NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Nick Tomkins, DE, Dartmouth
Q: What’s your name
A: Nick Tomkins
Q: What’s your height and weight
A: 6’3 290 Pounds
Q: What school did you attend
A: Dartmouth College
Q: Who would you say you mold your game after
A: I try to mold my game after Michael Strahan. He was my favorite player growing up, and he did it all. Rushing the passer and stopping the run game
Q: Would you call yourself an all-around player at your position
A: Yes I would, I can rush the passer as well as defend the run. I played linebacker all the way until junior year of high school so I believe those skills I learned a lot from the linebacker position, which helps me do some things other defensive linemen can’t do.
Q: Who was your favorite NFL team growing up
A: I would say New York Giants but I would also root for the New York Jets
Q: What is your most memorable experience during your college career.
A: Outside of winning an Ivy League Championship in 2015 I would say it’s definitely coming back from being down 21-0 to beat Yale for the homecoming game this year in front of a packed crowd. It was the biggest comeback in Dartmouth history
Q: Who was the hardest player you ever lined up against
A: Probably Max Rich, The tackle from Harvard and in high school I would say probably Jabrill Peppers in a scrimmage.
Q: What was your biggest adversity and how did you overcome it
A: My biggest adversity football-wise was going to 15 different camps before my senior year of high school and not receiving one offer to any of the schools. It ended up being a positive because I didn’t end up going to Dartmouth’s camp, and they were the only school that did offer me.
Q: What would you say is the highlight of your career
A: Getting a sack at Princeton in front of about 50 of my closest friends and family members in Jersey has to be one of the top moments I’ll never forget
Q: What are your goals in life. Not just football but off the field.
A: Hope to play football as long as possible, then find a job that I love till I decide to retire.
Q: Who was the best teammate you had in college
A: That would be hard cause all my teammates have been great. But probably my roommate Eric Meile. As a linebacker, he was never afraid to throw his body around and go head to head with a 300-pound linemen. He also always did a great job of calling out the defensive plays and making sure everyone was lined up correctly
Q: What did you major in during college
A: I majored in Government
Q: What do you like to do away from football in your personal time.
A: I like to play pick up basketball when possible. But I also like to play chess and read.