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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Trenton Poe-Evans, WR, Kansas Wesleyan University

Trenton Poe-Evans the tall and physical WR from Kansas Wesleyan University made an Odell Beckham Jr. like reception on this play.
  • Name: Trenton Poe-Evans
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 205
  • Position: WR
  • College: Kansas Wesleyan University
  • Twitter: @TPoeAllPro

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

•  Needles, California is a very small town on the Colorado River that borders Arizona and Nevada. What I love most is that the whole community supports me more than I ever could have imagined. Part of why I love coming home any chance I get.

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

•  Practice, film study, then strength, and conditioning. While all three are almost equally important, practice tops the other two. You practice how you are going to play. Film study is important in the sense that not only you need to see how you will overcome your opponent but how you can improve your technique/assignment. Strength and conditioning are below the other two but still imperative. It helps put you a step ahead of what you are up against but if you do all the strength and conditioning in the world and it does not translate to your performance on the field, it means nothing.

What do you worry about, and why?

•  I worry about how my teammates perceive my demeanor. Sometimes it may look like I am not having fun. I may not show it as often as I should but there is nothing more than I love than getting to practice and play with my guys every day.

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

•  My Sophomore year I lost the starting job at tight end at the beginning of the year. I knew complaining or having a bad attitude would accomplish nothing, so I did not change a thing. I kept working as hard as I could every day. The few times my number got called on Saturdays I took advantage and opened some eyes. I finally started by game five and never looked back. I kept performing each and every day and went on to become the First Team NAIA All-American Tight End that year.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

•  My humbleness. Some teammates have said I am too humble but I believe that is a good problem to have. I do not show off or celebrate very often on the field because if there is still time on the clock then the job is not done.

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

•  The cornerback from Dickinson State. That kid was a little bigger than I was and was athletic as hell. He gave me a run for my money every snap. Even when I was off the field he lined up at receiver and scored on a fade route in the red zone. It was pretty impressive

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

•  I am keeping my options open as far as a profession goes. I am not sure what I enjoy in that aspect yet but as an accounting major, I can see myself doing something in that field.

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

•  Desk. If I need to get work done, I need a clean, organized space to accomplish quality work.

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

•  Family member. That’s a tough situation because I’d like to save everyone

I could but a family member no question. I love all my family unconditionally and probably could not live with myself if I was not able to save one of them.

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

•  Chris Kyle from American Sniper. There was a scene when his father speaks of the three types of people in the world; the wolf, the sheep, and the sheepdog. Wolves being the predators that use violence to prey on the weak(the sheep). The sheepdog lives to confront the predators to protect the flock or herd. Chris took on the role of the sheepdog to protect his brother. He’d do anything to protect him. And I’d do anything to protect my brother and the ones I love.

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

•  Coming from a small town, many schools passed over me because they were afraid of the level of competition I played. It got to me but it motivated me to always keep improving to this day. I believe it was for the best. Everything happens for a reason.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

•  I had about a seven-yard catch last year with no one within a 15-yard radius of me and I went to turn upfield and fell flat on my face. I did not want to go to the sideline for a while because I knew someone was going to talk about it.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

•  Watching my best friend, Kobee McCorkle, score a touchdown last year. We both scored on ESPN that day. Something not many people can say. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

• Take a Look Around by Limp Bizkit

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

•  The ability to be coachable. 

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

•  Pete Rodriguez V. He was a kid from my hometown whose life was taken way too soon by a tragedy. He would have graduated high school this year. I know he would have been a great person and I just would like for him to see what he would have become.

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

•  Hitch. After the movie when Will Smith teaches Kevin James how to dance because that’s the only way, I know how. 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

•  Tyrann Mathieu

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

•  Respected. I know not everyone will like me. But if they respect me for who I am and the reason I do everything I do, that will go much further.

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

•  Darrent Williams. He died just after losing in the AFC Championship. It was shocking to me as a kid and a Broncos fan because I really looked forward to watching him play in the future.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

•  Hate to lose. Winning isn’t everything but losing sucks.

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

• My father. He always has the right things to say whether I like it or not. He helps me grow as a person by vicariously learning from the mistakes he made when he was young so I won’t make those mistakes myself.

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