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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Khalil Steward, WR, Adams State

Khalil Steward is a Wide Receiver for Adams State University. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
Khalil Steward is a Wide Receiver for Adams State University. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Khalil Steward
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • College: Adams State University
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Twitter: @khalilsteward1
  • Instagram: @khalilsteward83

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

Being coachable and my work ethic. I am a receiver who has a great sense of awareness, is physical, and is able to go up and attack the ball. My ability to win at jump balls and have deceptive speed is also what I believe separates me from other prospects in my position.

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

I was interested in football at a young age and started playing when I was 5 and never stopped. My grandma is a Philadelphia Eagles fan, and I always wanted to be an Eagle. So, I’ve continued to pursue my love for football.

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

I am very coachable and buy into the system and what we want as a team. I am a very selfless player and am willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win.

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

I would donate to orphanages or something to do with at-risk kids. I worked as a residential counselor for the boys and girls club and I enjoyed every minute of it. I wish that there were more opportunities and funding to create recreational facilities in other places in the world that could allow them to have structure as well as be free and themselves.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

The best advice I have ever received is from my mentor George Duvall. He broke down F.E.A.R (False Evidence Appearing Real) and told me to never let that hold me back from accomplishing what I want in life. That is why I am here and still chasing what I love.

Who was your childhood hero?

My childhood hero then and now is my mom. No matter what circumstance we were in, she always made a way for our family to keep going and instilled in us to never give up.

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

I would say the most underrated teammate in the locker room is one of our safeties Riley Trayer. He is coming off an ACL injury and has been working extremely hard to get back.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is when someone is smacking or chewing really loud. Just chew with your mouth closed, I get whatever it is might taste good but there’s gotta be another way, like after you’re done chewing with your mouth closed, say “This is really good.”

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

A lot of people don’t know this about me, but I was removed from school and football due to academic reasons in 2016 at Eastern Washington University. I was young, and it did a lot to me mentally and physically. I came back that following year and made the Dean’s List. Unfortunately, it didn’t feel like home anymore and I struggled to find it over the years and stepped away from school and football. I finally found my home in Adams State and am excited to end my collegiate career here.

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

The coaches and professors want to see you succeed. They are willing to sacrifice their time so they can help you with whatever you need. They want you to be successful not only as an athlete, but as a person as well.

What is your favorite snack food?

My favorite snack food would have to be those little Bueno chocolates or cool ranch Doritos, it just depends on my mood.

What is the best part of football?

The best part of football is that you get to create a bond with a whole group of people that later on in life, you’ll be able to call or text about countless memories and not just the games, but the practices, workouts, road trips and plenty of other stories.

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

I am a player who is a hard worker on the field and off the field and is willing to buy into a system to be successful.

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

I would say my play is like Juju Smith. He is a big physical receiver who goes up for the ball and can make guys miss on first contact.

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

One would be with my great grandfather because we used to have great conversations growing up and always have a good time. The second person would be Chad Ochocinco because he’s one of my favorite receivers and I think I could convince him to play me in FIFA. I think I’d give him a run for his money. The last person would be with Elon Musk just so I could see if I could get him to give me a Tesla. 

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