Overview: Kristian Wilson is a senior who plays cornerback. He started off his college career at West Virginia State University before transferring to Bowie State. He has great speed, has a good football I.Q and has good footwork. He is one of the players who got invited to and competed in the HBCU Spirit Bowl. He will also be competing at the NFL Regional Combine at the Redskins Facility.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Kristian, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Bowie State?
KW: I transferred from West Virginia State University after spending three seasons there in 2016. At WVSU I only played one full season due to me breaking my collar bone in 2014, in which put me out for that entire season. Also in 2015 I did not play because I was academically en-eligible. So my only year full season at WVSU was in 2013 when I appeared in 7 games. I transferred to Bowie State in 2016 to be closer to home and to my son. The Bowie State coaching staff let me be apart of their program with open arms. We was the 2016 CIAA Northern Division Champs this past season.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
KW: I plan on making myself noticed by NFL scouts by putting up great numbers at the NFL Regional Combine on February 25th at the Redskins Facility. I’ll show them my blazing speed and my position drills will be solid. I want to show them that I’m a guy that can come in day one and become a starter in the NFL.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
KW: My strengths is my football IQ, my speed, my love for the game of football, my technique in press man coverage, ability to read the QB and WR before the play and mid-play, and my work ethic. My weakness is my size based off NFL standards.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
KW: What separates me from other defensive backs is my short term memory to get over plays made on me, my make up speed, dog mentality (confidence), and my consistency with my technique even if I’m tired.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
KW: I resemble Jason Verrett because of his quick feet and press man techniques. Also Tyrann Mathieu because of his ability to tackle and the speed he plays with ever single down.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
KW: Nyme Manns a teammate of mine. Practices was competitive.
C: There has been smaller cornerbacks in the NFL that have started and have done extremely well in the league such as Darrelle Revis, Joe Haden, Brent Grimes, etc. How do you match up against the taller more physical wide receivers?
KW: I match up very well with taller wide receivers because I use my speed as an advantage as well as playing my hands through the ball to break up a pass. Also my vertical jump isn’t to bad at all to jump with those taller guys. At the HBCU Spirit Bowl I proved that I can lock down the best taller Wide receivers. I only allowed 1 catch throughout the whole 5 day practice and game week there.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
KW: I eat a light breakfast and listen to smooth r&b music before the game and then listen to rapper right before I hit the field. I also pray to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ so that I can be protected from injuries on the field and that I play the game to the best of my abilities.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
KW: That football is only a game and that life is much harder, so go play the game of football freely and to have fun while it last.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
KW: People should know that I’m a great person that gets along with everyone and that I’m always humbled and grateful for the most smallest things, for example like having shoes on my feet to walk in everyday. Also that I love Cream of Wheat more than anything.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Kristian Wilson for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a 2017 professional football player.
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Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.