John Vogeler: 2019 Draft Prospect Interview

Name: John Vogeler
School: Bemidji State
Position: S
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 212

Q: What goals did you accomplish heading into your final collegiate season?

One of my main goals was trying to become comfortable being uncomfortable, I think with trying to achieve that in all aspects of life you can really grow as a person and as a player. Another goal that I achieved was earning team captain and also setting the school record with 4 pick 6s in my two years of starting at safety. 

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

My coaches would say that I lead by example on and off the field. Hardworking and motivated to become the best person and player I can be and also lift up and help his teammates so they can also to become the best players they can be. A WE over ME type of player. My coaches would say that I can adapted to situations quickly for the better. A player that has anyone’s back from starter to redshirt.

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

When watching film I like to watch from a QB perspective, I was a QB all my life leading up to my sophomore year in college before I made the switch to DB. I look to break down the opponents top formations along with the routes each formation brings. Find how who the go to guy is for them.  Notice any tendencies that the opponent might favor in their offensive scheme and go play ball.

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

I’m a gamer. I bring many years from the offensive side of the ball, which in return really helps me at the DB position because I read the opponents offense as if I was the QB. I bring great size, strength and length to my position but also speed. I have never in my career been beat deep over the top. I control pretty much anything in the air and anything in the back half. I take pride in hustle plays and is not afraid of the big moments because you win in that moments regardless winning or losing. You can also learn and adapted and move forward. 

Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?

I’ve been training at Elite Next Level Training (ETS) in Minnesota. It is a top training facility for all athletes looking to reach the professional level at whatever sport you are doing.  Working on speed, strength and agility along with position work.

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

On the field, my raw level of knowledge I bring to the game, knowing I’ve been a QB most of my life and having two very successful years at safety I try to use everything I’ve learned from both sides of the ball and combine them into one. I can learn and handle adversity very well and think on the fly so when I get the game plan down with all the tendencies, I don’t have to think, I just go out and play football. Off the field I am still a very reliable person. I do my job. I love to work in the communities and make whatever’s around me better. My team won “Battle For The Paddle” which is working the most hours in the community such as reading to middle school kids or doing community work. 

Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?

To any teams that gives me an opportunity, you are getting the hidden gem in the dirt. I have confidence in my ability that I can effectively and efficiently perform at the next level. I have made the switch from QB to DB and proved a numerous amount of doubters and naysayers wrong throughout my career in sports but also off the field too. You are getting a person that will be the hardest working person in the room but will also hold others accountable and with doing that leading by example. A person that will make the community a better place for all to enjoy also. A player that learns quickly and does his job, a player that is a WE over ME type of player.