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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: David Rivers, CB, Youngstown State University


David Rivers has the size and speed to be a great NFL corner. He will gain attention from NFL scouts

David Rivers has the size and speed to be a great NFL corner. He will gain attention from NFL scouts

NFL Draft Diamonds has been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the player. We hope to bring you more than 350 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet the prospect!!!!

What is your name?

 David Rivers III

What is your Height/Weight?

6’1 188

What is your position?

Defensive Back

Where do you play college football?

Youngstown State University

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

Volunteered my time with mentally challenged people. Had a really good time, and meet some cool people

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Applied Pathophysiology.  

Where are you from?

Born and raised Miami, Florida

Who is your role model, and why?

My mother. She’s always been there for me when I need her. Anything she can do for me and my sisters, no matter how big or small she will.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Track & Field

Did you play any other positions in football?

In high school I was a quarterback & safety. Wanted to be like Mike Vick lol.

At your position, what separates you from others?

My speed, physical, willingness to tackle, and my length. Outside Wr’s are big which somewhat creates mismatches for smaller DB’s.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

WR’s releases at the line of scrimmage, if they give QB’s any hand signals for press or not, how WRs handle press vs. off coverage, how well WRs block when the ball is not being thrown, QB release of his arm is strong or not and can he make ” the throw “.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Would have to be Amari Cooper. Back in high we were both on rival 7 on 7 travel teams, Badger. We played them twice and beat them in the championship game, but he was a tough competition.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

Antonio Cromartie. He’s my favorite DB. The Cro when he was in his prime. No disrespect to him but he’s been in the game for a while now, and he’s aging. He’s long, fast, physical and is a ball hawk

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

 I work out before every home/away game. It just gets me feeling good and hyped up to play. Then I listen to my favorite songs before we go out.

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

Just proving to everyone that you can’t sleep on guys from smalls schools because there’s talent on every level.

What is your biggest strength?

My press coverage

riversWhat is your biggest weakness?

Relying on the things I’m strong at, at times

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

If you are looking for a fast learner, who’s willing to put in work no matter where at on the field, whether is be offense defense SPECIAL TEAMS, then I’m your guy.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

Jerome Bettis and Miami Dolphins

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

Father, Deion Sanders, J Cole

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

A down payment on a place for my mother to live. Got to re-pay moms with something. Even though it won’t come close to adding up to everything she has done, I just have to it.

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NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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