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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Richard Burton, WR, Queen’s University

Richard Burton the star wide receiver from Queen’s University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Richard Burton 
  • Position: Wide Receiver  
  • College: Queen’s University 
  • Height: 6’0’’ 
  • Weight: 187 
  • Instagram: chardburton 

What makes you a top prospect at your position  in the 2023 NFL Draft? 

I take pride in being a complete receiver. My ability to block in the run game while also being a threat in the vertical, intermediate, and short-passing game is an asset.  

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

Football has been my favorite sport to watch forever and when I had the opportunity to start playing in grade 8, I fell in love with the game. 

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

I am a resilient competitor who will never stop looking to gain an edge both mentally and physically. 

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

Continuing the fight against cancer is so important and is a cause that is close to every family’s heart. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a great organization.  

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

That every football play is a life of its own. Once one is over all there is to do is reset and attack the next.  

Who was your childhood hero? 

My dad, he shaped me into the man I am today. 

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

Eric Colona. Absolute dog, one of the best tacklers in the country.  

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

Tearing my ACL in my senior year was certainly one of the hardest moments in my life. To come back from that and be an All-Canadian required a lot of work both physically and mentally. In the end, these moments only make you stronger if you respond correctly.  

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

Tradition. Queen’s football is one of the oldest football programs in the world and its tradition of excellence sets the standard every time you put the pads on.  

What is your favorite snack food? 

Crispy Minis in varying flavors.  

What is the best part of football? 

The brotherhood. The bond you develop with your teammates during a football season is unmatched.  

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

A truly resilient competitor who will attack any opportunity given with fearlessness.  

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

I certainly strive to play like Cooper Kupp. He is a complete receiver who is fulling committed to doing whatever it takes for his team to succeed.  

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

Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and Lebron James could potentially be the most entertaining dinner ever.

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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