Patrick Stoudamire Interview

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    Patrick Stoudamire Interview
    by Mike Harman on March 22, 2010


    Double moves or double majors, there's not a lot Patrick Stoudamire can't handle.

    When you read and listen to a lot of the interviews from NFL draft prospects this offseason you often see and hear them talk about where they think they deserve to be drafted. Patrick Stoudamire Jr. isn’t one of those prospects. A lot of those very same prospects realized that they had pro potential and completely forget about the importance of their education. Once again Stoudamire isn’t one of those prospects.

    When he tells you that he will be grateful for his chance no matter where he goes in the draft (or which team) you can’t help but feel inspired. And when that same person tells you that he took his college career seriously by being a double major (Biology & Zoology) with a minor (Forensic Science) you can’t help but wonder what else the scouts would ever want in terms of character.

    Most people haven’t seen many Western Illinois football games over the last four years. But if you had you would have seen Stoudamire play in 42 of those games and record six interceptions. So why don’t more people know and love Patrick Stoudamire?

    Perhaps the problem with Stoudamire is his size and athleticism. Stoudamire is over 5’10 which puts him at the same height as any corner that could go in the first. He also has a 4.4 40-time so there shouldn’t be much concern about his speed. Patrick also has two cousins (Salim and Damon) that have nearly 20 years of combined NBA experience under their belts, and another cousin (Chris Mims) who played eight seasons in the NFL. It is that type of family tree that scouts drool over and Stoudamire is no exception.

    What about the question of talent Stoudamire faced in 1-AA? Sure he may not have faced great talent all of the time, but in games against Arkansas, Wisconsin, and Illinois the entire team only allowed three total passing TDs. Stoudamire can go against anyone (2 PBU against Arkansas), and he makes defenses better. Corners from the 1-AA football have also done a good job of transitioning to the NFL better than any other position as of late.

    So if his framework, mindset, experience and talent level isn’t a problem what about his game tape and statistics? Stoudamire was only able to round up six interceptions in 42 starts, but it’s hard to blame a player who isn’t thrown to. And statistically in those 42 starts Stoudamire has 41 passes defended and 35 passes broken up. Those are some amazing numbers that are more impressive than a bunch of interceptions. Tell me why Nnamdi Asomugha’s three interceptions over the last three seasons isn’t a relevant stat and you might understand why Stoudamire has earned his hall pass.

    Every fan should want Patrick Stoudamire Junior on their team, and the 31 teams that don’t take him will remember him for the next 10 years.

    Mike Harman: It’s hard for the common fan to follow the leathernecks football, so how would you describe your game style?

    Patrick Stoudamire Jr: My game style is confident and with swag. As a corner you have to have some swag about you, and I play to try and make my receiver have a long day by always being in his face.

    MH: My favorite corner is Nnamdi Asomugha from the Raiders, and one thing I keep hearing about you is that you compare to him in that nobody ever wants to throw against you. Is there a specific NFL corner that you think you compare to well?

    PS: Champ (Bailey), a lock down corner. I love him (Asomugha) too, and it hurt me this season because no one threw to my side- only about 2-3 times a game that it is-. So coming from a small school you need a lot of stats and the reason why I don’t is because of that reason. Even at the East-West game they didn’t throw to my side, they looked and turned the other way the whole game.

    MH: What are some of the things that you have been working on for scouts to see at your pro day on Tuesday the 23rd?

    PS: I’m getting ready for the 40-time. I plan on doing a lot of starts because that’s the difference between a 4.5, 4.4 and a 4.3.

    MH: Very true. And what time are your predicting?

    PS: Low 4.4, trying to break 4.4 though. When I was down in Florida on fast turf I hit 4.38 and low 4.4s so I am getting focused to run no higher than a 4.48. It’s hard to say because some surfaces are faster than others, and some are slow.

    MH: Is there a specific receiver that you look forward to facing off against at the next level?

    PS: Donald Driver. He is fast and is a very polished receiver and considered to be one of the best. I would love to go there to play with their corners, and it would be great to learn from them.

    MH: Good call. A lot of their DB are getting up there in years and that would be a fun place to compete with some of the best. Would you mind playing out in the frozen tundra or any other cold weather place?

    PS: No, I’m use to it being in Illinois and being from in Portland, Oregon.

    MH: It’s kind of weird that you went from Portland to the Midwest, because I’m from the Midwest (Iowa) and moved to school in Eugene, OR. I heard that you had a little beef with the Northern Iowa Panthers. Why the hate?

    PS: Only because they are the best. I love the competition.

    MH: Rumor is that your coach back at Western Illinois wasn’t a huge fan of you doing kick returns, and yet on your first one in practice you took it to the house. Any truth to the myth?

    PS: Yeah I thought I was going to be the return guy but they said that I was the best corner and that they did not want me to get hurt and also going straight back on defense afterwards. I really wanted to and persisted but they wouldn’t let me so I caught some in the East-West practices against the look team to show them I can return. I also used to be a punt and kickoff returner in high school.

    MH: Did you play corner in college because of the potential playing time, or did the coaches see something in you that they liked for a corner?

    PS: I actually thought that I was going to play offense in college because I played running back, wide receiver and quarterback in an option style play. I also played corner in high school and was considered an athlete that could play anywhere, and they needed a corner so that’s where I began. I love being on an island and you have got to be an athlete to play corner.

    MH: Have you heard much as to what part of the draft you may land?

    PS: No I haven’t, but more than likely the fifth to seventh rounds. God has a plan for me whether I go in the third, in the fifth, or even in free agency, and I will be grateful.

    MH: That’s one trait that I think most prospects don’t quite understand. It isn’t solely about where they go; it’s more about the chance to go and how their places in football future don’t depend on a round.

    PS: Exactly. It doesn’t control how good of a player you will be in the NFL, just how you did in college. In the past some of the people that go in the 1st and 2nd rounds are not good in the NFL, and some of the late round picks become your franchise players.

    MH: And finally, give a sentence to scouts and draft experts as to why teams should draft you.

    PS: I am a hard worker and am always open to learning new things that the NFL coaches can teach me to better my game and I will produce.

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    Quick Profile:

    Patrick Stoudamire Jr.

    School/Pos: Cornerback, Western Illinois University
    Major: Biology, Zoology with a minor in Forensic Science
    Experience: 4 years, 42 games
    Style: Shutdown corner, rarely thrown against in college
    Compares to: Champ Bailey, Nnamdi Asomugha
    40 yard dash time: Low 4.4, high 4.3
    Stats of interest: 41 Passes defended, 35 broken up
    Pregame music of choice: R&B and Kirk Franklin

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