DraftSeason has the opportunity to interview Tajae Sharpe back in 2015 when he was a spring chicken coming out of UMass and preparing for the NFL Draft. Now that he is officialy a Minnesota Viking, what better way to get to know him than revisiting the transcript of our interview.
DraftSeason: What do you feel sets you apart from some of the other top receivers in the nation?
Tajae Sharpe: I feel my football IQ and awareness on the field separates me from some of the other top receivers in the nation. As well as my ability to track the ball in the air. I focus on not only trying to become to best football player I can be, but also to become the smartest. Knowing situations and where you are on the field at all times can be the difference in turning a good play into a great one.
DraftSeason: What is your greatest strenght on the field?
Tajae Sharpe: My greatest strength on the field is my route running and ability to catch the ball no matter where it’s thrown. Coming into my SR year I wanted to become a better route runner and to make catching the ball become as natural as I could. The work I put in translated to the field I was able to run any route my coach needed me to run and I started coming out of my breaks at the top of my routes smoother.
DraftSeason: You have the ideal height but some think you need to bulk up, thoughts?
Tajae Sharpe: I agree. I definitely want to put on 10-15 lbs with the ability to stay and get more explosive at that weight. But I don’t necessarily “need” to because it’s players in the NFL who are shorter and weigh less than me who are having success and it’s not about the size of the dog in the fight. So I wouldn’t say it’s a “need” to but more of a want to.
DraftSeason: Best receiver in the NFL today?
Tajae Sharpe: Best receiver in the NFL today, Antonio Brown. But Megatron will go down as arguably the best receiver to ever play when it’s all said and done and players like Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, Aj Green, and Odell Beckham Jr are right there at the top as well.
DraftSeason: Greatest defensive back you have had the chance to face?
Tajae Sharpe: Hands down, Randall Jette. For whatever reason he seems to fly under a lot of people’s radar and doesn’t get the recognition he deserves but I was blessed with the opportunity to go up against Jette every single day in practice over the past 4 years and he definitely helped mold me into the player that I am today. He made me elevate my game everyday in practice because going against him I know if I didn’t bring my A+ game every time, then I’ll get embarrassed.
DraftSeason: You have left your mark on the UMass record books, what is your proudest achievement during your career?
Tajae Sharpe: My proudest achievement while at UMASS has nothing to do with any record that I’ve broke, but everything to do with our brotherhood as a team itself. The class I came in with, we had a rough journey through those 4 years and a lot didn’t go in our favor. Some players we came in with and grew close to transferred for different reasons, some quit and gave up on us, but I’m most proud of the players who stuck it out through thick and thin and who showed up every single day wanting to get better and continued to focus on trying to win games. For that we’ll have a bond forever that can’t be broken.
DraftSeason: What can we catch you doing on an off day?
Tajae Sharpe: On an off day you can catch me relaxing. I love to play video games usually NBA 2K or Madden, if not that, I love just being around family and friends hanging out.
DraftSeason: Using one word, how would you describe your style of play?
Tajae Sharpe: Reliable