2011 NFL Draft interview: Joe Torchia

February 19, 2011 by

Thanks once again to Shawn Smith and XAM Sports for giving me the opportunity to interview another 2011 NFL Draft prospect. Joe Torchia, tight end from the University of Virginia. Joe didn’t have a tremendous career at Virginia but that was due in large part to a shoulder injury which ended his senior season abruptly. He totaled 263 receiving yards and two touchdowns in two years at Virginia. He was known more for being a blocking tight end that a receiving one, being both defensive end and tight end coming out of high school.

Lars Hanson:

How hard was it to play only four games your senior year due to your shoulder injury?

Joe Torchia:

It was extremely difficult to have to sit on the sideline watching my teammates play knowing how hard I worked to get healthy to be able to help our team be successful and win. Putting in all those long hours of rehab and workouts in the off season and then not being able to play more than four games during your senior season is something I had to struggle with but through continued work I hope to be able to help a team in the NFL be successful in any way that I can.

Lars Hanson:

Going back to 2006, what made you chose Virginia over Maryland, Boston College and Duke?

Joe Torchia:

Virginia had a very unique appeal for me. Not only is it one of the top academic institutions in the country but it also provided a place where I could grow as a football player.

Lars Hanson:

What have you taken away during your time at the University of Virginia?

Joe Torchia:

Along with a degree from one of the most respected institutions in the country, I was able to take with me a great knowledge of the game of football as well as bonds with my teammates that will never be broken.

Lars Hanson:

Where is your health right now going into the draft process?

Joe Torchia:

I am in great health. Dr. Andrews did a amazing job repairing my shoulder. I have been rehabbing every day and am happy to say that my shoulder has fully recovered. I am just excited to have the opportunity to show others how hard I’ve worked to get to where I am.

Lars Hanson:

Favorite game/moment for you at Virginia?

Joe Torchia:

Scoring my first touchdown against Duke is my most memorable moment at UVa. Catching the ball, breaking through a tackle and diving into the end zone in front of 64,000 fans is something that stays with you. Getting up off of the grass and looking around seeing all of your teammates running towards you wanting to celebrate your first TD is a great feeling.

Lars Hanson:

With the recent style of tight ends in the NFL what parts of your game do you see transitioning best into the NFL?

Joe Torchia:

I believe that my ability to block and capture the edge is of great importance especially with this growing trend of double tight sets.

Lars Hanson:

An NFL scout comes up to you and says I want to spend a third-round pick on you. IF he were to ask you how to justify that what would you say?

Joe Torchia:

I would simply state that I am a hard working and dedicated player who devotes everything to the success of the team. I like to consider myself a low maintenance player, meaning I do what I’m supposed to do, when I’m supposed to do it, without having to have someone looking over my shoulder.

Lars Hanson:

What kind of coach was Mike London?

Joe Torchia:

He was a passionate coach who brought new excitement to the team.

Lars Hanson:

If you could pick any NFL team to draft you where would you want to go and why?

Joe Torchia:

Growing up I was always a Jets fan. My family would always sit down together to watch the games and eat a bunch of food every Sunday. But I would love to play for any team that thinks that I will have a positive impact for them.

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    11 Responses to “2011 NFL Draft interview: Joe Torchia”
    • bob villegas says:

      seeing the highlights on espn and being at the games gives you alot different look at what kind of potential a player has. you know in the late rounds of the nfl draft it is always a gamble. joe torchia is worth the gamble he is a solid player on a bad team. anyone who saw the game on sept 11th 2010 against usc saw the many opportunities virginia had to get him the ball and that game could have put the virginia program on the map. after seeing the game live and watching his every move their is no doubt in my mind he can play in the nfl. if i was a g.m. in the nfl this kid would be on my radar and well worth drafting. he can prove himself in anyones camp. he just needs the opportunity to get there. He dominated the people from usc on every down and if virginia got him the ball more in that game the outcome would have been different get a copy of the game film look at the many times he was open and never got the ball. i would have used him alot different than al groh, or mike london. look at the games he played his senior season and look at the offense without him this will tell you what kind of impact he had on the virginia offense. Joe’s playing days are far from over i know there is a place for him in the nfl and want to wish him good luck in the draft you know someone will draft him it is just a matter of what round.

    • Lars Hanson says:

      Bob: I completley agree with you, between the third and sixth rounds I can see Joe going to a team mid-round and having an impact in both the pass and run game. He’s not the worlds greatest receiving tight end however if a team gives him the ball 2-5 times a game he can make a significant impact.

      I think had Joe been there his entire senior season Virginia would have done a lot better.

    • I think that Joe will do good in the NFL,He will help a team because in nfl u need a good blocking tight end to help quarterback from getting hit to many times.

    • Lars Hanson says:

      Gino: Yeah, Chicago would be a good example of a team that uses a 2-TE set, one blocking and one receiving. Several others could take a look at Joe and I believe he’ll have a good chance to go in the mid 3-5 range (round).

    • brady denvers says:

      Blocking tight end is one of the most underrated positions in football.

    • Lars Hanson says:

      Brady: I agree

    • Seth Burke says:

      I have watched this young man since he came to UVa. His ability is much greater then you think, he CAN CATCH as well as block. He has great hands and mindset for the game. It’s unfortunate for him that he was caught in our system during a terrible time. With all our constant staff coaching changes and style of offense changes what player would be able to succeed. We had no absolutely no OC or QB that would even slightly make our offense look good. Our best receivers even had poor numbers. I hope Torchia gets the chance to prove himself because I truely believe he is one of the best all around TE’s out there and has all the tools to be one of the greats. Best of luck and I hope someone give you that shot at greatness.

    • George Cheng says:

      Besides what you see on the football field, Joe is a nice, smart and humble guy. He will certainly be a low maintenance, low drama kind of a player that a team can count on to stay out of trouble and project a positive image for the league. Joe is very coachable and will always be a team player. I think the NFL could use a lot more guys like him.

    • Lars Hanson says:

      Seth: Yeah I agree 100% with you that had he been in lets say a USC offense or an offense that fits Joe’s style of blocking AND catching that he’d be a second or third round projection instead of 5-7.

      George: Yeah when I talked with Joe I could tell that he was a cool headed kid that doesn’t care about being a icon or wanting the dollars or individual success. He just wants to win.

    • Avoid the Noid says:

      I don’t know Joe personally, but I went to school with his brother Nick, and if they are anything alike, he is just what the NFL needs. A low maintanence, humble player who will concentrate on doing whats best for the team. I wish him luck.

    • DEAN PRESTO says:

      I had the chance to coach Joe Torchia “aka TORSH aka THE DOCTOR” in HS at QuEEN OF PEACE. He is both physical and athletic enough to create a mismatch on a smaller type of corner. He is 6 foot 6 and 260 lbs.He can create some great mismatches. I look foward to watching him play on Sundays.National Honor Society and is a very smart Football player. Good luck Joe
      Thanks for the memories
      Coach Presto

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