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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Zach Vraa, WR, North Dakota State University

Zach Vraa of North Dakota State has been playing at a very high level for years. This kid is special

Zach Vraa of North Dakota State has been playing at a very high level for years. This kid is special

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?

Zach Vraa

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2″ 202

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

North Dakota State University

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

Volunteered at local elementary schools here in Fargo for their after school programs

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


Where are you from?

Rosemount, MN

Who is your role model, and why?

My mom. She’s such an optimistic person and is always willing to help anyone who needs it

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball and track 

Did you play any other positions in football?

TE and CB

At your position, what separates you from others?

The ability to make the tough catch

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

When I study CB’s, I look for their tendencies in certain coverages, when they open their hips shoot their hands, and what keys they have when breaking on the ball or WR.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Marcus Williams 

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

Brian Hartline. We have a similar build and have great break away speed. My buddies tell me we run identically the same too 

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

Breaking both my collarbones freshman and sophomore year was my biggest obstacle. I overcame it by looking at the bigger picture knowing that persevering through the pain would lead to a major comeback and success for me and the team in the future

zach vraaDo you have any pre-game rituals?

I try and stay away from being superstitious

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

Not getting the exposure other teams get in the FBS so guys like us have to be able to showcase our abilities when the opportunity arises

What is your biggest strength?

Ball skills

What is your biggest weakness?

Breaking tackles

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

I’m a dependable guy always willing to go the extra mile

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

Randy Moss and Torry Holt

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

The 3 J’s… Jesus, Jerry Rice and Jennifer Aniston 

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

A painting by Claude Monet

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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