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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Reid Harrison-Ducros, DB, Duquesne University

Reid Harrison-Ducros the Boise State transfer DB at Duquesne University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Reid Harrison-Ducros
  • Height: 5’10.5
  • Weight: 185lbs
  • Position: CB/Nickel
  • College: Duquesne University
  • Twitter: @rducros27

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

• I was born in Houston, TX, but my hometown is Grapevine, TX. What I love most about Grapevine is the people. Everyone there from administration to just general people in the local workforce have that southern hospitality personality as well as their support for local kids 110%.

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

1. Practice. I put this first because practice is where you sharpen your skills and are able to work on perfecting your craft.

2. Film Study. This is a very close second because film study helps slow down the game and makes every play not a new play. What I mean by this is that film study gives you keys and tendencies linked to certain plays, which can give you that one-step that can be the difference in making the play or not making it. 

3.  Strength and Conditioning. This was close to being at the top as well because just like the other two, it sets you apart from your competition. Working on your body has to be a daily thing because it can be the difference in players maximizing their full potential or not.

What do you worry about, and why?

• I try not to worry about anything. The reason I say that is because when people tend to worry about things they can’t control, it causes unnecessary stress. All anyone can do is work at all the things they should do to the best of their abilities on and off the field and everything will work itself out.

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

• One example that comes to mind when I failed is when I barely failed an exam last semester. I was upset about it because I hate to lose and failing an exam is like losing. So from that point on for that class, I put in more hours of studying leading up to exams and it resulted in my scores being higher.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• My teammates say that my best quality is my work ethic. I am consistently working or doing something to get myself a little better each and every day, on and off the field. Whether that’s finishing assignments days before it’s due, going to get extra workouts in at the school, stuff like that.

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

• The best player I’ve ever played against wasn’t on the opposing team. I can’t decide between the two on whose better in my opinion, but Cedric Wilson (6th Rd draft pick – Cowboys) from when I was at Boise State and NehariCrawford (UDFA) from Duquesne. They’re both extremely talented WRs and going up against them in practice every day was very competitive and in turn made both sides better.

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

• I’d probably be involved in sports still. Whether that’s working for a collegiate conference, with a PR company, broadcasting, really just any job that involves sports.

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

• My room. It’s the place where I’m at the most so when it’s dirty I see it more often.

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

• Family member no question. No disrespect to the strangers or anyone, but family comes before everything.

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

• Django from Django Unchained. I choose Django because he’s a regular person who decided that he wanted something different with his life and made it happen against all odds.

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

• My biggest adversity would probably have to be leaving Boise State to come to Duquesne. Whenever someone leaves a place that they’re comfortable with to go to a completely different place it’s definitely nerve wracking. But, I knew that it was the best decision for myself and my family so I just went for it and it was one of the best decisions of my life. The Duquesne family and my teammates definitely helped make a completely new place feel like home almost instantly.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• I’m not going to lie, I’ve had a lot of embarrassing moments in my life. But one in particular is when I went ice skating in Dallas with my friends. In a span of 10 minutes I probably fell at least 5-7 times and the falls were gotten on camera too so. It was unfortunate.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• When we played Washington State in 2017 I think. The double overtime game. In the second overtime they were on the 10 yard line or so. I was completely by myself against one of their 6’4 WRs to the field side. They tried throwing the fade to him and I broke up the pass. It was exhilarating, I love the big game atmospheres.

What song best describes your work ethic?

• Work Work Don’t Stop by Yung Nation. They’re a group from Dallas, TX.

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

• My mentality and quickness. I believe that you have not only work daily to be great, but as well as you have to be able to envision yourself being great before you can be great which is what I see myself being. With quickness, my best numbers in the 20 yard shuttle (3.86) and L-drill (6.33) I feel will definitely be a strength in play.

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

• Muhammad Ali. His mindset and drive to be the greatest one of the best the world has ever seen. So to be able to sit down with him and talk about what he does day to day, week to week, would be amazing.

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

• Triple D.

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Chris Harris, Jr. I feel like he deserves more credit than he gets.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• Respected. You’ll never be liked by everyone, but you can definitely be respected by everyone.

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

• Colin Kaepernick. I understand that his protest offended some people, but he didn’t do anything wrong. He got the idea to kneel from soldiers in the Army and went about it in a peaceful way. I don’t think anyone should get persecuted for voicing their opinion on an issue in the way that he did it.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• Hate to lose. Absolutely hate to lose.

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

• Both of my parents. They both had to beat extreme odds to be where they are today and to give me the life that they gave me. So seeing them be able to succeed from their circumstances, it showed me that anything is possible if you put your full effort into it.

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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