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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Dalton Godfrey, LS, University of South Dakota

Dalton Godfrey the standout long snapper from the University of South Dakota recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Dalton Godfrey the standout long snapper from the University of South Dakota recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Dalton Godfrey
  • Position: LS
  • College: University of South Dakota
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 235
  • Twitter: @_daltongodfrey_
  • Instagram: daltongodfrey46

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

Being able to snap and block consistently as well as being an asset in coverage is what I believe makes me a top prospect.

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

I was first interested in football from kindergarten/1st grade, my parents are into sports, so it is something that was always in my life.

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

NFL teams should know that I am dedicated on and off the field as I will have graduated with 3 degrees by the time I am done. They should also know that I have been voted a captain by my teammates for my senior season.

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

I would donate to creating better lives for those with mental and physical disabilities as I have seen firsthand the kind of things they go through on a daily basis.

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

The best advice I have received would be to slow down and enjoy the moment, don’t rush through your time here.

Who was your childhood hero? 

My childhood hero was probably Ricky Stanzi since he was the QB for Iowa as I was growing up.

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

Our most underrated player is Stephen Hillis, he is a big time special teams player for us as well as one of those guys who people look to to do the right thing.

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

Currently my biggest pet peeve is people with talent or natural ability thinking they don’t need to work as hard as everyone else.

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

Having to have 4 surgeries over the past 7 years was very difficult for me not only physically when I am not able to do what I want to but sometimes that doubt creeps into your mind and toys with you but you just have to find a way to push through which I have.

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

USD is a very small school; the educational buildings are all less that 1 mile away from each other. The town in which USD sits is also small, 6,000-10,000 people. This gives USD a very big family atmosphere where you know and have classes with a high percentage of people on campus. This transfers over the to athletic department as well. You can walk around the buildings and talk to every coach from every team, there are a lot of places where this is not the case.

What is your favorite snack food? 

Peanut butter pretzels

What is the best part of football? 

Winning as a team, winning is fun but doing it with a bunch of guys you work really hard with is even better.

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

I would sell myself by saying I am a hardworking team oriented guy who isn’t going to give up when there is work to be done.

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

I would compare myself to someone like AQ Shipley, a guy who isn’t the biggest, isn’t the most physically talented but has to simply work his butt off in order to compete at the highest level.

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

I would have dinner with MJ, Tiger and Matthew McConaughey. MJ because I would love to hear some stories he couldn’t tell on the last dance and hear more about having to push guys to be their best. Tiger because I want to know how he learned to tune everything out and focus on the task at hand, and also hear untold stories. Finally, McConaughey because he is my favorite actor and seems like a great guy to hang with even though he is a longhorn.


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