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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jovon Woods, DB, Briar Cliff University

When you have a 6010, 235 pound defensive back flying in to hit you, you better make sure you chin strap is buckled, because that is a big boy in the secondary.
  • Name: Jovon Woods
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 235
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • College: Briar Cliff University
  • Twitter: @jwoods_13

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

I’m from Stockton, California, The thing I love the most about it is the diversity from all the different types of people. Also in Stockton all the hidden gems that are starting to become known, from athletes to musicians to anything else you can think of.  

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

I say film study is most important because you want to know what you are going up against. Also to learn a player/teams tendencies. Then I would say Practice next because you already have mental reps from teams and now you need to actually go through sets and plays physically. Then last I would say strength and conditioning because you want to keep up your body so you can avoid injury.

What do you worry about, and why?

I worry about not being good enough and making my family proud. Because they have high expectations for me.

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

             There was a time where I failed a history class in JUCO I was super upset about it but instead of just being mad about it, I retook the class right away and passed it. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

                    My teammates say my best quality is my work ethic. I will push anyone to be better and I will do so by working. 

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

The best player that I’ve probably played against is Marcel Dancy. I played against him in JUCO

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

If I couldn’t play football I would be an athletic trainer. I want to stay around sports as long as possible 

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

I would clean my room because a clean room means your day will be productive. Then my desk since that’s where all my work is done. Then my car since it is usually never dirty. 

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

I’m all for trying to save anyone I can but if I had to choose I’d pick a family member.  

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

If I could be anyone it probably would be Napoleon Dynamite. Mostly because that’s my favorite move

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

One of the biggest adversities I had come to me was not being eligible to go to a 4-year school straight out of high school. When I graduated high school I buckled down and went straight to JUCO and took my academics seriously and transferred out. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

I was running the 100m at an AAU track meet and as I crossed the finish line winning the race and began to showboat I tripped and fell on my face. For the rest of the season that’s what people remembered me as.    

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

Probably my most memorable one was chasing down someone that had a 25-yard head start on me in JUCO

What song best describes your work ethic?

Overtime by Acehood

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

I can recognize different sets a team can come out in and know different things they like to do within it. It will help me be able to anticipate everything they can possibly do.

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

If I was able to bring someone back it would be my auntie sue because she’s a big part to my family and she is truly missed.

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

If I were to open a club it would probably be called woody’s place. 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

One of the most underrated players in the NFL was probably Adam Thielen. 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

I would rather be respected because anyone can like you and not have respect for you.  

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

Michael Vick is someone I feel for the most because he was an amazing athlete and one of my favorite players. But he did not let his issues ruin him because he ended up returning and getting back together. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

I hate losing, but it builds character. It also pushes me better to win more 

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

One of my biggest influences would be my high school coach Coach Joe. Because from back when I was in high school till this day he guided me and helped me through wrong and right. He shows me things from being from a man and for being an athlete. We came from similar backgrounds so things he went through I went through similar things. 

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