NFL Draft 2017 Prospect: Matt Retzlaff
Name: Matt Retzlaff
College: Southern Oregon
Position: Wide Receiver
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Matt: Reliable, Resilient, Adaptive.
Q: How are you going to train/prepare this offseason in preparation for the draft or other pro opportunities?
Matt: Right as my season ended, I went straight to work and began my training and preparation to earn an opportunity to play another season of football. I have been training with a local and highly respected trainer, Jayson Tonkin of Precision Fitness, to improve my speed/quickness and strength in order to become a next level athlete. My goal is to perfect my craft and technique on and of the field in order to compete and to win in any given situation.
Q: If you could compare yourself to one current or former NFL player who would it be and why?
Matt: Julian Edelman is the player my teammates, coaches, scouts, and myself would compare my play the most to. He and I both run defined routes, catch the ball with soft hands, and are the most reliable when the game is on the line.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
Matt: I look at the alignment and first step of a defensive back. First few steps are crucially important as a wide receiver. I also look for any “tells” a defensive back will show pre snap. Finally, I study and learn from the success other wide receivers have going against defensive backs and will replicate it to have the same success.
Q: What separates you from other players at your position?
Matt: My mindset is that I will succeed, I will never quit, and I will work for perfection. Every day I will take the opportunity to do anything better than it has ever been done before.
Q: What kind of abilities would you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Matt: My head coach Craig Howard, who passed away this year taught me to be a man of character, strength, and honor. A man of character does the right things at all times whenever someone is or isn’t looking. A man of strength not only carries physical strength, but a mental strength where is mind never comes disturbed and will never quit. A man of honor is someone who gives respects the game, walks with pride, and shows respect. Finally, the three rules I have been taught by coach Howard are; do whats right, do your best, and treat others the way you like to be treated. This all will make myself stand out both on and off the field.
Q: What is your final pitch/sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
Matt: I come from a small college football team where I found great success. I play with a chip on my shoulder because I know I could’ve competed at the highest collegiate level if I were given the opportunity. Allow me to earn my opportunity to compete at the highest level next season and I promise you will get my best effort and I will contribute a championship mentality every day I show up to work.
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