Aaron Gooch: 2019 Draft Prospect Interview

Name: Aaron Gooch
School: Eastern Illinois
Position: WR/PR
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 175

Q: What goals did you accomplish heading into your final collegiate season?

My main goal wasn’t a statistic, but just to help my team win in any way I could. Whether it was on offense, special teams, or just being a leader and helping the younger guys grow, and I believe I did that to my best ability. Statistically wise I challenged myself to 70 catches 1000 yards 7 TDS. I ended with 65 catches 700 yards 5 TDs.

Q: What would your coaches say about the type of player you are?

I believe, two words that would be used are consistent and reliable. Everyday I feel as if I came to work with a great attitude and energy ready to get better. When the team needed a big play whether it just be a spark to get us going or a 3&6 needing a first down, everyone could count on me.

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?

A few things really, I’d start off with base coverages then move to situational depending on down, distance & offensive formation. Then I will look at player personnel and some of their player tendencies. Also I’d look at what worked against them from other receivers and see how to incorporate that in my game.

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

I think the biggest thing that separates me from other players is my knowledge of the game. Just understanding coverages having a good feel for space especially playing in the slot and knowing where I need to be and when I need to be there.

Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?

I have been training at Acceleration Sports Pro. Located in Naperville Illinois. I have a great trainer (Mike Niklos) and also a great group of NFL/ CFL guys pushing me to get better daily.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

I believe myself to be a guy of great character and high energy, and I’ve always been taught energy is contagious whether it’s good or bad. Me having a good attitude and high energy every day can help my team. I also believe my best qualities as a player are to get open and catch any ball thrown to me.

Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?

I feel like if my film speaks for itself it shows a tough, gritty playmaker. If I were 6’3+ it wouldn’t be a question if I could play ball after college professionally. One thing that can’t be measured is somebody’s heart and I believe myself plays a lot larger than my 5’9 175 pound frame would make you think.