See below as TJ Ricks answers questions about the upcoming NFL draft.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
T.J. Ricks: I feel that my strengths are my athleticism, tackling, my versatility – played all three linebacker positions in college, my football IQ – understanding pass concept and knowing where to fit in run schemes, pass coverage and my overall game speed.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
T.J. Ricks: Make a 53-man roster, being a major contributor to any team I’m on, winning a Super Bowl and having a 10+ year career.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in T.J. Ricks?
T.J. Ricks: A person that loves playing the game of football, a person that’s humble, hard-working, very competitive and hates to lose and will do whatever it takes to be the best player and help the organization win.
Scott Porter: What do you like most about playing the game of football?
T.J. Ricks: The competition, trying to beat the man lined up in front of you every play.
Scott Porter: What are your greatest football accomplishments?
T.J. Ricks: Being name 1st Team All C-USA Linebacker, breaking the career forced fumbles record and winning Defensive Player of the Game in my school’s first bowl appearance and victory my senior year. And my junior year, being named 2nd Team All C-USA Linebacker and breaking my school’s single-game and single-season tackle records.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to the most about your opportunity in the NFL?
T.J. Ricks: Living my childhood dream of playing the sport I love and competing at the highest level against the best athletes.
Scott Porter: What is the biggest obstacle you had to overcome in life and how did you overcome that obstacle?
T.J. Ricks: Not having any offers coming out of high school and walking on at Old Dominion. I had a chip on my shoulder and worked hard in the weight room and spent extra hours watching film and continued that even after I earned my scholarship.
Scott Porter: How do you think playing for a smaller school may have benefitted your development as an NFL draft prospect?
T.J. Ricks: I think it has benefitted me greatly. After redshirting my freshman, I got an extra year in the weight room to get stronger and faster, as well as getting smarter on the field with the extra film studying I did, so that helped a lot with my development. Playing at a smaller school helped me showcase my talent early in my career and even though I played at a smaller school I still performed very well against ACC and SEC opponents.