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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Avius Capers, WR, Johnson C. Smith University

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What is your name?

Avius Capers

What is your Height/Weight?

Height: 5’10
Weight: 200

What is your position?

Position: WR/KO/P/PR

Where do you play college football?

Johnson C. Smith University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

7 D-1 schools
3 D-2 schools

How did you choose your school?

I chose my school because I had family issues and it was close to home.

Where are you from?

Charlotte, NC

Who is your role model, and why?

My grandfather because he was a Godly man and always had a positive impact on my life. He always taught me life principles and how to become a man.

Have any scouts met with you yet, and if so what are they saying?

I haven’t met with any scouts.

avius 1Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played baseball, basketball, and ran track other than football

Did you play any other positions in football?

SS, R5(KO), Middle Gunner(P), PR

At your position, what separates you from others?

My ability to run full speed and stop on the dime with explosion out of my cuts separates me from other receivers. 1 on 1s in practice is my period. There is not a weakness in my route running because I train my body to cut at every angle possible. I also play with aggression which is combined with my quickness.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

When I am breaking down film I will study the LBs, and DBs. I try to learn their technique because there is always a counter for everything. Secondly, I will try to get a feel for their tendencies so I will know on certain down and distances I should break my route off at a certain depth to sit in a hole for my QB.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Toughest player I played against was a corner from Shaw university. I adapted to his style of play after two drives and it was on from there. He was a well rounded technician so I had to use my speed and strength because I had size advantage.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

I would compare my style of play to Anquan Boldin because I play mad with aggression. I play much faster than him. I just play with the same aggression. I also play similar to golden Tate and Wes walker when it comes to running routes and making plays.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

My biggest obstacle in life was losing my grandfather while playing college ball at a school I didn’t want to play. I stayed in Charlotte to be there for my grandfather but once he passed I was not happy with that not the situation I had to face for 4 years. I tried to transfer but my coach would not give me any highlights and he didn’t release me until July so my chances of playing D-1 ball was gone out the window. I overcame that obstacle by telling myself that things happen for a reason and God chose this path for me. Through every negative I found a positive.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Recently I found that my pregame ritual is a prayer and I think of all the people who doubted me and the people who motivated me then when it’s time I turn on the switch.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is adapting to anything.

What is your biggest weakness?

I believe my weakness is sometimes I will hold back things instead of express myself because sometimes I don’t know the right time to express my opinions.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I am a hardworking individual with a team first mentality and all I give is 110% effort to win. I am not the type of guy to be in the limelight. I prioritize my life with God, my family, and my profession. I will be a big asset to your team that can bring an influential intensity that will make guys want to get better which will also create a bond on and off the field to ensure a very successful season.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Steve Smith because of his passion for the game and he plays with the aggression of a mad man. The panthers because they are the home team.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

I would want to have a dinner with my Jesus, grandfather, and my uncle that I never got to meet.

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