Portland State, T / G
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Mitchell Van Dyk, a 6-9, 290-pound right tackle from Paso Robles, CA, was a three-year starter on the Viking offensive line. He was part of a unit that led the Viking offense to school records of 6,486 total yards, 3,330 rushing yards, a 277.7 rushing average, 540.5 total offense average and 36 rushing touchdowns. PSU ranked third in the nation in total offense and rushing offense. Van Dyk and his mates have also been among the nation's leaders in fewest sacks allowed over the last three seasons. Van Dyk earned Honorable Mention All-Big Sky last year on a talented line which helped the Vikings to 16th in the nation in rushing and total offense. He has become one of the top players on the team for the Vikings.
C2P - What is your best quality at your position?
MVD - My best quality at left and right offensive tackle would have to be my footwork and my hands. I have long arms and my hands are fast and very strong. My footwork, my hand placement and hand usage are very good for my height.
C2P - What type of offense/defense did you play mostly in college?
MVD - At Portland State, we mostly ran the Pistol Offensive. We ran a lot of zone read runs with some passing situations on longs downs. We were around 60 percent run to 40 percent pass. We also ran Jet protection when it came to passing situations.
C2P - What part of your game goes most unnoticed or what abilities are in you that haven’t been revealed yet?
MVD - I think the part of my game that goes the most unnoticed is that I play with really good pad level. Even though sometimes on film it can seem and look like I am playing with high pad level, I am a lot lower than most of the other linemen around me. I have really good flexibility especially for my height and sometimes I think that can go unnoticed when looking at my game film. There are a few abilities that have not been revealed yet but I would have to say that my footwork and hand placement when I play have been a work in progress. I can always improve my hands and also improve my footwork throughout my career, training and my future.
C2P -What will be your biggest adjustment moving forward?
MVD - My biggest adjustment for the future will be to get my mind and body right. I need to alter my body and many features of my game on the field. I will need to learn more of the game inside and out on both sides of the ball as well as become more knowledgeable of the game and the scheme of defenses. Gaining more mental strength will allow me to become physically stronger as well.
C2P - What pro player would you remind us most of with your style of play?
MVD - If I had to choose one professional player in the NFL it would have to be Joe Staley of the San Francisco 49er’s. He is a player who is from a small school and has made a huge impact in the NFL. He is a player when I watch him, never takes a play off and he always have that mentality that no one in front of him is better or is going to play harder than him. That is exactly how I see myself when I play.
C2P - How many positions can you play or have played?
MVD - Throughout my football career I have played four different positions. In high school I played tight end and defensive end until I reached my senior year. Since then I have played both right and left tackle both in high school and throughout my college career.
C2P - Any all-star invites and if yes have you accepted the invite?
MVD - Yes there are a few invites that I have received. The National Bowl is one of the invites for an all-star game that I was invited too but have not accepted. Other invites have been sent but I am unaware of the details and which exact all-star games. My head coach and position coach know these details.
C2P - What teams in the NFL fit your style the best?
MVD - There are a few teams that run a program in a similar fashion to my strengths. But at this point, until I get out there, I can’t say exactly where I fit in yet.
C2P - What makes you stand out? All players are hungry and talented? Why you? Why should teams take a deep look at you as an NFL Prospect?
MVD - My work ethic on and off the field is what makes me stand out. I am one of those guys who pushes despite the play, the pain or the situation. I may stand out on the field due to my size and strength but when you get down to how I play, it’s aggressive, and I play through the whistle. I am a silent leader, and throughout my college career, I made my presence known not by my voice but by what I do on the field. I am a reliable person both with my team and in my personal life. When I set a goal for myself, I go after full force. No matter the obstacles that have crossed my path, I overcome them, and never give up. I am a true family man and my team is my family. I would do anything for them and a win.
C2P - What other schools showed interest in your leaving high school?
MVD - Just a few other schools showed interest in me. Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo), Sacramento State, Dartmouth, and the Citadel.
C2P - If you are small school prospect. Why do you feel you slipped through the cracks coming out of high school?
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C2P - Have you ever been arrested or have a criminal record?
MVD - When I was 13, I was put on the diversion plan due to an incident at school. I would be more than willing to talk about this further if there are any concerns.
C2P - Where you a team captain in college?
MVD - No I was not a team captain in college.
C2P - Have you ever belonged to a gang?
MVD - No I have never belonged to any gang in my life.
C2P - How many games did you miss due to injury (College)?
MVD - I only missed one game due to injury in my college career. This one game was against North Dakota my junior season on September 8, 2012 due to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in my right big toe.
C2P - How many games did you start?
MVD - I started a total 33 games in my college football career.
C2P – What’s your 40 time, vertical jump, and short shuttle?