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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Nick Neumann, C, St. John’s University (MN)

Nick Neumann St. John's
St. John’s tough center, Nick Neumann, recently sat down with Draft Diamond’s writer Jimmy Williams. Ben Bartch’s recent success may have paved the way for other players such as Neumann who are already on the radar of many professional scouts.
  • Name: Nick Neumann
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 300
  • Position: Center
  • College: St. John’s University (MN)
  • Twitter: @nickneumannator

Tell us about your university/college. What was your major/minor? How is campus life?

Attending St John’s University has been a wonderful experience because of the rural setting and shared campuses with The College of St. Benedict. It allows you to enjoy the outdoors and campus life at the same time. I look forward to returning this fall for my Senior year and continuing my work towards a degree in Economics. I am hopeful that campus life will return to what I remember before the Covid outbreak, especially since football is a big part of my campus life along with my teammates and everyone else that supports Johnnie athletics. 

How did you end up at Saint John’s?
I was on my way home from Moorhead State junior day visit with my dad, and I knew a couple of my buddies went to school at Saint John’s, so we drove through the campus, and I immediately fell in love. Then when I got to know the coaches it made it 10 times better. I never regret going to Saint John’s even for a minute.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My teammates would say that my best quality is the level of leadership I provide especially within our offensive line group. 

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

As a four-year starter, I’m already in a leadership role within our offensive line group. My teammates look to me for guidance and I am there for them. I have played Center for most of my football career and take pride in both my run blocking and pass blocking  skills. 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

Last year, there was a defensive lineman from Wheaton that was difficult to contain.

He was an All American and it showed everytime we matched up against each other.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

Ben Bartch immediately comes to mind with everything that he accomplished in a very short amount of time. I can’t wait to see what he can do in the NFL.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

Coming back from an ACL injury at the end of my Junior year of High School and having an All-State year as a Senior. I also made it back to the State Tournament as a wrestler that year as well.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?

I would probably be a wrestler since I have always liked the physicality of the sport and the mental toughness that it requires. 

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

Earning the starting spot at Center as a Freshman at Saint John’s. Being part of an offensive line unit that helped our team set records last year for passing yardage and bringing us to the National Championship quarterfinals.  

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Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.

My first play of the St. Thomas rivalry game that was played at Target Field. 

This game still has one of the highest attendance records of all Division 3. 

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

I am a big fan of the Minnesota Vikings since I’m from Minnesota. I watch footage of 

Jason Kelce very often since he is an athletic Center just like I am. 

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?

I don’t have a single favorite music artist since it depends on my mood. I like a variety of different music. The feel of anticipation and energy in the locker room gets me pumped and puts me in the right mindset before a game.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Mom’s meatloaf. It is a special recipe.

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

Will Ferrell is one of my favorites and his movies always make me laugh.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?

I enjoy time with my family and friends. One of my favorite hobbies is working on my truck. 

Who or what motivates you the most?

The constant drive to make it further and further towards a National Championship. 

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