Dan Dahlke, staff writer with lombardiave, today begins a daily series that will appear on this site each morning over the course of the next month or so and will feature some of the nation’s top college NFL Draft prospects.
We will begin our series today with a Q&A of SEC defensive player of the year and Missouri outside linebacker Michael Sam. Each of the Q&A pieces that will be published here at lombardive will include photographs, college statistics, game videos and a variety of questions, including their thoughts about the possibility of being selected by the Green Bay Packers.
Kicking the series off with Sam, we will continue this week with an interview Tuesday of Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina defensive lineman; Calvin Pryor, Louisville free safety, on Wednesday; and Devin Street, a wide receiver from the University of Pittsburgh, on Thursday.
These interviews delve into the players’ college experience, as well as their personal interests and their thoughts about the draft process. You, the reader will come away with a better understanding of who these young men are and how they approach life and the game of football.
You will find these interviews refreshing and a step away from the statistic-laden, dry profiles that you might find elsewhere. While many of the interviews were conducted through email, Dahlke also spent a lot of time on the phone with many of the other prospects. However, from all of the interviews you will find nuggets of information you may not find anywhere else.
In addition to this week’s kickoff of the four prospects mentioned above, over the course of the next several weeks we will include interviews from others such as Stephon Tuitt, Yawin Smallwood, Brandon Thomas, Crockett Gillmore, Kasim Edebali and many, many more.
We ask that you stop back daily to see who will be featured. Take the time to read about the prospects and understand them not only as football players, but as college students who are taking huge steps in their football careers.
Sam’s profile will be posted here between noon and 1 p.m. today … so, take the time to stop back at some point today to learn more about the SEC’s best defensive player and one that may be targeted by the Green Bay Packers in this year’s draft.