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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jesper Horsted, WR, Princeton University

Princeton University wide receiver Jesper Horsted is one of the best small school receivers in the entire 2019 NFL Draft. Remember the name come April!

•       Name: Jesper Horsted
        •       Height: 6’4”
        •       Weight: 225
        •       Position: WR
        •       College: Princeton University
        •       Twitter: @jhorsted

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

  • I’m from Roseville, MN and my favorite part is all the lakes around my house.    

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?   

  • 1. Practice, 2. Strength and Conditioning, 3. Film Study
  • You have around five practices for every one game and practice makes perfect. You can’t just go out there on gameday and expect to be successful if you haven’t rehearsed what you are going to do many times over. Then S&C because it’s a long and physical game and if you aren’t prepared for that aspect you will be beaten or injured. Film is important but if you are taking care of business during practice and in the weight room then at least you will have a chance, even if you haven’t done your due diligence in the film room.  

What do you worry about, and why?

  • I worry about being prepared enough because it seems like there is always something more that can be done, but at times it comes at the expense of something else (classwork, sleep).

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?  

  • My sophomore year I began my baseball season in a huge slump. I went like 0-26 and was so frustrated with myself after a very successful freshman year. At first I just kept getting more and more frustrated but eventually I hit a low point and decided I needed to start back at square one and regain confidence. I spent an entire day down in the batting cages hitting off the tees and doing various drills. That was enough to get some confidence back and fix some errors in my swing and the rest of the season went a lot better.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

  • Composure under pressure and ability to catch anything.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

  • Foye Oluokun    

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

  • Not sure yet. Something sports-related.

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?

  • Room.

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

  • Wow, tough question. It’s probably the wrong moral answer but I would probably choose one family member because they mean more to me than anything else and I would have a hard time living knowing they’re dead and I could have saved them.

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

  • Maybe Harry Potter, it would be awesome to be able to cast spells.

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

  • Having an emergency stomach surgery right before going to college. Caused me to miss all of Camp my Freshman year and lose all my strength and conditioning I had worked so hard for. I dealt with it by being patient and working on what I could (playbook, mental reps).

What is your most embarrassing moment?

  • My freshman year in high school I went up for a breakaway dunk in front of a big crowd and slipped on my plant.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

  • Deeppost touchdown against Harvard to give us the lead.

What song best describes your work ethic?         

  • Eye of the Tiger-Survivor        

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

  • Determination.

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

  • Jackie Robinson. It amazes me the success he had given the circumstances he was playing in, and I think it would be incredible for him to see how much he has changed sports.

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

  • I have no idea. I don’t think that’s in the cards for me.

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

  • Cooper Kupp      

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

  • Respected, I think it’s harder to earn respect and it’s more symbolic of good and genuine character.

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

  • Josh Gordon. He is such an incredible talent and his story is amazing. I believe he is a good guy who is just struggling mentally with all he has had to overcome and I really hope he can figure things out for himself. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

  • Hate to lose 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

  • Father. Instilled love of sports and desire to compete.   

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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