Draft Diamonds Free Agent Interview: Caleb Wells, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
Hello I am @jrberendzen on Twitter and this is one of my free agent interviews where I ask very deserving free agents questions about the players themselves and about what a team would get in these players. All of these players should get picked up by NFL and CFL teams and get a shot at being a career football player. So I hope you all read this interview @WellsCaleb51
1.What are your favorite moments from your football life?
I’ll say my top 3 favorite moments from my football life are:
- Signing a scholarship to play at Grambling State University out of junior college
- Registering my first D1 sack against Northwestern State
- Winning a SWAC Championship on the Texans field in Houston
2.What do you do for fun?
For fun you’ll usually find me playing madden, I’m a true madden junkie, lol. Besides that, I’m spending time with family, friends, or my high school athletes as this was my first year coaching at that level.
3.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?
My mindset is simply to inflict my will on whoever the given opponent is. That I should be felt long before I’m heard. I’m seen mostly as a guy who’ll only run the edge, but I pride myself on my level of physicality in the run game.
4.What is your favorite workout?
On the field I love pass rush work..breaking down inefficiencies in my get off, sled work, and tons of hands. Weight room wise the more I continue to open my hips I’m definitely becoming friendly with the squat rack.
5.What is your favorite stadium that you have played in?
Favorite stadium I’ve played in has to be the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The feel of Bayou Classic, the energy is unmatched.
6.What has been your biggest challenge in life?
My biggest challenge in life has probably been understanding that everything doesn’t happen when I want it to. It’s not easy but I’m learning daily to just control the controllable’s, and let the chips fall where they land.
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7.Rank focus,footwork and skill based on what is most important to you as a football player and explain why?
Focus for me comes number one as a football player. Things like eye discipline, my alignment, my assignment, and if I fulfilled my responsibilities are huge for me. I’ll say skill is second. Being a technically sound football player not only in pass rush but in the run game as well is important to me. Footwork for me is third. I’m on the field a lot working a lot of reactionary movement, with constant footwork and speed development. This is an area of my game that has been a strong suit for some time.
8.What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?
I’ve wanted to play ball for as long as I can remember. I grew up a huge Jason Taylor fan, he was just a playmaker off the edge, a game changer. I started off playing soccer, but got a ton of red flags. I think that definitely played apart in my mom putting me in football immediately in 4th grade.
9.If you could live anywhere in the world where and why?
I’d probably still live in the United States. I’m big on family and all of mine is here. I’ll say somewhere in Southern California is somewhat of a dream location.
10.What would a team get in a player like you?
As a football player, you get a high motor guy. Physical player, that adds value as both as a pass rusher and run stopper. A team would get a passionate high energy guy, that can rally those around him. Others have always fed off of my energy on the field, it’s like it’s contagious.
11.If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?
Ray Lewis for sure. He’s just like a plethora of knowledge both in and outside the lines. I just feel like his words carry a certain weight, and he fearless stands by what he has to say. These are some qualities I hope young athletes can say about me one day.
12.What do you hope to accomplish if you make it into the NFL?
Personally my goal is to have a 8-10 sack season at the highest level of football there is. A Pro Bowl caliber season has always been a goal of mine as well. Also if I make it, my position could help me even further with how invested I am with the kids in my community. I’ve always been big on giving back and making it could bring off the field dreams into fruition as well.