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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Brent Laing, OL, Minnesota-Duluth

Brent Laing Minnesota Duluth 2022 NFL Draft
Brent Laing the offensive lineman from Minnesota Duluth recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Brent Laing
  • Position: OL
  • College: Minnesota-Duluth  
  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 300 lbs
  • Twitter: @blaing3

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

If I could hang out with one football player it would have to be Jared Allen. I always have been a huge fan of him and how he attacks the game of football and enjoyed watching him play for the Vikings as a kid.

2.What are your favorite things about playing football for Minnesota Duluth?

My favorite thing about playing football at Duluth is the winning culture we have within the program. Everyone on the team pushes themselves and each other to be the best they can be that given day. The expectations are high and not only are you expected to be a good football player, but also a good student and a good person as well. You also can’t beat the city of Duluth itself. 

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

My mindset on the field is that I want to make sure that I win every rep as well as making sure that I finish every rep to my best effort. I try and make sure that I outwork everyone on the field.

4.How do you prepare for games?

On game day I like to try and stay as relaxed as possible, I usually will get a pregame meal then head to the locker room and listen to music and stretch out until it is time to get dressed for the game. 

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

I’ve always loved football and have been playing it since I was a little kid. I guess the junior year of high school when I started getting some college interest is when I really completely dedicated my life to football and just have been working my a** off ever since. 

6.What is your favorite workout?

I don’t know if I would have a specific workout that is my favorite but I love summer and winter offseason workouts when the whole team is together and it’s early in the morning and everyone is grinding through the workout. I feel that that is when teams build the most camaraderie. 

7.What sets you apart from other offensive linemen?

I would say that my athletic ability would set me apart from most other offensive linemen, I have always been a little undersized so having the speed and agility helps me get to where I am. 

8.What are your favorite moments from your football life?

One of the best moments of my football career was my senior year of high school our first game we were down 17-0 at half to one of the best teams in state that year and ended up coming back in the second half and winning in double overtime. 

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

I would say that I’m a very focused player in the field. I am more of a lead by example guy over a vocal leader, so I usually like to keep a level head and take a game play-by-play. 

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

A team is going to get a player that’s going to bust his butt for them and someone that is willing to do whatever it takes to make the team better. 

11.What should we know about Brent Laing the person?

People should know that I’m incredibly hard-working and willing to put myself aside from what’s best for greater group. 

12.What is a moment that improved you as a football player?

I can’t think of one specific moment but I feel that I’m getting better every day with every work out or practice I do. I have some incredible teammates and coaches that push me and challenge me every day to be the best football player and person that I can possibly be. 

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