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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: James Harris, QB, California (PA)

Cal (PA) QB James Harris put up big numbers this year
Cal (PA) QB James Harris put up big numbers this year

NFL Draft Diamonds and our staff have been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 2 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. We have tons of NFL staff that read our interviews, and we actually received several of the questions from NFL scouts we speak too. This gives them a little bit more information regarding your character. We hope to bring you more than 300 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner.

What is your name?

James Harris

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2” 220

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

California (PA)

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

Some of the Cal players and I helped out a little league team at practice one day. It was cool to see the excitement that the kids had when we got there.

Where are you from?

Atlanta, GA

Who is your role model, and why?

My Father is my role model. He is a great husband and father, and has supported me throughout my career no matter what.

Did you play any other sports growing up?


Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

I try to use my football IQ and mental prep as much as, if not more, than my physical abilities to execute.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

I look for what tendencies defenses have based on pre-snap looks, and try to figure out what they are doing before the ball is snapped. Each team has tendencies that they lean on and figuring those out can help during the game.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Buster Skrine played with me in high school. He plays for the Jets now at CB

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

After spending three years at Wake Forest playing baseball, deciding to transfer to play football was difficult and there were many obstacles. I overcame them with the help of my parents.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Positive self-talk and prayer

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

Minimal exposure

James Harris 1What is your biggest strength?

Throwing the deep ball, work ethic

What is your biggest weakness?

Running vision

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I’m willing to do what it takes to be successful and make playing at the next level a reality.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

Atlanta Falcons

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

Jesus, Tom Brady, Steve Jobs

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

Something for my Mother

Rapid Answers

  • Spongebob or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
  • Backstreet Boys or One Direction?
  • Lifetime Channel or HGTV?
  • Waffles or Pancakes?
  • Snakes or Spiders?
  • Madden or Mario?

Damond Talbot

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

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