Name: Nik D’Avanzo
College: New Mexico
Position: Defensive Line
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Nik: Explosive, Resilient, Committed.
Q: How are you going to train/prepare this offseason in preparation for the draft or other pro opportunities?
Nik: I will be training at Elevate PHW” with Adrian Gonzales and making sure that I am locked in and ready to go at any time of the day. I will make sure that I am pushing myself to the limit every day of being nothing but successful out on the field, in the film room, and out in the community.
Q: If you could compare yourself to one current or former NFL player who would it be and why?
Nik: Comparing myself to an NFL player, that would have to be Ryan Kerrigan for the reasons that he has the same styles of play as I do. He is the first one to get in the back field and the first off the line. He has a hunger about the ball and he will pursue at any angle to make that play. He is also committed and works to be great every day and I pride myself off of him.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
Nik: When watching film, I try and learn as much information about my opponent as possible. For instance, his feet and how he sets, does he give off any keys that will help me beat him off of the line, what part of his body gives away if he’s pulling, pass blocking, or run blocking. How open are his hips, can he bend, what is his body language, all of these are things I look for in my opponent.
Q: What separates you from other players at your position?
Nik: What separates me is that I am a type of player that has very strong pride and I stand up for it until I can’t stand on my own two feet. I am very coachable, so I can learn things quickly on and off of the field. I will make sure that I treat this as a profession because I know this is now a business.
Q: What kind of abilities would you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Nik: My abilities that I bring to the table is I am responsible, goal oriented, dedicated, respectful, talent, skilled, and I can step up and help my team achieve greatness.
Q: What is your final pitch/sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
Nik: If you decide to make me a part of your organization, I will make sure this decision will not be regretful. You will get no other player like me. I just need an opportunity to show my style of play and what I can bring to this team.