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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Brendan Flaherty, WR, Holy Cross

Brendan Flaherty is a play maker with speed and great hands

NFL Draft Diamonds has been providing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed things up a bit. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the draft eligible 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 our next prospect!!!!

What is your name? 

Brendan Flaherty

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’1 195

What is your position? 


Where do you play college football?

Holy Cross

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

I am involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Worcester, MA. Being a positive influence and role model to kids is something I really enjoy doing.

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

Microeconomic Theory

Where are you from?

Beverly, MA

Who is your role model, and why? 

My Dad has been a great role model for me growing up. Aside from his influence on my athletic career, he has taught me great lessons that have shaped me into the person I am today.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Lacrosse, Basketball, Baseball, Track

Did you play any other positions in football? 

RB, Safety, KR, PR, Wildcat QB

At your position, what separates you from others? 

My work ethic enables me to continually develop myself as a player.

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

I first look at specific techniques of defensive players then I look at coverage tendencies based on down and distance as well as formation.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Kalif Raymond (currently with Denver Broncos) when I played Safety.

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

Julian Edelman because he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win. He has a high football IQ and ability to get open.

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

From an athletic standpoint, starting off a high school season 0-5 then later winning a state championship has taught me that good things can happen when you embrace the grind of the season.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 


What is your biggest strength?

Work ethic

What is your biggest weakness? 

Experience playing outside WR

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

I believe that my mental approach to the game paired with my skills as a receiver will allow me to significantly contribute to a team.

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

Tom Brady and the Patriots

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

Will make that decision when I make 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 [email protected]

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