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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Dylan McCarthy, OL, University of Saint Mary(KS)

The University of Saint Mary (KS) offensive lineman Dylan McCarthy recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Dylan McCarthy
  • Position: OL
  • College: University of Saint Mary(KS)
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 315 lbs
  • Twitter: @dylanmccarthy79

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

My favorite moment from football would have to be the end of my last college game. It was a close game the whole time. We ended up going into overtime and won on a broken play. It was a great way to end it with all my brothers on the field.

What sets you apart from other offensive linemen?

My versatility, I have started at 4 of the 5 offensive positions and graded out the highest on my team at each.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

I’ve always had a great support system at my side on and off the field. I trust my family and team and am very open with them. I know I can rely on them and they can rely on me. Handling any challenge is easy if it’s taken on as a team.

What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?

I believe the keys to success on the field is ones work ethic off the field. Talent can only take an individual so far. Hard work is what separates the good from the great.

What should we know about Dylan McCarthy the person?

One thing people should know about me is that I am very family oriented. We got hit really hard during the recession of 2008 so we struggled through a lot together. I treat my teammates and coaches like my family and will go to war for each one of them.

How are you planning to prepare for the draft?

I have been working closely with my head and assistant strength coaches to get me in the best shape of my life. I am attending the BSN national scouting combine in Indianapolis in March and want to put up some good numbers. I also am starting to meet with my position coach to better my OL techniques.

What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

Well, at first it was to make friends when I moved in middle school. After I found my passion for it, I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. The game of football has given me so much and it’s only fair that I give everything I have to this sport.

What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

I play the game with an pretty intense mentality. I used to play angry and overly aggressive. I feel like as my game progressed, I learned to bring the energy for my teammates and to be loud while not playing out of my head. I try to have fun and take each moment in.

If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

I would definitely say Quenton Nelson. His game is what I hope to one day imitate. He also just seems like a really nice dude and I’d love to learn some techniques from him.

What would a team get in a player like you?

They’d be getting a very high effort individual who is highly optimistic. As I stated earlier the recession of 2008 hit us hard. I watched my father work 2 jobs and attend school full time while my mother worked 45 hours a week at target to make ends meet. Watching their example growing up is what I try to imitate in every aspect of life. I saw how far a good work ethic can take you.

What do you love about the game of football?

The brotherhood. No individual can succeed in this game. Everyone on the field has to pull their weight in order to achieve the higher goal of a victory. The sacrifice every player and coach makes in order to help a greater cause is what makes the game of football great.

What are you looking to achieve as a football player going forward?

In all honesty, I’m looking to make a pro roster. That’s the first step, I know that any opportunity is a life changing experience and I’m hungry for a chance.

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