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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jay Woods III, DB, University of Tennessee-Martin

Jay Woods III the versatile defensive back from the University of Tennessee-Martin recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds scout Justin Berendzen.
Jay Woods III the versatile defensive back from the University of Tennessee-Martin recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds scout Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Jay Woods III
  • Position: DB
  • College: University of Tennessee-Martin
  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 190 lbs
  • Twitter: @Jay_Woods_10
  • Instagram: @JClampz4x

What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

I always had a passion for the game and it was something that was always fun to me since pee wee ball. I first started playing football at the age of 5 and I ended up being pretty good and every since then I never looked back now we here.

If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

It would be Jalen Ramsey because he knows so much about the CB position and the level he has been playing at every since he got in the NFL is unbelievable to me so just being able to get that opportunity to get knowledge from him about the game would be great to me.

What are you hoping to achieve as a football player going forward?

I’m hoping that I get drafted and if not drafted a camp invite because all I need is a shot. I always felt like I’ve been over looked so just being able to get a shot would be everything to me because I know I’m going to make the best of that opportunity.

What should we know about Jay Woods III the person?

You should know that I’m more than just a football player, I’m a family person I love to be around my family and friends just enjoying life I also like to cook on my free time. I also want to be a chef and hopefully one day open my own restaurant.

What sets you apart from other defensive backs?

I believe what sets me apart is I’m very long I may not be the tallest standing at 5’10 but I’m very athletic, I can jump higher than most and I have the speed to match it. I also have good hips and feet which are all key things you want as a DB and I have good instincts on the field and the main thing I would say that sets me apart from others is I have heart and I’m a dog and I look to prove whoever my opponent is in front of me wrong every time I get the chance too.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

I have alot of favorite moments but one I can just point out off top would be this past season we made school history at UTM we won the OVC championship and we were also the first team in program history to win a playoff game and be ranked in the top 10 we were ranked #8 so that was pretty cool.

What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

The kind of energy I bring onto the field is alot of energy and excitement I try to get the fans and the rest of the team into it and once we get that momentum going on defense it’s wraps for our opponent most of the time.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

I go at them with a positive attitude and mindset and when things go wrong I make sure to stay composed and calm because when you stress in any situation out you tend to loose yourself.

What do you love about the game of football?

I love everything about the game of football the fans, the bright lights it all just gives you a thrill and makes you want to perform to your best knowing you have people watching you make plays out there.

What would a team get in a player like you?

A team would be getting a very coachable player that is willing to learn even more than what I already know. They will be getting a CB/Nickel back that is physical in the run game and that can also play man or zone and a player that’s gone fly around the field and make play’s for myself and teammates.

What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?

Explosiveness, efficiency, field position, finishing drives, and turnovers you do those things your just about guaranteed to win that game.

What is your favorite coverage and why?

Press man or man in general because I’m able to use my length as an advantage at the line of scrimmage and rattle the WRs because most WRs don’t like being touched but don’t get me wrong I also can play zone just as good.

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