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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Roman Grozman, OL, Concordia University (Canada)

Roman Grozman is a big boy with the abilities to play at the NFL level

Roman Grozman is a big boy with the abilities to play at the NFL level

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? 

Roman Grozman

What is your Height/Weight? 

6”4 315lbs

What is your position?

Offensive Tackle 

Where do you play college football? 

Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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

Volunteering at a local elementary school here in Montreal at a flag football tournament that was hosted by the Montreal police department. It was great seeing the passion that the kids had for football.

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

Economic statistics

Where are you from? 

I was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. But I moved to Toronto, Ontario when I was 10 years old.

Who is your role model, and why?

My parents, they were immigrants in two different countries and I got to see them go from having nothing to being able to support me and my younger sister simply by working hard and not complaining.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

I played basketball and soccer since I was 6 years old. And I played rugby in high school.

Did you play any other positions in football? 

Anywhere on the offensive line, and I’ve played defensive line as well in high school

At your position, what separates you from others? 

I believe my lateral quickness when trying to mirror defenders is good. I also pride myself in being a student of the game, this helps me see plays before they happen and predict where D-lineman and linebackers are going to end up and taking the proper angles to them.

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

Tendencies within the D-lineman, whether they change their stances at all when they stunt or drop back into coverage. Their go-to move, and how they like to execute it and at what times.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

David Menard who plays for the BC Lions now.

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

I would have to choose Branden Scherff from the Washington Redskins. We have similar build, he can play both tackle and guard. He plays with a controlled aggressive demeanor, and I believe we play similarly.

grozman 1What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it? 

Learning English and adjusting to life in Canada when I first immigrated here when I was 10 years old. I came from a country that was at war for the entire time I was there where it was dangerous to go anywhere.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Yes, before every game I have to listen to both the Israeli and Soviet Union national anthems. It reminds me where I come from, and what/who I am playing for.

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

The biggest obstacle for me is not having the same exposure in Canada as a big time division 1 school in the states would have. It just means I have to work a lot harder than a player from the states.

What is your biggest strength?

Physically, my lateral quickness. On the mental side, my knowledge of the game helps me a lot. Having played in Canada and the U.S under different types of coaching styles and offensive schemes.

What is your biggest weakness? 

My straight line speed

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

Football is my life, I love both the mental and physical aspects of the game. My favorite feeling is when I dominate the man in front of me. I am all about the team and I am willing to do anything to help the team win games.

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

Growing up my favorite player was Jake Long. He had incredible technique and unbelievably fast feet.

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

My great grandfather who survived World War 2 and was a war hero. David Ben-Gurion the founder of Israel Yossi Benayoun Israeli soccer player.

 With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

I would give a large part of it to my parents so they can help pay for my sister’s university tuition, and try to put a large amount of it into savings.

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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 nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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