Danny Gilbert Jr: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Danny Gilbert Jr
School: Bethany College
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
My goal was to stay solid in my technique. Staying consistent with being consistent is very important. It played a major roll in me finishing the season being tied for first in INT’S in the conference.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
It allowed me to focus on my craft. Double down on my technique, sharping my eye discipline, exploding out of my break, and finishing.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
Loud vocal guy. Leader. Hard worker. Come to work everyday with high and good energy. Helping other teammates learn the playbook. Making the people around me better.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
There’s a lot of things I pay attention to that I write down while watching film. Personnel is important while watching film. How many times they throw or run the ball out of their packages. Who comes in, who goes out. I look to see how WRs and TEs run there routes, most WRs raise there shoulders up when breaking down during their routes, so I pay attention to that. Most TEs are physical while running routes, I’d like to be aggressive at the release off the line with those big guys. Knowing the down and distance, the offense would have a selective personnel. I also pay attention to some WRs switch their feet on certain routes. Also keying the end man LOS. His high hat, low hat gives me a good read on what they’re doing. Taking notice on different types of formations, and the motions. Some teams would run the same play’s just out of a different formations. I also notice different hand signals that opposing QBs gives WRs vs different coverages.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
My purpose. I use to sleep at bus stop in high school some nights, when I wasn’t able to sleep on my cousin’s couch. My little sister is living out of her car right now. And I am in position to change that. So my purpose drives to me everyday.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
Staying consistent with being consistent is always the plan. Working with Mr.Bommerito will also help take me to that next level.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Loud vocal guy. Willing to get the people around me better. Always willing to learn regardless of who it’s from. Coming in locked in and staying locked in is key.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
Oh I’m a different dude. Losing my brother was the hardest thing I ever had to go through, now everything I do is for him. I take nothing for granted. I understand that the work you put in you’ll get out. I’m Ready!