Temple DE/OLB John Youboty is an intriguing prospect for teams looking for a smart, knowledgeable player that can project as either a DE or OLB, depending upon the scheme you run. Youboty, at 6’4, 250 pounds, had a fantastic senior season for the Owls, with 42 tackles, and 5 sacks. He displays a good bull rush, holding his ground and not getting pushed back, and he can fight through traffic and find the ball-carrier. I think he definitely has a future in the NFL as a pass-rusher, and it was my pleasure to interview John for NFL Draft Zone.
Shaun DePasquale: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today John. Can you tell me where you’re training for the NFL Draft?
John Youboty: I’m training at Test New Jersey, and at Temple (University).
SD: What do you feel are your strengths and things you may need to work on?
JY: My strengths would be my understanding of the game, my football I.Q. I have a knack for techniques and game-situations. Things I need to work on would be all aspects of the position. Getting bigger, stronger, faster, and smarter.
SD: How do you feel your time at Temple helped you prepare for the NFL?
JY: Having the opportunity to follow some players that have made it to the NFL, like Muhammed Wilkerson really helped me. These guys come back to school and tell us what to expect, what to work on etc. Give us pointers for the next level.
SD: What do you feel you bring to an NFL team?
JY: Diversity. I can play DE in a 4/3 or OLB in a ¾. I can play special teams. I’m smart and bring a great knowledge of the game.
SD: Have you received any feedback from NFL scouts?
JY: They have spoken to my agent, but I haven’t heard much of anything.
SD: Were you invited to any all-star games?
JY: Yes sir, I was invited to the Texas vs Nation All Star Game and it was a great experience. There were a lot of scouts there, more than I anticipated, and I think it helped me a lot.
SD: What has been your greatest accomplishment, athletically or personally ?
JY: It would be getting my degree in December. It’s a real blessing and I don’t take that for granted.
SD: Who was the toughest player you ever faced in college?
JY: I’d say 2 guys: my former teammate RB Bernard Pierce, and Cincinnati TE Travis Kelce.
SD: If you could have dinner with any 3 people, living or otherwise, who would they be and why?
JY: Tupac Shakur, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr.
SD: Give me the name of a teammate that doesn’t get nearly enough recognition.
JY: Our RB/KR Matt Brown/ He’s a tough player, does anything asked of him, and he’s very smart.
SD: What message would you like to send to NFL teams about John Youboty?
JY: Whichever team gets me is getting a highly intelligent player who understands the ins and outs of defense. I’m a hard worker, I’ll do whatever they need me to do and play whatever position they want me to play.
SD: Last question, what would be your first purchase with an NFL paycheck?
JY: I don’t know what I’ll buy but I’ll put at least 70% of it in the bank, and not touch it.
SD: Thank you so much for your time John. Good luck in your journey!
JY: Thank you.