March 20, 2021
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Pro Days have taken center-stage this year with the cancellation of the NFL Scouting Combine due to COVID-19 still rapidly spreading nationwide. The official inception of these college workout sessions for NFL coaches, General Managers, Scouts, and other personnel was on March 5th ultimately lasting until April 9th. This week's featured Pro Days were at Georgia, Stanford, Auburn, and TCU. Here's what Georgia's, Stanford's, and TCU's head coaches and select student-athletes from their respective teams vocalized after Pro Days via videoconferences.
Head Coach: Kirby Smart
Question: Ben Cleveland is a very intriguing offensive prospect. What are NFL teams getting in a player like that?
Coach Mr. Kirby Smart chuckles.
Answer: The man, the myth, and the legend in Ben Cleveland aka Big Ben. First of all, they are getting a great person like the rest of the student-athletes on this squad. He's a kid I've known since ninth grade with the legend of Big Ben starting in Toccoa, Georgia. His family is also tremendous and he's played/practiced a lot of football at this program being around Georgia for a long time. Whoever drafts Ben will get a player that has prodigious size for an athlete, whether it's NCAA Division I football or NFL football, which is strenuous to find in the passing league that is the NFL. It's arduous to move or get around him when he is in pass protection as he does a great job at protecting the quarterback. I'm excited to see what he does at the next level.
Defensive Back: Richard LeCounte
Question: You presumably watch substantial NFL tape to study their pre-game and in-game techniques for solitary tips. Who are a few of the athletes you model your game around?
Answer: I model my game around Eric Reid, Earl Thomas, Budda Baker, etc with these three infiltrating my mind when the question was verbalized by you. Their pre-game and in-game techniques are inspiring as they have been dominating their positions season after season with more to come so I venture to model myself around one of those players transforming my game to become a superior defensive back.
Head Coach: David Shaw
Question: Four players just participated in Pro Day moments ago. Do you think each of them showcased their full potential today?
Answer: Pro Days are the last piece of the NFL draft process. I was in the NFL for nine years so I know several NFL coaches, General Managers, Scouts, and other personnel watch every play and game along with tape from the last two years to see what the draft prospect has done on the field to obtain details pertaining to physical and mental attributes as I have done so on numerous occasions. This is the last 10% of information before the draft to see if the player has what it takes to ascend to the NFL. Walker Little and Foster Sarell showcased their size, Davis Mills had a great day in the rain throwing balls that cut through that rain and wind with the aforementioned players also exhibiting their swiftness around the ball. Each of the four players that participated in Pro Days moments ago did adeptly in showcasing their full potential in front of NFL coaches, General Managers, Scouts, and other personnel ultimately abetting their draft stock.
TCU Horned Frogs
Head Coach: Gary Patterson
Question: Texas Bowl was canceled due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Do you think that was an advantage or disadvantage for the players not having that big stage exposure before today?
Answer: The Texas Bowl was immaterial for these players as every player who partook in today's Pro Day except for Garret Wallow would've been sidelined due to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols administered by NCAA. If you are a first or second-round draft selection every game is like a resume as you are playing against great competition each and every week equilibrating your position on NFL teams' draft boards. Each season has twelve games so a total of forty-eight games plus bowl matches are given to every student-athlete to see if they have what it takes to arise to the level of professional football. NFL coaches, General Managers, Scouts, and other personnel love analytics so playing more accumulates more statistics for athletes. The canceled bowl game made Garret Wallow miss an opportunity on the big stage against an SEC opponent in Arkansas, which is a disadvantage for him singularly.
Defensive back: Trevon Moehrig-Woodard
Question: You are one of the best players in the upcoming draft. Can you talk about the journey it took for you to get there?
Answer: When I came to TCU I was shown how to be an accountable leader succoring me into eventually becoming the quarterback of the defense. My journey to get to this point in my career is defined by hard work, discipline, dedication, determination, and reliability.
Question: Defensive schemes vary from coach to coach in the NFL. Will you look to have more of an open mindset when it comes to learning different defensive schemes in the NFL?
Answer: I will definitely look to have more of an open mindset when it comes to learning different defensive schemes in the NFL implemented by the coaches I end up working with. The versatility I obtained from my three years at TCU by playing different positions will aid me to play any position premierly for the club that drafts me filling various needs on defense sufficiently for that team.
Linebacker: K.J. Britt
Question: You are one of the best linebackers in the country. Have any NFL teams inquired about seeing you in different positions?
Answer: No, NFL teams have only inquired about seeing me as a linebacker.
Question: Grit is a defining characteristic that you have as a football player. What things will you do on and off the field to maintain the same level of grit going into the NFL?
Answer: I'm humble mainly because of who I serve. I know that there are many times when men want to get bigger than themselves, but we have to come back into the reality that we are humble servants. All of my family aided me by praying for me; It gave me the grit that defines me as a football player. I will just keep continue doing my daily routines and work hard each and every day to be the best version of myself maintaining the same level of grit throughout my NFL career.
Wide Receiver: Seth Williams
Question: The NFL has some Hall of Fame-level defensive backs. Who are you looking forward to facing off against in August/September?
Answer: I am looking forward to facing all of the defensive backs in the NFL with no partiality. I'm not scared of any of the defensive players at all.
The video of these interviews is now available on YouTube. You can choose to view it down below.
A special thanks to Mr. Sam Drexler, Catherine Harris, Mr. Tim Hix, Mr. David Kiefer, Mr. Mark Cohen, Shelly Poe along with the Georgia Athletic Communications Staff, Stanford Athletics Communications Staff, TCU Athletics Communications Staff, Auburn Athletics Communication Staff, and the NFL Communications Staff for arranging and conducting the videoconferences spectacularly. Make sure to tune into the NFL Draft commencing from April 29th and concluding on May 1st on NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, and ABC.