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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Grant McDonald, LB, University of Calgary

Grant McDonald
Calgary linebacker Grant McDonald is a beast in Canada and he recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Grant McDonald 
  • Height: 6’4” 
  • Weight: 235
  • Position: Linebacker
  • College: University of Calgary 
  • Twitter: @grantmcd22

What is the best restaurant in your hometown city? 

• There is a hole in the wall deli called Ozzies, they have the best sandwiches. Whenever I’m home its a must go to. 

When breaking down your film what will stick out?  

• My motor and drive, I feel as I play really well sideline to sideline and never giving up on plays.

If you won the lotto, what is the first thing you would do with the money? 

• Definitely buy my parents something awesome, they have done so much for me as a person, and I can’t thank them enough. 

What has been your biggest failure? 

• When I was younger I started a small business with my younger brother, we had big hopes for it but we never got it off the ground and the dream died with our failure. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• I feel like everyone would say I give it my all, someone that you would want to go to war with because you know I won’t leave anything on the table. 

Who is the hardest working teammate on your team?

• Nick Statz has a tremendous work ethic, you can always catch him in the film room studying the game. During practice, he competes at an unprecedented level. 

• What is your degree in, if you do not make it as a football player, what is your dream job?

•  I want to be a firefighter once football is over, I love the team environment and the ability to be in the position to help the community, that comes along with that job.  

What is your coolest life moment?

•  I was really young but when I realized my brothers were my best friends. 

What song would you sing at Karaoke night?  

• Take me home, country roads.

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If you could pick any actor to play you in a movie, who are you picking?

• John Krasinski, I feel like we’re pretty similar and he seems like a guy that would be fun to hang out with offset.  

Who is your favorite football team? 

• I’m a big Carolina Panthers fan. 

If you had a warning label, what would yours say? 

• Exccesive force, watch out

What is your biggest fear? 

• Definitely waking up to a bunch of texts and calls from teammates saying I’m late for workouts. It hasn’t happened to me, fortunately, but it has a couple of teammates. 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• I’ve always loved watching Kiko Alonso, he has tremendous knowledge of the game and always seems to be around the play like no-one I’ve seen before. 

Take us through game day, How do you prepare?

• I really try to keep it as stress-free and similar to every other day as possible, up until the point its time to get focused and in the zone. I love listening to music and taking a bunch of positive mental reps. 

Do you have any hobbies?

• I love working on my truck, and mechanics in general.  

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 nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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