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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Grant Smith, OG, South Dakota Mines

Grant Smith, OG, South Dakota Mines
Grant Smith the smash mouth offensive lineman from South Dakota Mines recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Grant Smith
  • Position: Offensive Guard
  • College: South Dakota Mines
  • Height: 6’5”
  • Weight: 315lbs
  • Twitter: @grantsmith55100
  • Instagram: @its_grant_smith

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2024 NFL Draft?

I have developed into a well-rounded interior offensive lineman with the necessary skills and athleticism to excel at the next level. From the film room to the weight room, to getting my body right in the training room, and on the football field, I have always had the grit to get the job done no matter the obstacles presented to me. 

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?

I was first introduced to football in kindergarten and began to participate in the sport. As I continued to play the game year after year, I developed a passion for the game as well as the team camaraderie that formed with each team I was part of.

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?

Injuries happen that unfortunately sideline guys earlier in their careers than they would like. I have my fair share, but I have continued to push myself physically, mentally, and emotionally and have been able to develop many different attributes that I believe set me apart from my peers. The timing of my injuries allowed me to view the game from a different perspective and understand the game differently. To be honest it was really a blessing in disguise because of the different things I was able to learn and put into my own toolbox when I was able to get back on the field again.

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be?

Donating to food banks and helping world hunger.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

No matter the situation you’re in, always be willing to give. Whether it’s donating or volunteering, someone is always in need.

Who was your childhood hero?

Both of my parents have been huge supporters of me ever since I was born. They continue to support me in my decisions, and I cannot thank them enough for the love they continue to show me.

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school?

Ben Noland, WR, is a very gifted and smart football player. He will catch just about anything that is thrown to him. He’s been able to break multiple school records this year.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Being late

Who is your favorite teacher ever?

Favorite teacher of all time is Mrs. Merrill my 5thgrade teacher.

Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome?

Being sidelined for two consecutive seasons (2021-2022) was one of the hardest times I have faced so far. Not being able to play the game I love took a toll on my mental game, but I was able to take it day by day and learn how to overcome that obstacle.

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?

South Dakota Mines has the best of both worlds in my case. Being able to play division 2 football in the very competitive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, and gaining a great education that will set me up for success later down the road, is something that not a lot of schools can offer. Not to mention the beautiful Black Hills in Rapid City, South Dakota. This area is filled with history and tons of outdoors things to do.

If you could have any franchise restaurant in your house what would it be?

Wingstop

What is your favorite snack food?

Stovetop popcorn

What is your degree in?

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Currently working on my M.S. Engineering Management

If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say?

My name is Grant Smith and I am a motivated individual that pushes myself to the limits to accomplish my goals while maintaining the ability to be coachable. 

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be?

Zach Martin

What is your favorite game to play at the carnival/theme park?

Skeeball

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would want to have dinner with my grandfather because he was such a loving individual that always put others before himself. I was never able to understand things when we would talk while I was younger but would love to hear from him now. The second individual I would like to have dinner with is Elon Musk. He is such an fascinating individual, and learning about his thought process about engineering would be neat. The last individual I would want to have dinner with would be Larry Allen. It would be neat to learn more about him and his personal experiences on and off the field.

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