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Getting to Know NFL Draft Prospect: Nick Broeker, LT, Ole Miss

Ole Miss Football standing Nick Broeker recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce of NFL Draft Diamonds for this exclusive draft interview. Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics Twitter and Instagram: @OleMissPix.

Student-Athlete Profile

  • Prospect Name: Nick Broeker
  • University: Ole Miss
  • Position: LT
  • Class: Junior
  • Height: 6’4”
  • Weight: 305 LBS
  • Hometown: Springfield, IL
  • Twitter: @NickBro3ker
  • Instagram: @nickbro3ker

Athletic Accolades

2020 All-SEC Fourth Team (Phil Steele).

2019 True Freshman All-America (247Sports).

2019 Freshman All-America Honorable Mention (Pro Football Focus).

Academic Accolades

Dean’s Honor Roll (Spring 2020).

SEC First-Year Honor Roll (2019-20).

2020 Statistics

GP: 10

via @OleMissFB (Twitter)

What was your “welcome to the SEC” moment?

I think my biggest “welcome to the SEC moment” was my first time playing and really seeing the crown and how loud it was, how big the stadium is, as well as the overall speed of the game.

Playing in the SEC, you prepare and play against some of the best defensive players around the country. What have you learned about how EDGE rushers think?

I think I’ve learned just how each pass-set and each situation will bring different things as far as moves and tempo from the pass rusher. If I do one small thing just a tad wrong, it can be bad news for me.

What’s your feeling when you get the play-call that sees you pull out on the perimeter and you get to be one-on-one with a DB?

I’m in heaven when that happens. I really like to get out in space and use my athletic ability when I’m able to.

Speaking about athletic ability, you were also a four-year letter-winner in basketball at SHG. What are the highs, and lows, of your game on the court?

Basketball was always huge for me growing up. I was always tall and lanky up until the sophomore year of high school when I kind of made the transition to football being long-term. I would say my IQ and versatility to play both in and out were the best parts of my game as well as my strength. I think basketball helped me because of the footwork needed and overall conditioning.

How would you describe the offense implemented by Coach Kiffin and Coach Lebby?

It’s awesome. There’s no areas that aren’t covered and we’re able to run and pass over all parts of the field. There’s great balance between both the run and pass as well.

In that scheme, how important are the offensive tackles to its success?

Very important. We have to maintain the edge all game, which is pivotal in the way our offense operates.

via @OleMissFB (Twitter)

We all see Coach Kiffin rocking the A.J. Brown jersey, the DK Metcalf jersey, the LFG shirt, throwing the clipboard. How infectious is his, and the rest of the coaching staff, energy?

It’s huge. They make practice and workouts fun. They always try to find a way to bring us energy to work hard every day.

Is what we see from Coach Kiffin on TV how he is behind the scenes?

Absolutely. He doesn’t fake it. How he interacts with us is how he is all the time.

As a recruit, what was your first-impression of Oxford?

I fell in love right away. The town is beautiful and the way they love their University and team is amazing?

Where is the best place to eat near campus?

That’s probably the toughest question. My personal favorite is either Grillehouse or Boure. Can’t go wrong with any place on the square.

Fact or fiction; Farley Hall is haunted.

Can neither confirm nor deny. I truly do not know.

What’s playing in your headphones before a game?

I got everything on. I’ll have: Drake, Meek Mill, Five Finger Death Punch, Skillet, Brantley Gilbert. It’s diverse to say the least.

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If your life was a book, what would the title be?

Oh wow, never really thought about that. Probably, “If It Ain’t Broek, Don’t Fix It.”

Who is the best player in the NFL?

David Bakhtiari (LT Green Bay Packers).

Can a winning mentality be taught, or is it something you’re born with?

I think it’s something that is adapted. However, I believe people are both with it and are natural winners.

What does The Golden Egg mean to you?

Everything. It’s a huge game for not only the University, but the whole state.

You’re High School Coach, Ken Leonard, lost his wife Liz to cancer in 2017. You have the hashtag #LivingForLiz in your Twitter bio. What kind of impact did Coach Leonard, Liz, and their family have on you and your teammates?

Liz was huge, not just for me, but the whole SHG community. She led the FCA and impacted us greatly. She was a role model for all of us.

Last question. Are there any seats left on the Lane Train?

Always got room! All aboard!

Thanks, Nick! This has been fun! Stay healthy! Can’t wait to see you back on the field this Fall!

Yes sir! Thank you, I appreciate it!

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