Johnny Stanton: 2018 Draft Prospect Interview
Name: Johnny Stanton
Position: Quarterback/Linebacker/Tight End/Special Teams
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
My goals were to lead my team in whatever way possible. When I found out I wasn’t going to be able to start at QB at the beginning of the season, I made the decision to try to benefit the team in whatever way I could. So I asked to play some special teams and after that went well, I got moved to defense for two games before I got to play QB again for a few games.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
If I could describe myself in three words it’d be “Any Way Possible”. I want to be an asset to whatever team I’m on, whether or not it’s at the position I had originally planned on being. So I opened myself up to playing whatever position any team I’m on in the future wants me to play at.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
I’ve done a lot of training already, especially in preparation for my Pro Day. I trained at Philippi Sports Institute for pro day and since pro day as well. I work with whatever receivers I can throw to and whatever QBs I can catch from. It’s different than seasons in the past because I could train for the position I was slated in. Now I’m preparing for anything and everything.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
I focus on the opposing team when watching film. Whatever tendencies I can pick up on, I make notes on them. It was very different this last year looking at the opposing team’s offense while playing defense. I only had two weeks to pick up on it, but it’s something I want to practice more in case it’s something I will be doing in the future.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
I think the things that separate me from other players are my athleticism at my size and my versatility. I tested pretty well on my pro day and I was very proud of how I performed. I worked out at QB, Tight End, Linebacker, and Long Snapper in order to be as valuable to a team as possible.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
My strengths are being put into a situation in which I have to adapt. I’ll play any position the team wants me to play to get on the field and to help the team. I have the leadership capabilities to make the people around me better.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
I want NFL teams to know that when you get me, you get someone who is willing to work at any position and who has the size and ability to play almost any position on the field. I’ve had to work extremely hard for every minute of playing time I’ve been able to receive. I am willing to do whatever it takes to play at the next level.