Name: Jesper Horsted
Q: What goals did you accomplish heading into your final collegiate season?
Team: Win the Ivy league, go undefeated. Personal: Improve on blocking, refine route running.
Q: What would your coaches say about the type of player you are?
I think they would say I am a physical and competitive receiver and that my best attributes are my hands and size.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
When I am watching myself I hone in on my releases and stemming in my routes because those are aspects that I need to work on, especially going into the next level. When I watch opponents I try to focus on tendencies in the alignment and post-snap movement of the DBs. There were a lot of instances this season where my fellow receivers and I were able to identify the coverages of some teams early because of this.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
Playing three sports through high school and two in college I think has really refined my body control and hand-eye coordination. I think this also means that since I haven’t ever been able to spend an offseason working on football, I haven’t yet maximized my potential so there is still a lot of improvement that I will make now that I’m finally doing that.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
As I mentioned, playing baseball throughout college has benefitted certain parts of my game and hurt others. I have been spending this offseason training vigorously to improve my strength and agility, which was previously something I was a little bit behind in due to baseball.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I am a relentless competitor with an affinity for the mental side of the game. I will be someone who will know the playbook and show up every day ready to improve and compete no matter what my role is on the team.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
Because I am coming out of the Ivy League, I am sure there are questions regarding the level of competition I’ve faced, but I believe my performance at the East West Shrine game can dispel those. Beyond that, I know I’m going to work my tail off to improve and reach my full potential, I just hope that a team gives me a chance so I can help them win in any way I possibly can.