James Smith-Williams: 2020 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: James Smith-Williams
School: North Carolina State
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
My first goal was to be the best captain I could be and a leader of men. I set out goals to be an all conference player and to have double digit sacks. Unfortunately injury derailed my last year.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
Dependable, accountable and tough.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
It depends on the time of the year. When it’s spring ball or fall camp I do a lot of self scouting. Watching my first step, hand usage or placement, and how I’m responding to blocks. Among other things. In season I watch a lot of my opponent and what moves beats him.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
My athleticism is elite, which was put on display at the combine. But I also think my football IQ and my mentality are also separators.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I spent months training in Texas for the combine. Now with the coronavirus I have been home but I still train everyday. Now more so on the fundamentals of my craft.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I think my leadership and involvement in the community. But also my ability to be used all over the defensive front and on special teams.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL/CFL or any other pro leagues?
There’s isn’t a more mature prospect in the draft class that has my athletic tools and desire to win.