Name: Nicholas Forde
School: Northwestern State
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
For me, my senior season was all about being consistent. I set out to minimize mental mistakes as well as play at a high level consistently regardless of my physical condition. I feel like I accomplished that grading out above 90% every game.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I would hope that my coaches and fellow teammates would say that I am a guy who they can trust on and off the field who is willing to sacrifice whatever it takes for the success of the team. But I know for a fact that they would say that I am a man of my word who will always have their backs.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
Player tendencies, and play call tendencies during different situations. First time through I tend to focus on QB, RB, and slot WR mannerisms. After that, once I get the game plan for the week I try to focus on play call tendencies based on down and distance, and visualize would be checks and how our coverages would match up with different route concepts.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I feel like my attention to detail and my ability to apply what we do in the meeting room on the field is what sets me apart from other guys. Once you get to this level everyone can make plays, but i feel like I am a guy who can be trusted to be in the right place at the right time every time. And I have always been meticulous about my technique.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I have been training with Ryan Mentzell at Atlet in Midlothian, Tx, and been doing DB work with Coach Christian White(known as coach flight on social media).
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Ability to make plays, knowledge of the game, and consistency. I’ve been playing this game for as long as I can remember and have had the pleasure of playing a variety of positions that I feel have given me a tremendous feel for how both defenses and offenses function. With me you are going to get the same hard working professional day in and day out. You don’t have to question whether or not I’m handling what I need to on my end. I’ve been looking at this game as a business for the past 7 years and I am willing to do whatever it takes to continue playing at the highest level I possibly can and contend for championships.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL/CFL or any other pro leagues?
This isn’t about me saying what you want to hear, or about giving a kid from a small school a chance. At the end of the day, it is about doing what is best for your organization and giving your team the best possible chance to contend for championships. In college I earned the trust and respect of my teammates and coaching staff early, and became a 4 year starter, 2 year captain, and served 2 years as the sole male student-athlete representative of the athletics department. I am extremely confident in my ability to compete with anybody on the field and just as confident in my ability to handle my business as a professional. I am willing to do whatever my coaching staff believes will lead to team success; I believe there is no task too small or too large for me to accomplish. My brother-in-law will go down as one of the best running backs in Kansas City Chiefs’ history, and after witnessing his process along with others, I understand the sacrifices that are necessary in order to be successful as a professional athlete. I am more than prepared to do what it takes to earn the trust and respect of the members of whatever organization I become a part of, and I cannot wait to contribute to the accumulation of championships wherever it is that I land.