I want to thank Crockett for his time, we had fun putting this together and I hope you enjoy the interview. Be sure to check back later tonight for my Browns Potential Draft Target draft grade and evaluation for Gillmore.
MK - Where did you grow up and how did you get involved in football? Was football your only sport?
CG - I grew up in Bushland, Texas playing backyard football with my 3 brothers. I also wrestled and ran track.
MK- Growing up as a kid my dad blasted 99.5 WGAR to and from school and every practice. I can probably sing just about any country song from the late 80's and all of the 90's.
CG - That's the way to go! Country living. I love it!
MK - Who do you emulate your game after as a TE?
CG - Probably Heath Miller as a true hand in the dirt TE.
MK - Who's been your biggest role model in life? And on the football field?
CG - My dad he has always been there to tell it like it is never any BS. Always to the point.
MK - Sounds like he's been pretty influential?
CG - Yeah, my family runs through him. He's old school and his life motto is "if you want something done, do it yourself"
MK - What's been the biggest challenge you've had to overcome in football/life and how were you able to succeed?
CG - Losing I hate losing more than anyone and I was able to overcome it by finding a way to win.
MK - What do you feel are your 3 biggest strengths as a TE?
CG - My hands; the effort I bring; and my ability to block anyone. I can run around in space but not a lot of guys can live in the trenches.
MK - How do you see those translating vs. bigger and stronger NFL players on Sundays?
CG - I will continue to live in the weight room and continue to get better at my technique.
MK - Would you say you're a coachable player/teammate? And are you willing to learn from veterans as they teach you their craft?
CG - I'm very willing to learn and do anything possible to get better and win.
MK - How would you describe how you play the game?
CG - With passion and anger but I play on instinct and knowledge of my opponent.
MK - You seem to have a mean streak when you block, is that coached or is that just who you are as a player?
CG - That's just me. It's the way I have played since front yard ball with my brothers. I come to play with bad intentions.
MK - As a prospect and a person, do you have a "chip on your shoulder" and if so, why?
CG - Yes. I've always taken every negative thing I hear and it fuels me to work and play. It's just who I am and how I operate. I always wonder why I'm "underrated" or why people put so much value on where somebody played. I mean I get it, but there are great players everywhere. Just because somebody played in the SEC or Big 12 doesn't mean they're the best.
MK - At the combine, which teams did you speak with and can you give me examples of what they asked you?
CG - Spoke with every team. They asked very generic by the book questions, similar to these!
MK - Haha! Come on bro!
CG - Haha!
MK - Did any teams tell you they wanted you to work on "X" or "Y"?
CG - Mainly to continue nutrition and gaining knowledge of the position as we'll as the passing game and routes.
MK - Do you feel your performance at the combine / Senior Week helped your "stock" and have teams contacted you for private workouts?
CG - Yes I feel like I definitely helped my stock. No private workouts yet.
MK - What do you feel are your 3 biggest opportunities to improve as a TE going into the draft and your first season in the NFL?
CG - Overall strength as we'll as blocking "footwork" and " hand placement"
MK - Did you / have you talked with the Browns?
CG - I met with some scouts, nothing in detail.
MK - Where do you feel you fit at the next level? More of and in-line blocking TE or a H-back type?
CG - I feel I can do both given the opportunity. In other words, "yes" I can block but I also think "just throw it up and let's make a play!"
MK - Why will you be a success and why should a team draft you?
CG - I want to work I'm willing to work and I want to WIN! I will make plays when given the opportunity to. I only got one offer to play in college, and I made the best of that opportunity, I'll do the same in the NFL.
MK - Thanks for the interview Crockett! Good luck!
CG - Thanks and no problem. Hang loose, braddah!