Brock Hekking, Nevada
2015 NFL Draft Prospect
6’4″/255 pounds, DE/OLB
Career: 2011-2014: 52 games, 186 tackles (34.5 TFL), 22.5 sacks, 1 INT, 4 FF.
*2-time 2nd Team All Mountain West (2012, 2014)
*1st Team All Mountain West (2013)
*2013 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of Week (Week 4 vs. Hawaii: 8 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2 FF, 2 PD, 1 INT in 31-9 win)
Nevada Wolf Pack’s NFL hopeful Brock Hekking competed in the Medal of Honor Bowl on Saturday January 10, 2015 in Charleston, SC. The Second Team All-Mountain West member recorded 3 total tackles (1.0 TFL), 1.0 sack and a pass break-up for the National defensive unit in the game.
He then went on to play for the American squad in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, CA this past Saturday. The two teams were coached by former NFL head coaches Mike Holmgren and Mike Martz. In the game, Hekking recorded two tackles (0.5 TFL) and a QB hit.
A few days ago he took the time to speak with us here at All-Out Blitz regarding his collegiate career at Nevada and how he hopes to translate his game to the NFL level. There’s also a mention in there regarding his signature mullet, of course:
All-Out Blitz: Coming out of High School you were not a highly recruited prospect, did that give you extra motivation as a player?
Brock Hekking: “Absolutely, through my college career I always had that chip on my shoulder, and had something to prove to everyone.”
AOB: What was the biggest change from High School to D-1 football?
Hekking: “Honestly, that summer before we moved into the dorms, we were doing workouts and I was living with senior DE Dontay Moch (2011 third round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals). He is a freak athlete, so working out with him I realized that I have to step up my game adjust to the speed. I tried to learn as much from him as possible.”
AOB: Who, if anyone, do you model your game after?
Hekking: “It is a mixture of Jared Allen and Clay Matthews III. I like the way they play and how proficient they are at the way they play the game. I try and learn as much by watching them play.”
AOB: What was your greatest moment during your collegiate at Nevada, and why?
Hekking: “Probably the first game I started in 2012 at California. We went down there and it was where I collected my first college sack and we also won the game (31-24). Also the game this year vs. Washington State where we had a mullet-out, fans wore blue mullet wigs. Both were great moments.”
AOB: How do you feel your game translates to the NFL?
Hekking: “It is the effort I put out on the field. I’m 100%, every play, all-out. I can be used on special teams, an end in a 4-3, or a stand up rusher in a 3-4. I feel my versatility as an athlete is really what will transition over to the NFL. Anywhere they put me is okay because it’s about getting on the field and showing what I can do.”
AOB: How do you think College All-Star games help during the draft season?
Hekking: “First of all, it’s a great chance to have one-on-one interviews with scouts, so they can get to know you better as a player and person. Second you get to compete with the best talent and showcase your skills, everyone is out here to prove their worth and there’s lots of competition. I know that every rep vs. a player, you know they are going hard because their goal is the same as your goal to put forth full effort.”
Be sure to follow along with Hekking on his journey throughout the pre-draft process by following him on Twitter: @B_Hekking.
Photo: Nevada Wolf Pack Football Website