NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko
Toledo Star WR Eric Page took the time out of his busy training schedule to answer questions about the draft process and his college career. Eric was tremendously insightful and his knowledge of the game shines through in his answers.
In a year where there are literally upwards of 40 WRs that could be drafted, it’s going to be tough to stand apart from the pack. It’s likely to be the intangibles and the off the field work ethic that will make a player stand out more so than his workouts and stat line. It’s clear to me after only 20 minutes of conversation that Eric Page has the intangibles that will seperate him from the pack.
On the field Eric Page is a dynamic “jack of all trades” WR. He’s an electric return man, gets moved all over the formation and even takes handoffs. For a player who didn’t even play the position in High School Page was able to make an immediate impact as a true freshman catching 82 balls for over 1000 yards. Since then he has been one of the two or three most productive receivers in the nation. Catching 224 balls his final two seasons at Toledo. Including an unbelievable performance this year vs. Northern Illinois where he had 5 touchsdowns.
Speaking with Page a couple things stand out. First, is the way he prides himself on getting better. It’s clear that he truly loves the game and “just wants to be around the game”. Spending hours watching film and sleeping in the football facility is something that will make him successful him at the NFL level. He also made it clear that he became a better leader on and off the field this year. In his biggest games he felt he needed to elevate his game and he did.
On the field, Page is moved all over the formation. He profiles best to a slot WR in the pros and someone who can be used in almost any formation. Naturally for a player who has only played the position for three years his route running needs refinement and that is something he is trying to work on. When asked to compare himself to a WR in the NFL he said “Steve Smith” but I see him more as a Wes Welker/Steve Smith hybrid. He is someone I like running a full route tree and catching a ton of balls underneath. He is also going to contribute in on special teams and should make an impact immediately. In the new age NFL where versatility is valued so highly Page is going to draw a lot of interest from any team needing a possesion WR.
Here’s the full interview: