See below as Tyler Catalina answers questions about the upcoming NFL draft.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest football strengths?
Tyler Catalina: I would say it is my toughness, durability and my work ethic.
Scott Porter: You started at Rhode Island and ended up at Georgia your Senior season. What was that process like? To start there and end up at Georgia?
Tyler Catalina: It was very exciting. Once I got my release I had a 5-game highlight film. My brother helped me sending clips out through social media. Once my film got out their teams fell in love with it. I ended up having 30 offers and settled in Georgia after first committing to Iowa State.
Scott Porter: What do you like most about playing the offensive tackle position?
Tyler Catalina: It is a selfless position. Not many appreciate the offensive line. They don’t get publicity because they aren’t scoring the touchdowns but we get to put our hand in the dirt and go at it every single play and help our teammates. Without the offensive line the offense goes nowhere.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Tyler Catalina?
Tyler Catalina: A hard working, dedicated player. I will do whatever it takes to make the team and contribute and help my teammates win. I will be the best player I can be.
Scott Porter: What has the overall draft process been like for you?
Tyler Catalina: I have been doing a lot of agility work. I have been doing a lot of 40 yard dashes and short shuttle stuff to prepare for my pro day. I have spent a lot of time doing position work such as footwork, technique and hand work. I’ve been working on everything nonstop since the day I got home.
Scott Porter: What will you miss most about college football?
Tyler Catalina: My one year at Georgia the fans were amazing. The establishment I made with my teammates at Rhode Island and Georgia throughout the 4 years. I will also miss the atmosphere, the rivalries we had with certain teams. It was an honor to be able to defend your state on the football field as well.
Scott Porter: What factors led you to decide to transfer to Georgia over the other offers you had?
Tyler Catalina: I just felt the most comfortable with the coaching staff. The SEC is the best conference in the nation and to be able to make the leap from an FCS school to an SEC school was a major challenge that I was looking forward to. I ended up winning the starting left tackle spot and ended up preforming well. The opportunity to play at Georgia was too good for me to pass up.
Scott Porter: How do you plan to separate yourself from the rest of the offensive tackles in your draft range?
Tyler Catalina: Realistically, I am going to do that through the process now. Training myself and conditioning myself. When I get that chance to showcase what I can do in front of teams I want to take that opportunity to prove to them that I can do everything on a consistent basis without and fatigue.
Scott Porter: What are your expectations of yourself at the next level?
Tyler Catalina: First and foremost, to make a 53-man roster. From that point forward to earn a starting job and contribute to the best of my abilities and get better each time I step on the field.