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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Andrew Theobald, OL, Northwest Missouri State University

Andrew Theobald the mauling offensive lineman from Northwest Missouri State recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of Draft Diamonds
Andrew Theobald the mauling offensive lineman from Northwest Missouri State recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of Draft Diamonds
  • Name: Andrew Theobald
  • Position: OL
  • College: Northwest Missouri State University
  • Height: 6’6”
  • Weight: 310 lbs
  • Twitter: @itstheorod

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

I grew up in a football family. It was one of those things that I was exposed to at an early age, and I took to it pretty fast.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

One of my favorite moments was bringing a conference championship to my old school. We beat Lenoir-Rhyne to win the SAC. Recently winning close games against Washburn and Nebraska-Kearney.

Which one of your family members inspires you the most and why?

I would say my dad. He took on me and my brother and treated us like his own sons. He is someone who finds value in everything and everyone.

What are you looking forward to in your upcoming season?

This year what I am looking forward to the most is making a national championship run. We have most of our guys returning, so we will see what happens.

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

LaDainian Tomlinson. I grew up loving the Chargers. I think it’s crazy how a running back can have 31 touchdowns in a year. It’s a record that will probably last a long time.

What are your favorite things about playing for Northwest Missouri State?

The coaching staff here is fantastic. From the head coach to the strength and conditioning staff, the goal of everyone of them is to bring back a national championship.

What should we know about Andrew Theobald the person?

I’m a pretty easy going guy. I try to make everything in my life fun and enjoyable for myself and the people around me. When a switch needs to be flipped and it’s time to get serious, I can do that too.

What is your favorite offensive scheme and why?

There’s something beautiful about a successful play action pass/bootleg. It’s super nice when the outside zone or power run plays have been hitting. Getting the defense to bite and throwing over the top of them, especially when you have great receivers, is a lot of fun.

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

I feel like the only way to handle any type of adversity is to face it head on. You have to be able to react to a bad situation with a mindset of how can I make this work.

What would a team get in a player like you?

Someone who has a lot of playing experience against some of the best competition at the D2 level. Being an older player has allowed me to learn a lot of different schemes and techniques, which is something I try to utilize. It also means I am able to teach and help younger players with any questions they have.

What stands out about your film the most?

Length and physicality. You see a lot of guys you are big and don’t use their size well. A lot of guys will be physical in the run game, but I try to do a great job in the pass game to use my reach and footwork to also put guys on the ground in pass pro.

Who is the most underrated player you’ve played with and why?

The most underrated guy I’ve played with is our running back Jadon Brady. He’s a bit shorter for a RB but plays super physical. He does a great job setting us up for blocks and cutting when we are able to define it for him. He can also catch the ball pretty well.

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