Andy Smigiera: 2018 Draft Prospect Interview
Name: Andy Smigiera
School: Robert Morris University
Position: Free Safety
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
My goal was to give my team an opportunity to win a Northeast Conference Championship. In doing so, I had goals of being a first team All-Conference Safety and ranking top 10 in the conference in tackles and 1st in the conference in passes defended.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Athletic, Fast, Instinctual.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
I have already begun training back home in Buffalo, NY with STA performance where many CFL and NFL players train in their offseason. When January hits, I will be training at Grossetti Performance in New Castel, PA 6 times a week for Combine draft prep.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
I focus a lot on Quarterbacks first. As a former High School Quarterback, I can tell a lot about the intelligence levels and tendencies of Quarterbacks. I look for eye placement pre and post snap, 3 step tendencies, as well as their eyes and throwing motions. I also look at route combinations in passing situations. A lot of this game planning is aided by the statistical scouting reports done by the Defensive staff, which help show probabilities in different situations throughout the game.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
My speed and confidence. A lot of teams may see just a normal white Safety, but I rarely get beat due to my speed and confidence in my technique. (State finalist in high school track 55M, 100M, 200M, and 300M).
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
On and off the field, I bring a relentless work ethic that will elevate the players around me. If I as a player can get other guys to elevate their game, then I will help the team and add value to an organization.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
I will bring value to any organization that is willing to select me as a player. It doesn’t matter if I’m a scout team place holder or on a 53 man roster contributing. I know that I can make plays and help a team win at any position they need me at.