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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tyler Stilwell, OL, University of Central Oklahoma

Tyler Stilwell the big Offensive Lineman from the University of Central Oklahoma recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Tyler Stilwell
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight:295lbs
  • Position: Center/Guard/Deep Snapper 
  • College: University of Central Oklahoma
  • Twitter: @tyler50stilwell

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it? 

  • I love the tradition in Yukon. We have a Czech festival every year in October. 

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
  • All are crucial, but strength and conditioning probably comes first because if the body isn’t in shape to perform at a high level, that player probably wont be able to do the other two anyway. Practice comes next and then film study to perfect what happens in practice and to prepare as much as you can for the game. 

What do you worry about, and why?

  • The uncertainty of my future at the moment. I want to be remembered as being great and if I don’t play high level professional football I’ll feel like I’ve failed. 

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

  • I lost two wrestling matches in a row my freshman year of high school dropping me from potentially being in the state championship match, to being in the 5th place match. I lost those two because of a lack of effort. That fifth place match I wrestled as hard and as well as I’ve ever wrestled to make amends for my failure earlier in the tournament. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality? 

  • I’m extremely consistent 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

  • Nathan Shepherd 

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

  • A Safety Professional

Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?

  • Room

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

  • A family member, it would be tough to leave behind any human, but a family member would mean more to me. 

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why? 

  • Dwight Schrute from the Office. His character is very funny and I feel like playing him would have been a blast. 

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?  

  • My size. I’ve always been smaller than everyone so I’ve had to out-work my teammates and opponents to be great like I want to be. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?  

  • I got booed off of the stage at the talent show my freshman year of college. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

  • Week 4 of 2018, I was the pulling guard on a counter play and I made a great pancake block on one of the best defensive players in our conference. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

  • El Paso – Marty Robbins (the relentless pursuit of his love compares to my relentless pursuit of greatness) 

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

  • Intelligence 

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

  • My future mother-in-law

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

  • The Pit

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

  • Joey Hunt

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

  • Respected. Not everyone is going to like you no matter what, and being respected is an honor. 

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

  • Michael Vick. What he did was extremely wrong, but he served his time. He could have been one of the greats if that hadn’t happened. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose? 

  • I love to win. You either win or you learn in my opinion. 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

  • My dad. Any man I’ve ever come across is compared to him in my mind. He sets an incredibly high standard for me and I’m very grateful for the man he’s turned me into. 

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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