Illinois State Teddy Corwin had one of the most successful runs at defensive end in school history.
Although his senior season in 2015 was hampered by a broken foot, the 6-foot-5, 260-lb. St. Louis native still earned a Second-Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection last year. In 2014, he racked up a career-high 98 tackles (including a team-high 12.5 tackles-for-loss) while ranked third on the team with 7.5 sacks. Those numbers, plus a team-tying three interceptions, helped him garner a First-Team All-Conference spot.
The versatility of Corwin — originally recruited as a tight end before being moved to the defensive line — could see him picked up as an undrafted free agent.
What are you up to these days now that all the pre-Draft workouts are over?
I’ve been back home since after the ISU Pro Day (March 23) and been working out trying to get into actual football shape and get ready for Rookie Camp.
How’s the Draft process been for you?
It’s been good, a little stressful but nothing I’m not used to. I talked to a bunch of guys who I played with throughout the years about what to expect so I had a pretty good idea of what was gonna happen.
Who are a few of the guys you’ve been talking to? What advice have they given you?
I’ve talked to James O’Shaughnessy, Cam Meredith, Mike Liedtke – just some of the guys playing in the league right now who I played with. They told me some of the same stuff you’ve been hearing for years. Just stay calm, don’t take anything too seriously, just wait for it all to fall in place.
What would be your selling point to make me want to draft you?
I would tell them that you’re getting a very versatile player. Obviously I want to play defense, that’s what I played at ISU, but I feel I can go play offense and special teams. I can get after the passer on defense, I can stop the run, I’m a playmaker I like to say. If they were to take a chance on me, they’d be getting a very versatile player.
You were recruited to play tight end at ISU. Would you rather play tight end or defensive end?
Defense definitely. Tight end that’s just a thought. If a team needed me to play tight end, I could go play tight end, I played that in high school and my redshirt year at ISU. I’m pretty comfortable with that position, but I’d be much more comfortable playing defense.
Let’s say you get picked up as a defensive end, what scheme would fit best for you?
From what I’ve been hearing from my agent, a 4-3 defense.
If you had the choice, what team would you most want to play for?
Well I would say the Rams because I’m from St. Louis, but since they’re gone I don’t even know. Any team that would be willing to take a chance on me, I’d be happy to play for.
What’s your plan if you get picked up as an undrafted free agent?
Just go in there and show them that I can stick with that competition. I mean my plan’s not just to get picked up and get cut. I fully plan that if I do get picked up, making the team either on a practice squad or a 53-man roster. I don’t want to just go in there and get cut, I want to be in the league for awhile. I would go in there, and show them that I can go make plays and dominate even though it is at the next level with a higher level of competition than I’m used to playing at the FCS level.
Shifting to ISU football, the defense is losing a lot with the departures of you, David Perkins, Pat Meehan, Alex Donnelly and Josh Burch. How are they going to replace that production?
The defensive line, personally, I think is gonna be really good. They have a lot of young guys but they have a lot of talent so I think they’ll be alright. It’s really the same with the linebackers and defensive backs – there’s a lot of young guys but a lot of talent and experience back there
Who are a couple of guys for Redbird fans to watch in 2016?
On the defensive line, look out for Dalton Keene he’s gonna have a breakout year. I’d be very surprised if he didn’t. [Nathan] Iloilo he’s a hard worker, he’s gonna be pretty good. And then Donavin O’Day he’s coming back from an ACL injury but he probably would have played last year if that hadn’t happened. I think those three will have pretty good seasons.