Name: LJ Wesneski
School: University at Albany
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
I really wanted to work on my blocking my senior year. Catching the ball and running routes was always natural so I wanted to put a focus on improving my footwork and blocking technique.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
Having the extra year just gave me more time to fully understand the game and ultimately get more reps of play football at a high level. When plays were called I knew what I needed to do against whatever technique the DE or LB was in and didn’t have to really think about it.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I think they would say that I’m a vocal guy. I’m constantly trying to communicate with my teammates and coaches. I would do anything for my guys no matter what the circumstances are, I want what’s best for them.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When I’m watching film I’m looking at film I’m looking at mistakes that I made throughout the game that may have caused me to lose the rep. Whether it’s a bad first step or hand placement the little things are what wins or loses your battles. I’m also making sure I’m at proper route depths and seeing if I could’ve make a better release or move on a defender.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
What separates me from other prospects is soft hands and getting yards through traffic. I’m a bigger body and I don’t go down easily. Just tell me how many yards you need and I’ll get them.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
Working on speed was what I really needed to do. I feel like my game speed is faster then just doing testing but I know I’m gonna need to be quick to play at this next level.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
My personally and being coachable will both standout. I’m a good locker room guy and I am always looking to master my craft more and more through coaches and other teammates. I want to learn as much as I can and get to know everyone, and really build the chemistry and relationships.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
I’m willing to do whatever it takes to not only succeed personally, but to succeed as a team. We all have the same goal in mind and that is to win. No matter what my assignment or role is I’m going to give it my everything and put blood, sweat, and tears into it all.