Name: Jared Southers
School: Georgia Tech/Vanderbilt
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
One major goal that I accomplished was being voted team captain. I set this goal for myself after signing day back in high school. It was an honor to be voted captain in my lone season at Georgia Tech after coming in as a graduate transfer. I also was named to the ACC All-Academic team.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
They would say that I am a smart player who is obsessive about the process. I approach the game as a professional in terms of how I train, take care of my body, and study film. I consistently was the first guy in and the last guy to leave. They would say that I love the game of football and everything that comes along with it.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
When I study myself, I am very critical and look for things I need to correct in my footwork, hand placement, and overall technique. I pick out what I am doing well and what I need to work on. When I study other people at my position, I look for things they do well and for different pieces that I can add to my game to make me a better player. There is always so much more to learn, especially at the O-Line position. When I study opposing defenses, I look for tendencies and keys that will allow me to anticipate what my opponent will do. Stance keys, hand signals, fronts, coverages, anything that will help me play as fast as possible come game day.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I am smart enough and athletic enough to play all five positions on the offensive line. Versatility is crucial at the next level and I can provide that. I have game experience at four out of the five positions on the offensive line and as an extra tackle in a blocking tight-end role. I am able to digest offensive schemes and playbooks easily and I can break down and analyze defensives well.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I have been training at Michael Johnson Performance in McKinney, TX and with O-Line specialist, Duke Manyweather, since January 1st. I will be training here up until my Pro-Day on March 11th. After Pro-Day, I will be back in Atlanta training with my college strength coach and O-Line specialist, Willie Anderson.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
My intelligence and athleticism are traits that will stand out. I have a high football IQ and I am athletic enough to play all five positions on the offensive line. Off the field I am accountable, I show up early and stay late, I am dedicated, and I carry myself as a professional in everything that I do.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
If you want a high character, smart, and versatile offensive lineman, I am your guy. I am athletic enough and smart enough to play all five positions on the offensive line and I carry myself as a professional. I have a process for how I conduct myself in terms of how I train, how I take care of my body, how I study film, and how I conduct myself off the field. I have the necessary physical traits, intelligence, and habits needed for high level success as a professional.