CJ Romero: 2020 Pro Prospect Interview

Name: CJ Romero
School: Texas Lutheran
Position: WR/RS/ATH
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 190

Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?

My number one goal I made for my final collegiate season was for my team to win a conference championship. My team and I came up short as we finished 2nd in our conference and barely missing out on the playoffs. As far as individual goals, I set out to be an All-American, the best WR in the country, and set the school record in receiving touchdowns in a season. I was able to achieve an All-Conference WR award.

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

My coaches and teammates would say I am a very hard worker and a winner. I am very competitive and I hate losing. I will do whatever it takes to win and help my team win. They would also say that I am a leader by example. I am not that vocal but I can be at times but I am mainly a leader through my actions. I care a lot about my team and I’ll do whatever it takes to not let them down.

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

First, I look at the different types of coverages and defense the opposing team likes to play. Then, I study the whole secondary individually and pick out their tendencies. I work my way around the whole defense but I mainly focus on the secondary. After evaluating the defense, I practice different ways to get open whether that be releases off the line or finding the holes in a zone. Studying myself on film, I look at how I can stay lower in my routes, explode more out of my breaks, get out of my breaks with the least amount of steps as possible, and where I need to improve on my press releases.

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

I can take the top off of defenses. I believe I can run by corners/safeties and make the big plays down the field. Not only can I do that, but I run very clean routes, run out of my breaks well, and catch the contested catches. As a receiver, I believe blocking is just as important as catching and I think me taking pride in that as well separates me from others. Last but not least, work ethic. Playing professionally has been my dream ever since I started playing football. There is not an ounce of quit in my blood and I just want it more then others.

Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?

My offseason plan is to get faster, more explosive, stronger, and to perfect my craft as a receiver. In order to compete with the best in the world, working on the little things is important. Being fast, quick, stronger, and more explosive is very important to me but my main focus will be on my receiver skills such as route running, releases, and catching.

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

I will bring my speed and ability to make big time plays to any team that takes a chance on me. My ability to take the top off defenses can really help open up the playbook. Being able to not only making the wide open catches, but also the contested catches is what I will also bring to the team. Most importantly, they will be getting the hardest working person in the room. Off the field, I will work just as hard. Film study is the most important because you need to know your opponent more than they know themselves. I also like to watch myself to see what I need to work on and get better at. The weight room also plays a huge role during the season to be able to maintain what you built in the off-season. I am always looking for ways to get better whether it be on or off the field.

Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?

I will give you 150% day in and day out. I am an extremely hard worker and I am a winner. Being the size that I am, I have always been counted out and doubted but if given an opportunity, I don’t think a team will be disappointed. I will do whatever it takes to help the team be successful. Whether that be being a role player, scout team player, starter, or learning a new position, I just want an opportunity to be able to show that I can compete with the best there is.