Kuemper Catholic graduate Cass Weitl celebrates after a play this last fall while playing for Northwest Missouri State. Weitl has two NFL workouts in the coming weeks.
Kuemper Catholic graduate Cass Weitl celebrates after a play this last fall while playing for Northwest Missouri State. Weitl has two NFL workouts in the coming weeks.

May 4, 2017

Like many recent graduates, Cass Weitl is preparing for job interviews trying to get his foot in the door to start his career.

Unlike most other job seekers, Weitl won’t have to prepare a resume or a cover letter.

Instead he’ll let his skills do the talking.

That’s because Weitl isn’t just preparing for some office job. His career aspirations include the National Football League. His first interview, actually a tryout, to earn a contract with a team starts this weekend.

Weitl, the 6-foot 4-inch, 273-pound defensive end has been an instrumental part of the Northwest Missouri State recent back-to-back NCAA Division II national championship football teams. The first pro team he’ll get a tryout with is the Oakland Raiders, this weekend.

“It was always a dream,” Weitl said about being able to play football in the NFL.  “But I never thought that I’d have a chance being from small town Iowa.”

Although he may be from a small town, his play on the field has been big, and impactful.

His last two seasons at Northwest Missouri State, Weitl was a part of the All-MIAA team. Last season, Weitl was second on the team in terms of tackles with 83 recorded on the season, 32 of them were solo. He finished his career with 186 total tackles, 37 total tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. He also gobbled up three fumble recoveries and forced two as a Bearcat.

Now, it’s time to prove what he is made up of. The first chance he’ll have to make an NFL roster will be this weekend when he flies to Oakland to participate in the rookie mini-camp that will be hosted by the Raiders.

“They just go through practices,” Weitl explained about what will take place this weekend. “I at least get two practices with it. Hopefully I won’t have to go through another one.”

After the weekend series of practices in Oakland, Weitl will have a week to prepare for his next workout, on Mother’s Day weekend with the Washington Redskins.

Weitl said that if the teams like what they see then they’ll contact his agent to have him sign a rookie contract, and Weitl’s path to the NFL will begin with Organized Team Activities (OTA’s) in late May.

“I am a little nervous right now,” Weitl said before he left for the west coast on Thursday. “I just want to prove what I can do the next two weeks.”

Like many other potential NFL players, Weitl has been working for this dream since he was a little kid, but the dream became even more real after the Bearcats won their second straight National Championship, and the third with Weitl on the roster.

After taking some time off over the holidays Weitl returned to Marysville, Missouri, where Northwest Missouri State is located, and started practicing for the pro day.

“I just trained like a normal football player,” Weitl said. “We went back to the old style of doing drills like what we used to do when I first arrived on campus. Went back to that type of training. Basically the winter drills were all about getting back into football shape.”

The pro day came and went, and Weitl was able to hear back from about eight total teams altogether.

During the NFL draft, Weitl returned to Carroll where he had a small party with close friends and family. Although his name wasn’t one of the 253 names called, Weitl had heard back from teams that were interested in him.

“For NFL teams, I was looking for something that just fits my style better,” Weitl said. “Seeing who is on the d-line and what kind of defense they run was something that I really paid attention to. I want to try and make the camp and make the OTA’s later on in the summer.”

Weitl explained that he wanted to be a part of an defense that ran the 4-3, and where he could play as a defensive end, the same position, and scheme that he worked with for the Bearcats.

“I wanted to run something that wouldn’t be hard to transition to into the NFL,” Weitl said. Although the future remains somewhat uncertain for the Carroll native, and Kuemper graduate, he knows that the training he received at Northwest

Missouri State will help him prepare for any challenges that come his way.

“The fact that our coach taught us the right way,” Weitl said. “They thought us the right way to prepare for big games. That helped me out throughout my career. The way we prepare is how we played the game.”

It’s that same mentality that will help Weitl prepare for the biggest job interview he has faced so far.