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Nick Okeke: 2023 Pro Prospect Interview

Name: Nick Okeke
School: Southern Illinois/Louisville
Position: EDGE/LB
Height: 6-3
Weight: 240

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

Effect the quarterback more, and overall playmaking ability. I think I’m my film you can see my pass rush develop along with being disruptive in the run game. We were able to stop the run a effect the quarterback this season pretty well, we had 11 different players record a sack this season while our run defense held up to almost one of the best in the conference.

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

They would say great teammate somebody I miss being around, while on the field they would say a versatile defensive player, always around the ball can run and move really well, high football IQ, can play different positions.

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

When studying for a opponent I study my matchups/ 1on1, I start with the OLine and watch their tendencies and aggression when blocking or pass set, then the TE if they are blockers/ or pass catchers as well . Then I find situation, games where they were winning and also games when they were losing to see demeanor’s and things they like to do in those situations.

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

Perfect size and skill set to be a plug in play player all around the front 7. Versatile skill set where it’s hard to minimize me to one position, and I’m just as versatile playing special teams as well I’ve been on every special team, sometimes in multiple positions. So overall my versatility I can do it all and am only getting better with more experience.

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

I’ve trained at Exos in Plano Texas preparing for pro day. And look to continue training out there or in Tampa at HOA.

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

Can play a role or star in great locker room guy really love my teammates and know how important team chemistry is.

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

I think I’m gonna one of those guys that comes on a team and works into a great situation, I feel like I check all the boxes and will make a team very excited about their future.

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