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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: PJ Braun, OL, Missouri Western State University

2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: PJ Braun, OL, Missouri Western State University
PJ Braun the standout offensive lineman from Missouri Western State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: PJ Braun
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • College: Missouri Western State University 
  • Height: 6’5
  • Weight: 310lbs.
  • Twitter: @Pjbraun74
  • Instagram: @P.mainy 

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

I love Gap scheme plays and the run game is one of my strengths. I like to pull and hit people. When I pull and the running back gets behind me I know I will set him up for a successful play. 

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

Age 8

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

I am a JUCO guy with a driven mindset. I have good work ethic and my commitment to the game is unmatched, I never go back home for a break and I grind all year long. 

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

Probably feeding America or any charity that help gives families food. 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

I learned that it will always be you versus you. Don’t worry about what other people are doing or what they think of you. Keep working, stay disciplined, and success will come.

Who was your childhood hero?

My mom because she played both roles and raised me and my two sisters as a Single Parent. She always found a way and never gave up.

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

Jonas Bennett

What is your biggest pet peeve?

When someone talks really loud

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

I had to go in the transfer portal from my previous university. I was cut at the end of the season due to an injury to my hand. At the time I just moved off campus into my own apartment, I only lived there for 6 days. I lost my rent and security deposit. I have stuck 35 hours away from home with no scholarship and no money, this was probably the lowest time in my life and I didn’t know what to do but I kept pushing. MWSU gave me an opportunity, I packed everything in my car and moved to Missouri to continue my journey. 

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

My school, coaches, and teammates took me in with open arms and I think the brotherhood is special.

What is your favorite snack food?

Chicken in a biscuit crackers 

What is the best part of football?

The brotherhood and playing together to complete one goal is the best part.

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

I have a very driven mindset and my dedication is unmatched, I don’t give up.

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

I would say Quenton Nelson because he is great in the run game and I like to model my play after him 

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

  1. David Goggins because I would like to hear his story face to face and learn about his mindset.
  2. Larry Allen because we went to the same JUCO and we can relate about some things.
  3. Larry June because he is my favorite artist.

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