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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Zach Bauman, RB, Northern Arizona

baumanDraft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Zach Bauman, RB, Northern Arizona
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Only 3 offers NAU, Southern Illinois and Air Force

Where did you choose and why?

NAU because I knew I could make an impact early and wanted to stay close to home.

What were your goals for your senior year?

2,000 yards 25 TDs and a National Championship

Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?

Haven’t met with any NFL teams but have had several phone conversations.

At your position, what separates you from the others?

Able to consistently make someone miss.

Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?

Defensive tendencies and any flaws in my game.

Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?

Joddy Owens Montana State LB

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

Lesean McCoy

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Not being recruited out of high school. Developed a great workout and addressed any flaw in my game.

What system fits your style of play the best?

Have had success in both spread and pro style.

What is your biggest strength?

I’m a playmaker

What is your biggest weakness?

Tend to overwork myself.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

My work ethic will never be questioned.

Growing up, who was your role model?

My dad.

Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?

Oakland Raiders and Walter Payton he was the perfect combination of speed and strength and one of the hardest workers the NFL ever had.

What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?

Had to tell my best friend his dad passed away 3 days before our high school state championship game.

If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?

Barack Obama, Walter Payton and MLK.

With your first paycheck what would you buy?

Not sure yet something for my sister most likely.

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