Name: Josh Saunders
School: University of Charleston
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
Some goals I set for myself was to become mature in the way I play and think, never take any moment for granted, make plays as possible and to enjoy the memories being made with my teammates.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
I took advantage of the extra year by working on each stage of my craft daily, whether becoming stronger and durable in the weight room, increasing my understanding of the game from a defensive and special teams standpoint and also by becoming more understanding of the things offensive opponents tendencies pre snap and during the whistle by watching film. By doing all of this, it makes me more marketable as a player trying to get to the next level.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I think that most of my coaches and teammates may say that I’m a very athletic, aggressively dominant type of DB that plays hard and is very coachable. I believe that some would say that I’m a very talented and equipped individual that belongs at the next level.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When watching tv film, some of the things I focus on are opponents tendencies when in different ball game situations. I also focus on each receiver’s body language and mannerisms pre snap, off the line and during the play. I also pay attention to the different releases receivers like to use when running a specific route or to get open or gain separation. The more knowledge I gain from watching film and talking to other teammates that have either played against or with an opponent in the past, makes for an easier game plan for myself.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I believe that my ability to use my athleticism, aggressive play style, controlled rage of passion for the game while I play, with my size and body type, separates me from most pro prospects at my position.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
My plan during the offseason is to train and prepare for opportunities that may come about during the process. I also plan to use all of my resources to gain the necessary insight I need to become a better player, such as talking to other individuals that have been through similar experience and that are currently playing at the next level. I also plan on working on the areas in my skill set that can be improved upon. The main goal is to stay in top shape, stay healthy and stay ready for any opportunity that comes my way whether it be a combine or tryout, and give 100% great effort.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Some strengths I will bring to the team is my ability to communicate and get along with individuals or teammates. I’m also big on leadership and being a role model for others, not by being the loudest guy in the room but by being the most effective. I also lead by example and am very much capable of being professional in any work environment.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
My final pitch would be “not to miss out on the one rare diamond in rough player that will be very valuable in the long run”. The kind of player you’re gonna get in your organization on and off the field will be legendary and memorable.