s done for me.
What is your biggest strength?
What is your biggest weakness?
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I am not somebody you have to worry about on a Saturday night or reading about my mistakes in the Sunday morning paper. I’ll give you my best effort everyday, and I can help with depth at long snapping as well as tight end.
Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
Lebron James, Jesus, and Colton Holly (my buddy who passed in high school)
What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?
Anything my mom and dad would want