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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Frednick Eveillard, DE, University of Ottawa

Frednick Eveillard the standout defensive end from the University of Ottawa recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Frednick Eveillard 
  • Position: Defensive End / Edge Rusher
  • College: University of Ottawa 
  • Height: 6’4
  • Weight: 225 lbs
  • Twitter: Frednick19E
  • Instagram: Frednick.eveillard

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2022 NFL Draft? 

  • I have a great understanding of the game and am able to dissect in-game situations rapidly. I’ve studied the game for a long time and my previous experience as a receiver has helped me have a better understanding of the overall play. One of my greatest strengths is my ability to make quick decisions based on what’s in front of me. I’m known for my speed, rapid change of direction and my ability to chase down quarterbacks.

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?

  • I’ve always been really big into sports. I started out playing soccer as a kid and my love for sports shifted towards football in high school. I joined the football team at the age of 15 and developed my skills learning from as many coaches and teammates as I could. 

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?

  • I played receiver through high school and Cegep, until I transitioned to Defensive End during my University career. I was able to learn quickly the skills required in my new position and I immediately scored a starter role in our defense. 

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be? 

  • I would definitely give back to my country, Haiti. It has been through a lot in the past years and I would like to contribute in any way possible, through building a school or giving food to people in need. We can’t solve the whole problem, but we can be a part of the solution. 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

  • ‘Never accept anything less than what you deserve’. It’s important to remind yourself of your worth and all the hard work you put in. If you have something in mind, nothing should stop you, don’t let anyone or anything get in your way of reaching your goals.  

Who was your childhood hero? 

  • Spider-man 

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school? 

  • A good friend of mine and training partner, Christopher Ciguineau. He’s an athletic defensive back thatunderstands the game really well. Most of all, he’s a great team player and he’s the hardest worker I know. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

  • People who are not fully committed either in their sport or in everyday life situations. For me, it’s important to always give your 100% in everything you commit yourself to. Being satisfied with being good is refusing to be great. 

Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome? 

  • One of the hardest challenges I’ve had to face was managing school and football. It has always been a challenging aspect throughout my University career. Getting my degree in finance was a huge accomplishment for myself and my family. I’m proud of myself and proud that I overcame this challenge, all whilst maintaining my position as a starter.

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?

  • The University of Ottawa is special to me because it allowed me to meet incredible people and make great connections. I’ve created relationships that I’m sure will last me a lifetime. Most of all, my time at The University of Ottawa allowed me to grow as a person, alongside my friends and teammates. 

What is your favorite snack food? 

  • A steak with sweet potato fries.

What is the best part of football? 

  • The best part is that everybody brings something to the table (understanding of the game, speed, swagger, focus etc..). Everyone has a responsibility, and we all have to be on the same page in order to work successfully, and hopefully come out with a Win. To me it’s simply the best game there is. We come together as individuals and form a team in order to achieve something great together.

If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say? 

  • I would describe myself as someone authentic that stays true to my values and beliefs. I have faced a lot of adversity throughout my university career which has helped me take challenges head on and build a strong work ethic. I’m not someone who’s afraid of a challenge. If I commit to something, I’ll give it everything I’ve got.

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

A young Von Miller coming off the edge

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why? 

  • First, I would like to meet Kobe Bryant, to understand his killer and relentless mindset in sport and life in general. I would also choose Martin Luther King Jr, because he fought for our equal rights and worked tirelessly to make sure all Americans had the same rights. I would love to have a discussion with him about how he leveraged his strengths to the advantage of others. Finally, I would also love to meet my grandfather who passed away a fewyears ago. I would like to know more about him, his achievements in life and definitely about his time growing up in Haiti.

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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