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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interviews: Roy Robertson, DL, University of Texas El Paso

UTEP pass rusher Roy Robertson is a big kid with great length

UTEP pass rusher Roy Robertson is a big kid with great length

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? 

Roy Robertson

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’6″/ 255 Lbs.

What is your position? 

Defensive End/ Outside Linebacker

Where do you play college football? 

Texas-El Paso

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

The coolest thing I’ve done off the field is getting to coach young kids who are in group homes. The group where the kids are is known as Child Crisis. 

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

The hardest college class I took was Psychology.

Where are you from? 

Born in Oakland, California. Raised in Dallas, Texas

Who is your role model, and why? 

My role model would have to be my pop. He showed me the true definition of what hard work is.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Growing up I played basketball.

Did you play any other positions in football? 

In football, I’ve played receiver, tight end, and linebacker

At your position, what separates you from others? 

At my position, my speed separates me from the others, as well as my length (arms and legs).

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

When watching film, I’m looking for key things an O lineman might give away (run or pass). I also look for certain motions or back tilts.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

The toughest players I’ve faced was Driphus Jackson from Rice (high school and college) and Kenneth Dixon from La tech.

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

I would compare myself to Robert Quinn or Bruce Irvin. They are two guys that I try and match my play like because of the same built. I also love how hard Robert Quinn plays on the backside of plays.

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

The biggest obstacle in my life would have to be school. Growing up I always had a struggle with catching on to certain courses and I felt as if I learned things at a slow pace. I was able to get through that and finished college with my bachelors this past December.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I wouldn’t say I have any pre game rituals. I like to listen to music, pray to my great grandmother, then walk the field before pregame.

What is your biggest strength? 

My biggest strengths would have to be my speed, my long arms and my will to learn. I love being able to learn in the film room and become a student of the game.

What is your biggest weakness? 

My weaknesses would have to be my length as well. I find it a struggle to play low when playing the run, as well as when I pass rush.

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

“This guy is going to play lights out every play! If the ball is 80 yards down the field, he won’t stop until he makes that tackle! He has a lot of power behind his speed, despite being a little underweight at his position!”

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

Growing up I was a Oakland Raiders fan. My favorite player growing up was Donovan McNabb because I really wanted to play quarterback.

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

If I could choose three people to have dinner with, it would be my late great grandmother, The Rock, and JJ Watt.

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

The first big item I would buy once I’m in the NFL would have to be a nice home. 

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