As we delve further into the Pittsburgh Steelers offseason, our attention has begun to shift towards the draft. While this may not be a full report on a prospect, it is vital to get to know who you’re potentially drafting on and off the field. A change of scenery today as here is an interview that was conducted with Kyle Emanuel.
#53 – Kyle Emanuel/ OLB North Dakota State: 6032, 255lbs
Why did you choose North Dakota State University? Did you have other offers?
I had a few other division 2 offers and interest from South Dakota State but I was not highly recruited. I chose NDSU because I felt wanted there and once I got on campus I could sense a winning tradition and a community that really cared about the program.
What do you think about people lowering your stock because of who your competition was?
I think it’s something that I can’t control and try not to concern myself with. I know I have played against some great competition in my college years in the FCS.
What do you feel is your biggest strength, and also, what part of your game do you feel you need to work on the most?
I think my effort and motor set me apart from other players, I’m continually working on playing a stand up linebacker and everything that goes with that.
Have you played any special teams in your collegiate career?
Yes, I played on both the kickoff team and the punt team throughout my career.
What is an NFL Franchise going to be getting with Kyle Emanuel in terms of on and off the field, and personality?
A player who will give everything he has on the field and someone who you know will represent your organization in a positive manner off the field.
Are you willing to transition to the outside linebacker position in a 3-4 defense? If so, do you think teams should worry about this transition?
I’m willing to play just about any position, I’ve switched positions before and I’ve played linebacker before, I know it’s something I can do.
What are some things you are focusing on skill wise to get prepared for draft testing?
I’ve been focusing a lot on linebacker movements and starting to try and transition into a new position.
What do you think about potentially being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers?
I would love to be a Steeler with their tradition and the style of defense they play, but I’m just excited to get a chance to play in the NFL wherever that may be.