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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Ryan Nolan, WR, Chowan University


Ryan Nolan is a machine for Chowan. The former QB can do it all.

Ryan Nolan is a machine for Chowan. The former QB can do it all.

NFL Draft Diamonds has been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the player. We hope to bring you more than 350 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 to the right.  Now let’s meet the prospect!!!!

What is your name?  

Ryan Nolan

What is your Height/Weight? 

5’11 190

What is your position?

Wide Receiver

Where do you play college football? 

Chowan University

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

Being able to help out in the local community we built some playgrounds for the one of the local schools, and also went into the school to sign yearbooks and hangout with all of the kids.

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

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Where are you from? 

Brick, New Jersey

Who is your role model, and why? 

My parents because of how hard they’ve worked to support both my brother and me.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Baseball, Basketball, and Track

Did you play any other positions in football? 

I’ve played receiver, running back, quarterback, punt/kick returner, and punter all in college.

At your position, what separates you from others?

I run a lot of read/option routes in our offense  so being able to read coverages pre snap and while running my routes to make the right read and get open, catching in traffic, and being able to block in the run game.

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

Coverages defenses will run to certain formations/ down and distances, defensive tendencies, also watch the players I’ll be most likely matching up with to find their strengths/weaknesses. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Probably one of my teammates here Dave Fulton who went on to play DB for the Packers.

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

Julian Edelman because of his style of play, and how he can play multiple positions.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Not really usually just stretch and listen to music

What is your biggest strength? 

Being able to read the defense and find the windows to be open.

What is your biggest weakness? 


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

Hard working/Coachable player willing to do anything to help the team

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

Wayne Chrebet/Jets

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

Pay off my student loans

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