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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Antonio Simley, DT, Siena Heights University

Antonio Simley the small but tenacious defensive tackle prospect from Siena Heights recently sat down with Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
Antonio Simley the small but tenacious defensive tackle prospect from Siena Heights recently sat down with Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Antonio Simley
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • College: Siena Heights University
  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 295
  • Twitter: peaceinmovement
  • Instagram: peaceinmovement1

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2024 NFL Draft

My athleticism as an inside defensive lineman and ability to make plays in the interior.

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

I developed a interest in football when I was 13 years old. I was one of the bigger kids in my school when I started playing I never looked back.

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

I am a competitor and and great teammate at all times. They would be getting a guy who knows how to work every day and does what need to be done to win.

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

If I could donate to one cause it would be to mental health because it is a very overlooked cause that deserves more attention.

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

Never settle, always be confident in my abilities, and trust god that everything will be ok.

Who was your childhood hero? 

My mother is my childhood hero because she saved my life time and time again. Growing up she always taught me the right way to do things and never let me give up or quit. I am not the man I am today with my mom having the greatest super power every, being my mom.

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

I think all my teammates are underrated and will soon display their talents this up coming season. If I had to choose one it would be my partner in crime on the defensive line, Joseph Wharton. He one of our hardest workers on the team and I think he’s the best defensive end in the NAIA.

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

My biggest pet peeve is liars and manipulators.

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

The hardest moment I had to overcome was transferring to Siena Heights. I was in a dark place and questioned who I was as a player and a man. It made me wonder if I should keep playing and was devastated that I was not wanted at my first school. But I’m glad Siena gave me a home and gave me a chance to live out my dreams.

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

Siena Heights gave me a home, after transferring from SVSU as a red shirt freshman with little game experience, they gave me the opportunity to showcase my abilities and a real brotherhood. The family atmosphere is contagious and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

What is your favorite snack food? 

My favorite snack food is fruit snacks.

What is the best part of football? 

Being able to put in work with guys who share the same vision of being great Ik the sport and as men in general.

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

If the world is Goliath, then call me David. 

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

I would say I model my game after Aaron Donald. Being a short defensive tackle it was easy to gravitate toward his game and understand how to win against bigger offensive linemen.

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

Chris Brown because he’s my favorite music artist, Jay-Z so I can pick up business knowledge, and Kobe Bryant to understand mamba mentality.

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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