Scott Porter recently chatted with Western Michigan’s Phil Swanson regarding the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft.

Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?

Phil Swanson: I feel that my greatest strengths are my experience. I was a 4 year starter here at Western Michigan. I have a great knowledge for the game. I feel everyone out there is athletic so you have to separate yourself from the rest in different ways.

Scott Porter: What goals do you have for the NFL?

Phil Swanson:  Every kid growing up has the same big dreams of playing on the biggest stage in front of millions of people. I just want an opportunity to show a team what I can do.

Scott Porter: What NFL player reminds you of yourself:

Phil Swanson: Trying to talk to somebody about what offensive lineman you’re most like isn’t a typical topic of conversation amongst lineman, or other people, but it’s something any player who watches enough football tends to keep track of. One of my roommates always made the joke that Mark Trauscher of the Green Bay packers was my twin. And we too did have similar career predicaments. Trauscher looked out of position at right tackle much of the year last year, just like my junior campaign at WMU when I experiencednearly the same thing.

Scott Porter: What are your greatest accomplishments?

Phil Swanson: I think the chance to play at the collegiate level is a great accomplishment. I am a two time academic All-American by ESPN the magazine. I have been successful on and off the field.

Scott Porter: What will you miss most about college football?

Phil Swanson: I will miss Saturday. I will miss my teammates, a lot of these guys I have been around for 5 years. I will miss the bonds I had with the players on my team. I will miss the college atmosphere and the community around here. I will miss all the preparation that goes into game planning.

Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Phil Swanson:

Phil Swanson: They are getting a very committed individual who understand what hard work means on and off the field. I feel you have a lot of players who have all the talent in the world but if you can’t be successful on and off the field you will have a hard time succeeding and maintaining a long career in the NFL.

Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?

Phil Swanson: I am an avid writer. I like to read a lot and I am a big movie buff. I have a degree in Journalism and a minor in Imaging. I am a big film guy. I love films. If I’m not training, chances are I’m either shooting a film, writing a film, or watching a film.

Scott Porter: What pre-game rituals do you have?

Phil Swanson: I’m really not a superstitious guy, but my first two season at WMU I religiously made pre-game playlists to listen to. Other than that I just try think about what my responsibilities are for that day.

Scott Porter: What is something about Phil Swanson that many don’t know about?

Phil Swanson: I can cook. My current roommate and to be senior kicker next year John Potter and I tend to Bobby Flay it up in the kitchen. Or at least we like to think so.