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Mike Strachan: 2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview Series

  • The Draft Network
  • February 12, 2021
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The 2019 NFL Draft featured a small school pass rusher by the name of John Cominsky. Cominsky saw his draft stock skyrocket thanks to a big performance at the Senior Bowl. 

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Mike Strachan, a wide receiver that played alongside Cominsky at Charleston.

Cominsky was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round despite being a D-II prospect. He helped put Charleston on the NFL draft map. Cominsky wasn’t just drafted, he’s proven that he belongs at this level and remains with the Falcons today. 

Strachan is a towering prospect at 6-foot-5 that features great speed for his size. Here, I caught up with him to discuss how Cominsky’s success created some much-welcomed attention for Charleston, which areas of his game he is best known for, and how he’s preparing for the 2021 draft.

JM: For those of our readers who are maybe still getting familiar with you, how would you describe your skill set?

MS: I have a lot of size and speed. I definitely use my speed to my advantage. I also run track, so my speed is just a natural ability that I have.

JM: Tell us more about your track background. It’s rare to see a receiver at your size that also features some good speed to his game.

MS: I’ve been playing football and running track my whole life. Coming from The Bahamas, I’ve been playing both sports since I was a young child. I started running track and playing football in elementary school and I continued to participate in both sports in college as well. I was able to achieve a couple of track awards coming out of college. I was the 200-meter and 400-meter MEC Champion. I won both awards in back-to-back years. That was a great accomplishment for me.

JM: That’s great. This has been such a difficult period in time. Charleston didn’t have a fall season due to the ongoing pandemic. You’ve had a lot of time to prepare for the NFL draft. What do you think is the biggest challenge you’ve encountered over the past few months?

MS: It sucks right now. We’re not having the combine this year. Most things are happening virtually. It’s definitely going to be a different process this year. I wish that I had the opportunity to get in front of these scouts and meet them face-to-face. Having virtual conversations just isn’t the same. But I’m not special, we’re all going through this together. I’m gonna ride the wave and do what I have to do virtually. I enjoy the face-to-face interactions.

JM: I totally get that. Tell us a little bit about how you ended up at Charleston in the first place.

MS: I went to high school at Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Virginia. Charleston came to watch me play and they recruited me. I took a visit and I loved it. I loved the coaches. Here we are today.

JM: What’s your favorite part about playing the wide receiver position?

MS: I love the toughness of it. I get to make big plays that help my team win games. That’s my favorite part of being a receiver.

JM: You played alongside current Atlanta Falcons defensive linemen John Cominsky at Charleston. I feel like him getting drafted helped put Charleston on the map. It was a big deal for the program. He speaks very highly of you. What was your relationship like with him, and what’s your take on what he did for the program?

MS: That’s a great guy right there. He worked incredibly hard. He was always somebody that we looked up to as a teammate, both on and off the field. When it comes to academics, he was great in the classroom. He never showed up late to class. He was never late for a workout. He’s just that type of guy. He was always such a great, positive role model for the rest of us. I have a good relationship with him. He’s a bit older than me so I looked up to him. I learned a lot from him. He helped me become a better student-athlete. He taught me things about time management, which is such an underrated skill as a college athlete.

JM: I love that. As you go through this process over the next few months, you’re going to get labeled as a “small school guy” at some point. Analysts are going to say it, scouts are going to ask about the lack of competition at Charleston. It’s inevitable. It happens every year. Cominsky went through the same thing. How do you plan to respond?

MS: Like my coach always says, the only difference between them and us is the logo on the helmet. I took that and I ran with it. Honestly, nobody can tell me that I‘m not the best receiver in this draft. I really do feel that way. No matter what school the other prospects went to, I’m just that confident in myself.

JM: I respect the confidence. I’ve really appreciated your time today, Mike. In closing, why should an NFL team use one of their draft picks on Mike Strachan?

MS: A team definitely wouldn’t regret spending one of their draft picks on me. I’m a big-time player that makes big-time plays. I’m always going to show up on the big stage. I’m definitely the best receiver in this class. I 100% believe that.

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