Hot Prospect Q&A: Rich Bedesem
Question: Tell me about your versatility at the linebacker position, which positions do you have experience at?
Rich Bedesem: In high school and my first year at Virginia, we ran a 4-3 and I played middle linebacker and I also played outside linebacker both that year and in high school. Then when coach Groh came in we ran a 3-4 and I played the middle position. I feel like any system in the NFL I can get down pretty quickly and playing all those positions gives me the versatility to play in any kind of defense.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your skill level against the run…
RB: I feel like I can read plays pretty good. I feel like I can step up into the hole and shut it down quick just by recognizing the play.
Q: Have you ever had to use any version of the cover 2, where you have a gap assignment?
RB: Yes, in our 3-4 defense our cover 2 had one gap to start with and when the ball moves your gap moves. So we did play a gap control defense.
Q: What do you think scouts would say about your ability in pass coverage?
RB: Looking back, I had a couple of interceptions in my career. I feel like I defended the pass pretty good and I got better each year with it.
Q: Did you have a Pro Day workout?
RB: Yes, I worked out at Virginia's Pro Day this year. I thought it went pretty good, I'm not positive about all my times. Some people had me in the high 4.6's or low 4.7's for the 40. I did 20 reps on the bench and had a pretty good position workout. I felt like I showed I can play.
Q: Did any scouts from a particular team show interest or ask you some questions?
RB: I didn't talk to any; there were some teams that requested tapes that my agent sent out. I think it was the Eagles, Browns and Steelers.
Q: What would you want pro teams to know about you as a person?
RB: That I'm willing to give everything. No matter what my role on the team is, I'm there to help them win. Whether it be special teams, inside or outside linebacker, 3-4 or 4-3…whatever they need.
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