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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Karsten Battles, LS, University of Oregon

Karsten Battles is a very consistent long snapper that recently sat down with Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Karsten Battles
  • Position: Long Snapper
  • College: University of Oregon
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 247
  • Twitter: @the_phat_1
  • Instagram: uncle_karsty

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

My consistency, I have played the last four years, 48 games, without a failed exchange.

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

I became interested in football when I was four years old.

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

I am unproblematic. You wont find me out late partying or going to bed past 11:00 pm

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

Meals on wheels. I did some work for them before college and I believe that it is our responsibility to take care of those in need.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“You do not rise to the occasion, you fall to your preparation” this quote has gotten me though high stress games knowing how I have practiced for the very situations that I will face.

Who was your childhood hero?

Neil Armstrong , I really wanted to be an Astronaut until I was a teenager.

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

DJ Johnson. He is the most incredible athlete that I have ever seen.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

People doing the wrong thing when it is very easy to do the right thing. For example taking off tape in the locker room after practice and throwing it on the floor instead of the trash can.

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

Moving 2000 miles away from my home and family to live on my own and provide for myself.

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

University of Oregon is located right next to the Willamette river. As an outdoorsman I love the sound of running water and having it so close to campus makes this place very special.

What is your favorite snack food?

Hot and spicy chicharrones, or in English fried pig skins.

What is the best part of football?

The grind. You find out so much about yourself while in the off season.

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

Karsten is reliable, respectful, and knows the importance of the little things.

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

I don’t think I play quite like anyone in the league. Most specialist were taught by one coach on how to do the job. I was taught by four. So I use a bit from each one of their teachings.

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

John D Rockefeller, Mayer Amshel Rothschild, and Warren Buffett. These three men started arguably the most powerful families in the world. I would be very interested to sit down with them and Learn how they did it.

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