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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Josh Ramseur, DL, Gardner-Webb University

Josh Ramseur the powerful DL from Gardner-Webb University recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce of NFL Draft Diamonds .

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Josh Ramseur
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • DL
  • 5’11”
  • 292 LBS.
  • Hometown: Kingstown, NC
  • Twitter: @joshram56

2019 Accolades & Statistics:

  • 2019 Big South Football Second Team All-Conference.
  • GP: 12
  • Total Tackles: 66
  • TFL: 9.5
  • QBH: 2
via @GWUFootball (Twitter)

Congratulations on the All-Conference honors. This is your second go-around with this achievement. What is the feeling like when you get this news and who is the first person you call?

It was a great feeling to have just knowing that with all that I’ve been through I fought and worked my butt off to be the best I could be. I was ranked third in my conference for tackles out of all the D-Linemen and I’m a noseguard. I don’t really brag but that was huge for me just because of all that I’ve been through. The first people I told were my brothers because they know it’s hard to have that type of productivity given my position.

What have you taken away the most from Coach McCray, Coach Thomas and the rest of the Gardner-Webb coaching staff?

Knowledge is power basically. How to break down film and understand how the other team will try to attack you and learning the thought process of my opponents and their progressions of their adjustments.

When football is over, what do you aspire to do in the professional world?

When football is over and I just can not play anymore I would like to possibly do some coaching because I have so much knowledge of the game and I feel like it would be selfish of me to not pour into another person the knowledge of the game to help him live out his dreams.

What separates you from other players at your position?

I feel like the thing that sets me apart from my position is my brain. My coach always tells the D-Line that from the neck up is what makes you different and I think I took that personal and applied my knowledge to the field and I made a lot of plays just because I was smart and put me in a position to make plays.

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

My redshirt sophomore year was my first year actually playing and starting and we played against Ohio Bobcats and the center that year was really good. He showed me what an NFL prospect was like just with his quickness hand strength.

Is there a current or former NFL player you emulate your game after?

I always looked up to the Vince Wilforks of the league. The big nose guards of the leagues but I guess nowadays I look at the guys that I can relate to who are short undersized guys such as Poona Ford and some others because of my quickness off the ball and my ability to use my hands and establish dominance.

Let’s take a trip back to the first day of your freshman year of Burns High School. What advice would you give yourself then, knowing what you know now?

I would tell myself that I’m going to go through some things that a lot of people would easily give up on, but just stay committed and locked in on my goals because, in the end, I will reap the rewards and benefits of it and have a chance to live out my dream.

If I’m in Boiling Springs on a Saturday night during the Fall, where is the one place I have to eat at?

I would say the Quik-Snak because they have some really good wings.

You’re in front of all 32 NFL General Managers and have 15 words or less to give them your pitch on why Josh Ramseur will be an asset to their organization for years to come. What do you tell them?

I don’t accept defeat but I do learn from it. I’m a workhorse I make the best of my chances and you will get my all.

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