Name: Will Lydle
School: Western Colorado University
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
The rest of my team and I wanted to win conference and that was the only goal I really wanted. We ended up 10-2, winning the conference, and making the playoffs for the first time since Western became a NCAA Division 2 team.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
I was able to become a lot stronger than I was before without losing any of my quickness.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
Someone that you can rely on and a player that won’t quit. The type of player that pushes other players to be the best they can be, especially in the weight room.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
I try to figure out as many things as possible about the other team for example where do their pass protections go? What plays do they run with particular personnel? The game is a lot easier when you know what your opponent is doing. After that, I look over each individual player on the other team and how I can beat them. Usually I look at an o-linemen’s feet first, then how they fire their hands.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I believe I have a lot of versatility and I’ve played everywhere on the defensive line. I also have a lot of different moves I can use in pass rush that most defensive tackles don’t typically use.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I am training at Landow Performance in Colorado. They have a great staff and program and I believe they will make me overall a much better athlete.
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’m creative and I’ll use a variety of moves to get the job done. Off the field, I get along with people easily and I think camaraderie and team chemistry is the most important aspect of any team.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
I’m a player that likes to learn and I’ll play wherever I’m needed. I’ll work hard to be the best I can wherever I’m at on the field.