Name: Braden Meints
School: Simpson College
Position: H-Back/Fullback/Tight End/Running Back/Wide Receiver
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
As a team, I wanted to win a Conference Championship, and to go deep in the playoffs and possibly win the National Championship. I wanted to recreate the culture at Simpson that surrounded the football team and we did that. Personally, I wanted to be first team All-Conference and an All-American. I also came into the season as a Running Back and wanted to lead our league in rushing.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Smart, Physical, Versatile.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
I will work with the strength and conditioning coach at Simpson, Pete Traynor. I will also compete with my teammate, Jackson Redmond, who is also playing in the Dream Bowl and has aspirations of playing more football like myself.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
I focus on Linebacker’s tendencies for when they are blitzing or if they are getting into coverage. I watch the D-Line for any games they are trying to bring so I can help the O-Line get everything picked up.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
I can play multiple positions without coming off of the field. I feel that I am very good at picking up blitzes and helping the O-Line out. I am a pretty decent route runner and I catch fairly well. I am not a fancy footwork kind of guy, I like to run through people, but I can make some people miss as well.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I am a leader. I am always positive to the final horn. I show good sportsmanship by helping opposing players up after the whistle blows, but am not afraid to put them on their butt again. I love helping kids out with sports activities and would like to have my own summer camp someday.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
I love this game with all my heart and soul. I will do everything that is asked of me to the best of my ability. I will give you my all from whistle to whistle, all game.