NFL Draft Diamonds website 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 500 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
University of Wisconsin Whitewater
Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?
I enjoyed the opportunity we got prior to the National Championship game to visit a local elementary school and read to the kids in Salem. I also like giving back to my hometown community through an organization called Rockford Sharefest.
What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?
Where are you from?
Who is your role model, and why?
My Dad is a big role model to me because of how much he has accomplished and how much he supports me through everything I want to do.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
Basketball and Snowboarding.
Did you play any other positions in football?
D-line, O-line, Fullback, and Linebacker.
At your position, what separates you from others?
I think I am bigger and stronger than most tight ends, and think I’ve surprised a lot of scouts with my ability to move well for my size. I also think my blocking ability is something that really stands out in my film.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
I study the tendencies of key players that we’ll be going against and pay close attention to the schemes that my opponents like to run.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
Aaron Karlen is probably the toughest player I have ever had to block.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
Jason Witten because he is a big physical TE who blocks really well but still moves great for his size.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest obstacle I have had to overcome is breaking my elbow in a state basketball game and having to sit out for so long after surgery. It’s tough losing all the strength after an injury like that. To overcome it I had to do a lot of rehab and just had to give it time to heal. I’m a competitor, so being patient was the toughest part. I just wanted to be out there and working to get better.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
No, just focused on the task at hand.
I think my biggest strengths are my size, strength, and blocking ability.
What is your biggest weakness?
Playing at a smaller school.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I would tell him not to overlook me just because I’m coming from the D3 level. I have the size, strength, and ability to play with the best players coming out this year. Even though I come from a small school, I’ve competed at a high level and have done my job at the highest level against the competition in front of me. He’ll never regret taking a chance on me and all I need is a chance.
Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?
My favorite player growing up was Brain Urlacher.
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
Walter Payton, My Grandfather, and Martin Luther King
What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?
A new car.