I haven’t had any draft interviews on the site lately, but I thought I’d try to get a few more in before the draft starts, and hopefully have some post-draft follow-ups with players afterwards.
Today’s edition of draft interviews features former Wisconsin defensive end Louis Nzegwu. The 6’4″ lineman has been rising up draft boards after a strong performance at his pro day last month.
In his senior season with the Badgers, Nzegwu recorded 4.5 sacks and had four solo tackles against Oregon in the Rose Bowl, as well as a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown.
Here is the interview with Nzegwu:
1. How has this draft process gone for you so far?
“Draft process has been going pretty good. I don’t pay attention to the mocks or rankings too much but my buddies always talk about how my stock is constantly rising. I’m just happy to be healthy and to have an opportunity to play football again to be honest. After playing injured all season, the draft process has been a great opportunity to show teams how explosive I am. Talking to teams I feel very confident in getting drafted on the 3rd day.”
2. What would you say has been the most difficult part about the draft process?
“I say the most difficult part is the waiting or not knowing what’s going on. Right after my pro day there was so much talk with teams every day for over a week and then there was a little dead period for a few days. That was probably the most difficult part but now I’m optimistic on everything.”
3. How do you think you stack up against the other defensive ends in the draft?
“Besides Nick Perry there is no defensive end that comes close to my athletic ability. You throw me in with the linebackers and I’m top 5 (or leader) in nearly every category. I played with two major injuries through the course of the year so my production may not match up with them, but there are certain things that you can’t coach and I possess those. With my ability I’ll be able to contribute right away to special teams but besides that NFL teams like my work ethic, I pick concepts up quickly and I’m versatile. It will be tough to find a player in the draft that’s more athletic and versatile than me.”
4. Having a chance to play against prospects Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler everyday, how do you think they will fare in the NFL?
“Going off of last year we had three linemen drafted and all of them were starters for their respective teams. One of those linemen happened to be Zeitler’s back up. So I would have to say Zeitler and Konz will be just fine right? I haven’t played in the NFL so my perception on how they would do is flawed, but both have the tools to succeed and believe they’ll start right away. They’ve been a part of an NFL like offense since day 1 and both deserve everything ahead of them.”
5. Who were some of the toughest offensive linemen that you faced in college?
“I could name about 5 teammates and two of them being current players but Riley Reiff was a good player along with Mike Adams.”
6. What are your plans for draft day?
“I don’t really have any plans for draft day. I’ll be with my family relaxing and watching it all go down. I’m excited to find out where my new home will be, the new teammates, and help chase that Super Bowl trophy for my new city.”