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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Wes Bowers, LB, Georgetown University

Wes Bowers was one of the leaders of the Georgetown defense donning the #35 legacy jersey over the past couple seasons. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Wes Bowers
  • Height: 6’0”
  • Weight: 238 lbs
  • Position: LB
  • College: Georgetown University
  • Twitter: @WesleyBowers_
  • Instagram: @WesBowers_

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
I plan on graduating Georgetown this December with a major in Justice & Peace Studies and with a minor in Government. I’m looking to transfer to another institution to pursue a masters. I’ve also been involved with a program called Team Impact. That’s where we adopt a kid facing serious and chronic illnesses and welcome them into the program to be a part of our team.

I also have two non-profit organizations that I am a part of . Wesco Inc  whose mission is to educate minorities in financial literacy, financial planning, and real-estate. I also helped found an organization called New W.A.V.E., It was established with the aim to help children during the summer remain in an active social environment

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
They would say my leadership, that I’m a hard worker and team player. Having a strong leader is important.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I definitely see myself in a leadership role. I have been a team captain and have also worn the prestigious #35 jersey at Georgetown.

I was seen as a “thumper” my early years at Georgetown, but I’ve since cut some weight in order to be more versatile. We played a 3-3-5 base defense and often a 4-2-5 defense. I played in a wide variety of ways as a spy, blitzer and as someone who drops back in coverage. I’ve also been on many special teams units including punts and field goal blocks.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Colgate has a nasty offensive lineman in Jack Badovinac. He pulls well and is able to get to the second level.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Ahmad Wilson is a leader in the secondary. He’s a lifesaver and a genius on the field. He knows the ins and outs of the playbook and is a player that we can consistently depend on.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
One of my biggest struggles has to be that I wasn’t very tall. I heard that a lot through the recruiting process. I had a lot of offers, yet I felt like my size played a big factor. I had doubted my ability and thought that it might be best for me just to stick to academics. I finally snapped out of it and put my best foot forward in football. I decided to give it my all and let my film speak for itself. Since coming to Georgetown, I have certainly gained the respect of my mentors and peers despite my size.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
I would probably play baseball. It was my first sport, and I played on some travel teams. I decided not to pursue baseball in high school and focus on football. I also participated in wrestling and track & field in high school.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I had received a presidential  award in high school for most service hours, although my biggest achievement would be receiving the #35 Joe Eacobacci Memorial Jersey Award. I was selected to wear that jersey for 2 seasons. Joe Eacobacci was killed in the tragedy at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. 

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
My best moment was against Lehigh when I returned a blocked extra point and took it to the house for 2 points. It was a huge moment because the team hadn’t beaten them in a while and it was a pivotal moment in the game. Duval Paul had blocked the kick, and it was eventually tossed back to me to run in for the score.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
I’m a Washington fan. I try to model my game after players like Bobby Wagner and Luke Kuechly. They are ballers. They are meticulous and read plays very well.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
I listen to the Temptations and Mali Music. Before a game I have to listen to Pop Smoke.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Chicken Alfredo

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
I enjoy the Rambo and Rocky Movies.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
I like to read. Some of the recent books that I’ve read are “Rich Dad Poor Dad” and “Measure of a Man”. I also have sung in choirs. I sang in an all-star choir in middle school.

Who or what motivates you the most?
My mom motivates me the most. She is a single parent who bent over backwards and sacrificed a lot for me. She invested in me, and gave it her all. I try to give it my all for her. 

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