"Inspirationally," Rasmussen says of the help his brother has given him. "He has made it. He is there. Not so much giving tips, just pushing me along."
The 6-4 defensive tackle that has also played some defensive end is
known for his run stuffing ability. In fact, he cites run stopping among his
strengths saying, "It is what I do."
He admits he is not a pass rusher.
He prefers, instead, to get everyone else the glory.
"I just try and
press the pocket," Rasmussen said. "I played a lot of nose tackle this past year
and just tried to face up the quarterback and try to take away the scramble
lanes. Just be where I need to be so that I can help other guys get sacks."
The stout man in the middle. Every team needs the type of grinder he is.
Weighing in at 305, he plans to stay at that weight. It is similar to what he
played at and gives him the best feel. His plan is to work on his speed,
strength and endurance in anticipation of his Pro Day on March 23.
starter since the tail end of his freshman year, Kyle Rasmussen was relegated to
a situational role in '03. This after he led the defensive line in tackles for
the second year in a row with 49 tackles, 19 over the last three games, as a
junior while also being credited with four QB hits.
"I played a lot and
started a lot," Rasmussen said. "I played in a lot of big games and performed
well in big games. I am hoping that helps me out. I think I have some pretty
good game film. I have to perform when pro day comes around and my game film
should help me out."
His collegiate career was marred slightly when he
missed spring drills. People started to question his heart. The word was he
missed several weeks, but Rasmussen says that is not the case.
missed one week of workouts. I made all those up and it was a bigger thing than
it was made out to be."
Scouts will have their questions on what they
perceive to be true. They may demand to see more out of Rasmussen because of
those preconceived notions. Therefore, Rasmussen may have a lot to prove.
"I don't know so much prove, but there are things I want to show them. I
want to show them I can run a 5.0 forty. I want to show them that I am strong
and have good speed."
2004 Draft Prospect Interview: Kyle Rasmussen
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