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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tre Thomas, DB, University of South Dakota

Tre Thomas the versatile defensive back from the University of South Dakota recently sat down with Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Tre Thomas
  • Positon: Nickel Safety/Linebacker
  • College: University of South Dakota
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 216
  • Twitter: @trethomas21
  • Instagram: trethomas1

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

I am versatile with the ability to be confident in coverage and playing in the box. I also believe that my speed and athleticism is what makes me hard to stop when I’m coming on a blitz, but with that being said I still have a lot to learn and get better at.

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

At age 3 or 4. My mom said I always use to pick up a football and run around the house with it.

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

I am never satisfied. Meaning there’s always something to learn and get better at. My parents always told me to be the best, you always have to do your best.

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

American Heart Association. Their focus is on reducing the death by heart disease & stroke.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“Always do your very best” & “Let the game come to you”

Who was your childhood hero?

I had/have two, my mom and dad.

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

Running back- Travis Theis, he goes all out every single rep!

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Not taking care of personal hygiene

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

I agree, overcoming adversity is a huge factor in defining your character and I have overcome some things in my life, but the environment I grew up in is what defines my character. As I previously stated, my parents are a big part of who I am today. They raised me to be a young man who is a strong believer in God, and with that comes a responsibility to honor him in the right way.

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

It’s always nice to know that the school that took a chance on you, truly believes in you and for that I am forever grateful. It’s also a family type of environment here. All athletes from different sports are always supporting each other’s games.

What is your favorite snack food?


What is the best part of football?

I would say when you see all the work that you’ve done being paid off.

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

I am a highly ambitious person with big dreams.

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

I would have to say Kyle Dugger

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

Jackie Robinson because he was the first African American who played baseball in the MLB and he had to grow through adversity his whole life for being black in a “white man’s sport” at the time and I want a deep dive conversion on how/why he kept going. Kevin Hart because he’s one of the funniest people on this planet, and lastly Lebron James because he just became a billionaire and I would love to know how he got there.


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