LRU Spotlight: Interview with 2016 NFL Draft Prospect, Gerard Wendowski

Overview: Gerard Wendowski is from East Stroudsburg University, and he can play inside and outside the slot at wide receiver. He has good hands and knows how to use his size to his advantage. During his senior year, he had 49 catches for 781 yards and nine touchdowns.

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Gerald, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.

Christa: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing East Stroudsburg University?

Gerard Wendowski: I came from North Penn High School and I was looking at a couple PSAC schools. I felt ESU just fit me the best. I was a receiver looking for a team that liked to throw the ball along with a great communications program.

C: Since you are from a smaller school, how do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by scouts?

GW: I plan on showing scouts that I have comparable skills to a player from a Division 1 school and there is no drop off in my game. My play on the field will back it up.

C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?

GW: My strengths are my size and my body control. Also, I run crisp routes and will catch the 50/50 passes. My weakness is my speed off the line. I have to work on my acceleration and getting into my routes faster.

C: What separates you from the other players at your position?

GW: Many receivers that are my height do not run as precise routes as I do and they rely solely on their height to make the catch. I believe my combination of the two is very hard to stop.

C: Are there any other positions you play?

GW: I played tight end in certain packages this past year and caught a couple passes out of it. I would have to gain a little more weight if I wanted to play it in the next level. But I’m able to play in the slot and outside receiver as I did both my whole college career.

C: Is there a specific player that you try to model your game after?

GW: I’d like to say my game is similar to Alshon Jeffery and Larry Fitzgerald. They both are big receivers that know how to use their body to their advantage and also run good routes that put themselves in good positions to get the ball. I try to use those same strengths to my advantage.

C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?

GW: A former player I would compare myself to is Jerry Rice. I say this because he was not the fastest guy on the field but he had the best routes along with great hands and that was how he would beat you. That is the same way I can beat defenders.

C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?

GW: I prepare myself with music playing as soon as I wake up. I tried to get pumped up but also relaxed at the same time. I also pray to God right before the kickoff and point up to the sky.

C: If could be any superhero who would it be and why?

GW: I would say Batman because on the field I play with a dark side and become very angry. I’m not necessarily angry I just want to play with an aggressiveness and have a “take no prisoners” attitude.

C: What was your favorite moment/play at East Stroudsburg University?

GW: My favorite personal moment was when I scored the game winning touchdown against Lock Haven. We had a lot of adversity in the game but drove down the field and scored with a minute left and I felt like I played a good part in getting the win. My favorite team moment was also this year when we beat Bloomsburg for the first time in years.

Locker Room Update would like to thank Gerard Wendowski for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2016 draft prospect.

Follow him on Twitter: @17thndGERARDave

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