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Tyrique Stevenson
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Senior Bowl 2023: Get To Know Tyrique Stevenson

  • Justin Melo
  • January 24, 2023
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The 2023 Senior Bowl will provide an opportunity for NFL draft prospects to prove themselves on the largest pre-draft stage. Miami cornerback Tyrique Stevenson plans on taking full advantage. Stevenson recently spoke exclusively with the Senior Bowl and Draft Network to discuss his motivation for accepting his invitation to compete in Mobile, Alabama.

Stevenson also talked about what he’s striving to prove to NFL general managers and scouts in attendance at the Senior Bowl, his preferred approach in coverage, transferring from Georgia to Miami, and more. Let’s get to know Tyrique Stevenson a little better.

JM: Where were you when you found out about your Senior Bowl invite and what was your initial reaction like?

Tyrique Stevenson: I was actually at home training. I was very excited, but I was humbled more than anything. It’s an honor to have Jim Nagy and the Senior Bowl recognize my talents. I’ve been watching the Senior Bowl since I was a little kid. I’m looking forward to the experience. I never thought I’d be a part of it. I feel humbled and blessed more than anything.

JM: We’re so happy for you. What was your motivation for accepting the Senior Bowl’s offer?

Tyrique Stevenson: It’s another opportunity for me to showcase my God-given abilities on the football field. I’m going to represent my last name in Mobile.

JM: What are you looking to prove to NFL general managers, coaching staffs, and scouts in attendance in Mobile?

Tyrique Stevenson: I’m going to prove that I’m the best version of Tyrique Stevenson. I’m the best version of myself. I can’t be anybody other than Tyrique Stevenson. You’re never going to live up to everybody’s expectations, but I will show everyone that I’m the best version of myself. I’m going to continue striving for greatness.

JM: Are there any players in particular that you’re looking forward to competing with and against at The Senior Bowl?

Tyrique Stevenson: I’m looking forward to competing against everybody in Mobile. I can’t single anybody out. I know the competition is going to be fierce. I’m looking forward to stringing together some quality reps against my opponent’s. I’m going to show everyone that my pre-draft training has been going according to plan. My training is going to help me reach the top.

JM: You’re an excellent athlete. I bet the pre-draft training is going well.

Tyrique Stevenson: We’ve been putting work in. I’d say this is the hardest I’ve ever worked in my life. My body is seeing the payoff. Definitely keep an eye on my testing results throughout the pre-draft process (laughs). I’m not going to throw any numbers out there, but I’ll say that much.

JM: When we turn the tape on, we see a long and physical cornerback prospect. Does Tyrique Stevenson prefer to play man or zone coverage?

Tyrique Stevenson: It really doesn’t matter to me. Whatever a team needs from me, I’m always going to put my best foot forward. I feel comfortable playing in multiple schemes. I do love playing man coverage though (laughs). We played a lot of man coverage at Miami. We felt like we could match up with anybody. We thought we could run with everybody and I agreed with that assessment. We played a lot of man coverage.

JM: You played man coverage at a high level. How do you look back on your decision to transfer from Georgia to Miami?

Tyrique Stevenson: I felt like it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I felt that way then and I still feel that way today. I made the best decision on my behalf. I placed my future in a better position by making that decision. I found more opportunities for myself at Miami. 

JM: You sure did. What can you accomplish at the Senior Bowl that you can’t at other pre-draft events?

Tyrique Stevenson: I think it gives me an opportunity to command some respect throughout this process. We’re going to put the pads on. I’m ready to compete. I’m ready to earn my respect.

JM: We’re so excited for you. Is there a player in the NFL you’re looking forward to eventually swapping jerseys with?

Tyrique Stevenson: I have just one player on my list right now. It’s Patrick Peterson. Watching him made me believe in myself. He was a bigger cornerback at LSU. I remember watching him and studying his game. I model my game after Patrick Peterson.

JM: Patrick Peterson is a legend. At the end of the week, what does a successful Senior Bowl week look like for Tyrique Stevenson?

Tyrique Stevenson: I’m going to go out there and compete. I’m going to play my ass off. You better believe I’m going to put my best foot forward in Mobile. I’m going to earn my respect. I don’t expect anything to be handed to me. I’m going to earn it.

View Stevenson’s full scouting report here.

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Justin Melo