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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Kyle Steuck, OL, Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan offensive lineman Kyle Steuck is a mauler in the trenches

Northern Michigan offensive lineman Kyle Steuck is a mauler in the trenches

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What is your name?

Kyle Steuck

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2.5” 305

What is your position?

Offensive Line. I have started games at Center, Left Guard, Right Guard and am Currently playing Left Tackle.

Where do you play college football?

Northern Michigan University in Marquette Michigan

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

One of the coolest things I have done here in Marquette is work with students with exceptionalities such as autism and down syndrome. At home in Green Bay, Wisconsin I worked a development for young boys called BOLD Camp. Here we taught kids how to become young men.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

The hardest class I have ever had to take was my education statistics and probability class. It was heavily loaded with math and I had more projects and homework in this one class than any other.

Where are you from?

Green Bay, Wisconsin. I went to West De Pere High School.

Who is your role model, and why?

My role model is my younger brother Kevin. He is no longer able to play football because of a back injury he sustained while playing football in high school. He also played an entire season on a broken leg and his toughness and resilience is something I look up to. He has dealt with things no kid should ever have to deal with and had to make the decision to stop playing football which makes me play for him. I write his name on my wrists for every football game.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played basketball all the way up until high school and did track and field in high school as well.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I play every position on the offensive line. I have film for and have started at every position except for RT.

At your position, what separates you from others?

I believe my intelligence, body control, and determination set me apart from the others. I put in the work in the film room to make sure I am the smartest person on the field.  Having played every position on the offensive line also helps this. I have great body control and work on improving it every day. Being from a small school and being told I was “too small” keeps me determined.   

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

When breaking down film on myself I look for what I can improve, what I did well, and what I can do that will put me in the best position to win. When breaking down film on opponents I look for why they do what they do: How he plays versus run, his favorite pass rush moves, his “go to” move when its 3rd and long and he needs to win, his strengths, and his weaknesses.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest player I have ever gone against was a DT from Ashland University named Jamie Meder. He is currently playing for the Cleveland Browns.

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

Corey Linsley. I have watched him since Ohio State and watch him now as a Packer. He is undersized but still dominates using his strength, leverage, and intelligence.

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

The biggest thing I have had to overcome was watching my little brother have to make the decision to quit football. I had to go from watching him love the game and look up to me because I played football and then I had to watch him get hurt and quit football. All he did was work hard and give it his all and the game was taken from him.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I have to listen to Drake’s Take Care album the night before a game. The day of I have to read a letter my younger brother wrote for me when he was a freshman in high school.

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

I think the biggest thing I have to overcome is exposure. I don’t have the televised games and news teams reporting on my games. Also the level of competition is different than those of a player at a big time D1 school.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is my mind. I have the attitude and prepare in a way which puts me above everyone else on the field.

What is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness would be height/length. I do not have the stature of a “typical” offensive linemen.

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

Heart over height.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

My favorite player when I was young was Jeremy Shockey but my favorite team is the Green Bay Packers.

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

I’m a funny guy so I would have to have Chris Farley, Kevin Hart, and my Grandpa Steuck. My grandpa died when I was young and I don’t remember much about him however, my mom and dad tell me he was my best friend.

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

I would buy my mom and dad something that they have always wanted. They have done so much for me over the years and I could never thank them enough.

Rapid Answers:

  • Spongebob or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
  • Backstreet Boys or One Direction?
  • Lifetime Channel or HGTV?
  • Waffles or Pancakes?
  • Snakes or Spiders?
  • Madden or Mario?

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