Name: Aaron Byrd
School: Valparaiso University
Position: OL
Height: 6-3
Weight: 300

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

Each game I set a goal to let up zero sacks/tackles. While I did not accomplish this in every game, it allowed me to still fight for it every game even though one game I might have missed by a tackle.

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

I am a player who constantly works hard and competes in all aspects from athletics to academics.

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

I like to study the defense more than myself. My technique is always the focus of practice, while game IQ is always the focus of the classroom.

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

I have always been a strong learner, meaning I am able to learn things quick such as a new playbook or an adjustment necessary in a game.

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

My goal is to train as if I have another season coming up. Our school has historically been seen as the underdogs, so I train every day like it’s the difference between a winning and a losing season. With that said, my drive and training won’t change, only where I do so. That means both on the field and in the weight room.

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

As I said earlier, I learn fast so I am able to adapt well in a game situation. In addition, I play with great agility and know how to overcome my weaknesses.

Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?

My biggest focus this off-season is building my strength. My numbers are not where the could/should be but the intangibles are what set me apart from the rest.