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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Leon McQuaker, OLB, New Mexico State University

Leon McQuaker recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot

• Name: Leon McQuaker

• Height: 6’1

• Weight: 220

• Position: Outside Linebacker

• College: New Mexico State University

• Twitter: @LeonMcquaker

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

My home town is Augusta, Georgia there is so much to love about it. Our culture is great, the people are nice. The thing I love most would have to be the food it is like no other food I have ever had. We call it soul food which has to be the perfect name for it because it really touches you soul and you can feel the in love within it.

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

Strength and Conditioning, practice and film study 

The reason I chose this order is because strength and conditioning prepared you for practice. Then practice help you to become more familiar with play calling and your assignments. Lastly, film give you the opportunity to watch and see your mistakes to correct them and also to scout other players.  

What do you worry about, and why?

I worry about my family and my future because those two things make up my life and can affect me in various ways.

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

One of the biggest failures makes me the person I am today. My goal was to play division 1 football once I graduated high school but because of my grades, I was unable to. Then the opportunity came once I went to Jr college I was put in a similar situation and I had to pass my classes with good grades to get into a division 1 school. At the time I put everything I had into passing my classes and proved to myself and everyone else that I could do it. That is one of the best feeling ever.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My teammates say my best quality is my ability to find the ball and make plays.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

The best player I ever played against in college is Larry Ross a former teammate of mines at New Mexico State University.

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

I would become a football coach.

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?

I would clean my room first 

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

To be honest I would save my family first because that is my family and I am a family oriented person. I don’t think I could go on knowing I saved strangers over my family but If I had to change I would try my hardest to as save those three strangers. 

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

Denzel Washington because in my opinion he is the best actor of my time.

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

The biggest adversity in my life was losing my mother. It has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. I just try and find peace knowing she is in a better place. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

Once I was in a class full of people and I passed gas loudly I was so embarrassed.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

The most memorable play of my career is the intersection I caught my first start a New Mexico State.

What song best describes your work ethic?

Meek Mill – Dreams and Nightmares 

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

I think my physical traits and drive will be a big part of my success. 

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

I would bring my mother back because I miss her so much and never really go to say goodbye.

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

I would name it Paradise

Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 

I’m not sure seeing that I hadn’t played against them to find out if there overrated. I think any player that makes to that level of play has to be great in some way.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

I would rather be respected because it shows that you stand for something 

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

I have to say Colin Kaepernick, even though it was not necessarily off the field problems, his career was deraield by expressing his beliefs. He didn’t hurt anyone he doesn’t have problems with the law and got his career has been derailed.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

I hate to lose because I put so much in and play my heart out so that no one is better so when I lose it hurt so much more. 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

My mother had the most influence in my life of it wasn’t for her I wouldnt be the man I am today. She thought me so much about life and how to survive and live the right way.

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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