Payton Vanderkooi: 2019 Draft Prospect Interview

Name: Payton Vanderkooi
School: Otterbein
Position: WR
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 185

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

Unfortunately I did not accomplish any of my goals as I was hurt most of the year and only played half the season.

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

That I’m a hard worker, great route runner and that my football IQ is better than most.

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

When I study practice film I watch myself and critique every step I take in a route, how I can set up a route without taking any unnecessary steps, when I watch opponent film, I look at what coverages they run on certain downs and distances, how run heavy the safeties are, if I’m playing a more physical or athletic type player.

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

I would say my football IQ separates me from other players.

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

I will do some speed and agility work with someone local.

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 quick learner so I will get the playbook down fast, I catch everything that is in my vicinity, I do what I’m taught to do and I will cause no problems off the field.

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

Don’t judge my size or where I came from, know your getting a great route running, possession WR who will make plays when my number is called.