Name: Joe Hird
School: University of St. Thomas
Position: DB
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 215

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

My main goal this season was to generate as many turnovers as possible. I ended with 5 ints which led the conference and also a forced fumble. Our defense led FCS in ints. I also wanted my team and myself to prove we belonged in D1 after transitioning from D3. I’d say that was accomplished, we had the best defense in our league and ended 7-3.

Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?

I worked a lot on my speed and put on some more size in the past year. I also used the last offseason to watch a lot of film especially of guys in the league that I like. On the field I was able to show that I can make plays and affect a game while lined up in several different spots on defense.

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

They would say I have a true passion for the game and I’m not one to back down. They also would say I’m pretty humble and reserved, but on the field I bring a lot of energy.

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

In the off-season I usually watch more pro guys to watch and learn how they play different techniques and cover different routes. In season when preparing for a game I like to get a feel for the opposing teams offense. I’ll watch what plays they like out of certain formations and what they like to call on specific down and distances. I also watch who I’m going to be matched up on to pick up on their tendencies.

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

I’m versatile and can play in any spot. I’ve played offense, defense, and I even played basketball for 2 years at St. Thomas. Corner and nickel is what I’ve played most but I’ve also came off the edge, lined up as a high safety, and played receiver as well.

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

I’m figuring out who I’m going to train with right now but I’ll be combine/pro-day prepping and looking to make connections.

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

On the field I can make an impact wherever I line up and I play with no fear. I hit hard and make plays on the ball whenever I can. Off the field I try to make whatever community I’m in better. My faith is important to me and I’m continuously looking to grown and connect with people.

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

I’m confident that I can make more plays on the ball in different situations than just about anyone. I’m highly competitive and have not lost 1 on 1 matchups often throughout college. I can learn schemes quickly and I work relentlessly at whatever I need to get better at.