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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Braxton Westfield, WR, Carson-Newman University

Braxton Westfield the standout wide receiver from Carson-Newman University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Braxton Westfield the standout wide receiver from Carson-Newman University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Braxton Westfield
  • Position: WR
  • College: Carson-Newman University
  • Height: 6’4
  • Weight: 210
  • Twitter: @westfieldb15
  • Instagram: _bman15

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

My ability to use my physicality or my speed to get in and out of cuts, and my ability to track and play the football when it is in the air.

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

I first became interested in football around the ages of 5-6. I used to play football with my friends and family around the neighborhood. I was always the fastest one out there, so I loved scoring touchdowns!

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

I have a never pleased mentality, and I always want better for myself. 

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

Gun violence 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Never give up, even when the obstacle seems daunting.

Who was your childhood hero?

My Mom. There’s never been any situation where she didn’t move mountains to give me an opportunity. She worked multiple jobs to give me and my brothers what we wanted growing up, and she would be sitting in the stands for every game. My mom has always found a way for me to do things throughout my football career, and I can’t wait to repay her for all of her hard work.

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

Major “Juice” Williams had to be the most underrated teammate I had. He had a drive like no other and is truly destined for some big things in life and in football.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve definitely has to be DB’s who act like they made a play on the ball, and get up hype when they did absolutely nothing to hinder you during the play.

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

The passing of my older brother, Jeremi, when I was a freshman at James Madison University. That forced me to grow up faster than I expected to, but I look back on that day and always wanna live my life to the fullest.

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

How small and quite the town is. The education is top tier, and it is a more inclusive university that really believes in helping its students and community in any way possible. 

What is your favorite snack food?

Welch’s Fruit Snacks (blue pack of course)

What is the best part of football?

All of the diversities of the different players who all coming together for 1 common goal.

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

I am a go-getter that doesn’t take denial as the final answer, and I can use my size and speed to make plays.

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

I have never tried to emulate my game off one person, but rather take the parts of a few players games I like the most. I consider myself a hybrid of D Hop, Mike Williams, and Chris Godwin. D Hop for his consistency, Mike Williams for his ability to track the ball and make acrobatic catches, and Chris Godwin for his overall speed of the game and knowledge of the sport.

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

I’d love to sit down and have dinner with my brother Jeremi, Deandre Hopkins, and Bill Gates. I say my brother bc I’d love for him to see how much his little brother has grown up, Deandre Hopkins because I wanna pick his brain on the professional football side of things, and Bill Gates because I want to see what separates the wealthiest people from the rest of the world.


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