2017 NFL Draft: Michael Rector, Stanford Cardinal
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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Michael. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
Michael Rector: Well, my name is obviously Michael Rector. I’m from Tacoma, WA. Besides being my parents son, my greatest accomplishment and what I’m proud of the most is being a Stanford graduate. I was pre med and earned a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology with an emphasis in health, nutrition, and human performance.
Justin David Kish: During your college career you played for the Stanford Cardinal. Tell us about your time with the Cardinal?
Michael Rector: Playing college football was the greatest time of my life and produced some of the greatest memories of my life. From 3 PAC 12 Championships and 3 Rose Bowls to the lifelong relationships I made with my teammates, I had a blast.
Justin David Kish: During your time with the Cardinal you were coached by offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren. How has the coaching staff at Stanford improved you as a player during your time?
Michael Rector: I think the greatest thing about a coach is when you can really tell that they care first and foremost about you as a person before as a player. I think that’s the quality of coaches Stanford has and it really shaped me as a person and a player. They really helped develop and mold me into a complete player.
Justin David Kish: Playing in the PAC-12 Conference you play against Washington, Arizona State and UCLA on a year-to-year basis. What is one game that really brought out the best in you and took you to your limits?
Michael Rector: I think every year we played Oregon or USC it was a fun one. Same with Washington, since they are my hometown team.
Justin David Kish: Being a wide receiver you were covered by some of the best defensive backs in the nation. What was one defensive back that gave you that challenge and how did you fare?
Michael Rector: I would say Adoree Jackson from USC was a fun guy to go against. Every time we went against each other it was a good battle. He won some, I won some, and ultimately that’s what makes you into a better player and competitor.
Justin David Kish: During your time with Stanford you made so many great memories with your brothers on the field. What is one memory that sticks out from the rest?
Michael Rector: There’s not really one standout memory because there were so many. I think I’ll look back on it all and just be so appreciative of all of the guys in the locker room whom I an honored to call brothers.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a Stanford Cardinal?
Michael Rector: I think it means everything. Apart from Stanford Football which is a great accomplishment, there are so many other amazing things about being a Cardinal. From the people you meet around campus to the professors to the Alum, it’s been amazing to network and meet so many great people that are truly at the top of their respective grades in the world.
Justin David Kish: You are now shifting your focus on the 2017 NFL Draft. How are you currently preparing yourself for the draft and who are you working with?
Michael Rector: I’m training a EXOS in San Diego for the combine.
Justin David Kish: During your time with Stanford you played in the same offense with quarterbacks Kevin Hogan (current Browns quarterback) and current Cardinal quarterback Keller Chryst. What is your relationship with both quarterbacks and has have you spoken to Kevin and get advice from him?
Michael Rector: I have a great relationship with them both. Obviously they are great players but I think what’s more important is that they are even better people. I obviously am always rooting for them and wish them both the best. I still keep in constant contact with Kev so I’ve been able to pick his brain a bit. I was actually just with him a couple weeks ago.
Justin David Kish: When you look at the rest of the receiving class headed into the 2017 Draft how do you standout from the rest?
Michael Rector: I think I bring a combination of speed, quickness, hands, explosiveness, and competitiveness that is very unique.
Justin David Kish: What is one aspect of your game do you consider to be your biggest strength?
Michael Rector: I think my speed and mental toughness is my biggest strength.
Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game you are improving on to showcase at upcoming workouts?
Michael Rector: I’m always trying to get better in all facets of my game. I want to be the most complete receiver I can be.
Justin David Kish: What were some of your on the field responsibilities at Stanford?
Michael Rector: I was supposed to lead the team by making plays and helping to ignite our offense.
Justin David Kish: What was your chemistry like with your team?
Michael Rector: Our team and a special comradery that I think was very different than every other locker room in America. I can honestly say that I would go to battle for any and all of my teammates.
Justin David Kish: What does your preparation for game day look like?
Michael Rector: I like to relax and try not to peak to early. I listen to music and try to stay off my feet. I go to Mass and try to concentrate on playing my best game for my team, ready to explode at the correct time.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the spot. My first question. If you could compare yourself to any current day professional football wide receiver who would it be and why?
Michael Rector: I see myself similar to Kenny Stills or TY Hilton. I think I have similar body types and have speed and run a similar array of the route tree.
Justin David Kish: My final question. If I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Michael Rector?
Michael Rector: I would draft Michael Rector because you are getting the player that will give everything he has and more as a person and player to the team and organization. He will fight and put in all the work to be the best to contribute in whatever way the team needed.