Jalen Hoover: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview

Name: Jalen Hoover
School: University of Idaho
Position: Nickel/S/CB

Height: 5’9”
Weight: 185

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

During my final season at Idaho, I strived to be a better team leader. My goal was to help younger players on and off the field, with the objective of making their college experience the best it could be.

Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?

Having the extra year of eligibility allowed me to make significant strides in various areas. I was able to improve on my current skills, and the extra year gave me time to add new ones. Making the transition from starting safety to starting cornerback/nickel allowed me to showcase how versatile I can be.

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

Both my coaches and teammates would say I’m a very passionate – vocal leader – tenacious football player, who plays with great determination and heart to get the job done.

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

While watching film, I focus on my upcoming opponents who I will encounter both at slot and outside. To know the strengths and weaknesses of each opposing player is key to my game plan. When analyzing film of myself, I pay close attention to the little details, as they typically affect the overall result of my play.

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

I’m the best special teamer in this year’s Draft! Not only am I a versatile defensive back who has produced at every position I’ve played, I also was the Big Sky’s main threat at blocking punts and field goals.

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

I’m currently training down in Dallas, TX at the Michael Johnson Performance facility before showcasing my skills at Idaho’s Pro Day.

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

The ability to adapt and prosper through adversity.

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

I’m the BEST SPECIAL TEAMER in this year’s Draft. I have the experience and ability to play any position in the secondary at a high level. I will better the any club’s special team unit at every phrase and add value and depth to the DB room. I have a lovable character that is welcoming to anyone I approach.