Brandon Schindler played college football at Bemidji State, a small school in Minnesota that most of you probably have never heard of. The only NFL player from that school to ever take a snap was Brian Leonhart. Over his career, Schindler turned into a dominant starter for the Beavers. He helped lead BSU’s potent offense, which scored 35.3 points per game and recorded 202.5 rushing yards per game, both good for third in the Northern Sun Conference. The Beavers finished 8-3 in 2017, second in the conference. He also started 34 consecutive games to end his career and was an NSIC all-conference player for two straight seasons. Now, let’s get into the interview with FPC Colts editor Ben Pfeifer.
Pfeifer: We all know how stressful the pre-draft process can be. How was that process for you? What was your favorite memory and what were your expectations heading into the draft?
Schindler: My most favorite memory of the whole process was definitely getting the call from my agent saying that I have been invited to Colts minicamp. Overall, the process went better than expected. I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into the draft, being in this situation is new to me. I wanted more than anything to get the phone call.
Pfeifer: What would you consider your greatest strength that will help you thrive on the NFL level?
Schindler: My greatest strength that will help me thrive at this level is my toughness. Not just physical toughness but also mental toughness. I also believe in having great technique. That is the one thing I always worked on every day before practice and games.
Pfeifer: The Colts are looking to build a culture of toughness; that’s great to hear. On the flip side, what is your biggest weakness that you will need to improve on in the NFL?
Schindler: I believe my feet could always be improved. I have done a lot of training to increase my quickness and it is continually being improved every day.
Pfeifer: You come from a small school, Bemidji State, that most probably haven’t heard of. Only one player from Bemidji State has ever played an NFL snap. How does that impact the way you think about your journey to the NFL and does it give you extra motivation to succeed?
Schindler: It makes me appreciate the experience so much more. I am motivated to prove to people that just because you are at a small school doesn’t mean you can’t still pursue your dream. You just need to put in the time and effort. You will only go as far as you let yourself.
Pfeifer: As an offensive lineman for the Colts, you are tasked with the all-important job of protecting Andrew Luck. How do you think your pass blocking ability will translate to the NFL?
Schindler: I have a lot of confidence in my pass blocking. I always watch videos on Joe Thomas and all of his hand movements. I know that if I have good technique with a solid punch, I know for sure I can win the battle. I take pride in keeping my quarterback safe.
Pfeifer: Last question, have you talked to any of the other Colts rookies or minicamp invitees?
Schindler: I have not thus far but I am very excited to get out there and compete with all of the talented athletes that will be there. Go Colts!
Pfeifer: Thank you so much for your time!
Schindler: Thank you for the opportunity. Can’t wait to get out there and work.
We at FPC Colts wish the best for Brandon, no matter where his NFL journey takes him.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_, @FPC_NBA and @FPC_Colts.