CJ Windham: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview

Name: CJ Windham
School: Middle Tennessee State University
Position: WR

Height: 6’3”
Weight: 220

What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?

In my final season I set out to become the best teammate I could be along with remaining consistent in my craft. I thankfully was able to accomplish both by putting together some pieces in the film room and on the field to continue to show I can be dominant in whatever role they wanted to use me in on our offense. I was also named team captain. I take a lot of pride in being what people look up to both on and off the field, so this is one of my proudest accomplishments in sports.

Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?

I believe I took advantage of my extra season by being professional & staying consistent. I say that because the extra year gave me more time to learn about what separates a good college player from a professional player. By studying more film & playbooks, I’ve learned a little more about how current receivers in the league carry themselves in practices & games. Being consistent is something that always meant a lot to me & was something I did in my extra year. Making sure that I proved how special I can be to a team for a 6th year also shows that I can be reliable for a long time.

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

My coaches and teammates would tell you that my actions match my words & my character. They’d also say I was hard to outwork. I feel that I was respected because I always practiced what I preached in anything I did. I’ve never been one to worry about because everyone knew that I can and will get the job done. If there was ever a person that needed some guiding on or off the field, I was the man for the job.

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

While studying film I want to be my biggest critic. I try to pick myself apart the same way I’d do an opposing defense on game week. I study my own tendencies & weaknesses. I study my hustle every play. I study myself compared to some of the league receivers that match my skill set in similar situations and even like to take outside criticism. I believe help from other coaches or players that I’ve played against can sometimes be the best because you aren’t able to see everything from one viewpoint.

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

What separates me from other prospects is my size, knowledge, versatility, and reliability. Most have some but not all. I feel that I’ve been blessed with a prototypical NFL receiver body type & have proven to be trustworthy for years with no issues on or off the field. Being coachable and willing to do whatever for success is also something a lot of people can’t say about themselves either.

Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?

Off-season plans consist of maintaining the work I’ve put in prior to Pro Day and refine my knowledge of the game. I really want to work just as hard mentally as I do physically to play smarter than anything. I want to outwork the crowd in two areas. Also looking to find more ways to change some lives in a positive way off the field has been something I’ve sought after when not focused on ball.

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

Strengths I will bring to a team include my God given physical traits, leadership, work ethic, ball skills, route running, blocking ability, education, character and most importantly I’m coachable. I stand out on film in games AND practice because I am a competitor. I’m also not one to worry about, and can do way more good for a program with my abilities and character than what is expected of me.

Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?

I believe I’m one of the best pickups in this years draft. I’m the full package and everything a NFL team looks for when it comes to a receiver and a professional man. There aren’t many big physical receivers with that can move, have ball skills, AND love to be involved blocking or helping the team anywhere. My college resume has also shown that over a 6 year period I’ve been loyal and showing consistent success no matter what changes occurred on the field. I’m educated & I’ve never been a problem off the field. I’ve shown that I have what it takes to earn trust from others & to lead players around me in a professional setting.