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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Diedrick Bushnell, DE, Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Diedrick Bushnell is an aggressive pass rusher with good moves
Diedrick Bushnell is an aggressive pass rusher with good moves

NFL Draft Diamonds and our staff have been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 2 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. We have tons of NFL staff that read our interviews, and we actually received several of the questions from NFL scouts we speak too. This gives them a little bit more information regarding your character. We hope to bring you more than 300 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner.

What is your name?

Diedrick Bushnell

What is your Height/Weight?

6’1 235

What is your position? 

Defensive End

Where do you play college football?

I just finished my last season Oklahoma Panhandle St. University (D-II) 

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

Getting a chance to go back to my old school and help younger kids from my area

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Organic Chemistry 

Where are you from?

Lake Charles, La 

Who is your role model, and why?

My mom, because she’s always was there, she worked extremely hard to take care of my younger sister and I

Did you play any other sports growing up?


Did you play any other positions in football?

Yes, I started my first few games at Center freshman year at OPSU

What separates you from the others in the NFL Draft at your position?

My versatility and relentless effort 

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

The offensive line posture to see if their leaning forward or backward to see if it’s run or pass, locating the tight ends and how many backs in the backfield 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Hands down Tyrann Mathieu in HS

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

James Harrison. Since I was young I always watch and use the moves he used in his game and implement it in my game because he has the same body type for the position we play

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

When my grandmother passed away, because she was everything and the biggest part in who I am today, I overcame with all the lessons she taught me, she always told me to be strong and have faith in everything you do, because with God anything is possible 

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Listen to my favorite rapper, Kevin Gates 

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

I feel you have that “Beast Mentality” to work three times harder coming from a small school because we don’t have the resources.

What is your biggest strength?


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If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

Take a chance on me, I’ll give my heart and soul to sport and my team, I’m 100 % committed and you won’t regret it 

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

Ed Reed 

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

My grandmother, my grandfather, and Ray Lewis. My grandparents were big fans and I would love to soak knowledge he could give me

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

This first thing I will buy will be a big house for my mother she deserves it

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie?
  • NFL Network or ESPN?
  • Coke or Pepsi?
  • Pizza or Burgers?
  • Dogs or Cats?

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