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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Griffin Clancy, OL, University at Albany

Griffin Clancy the mauling O-Lineman from the University at Albany recently interviewed with Jonathan Joyce of Draft Diamonds.

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Griffin Clancy
  • University at Albany
  • OL
  • 6’5”
  • 305lbs.
  • Measurables: Arm length: 35” – Hand: 9 7/8” – Wingspan—84”
  • Hometown: Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
  • Twitter: @griffinclancy72

2018 Statistics:

  • Games Started: 11
  • Started 17 games during career at Left Guard. Game experience at Left Guard, Left Tackle, Right Guard and Right Tackle.

As an athlete, what is your motivation?

Team success is my motivation. There is nothing better than winning games and enjoying those moments with your teammates. During the cold morning runs in the winter, to the hard training, and long practices, nothing pushes me more than the will to win with my teammates.

What defines success for you?

A: Success is when you are mentally and physically prepared for the opportunities given and you execute to the best of your ability.

What would your teammates say about the type of player and man you are?

I would say my teammates see me as a hard-nosed player that puts the team needs and success at the top of my priorities.

Who is the toughest player you’ve competed against during your collegiate career?

Bilal Nichols from Delaware. Stout nose tackle who is now excelling for the Chicago Bears.

Who is the best player in the NFL?

Tom Brady. To be labeled as the best you need to win playoff games. His preparation and leadership show why he’s a six-time Super bowl champion.

What is your team of choice on Madden, why?

New York Giants. My favorite team since I started watching football.

Failure is inevitable in life. How do you handle situations that don’t go in your favor?

When failure occurs, I’ll always sit back and think of what got me to that point in life. Evaluate the situation and find solutions on how to be successful in that situation, if given another chance.

Is there a current/former NFL player that you model your game after?

Three players that I try to model my game after are Joe Thomas, Quenton Nelson, and Orlando Brown. I love watching film on Joe Thomas. He is an extreme technician at the left tackle position and could go down as the best to ever play. Quenton Nelson is a mauler at the left guard position. I like to try to envision his game play when I am on the field. You have to be that tenacious when playing on the offensive line. And lastly, I like watching Orlando Brown because he understands how to use his length and angles to succeed. People get carried away with needing all the strength to play offensive line. When you have length to your advantage, you need to use it.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

I would say, Frank Sinatra. My parents always tell me how much of a legend he was during his generation and how everyone wanted to be around him. I would love to hear about his uprising and how he had to work for his success.

In 15 words or less, why should an NFL team invest in you?

I would play for the love of the game, regardless of a paycheck.

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