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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Julius Rucker, DB, Southern Oregon University

Julius Rucker is a playmaker for Southern Oregon. He can change the game in the blink of an eye

Julius Rucker is a playmaker for Southern Oregon. He can change the game in the blink of an eye

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?

Julius Rucker

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2″ – 208

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Southern Oregon University

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

Went to Mexico with my old church to build houses for families in need for a summer.

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

Abnormal psychology 479

Where are you from?


Who is your role model, and why?

God, he does the most amazing things

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball and track

Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

My taller frame gives me an advantage in the secondary aided by my vision and ability to read and react to plays and close quickly on the receiver/ball.

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

First, I look at the offense formations. Then I look for tendencies and habits, usually will tell everything before its even happened.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Krishawn Hogan (Marian)

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

Eric berry. We both have great closing speed and will lower the boom when given the opportunity and also  have the ability to be a ball hawk with incredible instincts.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Obstacles are inevitable in life, and it’s difficult to point out the biggest one, but the way I get through obstacles is turning to my family and the man upstairs.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Listen to music, stretch, visualize plays being made on the field.

julius-rrrWhat is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is football IQ, it allows me to think slow play fast which makes playing easy.

What is your biggest weakness?

Being scared to fail.

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

I am one of the hardest working people you’ll ever meet. Each and everyday I will give everything I got. I am a great leader on and off the field and I bring character like no other. Anything thats asked of me I will do and do at a high level. If you take a chance on me I will be a positive addition to the organization.

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

Ed reed and Ray Lewis / Ravens

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

My great grandma, Barack Obama, and Martin Luther King jr

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

With my first paycheck, I would use the money to give back to my family and ones who have been there for me to make me the man that I am today.

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