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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Darryl Williams, WR, Winona State University

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Darryl Williams the standout wide receiver from Winona State recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Darryl Williams
  • Position: WR, PR/KR
  • College: Winona State University
  • Height: 5’10
  • Weight: 175
  • Twitter: @Darrylwilliams2
  • Instagram: @darrylw1lliams

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

What makes me a top prospect is that I am a very interchangeable player. I can play the slot receiver, line up on the outside, and return punts and kicks. My biggest assets on the field are I am fast, a good route runner, and can finish plays. 

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

Growing up I really fell in love with basketball, but it was about 13 when I really saw potential and really started to love football.

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

I am an extremely hard worker, no one will outwork me, on and off the field. I will do whatever the team needs to be successful.

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

 Help eliminate world hunger

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

There is always room to learn and develop, even if you think you are on top there is always something that you can get better at.

Who was your childhood hero? 

My mom, sacrificed a lot of time to make sure I was where I needed to be with sports or whatever it may have been.

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

I would say our whole O-line and the people behind the scenes, they are out there working and competing with the rest of us, and their position just doesn’t get enough recognition.

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

When other people make me late to things.

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

One of the hardest moments in my life would have to be when a friend from high school died in a plane accident days before graduating, after the accident is when I really started to cherish and appreciate everything in life.

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

What makes my school special is that everyone at this university is very supportive whether it be our coaching staff, administration, or the community they all want to see you be successful on and off the field.

What is your favorite snack food? 

Sour Patch Strawberry, the best candy out.

What is the best part of football? 

Being able to go out with my brothers and compete at a high level and having my family and friends there supporting what I love to do.

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

I’m a very hardworking and dedicated team player that will sacrifice whatever the team needs me to do to be successful.

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

Steve Smith, impacted the game both offensively and on special teams by returning. His size, route-running ability, and athleticism are comparable to what I bring to the field.

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

  1. Michael Jordan- Arguably the greatest athlete ever, his hard work and dedication to be the best are fascinating, so I’d want to sit down and pick his brain.
  2. Tiger Woods- Changed the game of golf. Seeing all the things he has been through throughout his career and still being as successful as he is today with recently being named a billionaire is a great accomplishment. I would sit down and soak up everything he would say about his mindset and road to success.
  3. Michael Jackson- Another all-time great and generational talent who made an impact on the world other than the music industry. 

Damond Talbot

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

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