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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Bayley Blanchard, WR, University of West Alabama

Bayley Blanchard West Alabama NFL draft 2022
University of West Alabama wide receiver Bayley Blanchard recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Bayley Blanchard
  • Position: WR
  • College: University of West Alabama
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 200 lbs
  • Twitter:@blanchard1121
  • Instagram: @blanchard1121 

1.What past or present NFL coach would you want to learn from the most and why?

A past NFL coach that I would want to learn from is Tony Dungy. He is a great example of a leader because he is humble, respectful, and a great communicator. A present NFL coach I would want to learn from is Bill Belichick because discipline and attention to detail are important to him. 

2.What is your favorite route and why?

I would say my favorite route is the back shoulder fade because it is the most difficult to defend. I would say that a majority of my catches come from back shoulders or fades. It also is a route that shows great body control and ball skills

3.What sets you apart from other wide receivers?

What sets me apart from other wide receivers is that I am reliable, coachable, smart, mentally/physically tough, and competitive. I believe in my self and I believe I have some of the best hands in college football. 

4.What are your favorite things about playing football for West Alabama?

My favorite thing about playing football for West Alabama would have to be the family atmosphere.  I think Coach Gilliland has done a great job of displaying his faith and showing us what family means. I love my teammates and coaches. 

5.What should we know about Bayley Blanchard the person?

Bayley Blanchard the person is a hard-working, fun-loving guy. I am a very personable person that loves to laugh, and I have a big heart. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I love my family, and my dog “Cowboy”. My idea of a great day would include sports, fellowship with friends & family, sitting around a fire, and a guitar playing. 

6.What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

The type of energy I bring onto the football field is positive, because not everyone gets the opportunity to do something they love every day. I bring a leadership role, a winning mentality, and I try to encourage my teammates. I try to lead by example and I’m vocal when I need to be. I usually jog onto the field singing “It’s a great day to be alive”. 

7.What is a moment that improved you as a football player?

A moment that improved me as a football player would be my redshirt freshman year. I tried to soak up all the knowledge that Coach Seward and the older guys in the receiver room shared with me on how to be a playmaker. I have always been very coachable so I took what we learned in film/drills, and applied it on the field. 

8.What is your favorite workout?

My favorite workout would be squats. I believe it is one of the most important exercises because it improves hip flexibility, explosion, strengthens everything in your legs, and helps with vertical jumping ability. 

9.What are you looking forward to in your upcoming season?

What I’m looking forward to this upcoming season is a normal season with a very experienced team coming in. I believe this team has the weapons to be very successful this season. I believe the GSC is one of the toughest conferences, so I’m ready to compete for another GSC Championship and a National Title.  

10.What would a team get in a player like you?

What a team would get in a player like me is a leader and a coachable guy that will do whatever it takes to win. They will get a reliable player who makes everyone around them work harder. They will get a playmaker and a great teammate. 

11.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?

My mindset on the football field is to make the person in front of me want to quit whether it is on offense or special teams. I focus on doing my job. 

12.What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?

I think the keys to success on the football field are great effort, great preparation, attention to detail, mental & physical toughness, and humility. If you play hard for the other 10 guys on the field with you, success will come. 

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