Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
Around 25 teams
Where did you choose and why?
I chose Wake Forest because I felt like I had a opportunity to come in and play right away. I love coach Grobe and the coaching staff. The offense Wake ran fit my style. I loved the campus and the academics . Playing in the ACC is big time college football. At the time Wake was a top 25 team. Wasn’t too far away from my family. Perfect fit for me.
What were your goals for your senior year?
Win the ACC championship
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
I met with every team at the Senior Bowl. I received a lot of great feed back . I’m looking forward to meeting with then again at the NFL Combine.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
I feel my change of pace and knowledge for the game helps me be successful at my position . I feel I have a great quickness and speed. During the season and during the off-season I feel like I outwork the competition.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
Of course I like watching my competitor and seeing what I’ll be going against week to week, but mainly I look at the tendencies in D coordinators . What they like to play against certain sets we run. How they disguise the D they are setting up. Knowing where and when to attack the D helps me be successful with my position.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
Kevin Johnson at Wake Forest
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
I try my best to take things from Antonio Brown, Wes Welker, Lance Moore, and Percy Harvin’s Game to learn new things.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
Balancing academics at Wake Forest and playing big time football was a huge challenge. Keeping my grades up and performing well on the field is a grind. Hard work and dedication are key.
What system fits your style of play the best?
I feel I can succeed in any system.
What is your biggest strength?
What is your biggest weakness?
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I’m A Winner
Growing up, who was your role model?
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
The Redskins, my family are die hard Skins fans. It is funny because my favorite players would be a tie between Brian Westbrook and Emmitt Smith !
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
My grandfather died when I was in High School. Very tough on my family. Sticking together helped all of us overcome the pain.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
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