2017 NFL Draft: Brandyn Bartlett, Tusculum Pioneers
Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Brandyn. Can you please tell us about yourself?
Brandyn Bartlett: As you know my name is Brandyn Bartlett, I am 23 years old from Dacula, GA which is Gwinnett County. I played Safety in high school and early years of College. Once I transferred to Tusculum I moved to outside will backer. My dad’s name is Mark, and mom’s is Germaine. I have an older sister Brittney and younger brother at Tusculum Bryce.
Justin David Kish: During your college career you split it between North Dakota State College of Science and Tusculum. Tell us about the transition and your time with the team’s?
Brandyn Bartlett: While I was at NDSCS I played safety and was an All- Conference player. When I transferred to Tusculum I move to outside linebacker. I feel like coming from a JUCO I had that experience under my belt and was able to come in and be factor to help out my new team. Playing safety made the transition easier to linebacker; I can run sideline to sideline and cover like a nickel. That experience helped me be an All- Conference and All- Region player.
Justin David Kish: During your time at Tusculum you were coached by Addison Williams and John Mohring. How has the coaching staff improved you as a player during your college career?
Brandyn Bartlett: Both are great guys on and off the field. Coach Williams and coach Mohring have NFL experience and played at a big time college football program. These guys helped me learn how to break down film like a pro and pushed me everyday. My position coach was Mohring he didn’t just teach me how to be a pro on the field but off the field.
Justin David Kish: Playing in the South Atlantic Conference you faced off against Wingate, Newberry and Catawba on a year-to-year basis. What is one game that really brought you to your limits and brought out the best in you?
Brandyn Bartlett: Newberry always has guys get drafted or picked up into camp. They are a very talented discipline team. I had to be on my A game at all times are you will be embarrassed. I like that competition though, much respect for those guys.
Justin David Kish: Being a linebacker you have faced off against some of the best division-II offensive lineman. What is one player that gave you a challenge and how did you fare?
Brandyn Bartlett: My sophomore year I faced Denzell Goode that was drafted by the colts. I fared well against him; I used my speed and used my leverage on him to get to the ball.
Justin David Kish: During your college career you created so many memories with your brothers on the field. What is one memory that stands out from the rest?
Brandyn Bartlett: Beating our rival Carson Newman in OT by going for 2.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a Tusculum Pioneer?
Brandyn Bartlett: Blue collar, nothing is ever given to you. Brotherhood and family is what we live by.
Justin David Kish: You are now shifting your focus on the 2017 NFL Draft. How are you currently preparing for the draft and who are you working with?
Brandyn Bartlett: I am training with Chip Smith in Atlanta.
Justin David Kish: When you look at the linebacker prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft how do you stand out from the rest?
Brandyn Bartlett: I would for sure say my speed, play recognition and pass drops.
Justin David Kish: What is one aspect of your game do you consider to be your strongest strength?
Brandyn Bartlett: Speed.
Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game that you are improving on before your draft workouts?
Brandyn Bartlett: Hand placement with bigger offensive line.
Justin David Kish: You played in the 2016 Tropical Bowl. What was the experience like and have you spoken to any scouts and if so which teams have you spoken to?
Brandyn Bartlett: It was a great experience to prove I can play against bigger offense lineman. I spoke with Ravens, Falcons, Jets, Bucs, dolphins, and LA.
Justin David Kish: What were your on the field responsibilities in college?
Brandyn Bartlett: First be a leader for the young guys and do my job. With that being a blitz, man coverage, zone.
Justin David Kish: What does your preparation for game day look like?
Brandyn Bartlett: My preparation starts Friday, I listen to music and stretch to clear my head. Migos and Future are on my game prep playlist.
Justin David Kish: What does a typical day look like when you have time off?
Brandyn Bartlett: Training room and rest.
Justin David Kish: What have you learned from your past mistakes?
Brandyn Bartlett: Tomorrow is a new day, you have to turn the page and move on. Don’t let the past mess with your future.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the spot. My first question. If you could compare yourself to any professional football linebacker who would it be and why?
Brandyn Bartlett: Deion Jones, we are about the same size and he uses his speed like I do. Also he isn’t afraid of contact and plays bigger than what he is.
Justin David Kish: My final question. If I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Brandyn Bartlett?
Brandyn Bartlett: You are getting a player that loves the game, isn’t afraid of competition or work. I can play all special teams and multiple positions on defensive. I will bring positive energy to the team and a coachable guy.