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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Zach Smith, P, Chadron State College

Zach Smith can boom a punt, and loves doing it

Zach Smith can boom a punt, and loves doing it

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?

Zach Smith

What is your Height/Weight?

6’0 210

What is your position?

Punter

Where do you play college football?

Chadron State College

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

Coaching freshman basketball at Chadron High School and coaching baseball for Gering Legion.

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

Educational Psychology

Where are you from?

Gering, Nebraska

Who is your role model, and why?

My dad, he had a way with kids as a teacher, that inspired me to become a teacher and be like him.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Baseball, Basketball and Track.

Did you play any other positions in football?

Wide receiver and DB in high school

At your position, what separates you from others?

I have the ability to flip the field and pin teams deep.

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

Technique, if my drop in right or if my leg swing is straight.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Patrick Carney from New Mexico Highlands

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

Riley Dixon, I can pin the ball inside the 20 and on the sideline.

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

The passing of my father, I’m still trying to overcome it but have the best family and friends to help support me.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Listen to Take Me Home Country Road by John Denver and High on You by Survivor

What is your biggest strength?

The ability to pin the ball on the sideline to limit returns.

What is your biggest weakness?

Getting to anxious to pin a team and kick the ball in the end zone.

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

I can limit return men, I have kicked directionally my whole life and will be a weapon for you. I can take criticism and use that to my advantage and can be a constant thorn in teams sides offenses. All I need is a chance.

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

The Green Bay Packers

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

My dad, Vince Lombardi and Ozzie Smith

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

Plane Tickets for every road game for my family.

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