NFL Draft 2017 Prospect: Emanuel Byrd
Name: Emanuel Byrd
Position: Tight End
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Emanuel: Physical, Smooth, Smart.
Q: How are you going to train/prepare this offseason in preparation for the draft or other pro opportunities?
Emanuel: I am going to train to get in the best physical shape I have ever been and to also be healthy/fresh as possible. I will work hard on my craft to be more polished in my routes and better in/out my breaks. I also want to get better with my hands and feet work in my blocking.
Q: If you could compare yourself to one current or former NFL player who would it be and why?
Emanuel: I would compare myself to Jordan Reed. I think we have similar body types and we both switched positions from QB and the versatility from H-Back and Tight End is there. I believe I can play detached or attached to line scrimmage or I could be put in the back field. I believe I can be a match up problem like he presents with LB. Plus he runs well and his routes are great. I believe I can bring the same skills set to the table.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
Emanuel: When I watch film I look for coverages during current down and distances. I look for the way the DB/Safety or LB is playing the TE when matched man to man. Also, I look at the techniques of the DE when they are inside (7), head up (6) or wide (9). I look at the DE’s tendencies or moves on running plays and when they are pass rushing. I also look at the what are the blitz packages I will potentially see against the opponent.
Q: What separates you from other players at your position?
Emanuel: I feel my versatility and play making ability separates me from others at my position.
Q: What kind of abilities would you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Emanuel: My ability to excel in adversity and my ability to adapt to change will help a team win on and off the field. I also feel my dedication, drive, and ability to preserve will help a team win on an off the field.
Q: What is your final pitch/sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
Emanuel: I am a versatility player that can play special teams and is willing to get better each and everyday to help your team win a championship.