Jared Brinkman: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Jared Brinkman
School: Northern Iowa
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
My first goal was to be named team captain and to be a leader for my team and I was. I had the goal of being the best defensive tackle in the country and I was named MVFC player of the year for the second year.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
With having this extra year it gave me another year to get bigger, stronger, faster and take advantage of all the opportunities. It gave me a lot of time to get into film study and to really start to understand the game.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
Coaches and players would tell you that I am a hard worker who brings it everyday. I work for everything I’ve gotten and take advantage of opportunities. I’m a leader on and off the football field, and strive to be the best I can be.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When I am studying film and I’m watching myself, I always watch for my technique and pad level. When I’m studying offensives, I start by breaking down top formations and top plays in those formations. This allows me to really learn their offense and tendencies. When I’m watching offensive linemen, I watch and see how they play and things they do that give away the play. Trying to see if it’s run or pass, if they are pulling or any double teams.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
The thing that separates me from other prospects is my strength and how I constantly get penetration and play in the backfield. I’m a 525 pound bench press and 670 pound squat and can’t be blocked by one person. I demand 2 blockers every play. I’m also a good pass rusher having 7 sacks and constantly get pressure on the QB.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
My plans for training are to train at Northern Iowa and to prepare for the pro day.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
A thing I bring to a team on and off the field is I am a responsible leader that can be trusted on and off the field. I earn the respect of my teammates and coaches by being a good person, and doing the right thing everyday. My goal is for the team to have success and I will contribute in any way possible to win.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
Watch my film and you’ll see what I can do and the type of impact I can have on games. I’m a hard worker and will do whatever it takes to get a shot and make the most of it.