Sterling Clark: 2018 Draft Prospect Interview
Name: Sterling Clark
School: Wilmington College
Position: Offensive Line
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
My goals headed into my final collegiate season were to improve the culture of my football team and to become an All-Conference player.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
3 words I would say to describe my playing style are physical, smart, and determined. I chose those 3 words because of course playing OL, you have to be physical, but its not just determined to prove to everyone that you can play. I’m the type of person that feels no matter how good I play, I still have to improve on every little aspect of my game because if you get just a little complacent, you will lose your spot.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
My preparation for these future opportunities has been pretty much working out whenever I can. By not just lifting weights, but by doing stretching exercises, working on the combine testing, watching film educating my minds on all the nuances it takes to be a successful player at the next level.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
When watching film, I tend to look at the box of the defense to see if I can pick up on any tendencies the defense gives away without looking. Then I start diagnosing the DL to see what moves they like to use in certain situations and when they are running line games, how do they like to run them because yes, a lot is the same to what goes on, but you can always pick up something new with every defensive front.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
What separates me from other players at my position is I feel my football IQ is above average, but always can be better. I feel I’m a real student of the game because I love this sport and yes my work ethic as well, but I literally eat, sleep, and breathe football.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Strengths and abilities that I feel I bring to a team on the field is, I feel I’m a leader on the field and I don’t think a moment is ever too big for me. I feel my competitive spirit is second to none, I just love competing and getting better each and every day on my craft. I would set my skill set as an OL that has yet to been reached because my potential for the player I can be is great, but like my high school coaches told me, potential means you haven’t done anything yet and I still live by that today. Off the field, I feel I’m a genuine person who really can be a good guy to have in your locker room and in your community. As a football player, I feel I have to use my platform to help others who don’t have a voice and I’ve always been told this someone is always looking up to you.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
My final pitch to NFL and other league scouts are, you’re going to get a guy who is going to give you everything he has day in and day out no matter the situation. I won’t be a distraction to the team/organization and want to help improve your team/organization and leave it better than before I was there.