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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Nick Woodman, DE, Utica College

Nick Woodman is a hard hitting and fast defensive end off the edge

Nick Woodman is a hard hitting and fast defensive end off the edge

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?

Nick Woodman 

What is your Height/Weight?

6’5 240

What is your position?

Defensive End  

Where do you play college football? 

Utica College

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

I went with one of my coaches to my old elementary school and read to a class of about 15 about the importance of sharing and friendship

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

Communication Law

Where are you from?

Utica NY

Who is your role model, and why? 

My Parents because they both have traits that have made me who I am now and I always look to them for support and guidance when I need them. They are the two people I know will never leave my side.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played soccer up until high school and at the same time I bowled as well. I did track in high school to get my speed and coordination in better shape for football.

Did you play any other positions in football?

In high school I played TE/WR as well as playing DE. In college I stood up and played 3-Tech in certain packages.

At your position, what separates you from others?

My knowledge of what is going on around me and how everyone on the defense fits up to what the offense is running. My speed, length and hand also make me hard to block, I used them every play to beat my opponent.  

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

I look at the tackles specifically, but I also look at the whole offensive line as well. I look at the tight end if the team is big on him staying in and blocking. I look at footwork as well as where they place their hands when they punch. I look to see if they block man up or if they are a slide team as well. I look for little keys in their stances that can either tell me if it’s a run or a pass. I also look at if the running backs are cutters in pass protection or if they are straight up blockers.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Lemar Johnson  

woodman11If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

Cameron Wake because he is a speed guy who has a great get off, a dangerous pass rusher and needs to be accounted for every play.

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

My freshmen year my lung collapsed and it opened my eyes to how I almost lost one of the things I love, being football, from then on I took the game and preparing for the game more seriously. I gained weight and muscle so it wouldn’t happen again and so I could be successful at my craft.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I listen to a lot of older 50-Cent music and some Meek Mill, the more aggressive rapping style gets me pumped up.

What is your biggest strength? 

Speed, Knowledge and hands

What is your biggest weakness?

Pad level 

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

By going with me you’re picking someone who won’t let anything on or off the field stop him from producing for the team. I’m the type of player to give my mind, body and soul for the better of the team. I’m the type of person who looks at the bigger picture of a situation. I’m pretty light compared to other guys at my position but gaining the weight isn’t a problem if that is what you want me to do. I am a utility player.

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

Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings

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

Adrian Peterson, Kevin Hart and Will Smith

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

My parents a house

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie?
  • NFL Network or ESPN?
  • Coke or Pepsi?
  • Pizza or Burgers?
  • Dogs or Cats? Dogs. Cats are evil.

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