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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tyler Dressler, LB, University of Richmond

Tyler Dressler
Richmond University linebacker and tackling machine Tyler Dressler recently sat down with Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams
  • Name: Tyler Dressler
  • Height: 6’3”
  • Weight: 244 lbs
  • Position: LB
  • College: University of Richmond
  • Twitter: @TDressler5

Tell us about your university/college. What was your major/minor? How is campus life?

The University of Richmond is a top tier academic and athletic institution. Students benefit from small class sizes that allow the opportunity to develop relationships with faculty and professors. Many of the athletic programs have been having increased success which allows the teams to attract the top athletes in each sport across the country. Not only are they attracted to the academic reputation of the university, but also to the team cultures and the state of the art facilities. Although on-campus life can be quiet, the proximity to downtown Richmond provides students with the opportunity to experience city life. My major is Healthcare Studies with a minor in entrepreneurship.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

Work Ethic, Leadership, Confidence, and Drive. 

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skillset? 

I see myself as the Quarterback of the defense, as I have naturally taken on a leadership role on our team. Because of my position, I carry a lot of responsibility, whether that be success or failure of our defensive unit. A scheme that best suits me is 4-2-5 or a 4-3-4 II am a true mike linebacker, however, I have the ability to play in most coverages. 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

The best player I have competed against in college would be AJ Dillon, from Boston College. DIllion was a physical, downhill, aggressive running back. Bryce Perkins from UVA was also a great competitor. Perkins was a dual-threat quarterback who could deliver the ball accurately and also pick apart a defense by scrambling. 

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

Tristian Wheeler is a true freshman, CAA Rookie of the Year, and All-American. There is no one else I would rather have by my side during games. 

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

In 2019, I played the last half of the season with a detached abdomen and two sports hernias. Even though it was challenging and painful, I knew I had to keep pushing through because I did not want to let my team down.

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If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?

If I did not play football in college, I would have pursued baseball opportunities. I was an All-State second baseman in high school, batting .500. 

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

Something that I am quite proud of is earning a full-scholarship for football. Coming from a small school, it was not common for a lot of students to continue on to college, let alone play at the Division I level. 

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.

The first time stepping on the field as a true freshman where I played against Sam Houston State. I worked my entire life to play at the collegiate level and I finally had the opportunity to play at an elite level. Though I was only on kickoff, I was just happy to represent and be a part of something greater than myself.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

Luke Kuechly from the Carolina Panthers. He is fast, aggressive, smart, and one of the best ball hawks in the game. 

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?

Eminem would be my favorite pre-game music artist. Eric Thomas, a motivational speaker, gets me pumped before a game.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Chocolate & peanut butter. 

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

Chris Hemsworth (Thor).

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?

Lift & play video games. 

Who or what motivates you the most?

My dad because he is the hardest working guy I know. 

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