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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Scott Patchan, EDGE, Colorado State University

Scott Patchan Colorado State 2022 NFL Draft
Colorado State pass rusher Scott Patchan is one of the best defensive ends in the 2022 NFL Draft. He recently sat down with Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Scott Patchan
  • Position: DE
  • College: Colorado State University 
  • Height: 6’6″
  • Weight: 265 lbs. 
  • Twitter: @scott_patchan 

1.What sets you apart from other defensive linemen?

I think my mental preparation sets me apart from everyone. My ability to understand tendencies and play the chess game within the game with tackles as far as my plan to beat them helps me. 

2.What should people know about Scott Patchan the person?

People should always know I walk around with a chip on my shoulder. 

3.What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

I knew I wanted to play football growing up because it was how we were raised. Football was everything and still has been since growing up. I remember watching Miami games with my dad all the time growing up and that’s why I loved that school so much and ended up going there.

4.What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?

The keys I would say are mental preparation and taking care of your body to be in the best physical state to go play that game in. 

5.If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

JJ Watt because he’s been my favorite player. He’s everything any good defensive player wants to be in the NFL. And then you can idolize him too for his off the field work too. 

6.What is your favorite workout?

Favorite workout now is legs. It took a while but after a few leg injuries I learned legs are the most important thing athletes need to train have success. 

7.What is a moment in your football career that improved you as a football player?

The moment for me was leaving Miami. It was disappointing because it had reached a point where I realized my love alone for my dream school couldn’t help me grow in the way I wanted to as a player. Which I was able to once I was able to get away to Colorado State and surround my self with great people and just focus on learning as much as I could from coach Antoine Smith (Dline coach) and Steve Addazio (head coach). 

8.What are your favorite things about playing football for Colorado State?

My favorite thing is the coaches. The amount of football knowledge I’ve learned is crazy and I didn’t know there was this much more to football. Then most importantly there’s just a trust that I actually have in my coaches here and I think in turn due to that my love for the game of football has grown.

9.What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

I’m a big energy guy for sure. I yell and talk trash all the time haha but I mean I think you have to have a certain edge about your self or play with a bit of mean streak to be good at the game. 

10.What would a team get in a player like you?

A team would be getting a guy who’s a true student of the game, checks all boxes athletically and is a guy who can play run/pass downs in the NFL. Not to mention someone with a relentless motor. 

11.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?

When I’m on a field I’m looking to dominate. Point blank. 

12. What are you looking forward to in your upcoming season?

I think I’m most looking forward to just playing games. Our season was cut in half last year and that left a bad taste in my mouth as a competitor. So most importantly I’m looking forward to playing. Then there’s a lot of things that come with that and I think last year in the short amount of games people kinda got a taste of what I can do. But this year building off that I want to give people a reason to remember the name. And god willing I think it can be a special year. 

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