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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Will Ratelle, LB, University of North Dakota

North Dakota linebacker Will Ratelle has a motor that never slows down

North Dakota linebacker Will Ratelle has a motor that never slows down

NFL Draft Diamonds and our staff have been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 2 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. We have tons of NFL staff that read our interviews, and we actually received several of the questions from NFL scouts we speak too. This gives them a little bit more information regarding your character. We hope to bring you more than 300 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner.

What is your name?

Will Ratelle    

What is your Height/Weight?


What is your position?

Inside Linebacker

Where do you play college football?

University of North Dakota

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

Volunteering at the Grand Forks Special Olympics over the past 2 years

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

Human anatomy and Physiology

Where are you from?

Minneapolis, MN

Who is your role model, and why?

Mom and Dad because they have taught me almost everything I know

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played basketball and baseball in high school and i played soccer and tennis in middle school

Did you play any other positions in football?

Running back/Full back

At your position, what separates you from others?

I think my speed and ability to move in space

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

I look for the tendencies teams have out of certain formations and I read the guards and backs

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Carson Wentz, QB from North Dakota State

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

Luke Kuechly

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

Changing schools when I was in 4th grade and had to meet new friends. I overcame it by playing sports with the kids at recess

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

No, I just keep to myself and listen to my music

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

I don’t feel like I have had to overcome any obstacles as a small school football player.

What is your biggest strength?

My ability to run

What is your biggest weakness?

Pass rushing

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

I would say that I am very motivated to accomplish any task that is at hand and that I feel like I can cover as well as anybody else at my position.

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

My favorite player was Brett Favre and my favorite team was the Packers.

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

I would choose Clay Matthews, Will Ferrell, and Eminem

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

I would probably just use it on groceries

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?

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at [email protected]

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