May 122012
 

Today at The Football Fan Spot, we have Scott Wedige, a center prospect out of Northern Illinois. Wedige is a smaller school player, but stood out on Northern Illinois’ offensive line, making the All-MAC 1st team in 2010 and 2011. He blocked for Chandler Harnish, another potential draftable prospect, who was sacked a mere 23 times in the last 2 seasons. He’s expected to be a late round pick or a priority free agent. He has a bright future ahead of him. Today, he is here to tell us about his game and his Pre-NFL Draft experience.
The Football Fan Spot:First, a little bit of background stuff, when did you start playing football? Who did were some of your favorite players to watch as a kid? Favorite team to watch? When did you first realize that you had a really good shot at the NFL?

Scott Wedige: Been playing football since grade school. Favorite players growing up, Brett Favre and Reggie White. Favorite player now Jeff Saturday. Favorite team Green Bay. I never really knew I had a chance until I started getting calls from agents and it kind of never felt real until Pro Day and saw scouts meeting with me.

TFFS: It’s been roughly 2 or 3 months since the end of your season. In what ways, if any, do you think you’ve improved since the end of the season?

SW: I have improved my overall conditioning, strength as well as my athleticism. My trainer Kevin Barcal of Breakaway Athletics does a great job and pushes us farther than I thought I could.

TFFS: I have always found it very interesting to ask prospects what round they believe they will be drafted in, so, honestly, putting aside where you think you should be drafted, what draft range do you think you will be drafted in?

SW: I have heard anything from 5th-7th round as well as priority free agent. If I am drafted it will be a blessing and I have no idea where or when I will be drafted if at all.

TFFS: Who do you compare yourself most to in the NFL? Is there anyone you model your game after?

SW: I would say I like to model my game after my favorite player Jeff Saturday. He is an extremely intelligent player who plays hard and goes about things the right way on and off the field.

TFFS: Which NFL players, if any, have been helping you as you transition to being an NFL player?

SW: I have got to meet with Ryan Diem and Jeff Saturday to work out. Those guys taught me a ton and have been a guide for my transition from college to pro. My agent Cliff Brady has also been a mentor and a great friend through this entire process.

TFFS: You didn’t get a chance to attend The Combine so your Pro Day was extremely important. Were you satisfied with your performance? Which drills do you think best displayed your abilities?

SW: I was pleased with my numbers. I have done better in training but I ran a 5.1 40, 4.5 shuttle, 7.8 L drill and 25 bench reps. I think that the on field drills shows my football talents as well as how well I can move and bend. I think my pro agility displayed my quickness and flexibility.

TFFS: Give me a little bit of a self scouting report, what do you say you could contribute most to an NFL team? What is your biggest weakness or thing you need to work on most?

SW: I think that what I offer a team is an intelligent player that plays hard and has a great work ethic on and off the field.

TFFS: Shifting from you to your team, what is one thing about Northern Illinois football you think the common fan should know?

SW: NIU is a university with more pride and love surrounding it because we do thing the hard way and the right way. I am proud to be a Huskie.

TFFS: One final question, if an NFL GM were standing right in front of you and asked you, why should we draft you, what would you say to him?

SW: If a GM was in front of me I would say that you are drafting a guy who has a great work ethic, a great student of the game, and nasty playing style who can help your club right away and I promise I won’t let you down.

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