Peyton Williams: 2020 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Peyton Williams
School: Mount St. Joseph
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
The goals I had set for this season were to start strong and to finish strong, winning one game at a time and playing every snap like it was my last. With that being said, my goals were to play my role as a player to my potential, win conference, and then make a run in playoffs.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
A leader. I had a very good and close relationship with each and every coach and teammate of mine. Every coach knew me as a player. They knew I would lay it all out on the field for my team. They knew I put my heart into the game. They knew that when adversity hit, I would keep my composure and keep my teammates up. On and off the field, my teammates were my brothers. I think they would explain me as a smart and talented player, who can run and cover a decent amount of ground. They knew I loved contact. I love to come downhill and make plays. They knew that when I was stressed down on the backside, I was going to make a play if the opponent handed the ball off. Overall, I think my coaches and teammates would define me as a very hungry, smart and talented player with a huge amount of potential, as well as being an all-around good person in general. They know I have a mindset of wanting to succeed. I work and am always trying to better myself mentally and physically.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
Consistency is big to me. When I watch film, I adjust. Film is extremely important. I spent a lot of time watching our practice film, watching myself and the mistakes I needed to correct. I also spent a lot of time watching game film when prepping for an opponent. This included studying the quarterback and his reads as well as focusing heavily on the formations, receiver personnel, and route combinations. I made corrections each week to get better and better. I focused on playing my role and bettering my game, because I knew I was playing with some of the greatest athletes in the country. Perfecting my craft and game each week to get our team a win was my biggest focus while watching film.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
My size and game. I think the hungry way I play is what separates me from most defensive backs, as well as being an extremely coachable player. It is extremely important for a player to be coachable. Taking coaching is one of the most important parts of the game. I love bettering myself as a player and I will never be satisfied with the type of player I am. I want to be better and better. I will always take what a coach has to say and apply it to my game and craft.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I am currently on the field 3-4 times a week, as well as in the gym 4-5 times a week. My biggest focus is quickness, as I am continuing to better my footwork, speed, and acceleration. I am sitting right around the low 4.6’s, with my goal of getting in the 4.5’s consistently. I plan on continuing to work on coverages as well, focusing on break points, as well as putting my foot in the ground and breaking on the ball. During the off-season, I will be training with an old high school position coach of mine, who taught me a lot of what I know. I also might have the opportunity to train with a speed and agility trainer for a couple months.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Leadership and loyalty. I have always been the type to lead by example. I think I could be a huge asset to a team. The way I build relationships with teammates is a huge strength of mine. I love investing myself into something that means so much to me for people who play such a huge role in my life.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
If the time and/or opportunity comes, I know I am capable of impressing a professional team. I am willing to give everything I have for a team willing to give me a shot, without a doubt. I am hungry and would love to keep playing the game I love.