- Name: Wesley Bowers
- Position: Linebacker
- College: Bowie State University (Grad Transferred from Georgetown)
- Height: 6ft
- Weight: 237lb
- Twitter: WesleyBowers_
- Instagram: Wesbowers_
- What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2022 NFL Draft?
My knowledge and understanding of the game of football. The ability to diagnose and breakdown opponents’ film to takeaway keys, tendencies, favorite formation and situational football the offenses put on display. Also, the ability to know a defensive playbook inside and out and be a coach on the field. Relentless effort, a nose for football, strong tackler, great block shedding ability. I can run sideline to sideline, play downhill and guard running backs and Tight ends and drop in a zone. and I always put the team goals before my own.
- At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?
I became interested in football around the age of 4 years old.
- What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?
One thing NFL teams should know about me is that on and off the field I am selfless, the most important thing is the team and the organization. On the field if I must play anywhere on the defense, all special team’s units and more I will do that. And off the field doing what is right no matter if no eyes are looking because being a good representation of my family and the organization matter to me,
- If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be?
I would donate to low income and impoverished communities, especially to the children because they did not ask to be born, and they deserve opportunities that will allow them to be the future leaders that they are.
- What is the best advice you have ever received?
Growing up and till this day my grandfather would always tell me “Experience is your best teacher”. This helped me in life with dealing with people and in football, understanding and learning from my own and other people’s experience in order to move on and upward in life on and off the field.
- Who was your childhood hero?
My childhood hero was my grandfather, he was like superman in my eyes. He was a lot older than everyone, probably about 52 at the time but was the best athlete in the neighborhood. He would race all the kids and teens on the block that thought they were faster than him, then would beat us all in basketball. And he was the handyman anyone would call on if they needed grass cut, leaves picked up or something fixed. He did it all.
- Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school?
The most underrated teammate I would say was our Offensive Lineman Stefan Touani. He played a big role in our front 5 on the offense and played all across the line, whatever was needed for team success he would do it.
- What is your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is people who are not willing to work hard but will complain about things that they can control not going the way they want it to go.
- Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome?
The hardest moment in my life that I had to overcome was believing that because some doors that I wanted to open did not open meant I was not good enough to play football at a high level. In high school with a young mind, I would doubt my abilities at times because I may not have got an FBS offer or some major accolade. I may not have been the tallest or had the longest arms but as time went on, I found out that none of that matters when you have the heart of a lion and are overly prepared every time you step on that field. Nothing else matters but who is the better and more prepared athlete on the field and that really helped me overcome that mental struggle and take my game to another level.
- Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?
Bowie State university is the oldest HBCU in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the country. That speaks volumes to me because being African American and being at an institution that opened their doors of higher education to people who looked like me back in 1865 warms my heart and shows that they want to give people the best opportunity to succeed in life and the proof is in the pudding.
- What is your favorite snack food?
My favorite snack food is pistachios.
- What is the best part of football?
The best part of football to me is everything that leads up to game day. The practice, the film studying and preparation, the recovery, the moments with teammates. It’s the countless hours put into being a better athlete every day to put on display for just those 60 minutes on gameday. And just knowing that it takes 11 people from different backgrounds and lives to come together with a common goal and to trust everyone will do their job to win the game. It’s truly a beautiful thing.
- If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say?
If you want a guy that will buy into a program, be a leader, provide an infectious positive go get it and hardworking attitude mixed with the burning desire to be great and win ball games, Wesley Bowers is someone you want and need in your organization.
- If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be?
I would compare myself to Devin White, similar in stature and very instinctive, nose for the ball, high motor, gets off blocks, tackles efficiently, good in pass coverage and a playmaker. And possess the ability to bring 11 men together for 60 minutes and give it their all to win a game every week.
- If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would have dinner with Mike Singletary, Ray Lewis, and Luke Kuechly. This was a very hard question but I chose these three because they are great football minds and to have the opportunity to sit and pick the brains of some of football’s greatest defenders and minds over some great food would be a dream come true. I would leave that table a better football player and a better man.