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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Carson Taylor, DE/LB, Northern Arizona University

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Northern Arizona Edge Rusher Carson Taylor recently sat down with Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Carson Taylor
  • Height: 6’4”
  • Weight: 236 lbs
  • Position: DE/LB
  • College: Northern Arizona University
  • Twitter: @ctaylor1198

Tell us about your university/college. Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?

Northern Arizona University is a great college town and has a lot to offer outside of football! I have participated in some activities with community service at the school but haven’t gone to any organizations other than football!

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

Having a constant motor and knack for the ball! Being able to use that with my speed and length helps my game a lot!

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

Definitely a leadership role on and off the field. Being able to play on Saturdays is one thing, but it’s what you do all week that shows in the game and I feel I help bring the energy!

I am typically more experienced playing in the 4-3 defense playing the Jack position and/or stand up end on the edge. We recently changed to a 3-4 where I also played both the outside linebacker spot and the End spot wherever the coach needs me!

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

I cannot seem to choose one player in specific. I can say Western Illinois my Redshirt Freshman Year in 2017 had one of the best O-Lines I have ever played against.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

I would definitely have to say that Luis Aguilar is the teammate that impresses me the most. I say this because we came in together and took our visit together. It has been nice watching him bloom. He’s the top kicker in the FCS.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

When losing my teammate last year, it really was one of the things that I struggled with the most. It really hit me in a hard way causing me to think about it and really being thankful for every second of life. I am blessed to live. Overcoming this still isn’t something I have done fully, but I know I will continue to make him proud!

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?


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What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

The thing that I am most proud of is the fact that I am blessed to play the game of football at a high level. Growing up in Decatur,IL there isn’t much hope, and I would say for me getting out and earning myself a full ride scholarship is definitely my biggest accomplishment.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.

When I got my first interception as a Redshirt Sophomore in the Skydome against Weber State University. It was one of the best memories because of how it happened and the brothers I got to celebrate it with really made it sweet!

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

I would have to say right now my favorite athlete to watch would be Khalil Mack, and I definitely would say I want to model my game after him! My favorite football team is the Chicago Bears! 

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?

I would have to say my favorite rapper right now would be Nipsey Hussle! He has a lot of music that gets me juiced up before the game along with some other rappers!

What is your favorite comfort food?

Steak !!!!!!! My favorite

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

My favorite movie actor would have to Mark Wahlberg!

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?

Currently with my spare time, I have just been training, reading more, and getting more connected with God! I currently like to play video games at times for a hobby. I don’t have any secret talents!

Who or what motivates you the most?

My Family and My Fallen Angels !!

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