NFL Draft 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?
What is your Height/Weight?
What is your position?
Where do you play college football?
Played at Northwood University
Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?
I’m currently coaching the football players at my high school during their off season weight training
What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?
Hardest college class would have to be environmental science. I went to a business school to get away from science classes
Where are you from?
Born and raised in Saginaw Michigan
Who is your role model, and why?
My role model is my dad hands down. My dad was a full ride scholarship guy at Saginaw Valley State University, one of the strongest guys on the team. I’ve always looked up to him for that. Then once he graduated he went into the family business of plumbing. A normal day plumbing? We cant just dig a trench with a shovel to lay the pipe, instead we sometimes need to run a jackhammer with a big spade bit a few inches at a time because the ground is mostly clay…The worst part about that? You’re putting in hundreds of feet of pipe. I mentally don’t know how you can keep showing up to a job like that when he is in his early 50s. As cliché as it sounds he is a walking hero in my eyes
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I played basketball and track when I was a little guy then ended up just sticking to football
Did you play any other positions in football?
I’ve played defensive end all through high school and college other than that I was used quite a bit on special teams mostly kickoff due to my speed
At your position, what separates you from others?
The biggest thing I always felt I had an edge with is strength and speed. There were times I made tackles from the opposite side of the field simply because I would pop the clutch and get to 6th gear as fast as possible
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
Breaking down film I look for tendencies, personnel changes at different situations, flat out what type of offense do they run, trick plays
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
Toughest players would be Ferris State O-Line my sophomore year
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
Bryan Braman’s no helmet tackle is the mentality I’ve always tried to have especially running down on kickoff
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest obstacle I ever faced in life was being a walk on. I graduated from a small high school same height roughly and only weighed 175lbs. About half way through my first year at Delta College I just felt like something was missing and needed football. So I worked my ass off and in about a half a year I weighed just shy of 200lbs. That’s when I called Northwood University and told the coach I’d like to walk on and see if I can make a spot for myself. I’ll never forget till the day I die I walked in did a quick workout with the head coach and he asked me to step on the scale. I weighed 199lbs on the dot he laughed when he had seen the number and said something along the lines of well I don’t ever expect you to see the game field but you can try. I told my self I wanted to be one of the biggest fastest guys that was NEVER recruited even if it kills me. I worked out with the team and even more after hours breaking into Northwood’s weight room over the years (which has shorter hours than a bank). By senior year I ended up breaking 4 records as a defensive end. As it sits I hold the squat, 5-10-5, vertical, and 40-yard dash records
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Pregame rituals – loud death metal and an eye black design around both eyes down the cheeks. A terrible description that’s best seen in person.
What is your biggest strength?
Biggest strength I would say I feel mentally bulletproof
What is your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness I would say is on small number of occasions not being sneaky enough when I broke into our weight room after hours. However after getting kicked out by security and giving it 20 minutes on the second attempt I would normally be sneaky enough
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
If you were a GM I would tell you don’t judge and worry about where I came from, no one worries where the Batman came from all they care about is that he emerges in time
Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
Johnny Cash, Ronnie Coleman, Connor McGregor
What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?
Paying off the huge amount of student loans I have