Eljon Williams Jr: 2020 Pro Prospect Interview

Name: Eljon Williams Jr
School: Mercyhurst
Position: DE
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 265

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

The goals that I had set for my final collegiate season was being able to help my team have a winning season, earn a strip sack and improve as a player from my junior year to my senior year. I felt that I was able to accomplish those goals to the best of my ability, but more importantly to be a motivator for my teammates to keep them inspired during adversities and coming off tough losses.

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

The type of player that my coaches and teammates would say I am is someone who is determined, tough and athletic. Also, someone who is mentally tough, positive and energetic. An individual who can keep their team on their feet when going through adversity during a game, not giving up and playing until I have nothing left in the tank and even when the tank was empty, run on fumes.

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

When it comes to studying film, I look to see the negatives that I need to properly fix whether it may be my alignment, my pass rush technique or my foot position in order to create a much quicker get off. These are things that I go over with my coach just in case I may not see something that needs to be worked on. During my free time, I would go over everything Coach and I spoke about at the meetings to perfect my technique which would get me ready for game day.

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

What separates me from the other pro prospects at my position is that I’m an underdog who I believe, has been overlooked by many. One, I came from a small town in Massachusetts called Randolph. Although in Massachusetts, I was the only football player in the entire state selected to play in the Blue-Grey All American High School Bowl in Jacksonville, FL. In that game I had 3 sacks, 8 tackles and a TFL. This was against some of the best 5 star players in the country. I was overlooked but kept grinding. I was the FBU Gatorade MVP out of 350 players during that 3 day camp and was still overlooked but I still continued to grind. I was the only athlete out of my town to earn a full Division I scholarship to Delaware State University in over twenty years and was still overlooked, yet I still continued to grind. This is what separates me from all the rest because I’m the guy they still overlooked until I show up and show out, they’ll never see me coming and when they do, I’ve already laid them down. I’m a defensive end who plays with a hunger to win & chip on my shoulder, playing with everything I have as if I have nothing to lose.

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

My offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities is to continue using my workout program that I’ve been using over the summer and in season to improve on my speed, strength and technique. I’ve been working out with strength and conditioning coaches at Athletic Republic where they help me work on my core training, speed, technique and weight training. This is in preparation for the upcoming ANC combine in Atlanta, GA on May 30th, which I have been invited to.

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

The strengths and abilities that I will bring to a team will be my positive energy to keep the team motivated and focused, character, leadership abilities and mental toughness. I’m willing to use myself as a walking and talking testimony to what I’ve endured and overcome. If selected as spokesperson for our team, I will share my life story with younger athletes who look to people in my position as hope and inspiration. I will tell them that it is hard and there will be tough times and trials, but their dreams can be achieved through hard work both on and off the field but more importantly in the classroom.

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

Whoever is willing to take a chance on me, I will take full advantage of the blessed opportunity and make you not regret your decision. I can recall a “no name”, who was the 199th overall pick in the sixth round, who the team owner asked the head coach, “Who is this kid?” This kid was overlooked by many NFL teams, his name is Tom Brady. I was always told that the NFL can find anybody, anywhere. Like Tom Brady told Bob Kraft, I’m the best decision this team made and when the opportunity presented itself, he did not disappoint. And if given the same opportunity, neither will I.