Daniel Small: 2020 Pro Prospect Interview

Name: Daniel Small
School: Shenandoah
Position: OT
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 310

Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?

Main goal was to be a leader on and off the field for the younger players. Another goal was to be an all-conference player.

Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?

That I’ve been dependable on and off the field. That I have an effective way of getting my message across. I only scream when needed because I feel at my position, actions speak louder than words.

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?

Tendencies. Defensive lineman can present themselves in many different ways, but it’s the little things I try to see. What’s their counter move? Does the tackle switch hands depending on the side he’s going to? Do they stand up pre snap when they are going to bail into coverage? Again, the little things.

Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?

I’ve had my back against the wall since I decided to play this game. But the only thing that will separate myself is my persistence, and my work ethic. I know I’ll be a “project” but I know I have what it takes. Why not me?

Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?

Thankfully I have a training staff that will be able to guide me with plans and nutrition guides even with the current circumstances. I’ve always been self motivated so i’m not concerned, I’ll be ready.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

My Willingness to learn and hunger to prove myself right in this game.Also my PMA. That is my positive mental attitude, I feel that as long as you have a very strong PMA you can get through a lot of things not just in football but in life. If you look at things, a lot of times we forget that your mental body will break down before your physical body. You can do anything that you want to do, but most times the mental block we have prohibits it from doing so.

Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL/CFL or any other pro leagues?

Definitely that I’m worth the investment. I have shown that I can compete with D1 talent at my all star games. The only difference is the resources that were available from my small school. I’ll work and I’ll show that I belong in this league. I made myself into an All-American at the collegiate level and with the support behind me, I can turn myself into All-Pro.