Colts Draft Prospect Q&A: Remember Cato June?

Remember how former Colt Cato June played the weakside LB position for Indy before heading to Tampa Bay? Well, an ACC linebacker who idolized him believes he could eventually step into June's old spot if given the chance. Learn more about him in this exclusive Senior Bowl interview. Senior NFL Analyst Ed Thompson met briefly with Georgia Tech linebacker Philip Wheeler following a practice session during Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Alabama. Wheeler had previously met with Colts representatives during the week.

Ed Thompson:  What's the Senior Bowl week been like for you?

Philip Wheeler:  It's a lot of fun.  I'm playing against the best guys in the nation and I get to showcase what I can do against some top players — even though we did play some of these top players during the season. I get a chance to go back out and redeem myself if I didn't do too well before. (laughs)

Thompson:  For football fans who may not have seen you play before, describe what kind of player you are.

Wheeler:  Lately I've gotten bigger, so I hit harder now.  At 245 (pounds), I feel like I can run at the same speed. I'm a very good blitzer.  I'm very versatile — I can play outside or inside as I showed throughout Senior Bowl week and throughout my whole career.

Thompson:  You talked to the Colts this week. Do you see yourself as a good fit in a Cover-2 scheme like the one they run?

Wheeler:  Yes, I think so.  I used to consider myself just like a Cato June.  My sophomore year of starting, I idolized his game. And I think I can play the same position that he played so well for the Colts.

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Thompson:  What are team representatives saying they like about you?

Wheeler:  They say I'm a good blitzer, I take on the fullback pretty well with my heavier weight, and so far they like me in the box-area.

Thompson:  What was your motivation to add some weight? And how did you do it?

Wheeler:  I've just been working hard.  I put on muscle weight. I've been working out during the three weeks before this, and I've gained pounds working out two times a day, everyday except Sundays.  So I've really been getting at it and working hard. I'm trying to get my muscle weight up and I'm feeling stronger and knocking people around.

Thompson:  What other teams have you talked with?

Wheeler:  Most of the teams here.  I've talked to a lot of the teams here — just everybody. Everybody who's looking at me, I'm looking at them.

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