Ryan Katz is one of the most intriguing QB prospects in the 2013 draft. A graduate student from Oregon State who transferred to San Diego State for one more year of college football to boost his stock, Katz had a fine year for the Aztecs in 2012, throwing for 1,348 yards, 13 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions, while completing 60% of his passes. Katz had a stellar sophomore year for the Beavers in 2010, throwing for 2,401 yards and 17 touchdowns. A wrist injury late in the 2010 season side-tracked his career however, until he finally landed at SDSU and picked up where he had left off. Now 100% healthy, the 6’1 210 pound Katz is quickly gaining the attention of NFL scouts. After training with former Pro Bowl QB Jeff Garcia in the off-season, Katz put on a great display at his Pro Day, and earned a private workout. You don’t hear a lot about him at the moment, but Katz very well could hear his name called late in the draft given his resume of a strong arm, a strong graduate season, and an ability to keep plays alive in the pocket. It was my pleasure to interview Ryan for NFL Draft Zone.
Shaun DePasquale: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today Ryan. Can you tell me where you’re training for the NFL Draft?
Ryan Katz: I trained at Test West in Carlsbad, CA with former NFL QB Jeff Garcia. It was a blessing.
SD: What do you feel are your strengths and things you may need to work on?
RK: I think my strengths are my arm strength, my ability to make all the throws. And I’d say I pocket mobility to move around within the pocket and keep a play alive. As far as things I need to work on, I’d say just get in the film room. Make quick decisions and hone my craft, keep getting better.
SD: How do you feel your time at Oregon State & San Diego State helped you prepare for the NFL?
RK: I ran similar offenses at Oregon State and San Diego State. Both were Pro-Style, downfield throws. I made all the throws in those offenses. It just helped to keep building on my game each year.
SD: What do you feel you bring to an NFL offense?
RK: I think I bring a strong arm. I process information well. Nowadays NFL teams like a mobile QB and I think I bring that to the table, just from the standpoint of being able to move inside the pocket and keep plays alive.
SD: Have you received any feedback from NFL scouts?
RK: I’ve talked to a handful of teams, and earned a private workout with the Philadelphia Eagles.
SD: Were you invited to any all-star games or combines?
RK: No, at that point of the off-season I wasn’t 100% healthy so that may have been a factor.
SD: Who was the toughest opponent you ever faced in college?
RK: I would say either TCU or Boise State in 2010 while I was at Oregon State.
SD: What has been your greatest accomplishment, athletically or personally ?
RK: Athletically I’d say earning a scholarship to a D1 school. Personally I’d say graduating with a business degree, and I’m on the verge of my Master’s degree so I’m pretty proud of that.
SD: If you could have dinner with any 3 people, living or otherwise, who would they be and why?
RK: John Wooden, Kobe Bryant and President Obama
SD: Give me the name of a teammate that doesn’t get nearly enough recognition.
RK: I’d say my WR at San Diego State Brice Butler. He was a transfer like myself (from USC) and got an opportunity with SDSU and made the most of it and played pretty well.
SD: What message would you like to send to NFL teams about Ryan Katz?
RK: I think I bring a lot to a team. I bring leadership. I treat it like a job. I’ll do what I have to do to get better as a player, and for my team.
SD: Last question, what would be your first purchase with an NFL paycheck?
RK: I don’t think I’d buy much of anything, I’d save it.
SD: Thank you so much for your time Ryan.. Good luck in your journey!
RK: Thank you for this opportunity.