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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Weslee Moea’i, DT, Rocky Mountain College

2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Weslee Moea'i, DT, Rocky Mountain College
Weslee Moea’i the standout defensive lineman from Rocky Mountain College recently sat down with Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Weslee Moea’i 
  • Position: DT, NT
  • College: Rocky Mountain College
  • Height: 6”3’
  • Weight: 310
  • Twitter: wessah41
  • Instagram: wessah41

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

– First thing that stands out is my ability to make plays as a Nose Tackle. NT’s usually have 2-3 guys on them every play, so being able to handle the load of double teams and still making plays in the backfield is huge. Also, my work ethic and giving relentless effort in every play is something that I pride myself in and I think those are things that stand out the most in my qualities.

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

-My Mom threw me into football in the fourth grade. I didn’t like it at all at first, but my dad sat me down and had a one-on-one talk with me about if I wanted to even play anymore… that talk gave me the spark I needed to grow my love for the game of football.

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

-I am reliable, I get the job done and I give max effort in everything. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, and I’m married. My main focus is God, family, and football. 

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

-Mental health and healing. 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

-Everything is spiritual first before it manifests physically. Our mind is what creates our reality. So being able to visualize first what we want and believe and know that we already attained it brings it to pass. Our bodies are capable of anything we want. It’s our minds we got to convince. 

Who was your childhood hero? 

-My parent’s grandparents and my uncles and aunties. I always wanted to be like them, and they always made life fun for me and my cousins/siblings.

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

-Rodney Mike. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

-Probably people interrupting conversations or people being rude for no reason. 

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

– I’d say my hardest moment would have to be serving a full-time LDS mission. Getting to my mission was hard but I endured the mission for 18 months. Imagine you’re away from your family in another country for as long as 2 years. There’s physical, mental, and spiritual tolls on all aspects of your life that you get to strengthen that wouldn’t be available anywhere else. Also being on the mission I feel like you can experience every single emotion known to man in the span of 2 minutes. I felt love, anger, sadness, joy and everything just because I loved the people so much. It was so hard but I wouldn’t trade it for the world because it’s a part of who I am now.  

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

– I love the unity that not only our school has but our city as well. A lot of people come to our games and I appreciate the support both inside and out. 

What is your favorite snack food? 

-Something sweet. I’m a sweet tooth and it usually has to do with chocolate. I’m known as a chocoholic haha 

What is the best part of football? 

Winning and overcoming adversity with your brothers. 

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

I’m dominant in the trenches, a team player, and a leader, and no one in the world is going to stop me from reaching my goals. 

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

-Physique-wise, I like Star Lotulelei or Quinnen Williams. Im about 6”3 and weigh around 305-310 as well. I like both of their play styles as well, both have very high football IQ and are dominant off the ball. I used to like to compare myself to Haloti Ngata as well. 

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

-Kobe Bryant, Kevin Hart, and Ray Lewis. These guys were all inspiring to me as a young kid and motivated me to be better in every way possible. They elevated their game to be the best and inspire the younger generations. Kevin would also make things very funny.


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