Q & A with Saginaw DT Robert Callaway
April 20th, 2010 By Matt Elder
Robert Callaway hails from the GLIAC and was a key part of the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals defense. He is a massive DT prospect with lots of raw talent and room to grow. Robert is the kind of kid whose talent and potential are evident on tape. With time and good coaching, he will be capable of so much at the next level. Robert Callaway’s size and athletic ability make him a very intriguing prospect and one many hope to see get drafted by an NFL team.
Q: How did you end up at Saginaw Valley?
A: I ended up at Saginaw because during the time the recruiting process started, my mother had just come down with cancer. Saginaw gave me the opportunity to still play ball, go to school, but also stay close to home.
Q: Do you feel as though playing D-II Football, you head to the NFL with a chip on your shoulder?
A: It depends on how you look at it. I look at it as another opportunity. You can always just go somewhere and pick up somebody from some big-name school. When you fight from the bottom and make your way to the top, I feel like you get a certain level of respect from people around you.
Q: You played mostly in a 4-3; some teams see you as a potential 3-4 NT. Are you prepared to play the zero technique full time?
A: I'm prepared for anything like that. The nose is cool. I did it when we went into passing situations. If they need me at nose, then I'm going to work my hardest to be the best.
Q: When did you first think that this could seriously become a NFL career?
A: Honestly, it might have been after my junior pro day. I think I ran a 4.98 40, and the scouts that came where just talking to me and telling me what I needed to do to have an opportunity in the NFL.
Q: You were able to play in two all-star games, the East Coast Bowl, and the Cactus Bowl. Can you tell us what is was like and how you felt you matched up with your fellow all-stars?
A: It was pretty cool to me. You got to be with different players. You met up with some people you never would have met otherwise. It was an experience because it let you know what people were doing around the country at the lower levels.
Q: I know you did some OL drills at your pro day. Do you think you could transition to OL in the NFL, if asked?
A: I'm capable of doing whatever it is they need me to do, especially playing OL. OL might be a big transition. One thing that my coach taught me was that you’ve got to be able to adapt and adjust. A position change like that would be a big adjustment, but I feel if you are an athlete, you have to be able to adapt to any situation.
Q: One of the trends in football right now has been to go with an unbalanced line, or even to put a DT in as a FB on the goal line. Is that the kind of versatility you feel as though you could bring to the NFL, to play either side of the ball?
A: Oh yeah, definitely. One time in spring ball they threw me in at FB, but we never used the package during the season.
Q: Did they talk about giving you any carries?
A: Nah, but I had some pretty good blocks.
Q: Were you happy with your pro day, overall?
A: At my GLIAC Pro Day, I was happy with my times and everything, but the bench was the last thing I did. So when I went to the Michigan State Pro Day, I really wanted to fix my bench numbers. I did it, and I was just happy to get the opportunity to fix it.
Q: What has been the defining moment of your career?
A: My team and I saying that after we didn’t make the playoffs my junior year, we were going to make the playoffs next year, and then we did it. I enjoy the team camaraderie, and it’s one of the best parts of the game for me.
Q: Fill in the blank: Robert Callaway brings _____ to an NFL team.
A: I bring attitude. When it comes to coaching or anything, if you ask me to do something I'm going to do it, no questions asked. As far as on the field, I may not talk the whole game, but I guarantee you that I'm wearing that guard and that center down.
Q: What is your biggest strength?
A: Take off and the power that I bring off the first step.
Q: Who were some of the players you admired growing up that you pattern your game after now?
A: Easily Warren Sapp and Reggie White. And the one that’s in the league right now, Pat Williams.
Q: What was your playing weight, and what is your current weight?
A: At the end of the season, I was around 315. At the Cactus Bowl, I was about 330. Right now I'm about 320. The thing is that my weight fluctuates, but I have it under control, as of right now.
Q: Are you trying to stay around 315-320?
A: I’d say 315, especially if I get into a rookie camp, so I can be a little light and in better shape.
Q: What teams have shown some interest in you so far?
A: I haven’t had any workouts yet, but as far as I know, the Jags, Cardinals, Colts, Browns, and I want to say the Packers have all shown interest.
Q: Do you feel as though when you get into the NFL you’re going to go out there to prove yourself?
A: I wouldn’t even say that will be it. Obviously, making it proves something, but I don’t want to just be a roster filler. I want to be a part of a team. I want to be one of those players that when you are drawing up a game plan for a defense, my name comes up.
-Callaway earned the nickname “Big Saginaw” after his measurements and times at the Cactus Bowl, thanks to his massive size and incredible athletic ability.
-In addition to the teams Callaway mentioned above, the Dolphins, and Raiders have shown interest in him.
-Currently, Callaway is seen as a 6th to 7th Round prospect by some teams. If he is not picked that weekend there is no doubt that he will be signed to a UDFA contract.
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