Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Maurice Woodard, WR, Lincoln University
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
Where did you choose and why?
After spending a year at Hutchinson Community College, I signed with Lincoln University of Missouri. I chose Lincoln University because I knew they played in the best Division II Conference and loved the school atmosphere. The coaching staff and I really saw eye to eye.
What were your goals for your senior year?
My goals for senior year were to have a winning record. Record more receptions then the season before. Break multiple records. Finish season with a ring. Show my ability to block
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
Yes, Goal-oriented. Great drive to succeed and work ethic. Quick, nifty, shifty and elusive. Plays much faster than he times on the clock. Return man who makes people miss and can catch. Has big play ability and is extremely fast. A Fine athlete. Lethal player in space that creates on his own. Catches the ball easily and can pluck out of the air. Humble but on field swagger. Underrated talent who will find a way to contribute. A Great competitor. Could be effective NFL-returner due to his elusiveness, burst and top-end speed. Physical and isn’t afraid to mix it up. Best shot will come at special teams.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
My ability to create space, also I very versatile as a wide receiver you can also line me up in the back field. I also can contribute on all special teams from gunner to return man, and also the ability to block field goals. Speedster 40 yd of 4.38
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
I play as if I am much bigger then in actuality. Also you will see I am a play maker with or without the ball in my hands. You will see I can blow the top off of coverage’s, and I am not afraid to catch across the middle of field. I catch the ball away from my body using all hands.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
Pierre Desir from Lindenwood University (mock draft 2nd round CB) where I totaled with 6 catch for 82 yards.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
Wes Welker, Victor Cruz , Dexter McCluster
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
Freshman season suffered to a broken Fibula. Worked then every to gain all strength back and grind to ensure that I would be faster than ever before.
What system fits your style of play the best?
What is your biggest strength?
Ability to create space.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
You should take a deep look at me because they will never have to second guess my character. I am a good person on and off the field. I never have been known to be cancer to any team nor known in the media from getting into any type of trouble. No NFL GM or coaching staff will have to second guess my work ethic or dedication to the game or my team. I have always been known to be a hard worker and pay attention to detail to perfect my craft. I have never been given anything so I am used to working hard for everything so hard work doesn’t stop me. A lot of people also see me as a really good motivator being able to motivate others on and off the field. I am very versatile can be used on Offense and Special teams. If needed even Defensive Back. I believe I am that Diamond in the rough.
Growing up, who was your role model?
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
Favorite team Kansas City chiefs (hometown) & Jacksonville jaguars
Player Barry Sanders never allowed his size to become an issue he was so shifty, hard worker, and always left his all out on the field.
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
Freshman season suffered to a broken Fibula. Worked then every to gain all strength back and grinded to ensure that I would be faster than ever before.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
Floyd Mayweather, Lebron James, Ray Lewis All are champions.
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
My own place to live.