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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Cody Chrest, WR, Sam Houston State

Cody Chrest is the cerebral veteran WR for Sam Houston State. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
Cody Chrest is the cerebral veteran WR for Sam Houston State. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Cody Chrest
  • Height: 6’1”
  • Weight: 200 lbs
  • Position: WR
  • College: Sam Houston State University
  • Twitter: ChrestCody
  • Instagram: CodyChrest

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
I obtained my undergraduate degree after spending 4 years at Harvard. During my time there, I was also part of 2 finance groups (Harvard Investment Association and the Harvard Financial Analysts Club). I transferred to Sam Houston in the fall of 2020. I recently earned my Master’s in Business Administration.

What do you think your teammates would say is your best quality?
My best qualities can be summed up in my work ethic, diligence and resiliency. I take a lot of pride in my work ethic, and try to do more than what others are doing. My diligence is evident with my time spent studying film and working with my coaches in order to understand every aspect of the game. I’ve been very resilient over the years battling injuries. Although, I’ve never let it be noticeable. Last year, I played through a torn labrum and an AC Sprain. I’m just used to putting my head down and getting to work.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
My role has been very versatile which helps set me apart. I’m primarily used as an “X” receiver. I have lined up across the board from on the outside, being one-on-one in the boundary or working the slot position. I’ve been used in the screen game and also as a deep threat. I’ve had a lot of success with my versatility and do whatever I am asked by my coaches.

We run a conceptualized spread offense where we have the freedom to run a variety of routes on any given play depending on leverage and coverage. If the right decision is made, you can be open on every play.

I returned some punts last year and hope to be very involved in special teams this season. I’ve had good experience on special teams, playing gunner my senior season at Harvard.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Last season, we played against Montana State in the playoffs. The freakish athleticism of Troy Andersen was evident. He had unreal speed and was just everywhere. You had to keep an eye on him at all times.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Zyon and Tristan McCollum were incredible players for our program and even better individuals off the field. They epitomized leadership. Going up against them every day in practice, we gained a mutual respect. We took time to learn from each other’s perspective which helped each of us grow.

Ife Adeyi and Noah Smith are elite athletes and run their routes at a high level. Noah Smith has made the transition from RB to slot receiver very well. You would think he played receiver his whole life.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
My whole career has been a series of struggles that I’ve constantly overcome. I’m going into my 7th year, and a lot of people would have given up by now. I was once told that I would never play football, but I never complained. I just kept my head down and never stopped working. I ended up leading Harvard in receptions and yards my senior year. I was listed as third string as a transfer. I had discussions with my coach as to how I could improve, and took every bit of advice to further my talents. I took advantage when my name was called, and earned a starting position. Every time I have been faced with adversity I have prevailed. I’m ready for whatever other obstacles may come my way.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
I played baseball in high school and received All-District recognition. I had some looks from schools for baseball, but it was never truly my passion. If given the opportunity, I also would have played basketball.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?
I’m very proud that I’ve had the courage to continue to pursue my dream and overcome adversity. Winning the National Title during the Spring of 2021 was my biggest achievement. It’s something many people dream about their whole life, and I hope to get there once again this season.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
My twin younger brothers committed to Sam Houston last season. Being able to play on the same team with them is surreal. While playing against Eastern Kentucky last season, I had a 26-yard touchdown catch from Eric Schmid. My little brothers ran to me from the sideline, meeting me in the endzone to celebrate. That was a moment that I’ll never forget.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
I’m a huge Green Bay Packers fan. Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams are my favorite players. As I study NFL players, I try to take each one’s greatest attribute and apply it to my game whether it be the release that Davante Adams has on his routes, the crisp routes of Cooper Kupp or the physicality of DeAndre Hopkins.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
Journey is one of my favorite music artists. Before games, I like listening to Future or NCap.

What is your favorite comfort food?
I enjoy Mediterranean food like lamb shawarma.

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
My favorite actor is Leonardo DiCaprio. My favorite movie is Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
I like to spend time with my family. I’m also very good at ping-pong. I enjoy reading a lot.

Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
I love the game. It’s a true passion of mine. If I didn’t give it my all, I would be neglecting my natural gifts. My motivation comes from my loved ones, my family and friends. My godbrother was lost to cancer. It’s his memory that keeps me going every day to help me be the best version of myself.

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