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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Byron Rich, OL, University of Northern Iowa

Big Byron Rich of UNI is a mauler on the offensive line. The Mobile, Alabama native is a very gritty O-Lineman

NFL Diamonds has been providing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed things up a bit. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the draft eligible 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 our next prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Byron Rich

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3″ 305lbs

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

University of Northern Iowa

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

FCA is the most rewarding thing I’ve done off the field. Since I am an only child it was so great to be able to minister to younger less fortunate children at the children’s home.

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

Public Speaking

Where are you from?


Who is your role model, and why?

My parents. They have always been there for me and supported me in everything I have done.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Baseball, Basketball

Did you play any other positions in football?

Interior OL- RG-C-LG

At your position, what separates you from others?

I have a BIG NASTY mentality on the field.

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

Tendencies of defensive line,linebacker stances, secondary rotations. Down and distances and formational defensive tendencies.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Justin Taimatuia, Boise State

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

Andre Smith, Pancake approach.

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

My biggest obstacle was public speaking. I overcame it with alot of prayer. I was not going to let this keep me from my life long dreams that God instilled in me.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?


What is your biggest strength?

Athletic Ability and strength. 

What is your biggest weakness?

Having high pad level sometimes.

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

I was always taught to love God and seek his will for my life. Work as unto the Lord. This means no short cuts. I have trained my entire life for this moment. My journey has not been easy but if you give me a chance I won’t let you down.

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

Peyton Manning 

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

Jesus, Mom,Dad.

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

Dependable Truck

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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 [email protected]

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