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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Gerard Wendowski, WR, East Stroudsburg Unviersity

Gerard is a big wide out that put up big time stats his senior year

Gerard Wendowski is a big wide out that put up big time stats his senior year

NFL Draft Diamonds and our staff have been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 2 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. We have tons of NFL staff that read our interviews, and we actually received several of the questions from NFL scouts we speak too. This gives them a little bit more information regarding your character. We hope to bring you more than 300 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner.

What is your name? 

Gerard Wendowski

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’3″ 215 lbs

What is your position? 

Wide Receiver

Where do you play college football? 

East Stroudsburg University

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field? 

In High School every Sunday during the season some of our teammates would hold a camp for mentally challenged kids in our area and teach them about the game through drills and flag football games. It was really fun and an awesome feeling to put smiles on the kids faces.        

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Environmental Chemistry

Where are you from? 

Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Who is your role model, and why? 

My parents because growing up they would stop at nothing to give me everything and raise me to be the man that I am today. They gave me my work ethic on and off the field. 

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

I played Basketball and ran track up until college.

Did you play any other positions in football? 

I played Tight End in some packages we had this year. I also played Free Safety in High School.

At your position, what separates you from others? 

My physicality and my route running. I am a big body but I also take pride in running precise routes which I feel many receivers lack at my size. A defensive back may sometimes be faster but my ability to deceive the defender is how I will beat them.

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

I look at the drops of the defenders and their pre-snap alignment to see what coverage they like to play.

 Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

I don’t remember a specific defender but I would say the Slippery Rock secondary. The past two years they were a very sound group that was well coached and had good discipline with their technique. 

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

I would say a mix of Alshon Jeffery and Larry Fitzgerald. They both are a big physical receivers who run crisp routes and when the ball is in the air, they will come down with it. I watch their highlights and try to emulate what they do.

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

In the beginning of my high school and college career, I was very underrated and wasn’t looked at as a premier receiver partly due to the fact that I don’t have 4.4 speed. So I had to constantly prove myself in practices and games to show that I am a player and can be productive regardless. I’ve worked and am continuing to work on my speed and have seen the progress.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I have a pregame playlist of songs that I listen to before every game in the locker room. I jump around a little bit to get relaxed but also zoned in.

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

Not going against Division 1 defensive backs can be looked at as an obstacle but I believe that as the competition gets better, my game and level of play increases as well. I play with a fearless attitude that no one lined up across from me should be able to stop me. The speed of the game can mentally be hard to get used to but I feel like I mentally play faster than the game goes.

warriors east stroudsburgWhat is your biggest strength? 

Size, Routes, Hands.

What is your biggest weakness? 

Speed

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

I make plays. I believe I will make plays against anyone and if I’m faced with adversity, my work ethic will be the overcoming factor because I will work harder than the guy I am against.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up? 

I am a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan and my favorite player was Brian Dawkins.

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

Odell Beckham, Michael Jordan, Drake

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

My mom a car.

Rapid Answers:

  • Spongebob or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
  • Backstreet Boys or One Direction?
  • Lifetime Channel or HGTV?
  • Waffles or Pancakes?
  • Snakes or Spiders?
  • Madden or Mario?

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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