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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Matthew Stolte, OL, Fordham University

mattEvery year, NFL Draft Diamonds brings our readers the best in depth interviews on the internet. We specialize in giving players an opportunity to showcase their talents on our website. We conducted interviews last year with over 300 plus players. We want you to enjoy our interviews, because when these young men are in the league, we will not be surprised, and neither should you. 

What is your name?

Matthew Stolte

Where do you play college football?

Fordham University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

About 8 teams offered me.

How did you choose your school?

Great education, and the location of New York City.

Where are you from?

Monroe, New Jersey

Who is your role model, and why?

My father and mother because they always do the right thing and they have taught me the same.

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


Did you play any other sports growing up?


Did you play any other positions in football?

I have played every position on the offensive line in college but also played defensive line before college.

At your position, what separates you from others?

My ability to be quicker than most guards, but also have some size.

matt 1When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

On an individual basis I tend to look at top pass rush moves as well as how they defeat different types of blocks. As a defense I tend to look at line positions as well as key tendencies to alert blitz or pressure.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

I played against Rakim Cox, a defensive end from Villanova, when I was playing Left tackle. He has played for multiple NFL teams.

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

I would like to compare myself to Nick Mangold because he is a hard nose player.

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

The biggest obstacle that I had to overcome probably occurred this past year when both my grandfather and grandmother past away right before the season. It was hard because I had been so close to them throughout my life, but I dedicated my last season at Fordham to them and never forgot what they had done for me. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Typically listen to music.

What is your biggest strength?

My discipline and hard work mentality.

What is your biggest weakness?

Not the biggest individual.

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

On and off the field I would never let you down. 

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

The Jets, and one of my favorite players of all time would have to be Revis.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

I would like to have dinner with Coach Rodriguez and some of his Miami U buddies to hear about the old days.

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