Name: Drew Ehrlich
School: Washington & Jefferson College
Position: S/OLB/Nickel
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190

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

First, I wanted assert myself as a leader to get us back to being a playoff team. Leadership, in my mind, is the driving factor for any successful team. I’ve always had the “don’t talk about it, be about it” mentality, and as a captain, I wanted that mentality to show in our team this year. Though we came up just short of the playoffs, we did win our postseason bowl game and finished on a high note. I also wanted to be one of most dominant defensive backs in all of Division III. Every week, I wanted opposing teams to game-plan around the fact I was going to cause problems in the run game, pass game, and on special teams. I was selected as a 1st team All-Conference player for the 3rd straight season as well as 2nd team All-Region.

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

They’d say that I’m a strong leader, approachable, and someone everyone can rely on on and off the field. On the field, they know I will do my job, hold my teammates accountable for their responsibilities, and make a play when it matters the most. They except me to be consistent and reliable, especially in high pressure situations.

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

When I watch film, I’m looking for anything to give me an edge. I look for tendencies of opponents based on down & distance, personnel, and formation. I always look for tells that might go unnoticed. These can be subtle tips such as difference in stance, alignment, or their first step post-snap. When I watch film of myself and our defense, I mainly focus on the negative plays. I look for where and why mistakes were made and assignments missed based on our scheme. This way, I am able to understand the entire defense better, hold myself accountable, and help my teammates fix their mistakes.

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

My speed, field awareness, tackling ability, and on-field smarts separate me from others. As a defensive back, it is crucial to have good football instincts. I feel one of my strengths is reading my keys and reacting quickly. These attributes carry over to special teams, which made me one of the more dangerous special teams players in the conference.

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

To get ready for possible professional opportunities, I am taking part in combine training at the beginning of January up until my pro day in March. I want to mainly focus on my speed. Coming from a Division III school, I believe my speed is what will make me stand out as a potential prospect. A consistent workout routine mixed with a strict diet will put me in a position to compete at a high level come March.

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

First, I’d consider myself to be a great locker room guy. I have the attitude and personality to add to/create a winning culture. I have demonstrated these attributes during my time at W&J. I’m also an intensely competitive person. I’ve shown I have the willingness and ability to compete and win. I bring an intensity and mindset that separates me from others.

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

I’m a winner. I will make the sacrifices necessary to play and compete at the highest level. I’m a proven playmaker, leader, and willing to pay the price in order to be successful. My effort, coachability, and on-field presence makes me a valuable addition to any team.