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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jonathan Woodard, DE, Central Arkansas

Central Arkansas defensive end Jonathan Woodard is a big and physical pass rusher
Central Arkansas defensive end Jonathan Woodard is a big and physical pass rusher

NFL Draft Diamonds and our staff have been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 2 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. We have tons of NFL staff that read our interviews, and we actually received several of the questions from NFL scouts we speak too. This gives them a little bit more information regarding your character. We hope to bring you more than 300 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner.

What is your name?

Jonathan Woodard

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’ 5”, 270

What is your position? 

Defensive End

Where do you play college football? 

The University of Central Arkansas

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field? 

Spending time with kids at Arkansas Childrens Hospital

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Organic Chemistry

Where are you from? 

Brentwood, Tennessee

Who is your role model, and why? 

My parents. Both have worked diligently to get where they are today, while supporting me in everything that I do.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

I played basketball and ran track and field

Did you play any other positions in football? 

I also played Tight End in high school

At your position, what separates you from others? 

My size/Length, Strength, ability to get off blocks quickly

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

I look for what moves in my arsenal will work against the tackles and guards I play against, pre-snap information that any offensive lineman may give away,

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

LeRaven Clark, an offensive tackle from Texas Tech

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why? 

Mario Williams. He is a Tall Defensive End that plays with a dangerous combination of speed and power.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it? 

The death of one of my best friends before last season. I overcame it with the support from family, friends, teammates, and coaches.

woodardDo you have any pre-game rituals? 

I always have a pre game playlist ready to go, and I like to watch videos of Ray Lewis and Brian Dawkins.

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

I believe my biggest obstacle is the fact that I go to a small school. I have to prove that my skill will carry on to the next level where I will face the best of the best.

What is your biggest strength? 

My Strength/Power

What is your biggest weakness? 

My pad level

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I’m a high character, highly competitive, physical player that loves the game and hates to lose.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up? 

My favorite player was Michael Vick, and my favorite team was the Titans.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose? 

Lebron James, Ray Lewis, Martin Luther King

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

Something for my parents. They’ve done so much for me, I want to give back to them.

Rapid Answers:

  • Spongebob or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? 
  • Backstreet Boys or One Direction? 
  • Lifetime Channel or HGTV? 
  • Waffles or Pancakes? 
  • Snakes or Spiders? 
  • Madden or Mario? 

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