Name: Jayson Williams II
School: Eastern Washington
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
My goals for my final collegiate season were to be an 1,000 yard receiver, win conference, make another national championship run, all academic team again and some conference recognition. I failed short on most but I kept a positive mindset and was grateful for those I were able to accomplish such as all-academics (4 years in a row) and All Big Sky Team.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
That I’m a leader that talk less but speak volume with my work. I’m the player/coach on the field knowing everyone’s assignment and be able to help others get aligned. They will say that although I don’t say much they can count on me and trust me on and off the field. I’m the player that gives my all and if you need me in another position I’m willing to do it.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
Depending on what type of film session we’re referring to. If I’m doing some self development and watching other WRs individually then I’m looking at their technique, how they get in and out of cuts, how they drop their hips or how they’re able to create space and how they feel a zone and be able to respond to it. If I’m watching film on a defense I like to start at the front 7 and work my way back. I look at the Dline/LBs technique and the amount of time they take on average to get to the QB. Knowing how long the front 7 takes to get to the QB helps me know how long on average I have with my releases and time to get in a certain window. I then switch to watching the DBs certain coverages and on certain downs and distances along with their technique.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
As a WR we’re perceived to be divas of the team but I’m far from being one of those. Im the opposite, I’m the hardworking player that when he doesn’t get the ball is still working hard to help his teammate reach the end zone. I’m the player that isn’t scared to earn his spot will play special teams and actually be a presence on it. What separates me is that I’m not traditional. I love the dirty work, I love being the underdog, and I love proving people wrong.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
Sadly, with the virus going on it messed up my original plan of training but I’ve been working my way around. I was originally training in Oregon at a facility but once everything started shutting down I’ve been hopping fences to get on fields to run routes and drills to waiting until closed hours and get into a gym to lift late at night. I’ve been trying to stay on top of my training anyway possible but mainly just getting out and running everyday. With everything going as an under the radar type of player I know I will have to stay ready for a call at any moment.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
My character, my attention to detail, and my willingness to do anything I set my mind to. I feel that I’m a versatile player that can play inside and outside but I can also play running back in different sets like Deebo Samuel or Ty Montgomery. I’m not scared of contact and actually like to hit so if I have to make a name on special teams first then that’s fine with me.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
Simple. I just need one chance.