Noah Wanzek: 2020 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Noah Wanzek
School: North Dakota
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
The number one goal my team and I set was to make the playoffs and win a national championship in Frisco, Texas. To reach this ultimate victory, I set some additional goals to help me improve as a player and teammate. The first thing is that I wanted to be a better leader and push others to be the best. Along with this, my goal was to focus a lot on the details of my game, which included getting better at running routes and blocking.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My coaches and teammates would say that I am a very competitive and determined player. Throughout my time in college I pushed myself and grew into a much better player. They would also say that I am tough and willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win. I push through adversity and find ways to succeed.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
When I am studying film, there are two specific things I focus on. The first one is in a situation where I am preparing for a game. For this instance, I focus a lot on the coverages the opponent uses and certain tendencies I can attack on game day. The other situation is when I am studying a specific player and trying to learn from them. I focus a lot on the ways they manipulate their routes to get open, and what sort of tools they use to create space.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
What separates me from other pro prospects is my intangibles. Like many others, I have the athletic ability to be successful at the next level but its my knowledge of the game and drive that will prove to be important. I have studied different aspects of my position and will use what I learn to separate myself. Along with this, I have the work ethic to push myself further than the competitors.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I have been very fortunate to work with some great people at fantastic facilities throughout my professional training period. I trained for a pro day at the Sanford Power Center in Fargo, ND as well as doing field work and film study back in Grand Forks, ND. I focused on every detail ranging from my nutrition to the combine drill techniques and tried to prepare myself the best I could.
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 big, physical wide receiver that will provide a play maker for the team that brings me in. I have a large catch radius and an ability to make the tough, contested catches in times of need. As for off the field, I will be a good person that will be a contributor to a championship culture.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL/CFL or any other pro leagues?
If your team needs a great wide receiver that is willing to do whatever the team needs to be successful, then I am your guy. My numbers, statistics, and film do a great job showing the potential I have, I just need one team to give me an opportunity to prove myself. If you take a chance on me, I will work endlessly to be successful.