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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Leroy McClain, WR, Slippery Rock University

Leroy McClain is a speedster who can take the top off a defense

Leroy McClain is a speedster who can take the top off a defense

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?

Leroy McClain III

What is your Height/Weight?

5’9    170

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Slippery Rock University

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

One of the coolest things I’ve done off the field is teach kids more fundamentals and techniques to help develop them into good players at the Danny Lansanah “Tackling Success” football camp.

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

Ancient Mid-Evil World

Where are you from?

Harrisburg, Pa

Who is your role model, and why?

My father. He is a great influence on my life because no matter what it is he understands and helps me get through anything. Being a principal he has worked with kids in the city of Harrisburg to lead them down a better road.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played basketball and track throughout high school. Also ran track in college.

Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

Ability to create separation between defenders and tracking the ball.  

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

  1. Look for tips on how to know what coverage the defense is in.
  2. find the defenders strengths and weaknesses and how to beat both.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

  • Al-Hajj Shabazz. CB
  • Noah Spence. DE

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

Andrew Hawkins, quickness and ability to create space. Cole Beasley. Reliability

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

In HS playing in the National 7on7 tournament at SMU broke wrist 2 months before senior year. To overcome when I recovered I worked everyday to gain back strength and prepare myself to be ready to play at beginning of season.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Put in head phones and listen to Lil Herb. Also visualize thing that are going happen in the game.

What is your biggest strength?

Speed. Route running.

What is your biggest weakness?

Going up and getting jump ball.

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

Someone who is reliable, coachable and always looking to get better as a player and as a person. Will do whatever it takes to help the team and will make plays!

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

  • Mike Vick
  • Redskins

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

  • Martin Luther King
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Kobe Bryant

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

Anything my mother wants.

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  • Who will win the Super Bowl this year? Patriots
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  • Who is Better: Deion Sanders or Richard Sherman?

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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