2012 NFL Draft: Ouachita Baptist University Tight End Phillip Supernaw

Scott Bischoff@@Bischoff_ScottCorrespondent IIApril 7, 2012

Phillip Supernaw is a throwback, old-school tight end from Ouachita Baptist University.  He is the kind of tight end that can do it all.  At his recent pro day on March 15, he measured in at 6’5” and 242 pounds.  Supernaw is a very versatile football player who can help an offense in multiple ways.

I talked to him after his pro day workout and we discussed his time in college and his future in the NFL.  He was very knowledgeable about the tight end position and he was very friendly.  I enjoyed talking to him.

We talked about his pro day results and he felt he had a really good workout.  He ran a 4.69-second 40-yard dash.  His vertical jump was 32 1/2” and his broad jump was 9’2”.  He put up 18 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press.  His short shuttle time was 4.6 seconds and three-cone drill time was 7.1 seconds.

Supernaw was All-Conference for three of his four years at college.  Ouachita Baptist was a member of the Gulf South Conference through 2010 and in 2011 they became members of the Great American Conference.

I asked how he felt about winning the individual awards. 

“It was obviously a cool thing.  It’s nice to go home at the end of the day and just get to see you’ve accomplished something.” 

He told me that he was a team guy and wasn’t one of those guys that just looks too heavy into individual things. 

“My senior year we won the Great American Conference championship and that to me trumps it all.”

His favorite moment was winning the Great American Conference championship with his teammates. 

“It was kind of the pinnacle of all, you know, something that you work on for four years, and we finally won the ring is what we always talk about.  We finally did it.  So that was kind of the best moment, pinnacle of it all.”

We talked about the NFL and his future there.  We talked about his strengths and the things he could offer to an NFL team. 

“I feel like I can offer lots of things.  The main thing for me is my work ethic.” 

He told me that he felt that his work ethic was a great quality on and off the field and that his teammates feed off of that.

He added, “I’m an old-school tight end.  I can do the old vicious, you know, on-line blocking, but you know, I can also go out and catch a pass, and I think that versatility can help out the team too.”

He told me that if he had to pick one thing to be the strength it would be his hands. 

“I consider myself to have great hands.  That’s catching the ball and, you know, hand placement blocking.  I think it helps me a lot, and just my hands are probably the best part of my game overall.”

I asked if there was a part of his game that he had been told he needed to work on. 

He said, “What I’ve been told I need to work on the most is getting in and out of breaks.” 

He said that he needed get quicker and that was the main thing.

He told me that he loved the way that Jason Witten played for the Dallas Cowboys.  He said that he models his game after Witten and that he has been told that he is like Witten.  He described Witten as a guy who “doesn’t just do one thing great.  He does all things well.”

I asked if he could deliver a message to the fans of the team that drafts him, what would it be?

“I pride myself on kind of being that old-school guy that everyone just loves to watch.  Not only that, but I’m really one of those guys that enjoys helping out in the community and enjoys doing community events and things like that.”  He added, “I think I could bring a lot to a program and let’s hope I get there.”

Supernaw is the kind of guy that can make it in the NFL because not only is he is athletically talented, but he is driven to succeed.  He has a great attitude about life and football’s role in his life and he is the perfect guy to have in the locker room.  I hope he gets there too.

Scott Bischoff is a Contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.


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