Ricky Chatman: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Ricky Chatman
School: West Alabama/Northwestern State
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
I wanted to leave college with a ring. I wanted to help my team firstly win a conference championship and then go on to win a national championship. We fell short of this goal however along the way we did manage to become the first team in school history to start a season 6-0.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
It wasn’t until I sat back and really looked at all the work I was able to accomplish during the Covid year that I really became thankful for it.This year off gave me the chance to fine tune parts of my game that I was able to apply in my senior season. I believe each day I got better and it showed in camp and also each game we played.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I believe everyone would say I’m a hard worker whose always looking to put extra time in. This has allowed me to be real confident with my abilities because I know the time and effort I have put into this game and honestly feel like I’m capable of anything when I’m on the field.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When studying film if it’s and upcoming opponent I start by looking at their offensive line to see if I can pick up on any run/pass tendencies. I then look to backfield and try to see if the running backs relation to the quarterback gives away any plays lastly I look at receiver splits to get a hint on the type of routes that might be coming my way. I watch my practice film daily to critique small things such as my footwork between plays, making sure my eyes are in the right place, and all other minor things that sometimes you can lose focus of during a season.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
What separates me I believe is the willingness to go and hunt each play. I want to be the best every play I’m on the field wether that’s in practice or the game.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I am continuing my pro day training. I just finished playing in the Dream Bowl and Podyum Bowl which were both great experiences and opportunities to compete with talent from all across the country.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Strengths I would bring to the team is leadership I lead by example I feel that you never know who is watching you wether that’s in football or life so I always try to do the right thing and set good examples.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
Selecting me for your team would give you a player that shows up for work everyday no matter the conditions. I’m a true competitor who loves the game and is willing to give everything for it.