Donnell Rodgers: 2020 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Donnell Rodgers
School: North Dakota
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
The goals I set for myself in my final season were to get over 100 tackles, be disruptive in run and pass game, create turnovers and to be the best teammate and captain i could be. I ended the season with a school record of 126 tackles in a season. I also had 3 forced fumbles and a INT. I had gotten all of my statistic goals that i had wanted and i gave everything to my teammates and coaches.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My coaches and teammates would say that I am a JYD(junk yard dog) I always show up ready to go day in and day out. I am reliable and always give it my all to achieve my goals.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
When I study film the main thing I look at are formations and certain tells that teams have. I do this because teams like to run certain plays out of certain formations. I also look at tells players have because it will tell you a lot about what they might do or where the ball is going.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
What I think separates me from other prospects is my work ethic and drive. I’ve always came from a spot where no one really knew who i was and that’s always been my drive. I’ve proved to myself and others that i am able to do this at any level and i look forward to keep doing it.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I have been training at ETS getting in great shape and have been pushing myself day after day. I also have been on a meal plan so i can watch my calories and macros. Along with that i have been focused on recovery and keep learning more about the game by watching videos and studying.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I feel like I am a great leader. I’m not always going to be the guys who is screaming and yelling but the way i carry myself and my actions have given me a lot of respect among my teammates and coaches. I always give it my all in everything that I do along with doing the right things on and off the field. Attitude is contagious so I always stay positive and do what i know is right.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
If you want a player who is going to give it all they got and will show up everyday to get better in every aspect of the game while making other players better, that’s the type of player I am.