Rookie Roundup: Nate Potter, OT, Boise State

You would think 303 pounds is not too small for anything. But being underweight is actually a knock on Boise State offensive tackle Nate Pottter. Potter, who stands at 6’6, is still considered a good prospect due to his athleticism and reliability.  He is largely thought to be a player who can grow into a starter role after gaining NFL experience, particularly in the zone scheme.

Potter is projected to be drafted between the 3rd and 5th rounds.


Melissa Jacobs:  Nate, please pretend like I’m a scout and tell me why I should draft you in thirty seconds or less.

Nate Potter:  It is all about my intangibles.  I bring a lot to the table. I am football smart as well as book smart.  I am very consistent, humble and I think I have good football character.  From the physical to the competitive I have that drive to be the best I can be.MJ:  What NFL linemen do you think you most emulate?

NP:  I watch a lot of Joe Thomas. It’s tough because he makes it look easy.  He gives me hope that I can do it, but it’s not that easy.  And Jordan Gross for the Panthers.  I watch him a lot too. Those are guys I have emulated for a long time.

MJ:  What has been the most intimidating part of this whole experience?

NP:  I think all the newness, especially at the Combine.  You walked around and met all these coaches, saw people you are used to seeing on television. It was a trip, really.  But it was a blast.

MJ:  Assuming all goes well, what is the first thing you will buy when you sign that contract?

NP:  Nothing.  Going into the bank. Not touching it.

Rookie Roundup is a series of interviews with select NFL prospects.  Look for new rookies every week leading up the draft.