2017 NFL Draft: Nick Weiler, North Carolina Tar Heels
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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Nick. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself for the fans who are not familiar with you?
Nick Weiler: I grew up in Northern Virginia in a very competitive family. My father played received at Navy, my brother played soccer then football at UVA and my sister played soccer at Pittsburgh. I played soccer, basketball and football growing up. Graduated in May 2016 with degree in business and minor in philosophy, politics and economics. Currently, pursuing my Master in Accounting.
Justin David Kish: You played your college career as a member of the Tarheels at North Carolina. Tell us about your time with the Tarheels?
Nick Weiler: My time in Chapel Hill is one I’ll never forget. UNC was the perfect blend of great football, top education, and amazing college town. I loved being a pivotal part of the group that turned this team around and changed the football culture the past few years. I was able to play 4 unforgettable seasons with great coaches and teammates.
Justin David Kish: During your tenure with the Tarheels you were coached by special teams coordinator Larry Porter. How big of a role has Coach Porter been on your career?
Nick Weiler: Coach Porter always demanded excellence from the specialists and he wasn’t the only one who coached special teams. All of the coaches were involved and understood the importance of special teams.
Justin David Kish: Playing your college career at North Carolina you have faced top teams in the nation. What was one team that really brought the most pressure on you and took you to your limits?
Nick Weiler: I would say the Florida State game took me to my limits on pressure.
Justin David Kish: 2016 had to be a very memorable season for you as you kicked the game winning field goal against #12 FSU. Take us through the closing moments of that game?
Nick Weiler: I knew we would get a chance to kick a FG. I had the utmost faith and confidence in Mitch and the offense. I told Fedora that I felt confident within 52 yds and it ended up being 54. I knew Kyle Murphy was going to have a great snap and that Joey Mangili would get a great hold down. I just had to my job.
Justin David Kish: When you take a look back at your college career what has been some of the best moments of your career?
Nick Weiler: Winning the Coastal Division and going to ACC Championship with that 11-game win streak. Beating Florida State with the walk-off FG. My first college kick with opening kickoff against South Carolina.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a North Carolina Tarheel?
Nick Weiler: It means to excel in and out of the classroom and being part of a family for life.
Justin David Kish: You are now shifting your focus on the NFL Draft. How has the preparations for the draft been? Who are you working with in preparation?
Nick Weiler: It has been a good experience. I spent some time down in Tampa for the East-West Shrine Game. Now, I’m training in Chapel Hill to prepare for Pro Day.
Justin David Kish: When you look at the NFL Draft there are great place kickers heading into the draft including yourself. But what separates you from the rest of the pack?
Nick Weiler: I think I have proven my ability to be clutch separates me from the rest.
Justin David Kish: What are some of your biggest strengths and what are some weakness’s you are improving on in preparation for the draft workouts?
Nick Weiler: My biggest strengths are my leg strength and confidence going into any competition. Until I never miss a kick, I will always work to be more consistent.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the line. My first question. If you were to compare yourself to any current professional football place kicker who would it be and why?
Nick Weiler: Haha, I’ll leave that up to the experts.
Justin David Kish: My next question. If I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Nick Weiler?
Nick Weiler: Any GM should give me a shot in camp, because of my work ethic, competitiveness and proven success under pressure.
Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Nick. Where can the fans reach out to you on social media?
Nick Weiler: Twitter and Instagram @nickweiler24.