2004 Draft Prospect Interview: Drew Strojny

Drew Strojny, an offensive lineman from Wrentham, Mass., was one of Duke's team captains in 2002 and 2003. Twice earning Duke's Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award honors, Strojny started in 43 consecutive games to finish out his collegiate career. Now Strojny, the 6-foot-7 behemoth, heads to the combines to prepare for the 2004 NFL Draft.

The NFL has been known to find gems from the littlest of schools from Tuskegee to Pine Bluff. In terms of football, Duke can be considered one of those schools. With a famed basketball team, the Duke football program has often been an afterthought. That doesn't mean there aren't gems to uncover and their lack of a quality program in terms of wins is not a detriment says Strojny.

"Some people might say that. The NFL will find you wherever you go. They are not bipartisan to where you go to school, they just want to see how you play football."

North Carolina State's, Florida State's and Virginia's of the world.

He has played against the big boys and come out on top. Part of the reason claims Strojny is his increased aggressiveness on the field. Rating himself an eight Strojny says, "I think I played a lot more aggressive this year as opposed to my first couple of years and last year. I picked it up as I have gone along."

It was an important step for the 2004 NFL Draftee in training. Scouts had questioned his demeanor on the field in the past and limited his ceiling because of it. One scout told us he has "gotten tremendously better".

His height, coupled with his agility make him an ideal offensive tackle prospect. Strojny manned the left tackle spot for the Blue Devils.

Despite not receiving any post-season conference accolades, Strojny might have been Duke's beat player over the last few seasons. He should, in all likelihood, be Duke's first NFL draft pick since Lennie Friedman in 1999.

With a timed forty at 5-flat, Strojny makes good use of his feet to turn aside charging defensive ends. It is why he claims to be better in pass protection than run blocking.

"Pass protection," Strojny confirms. "I have really good feet and really good hands for someone my size and that really helps me pass block a lot better."

Strojny also admitted to working on his forty time saying he was, "trying to clean it up to get the best (forty) time possible while working on all the different drills we are going to be doing (at the combines)."

He has also put on weight in an effort to compete with the larger forces at work in the NFL. Having played at around the 300 mark, Strojny is now hovering comfortably at 321. His plan was to maintain that weight as he prepared to be weighed in at the combines.

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