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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Russell Hansbrough, RB, University of Missouri

Missouri running back Russell Hansbrough has good vision and is quick. Hansbrough could be a steal in the NFL Draft
Missouri running back Russell Hansbrough has good vision and is quick. Hansbrough could be a steal in the NFL Draft

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?

Russell Hansbrough

What is your Height/Weight?

5’9 195

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

University of Missouri

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

At the Cotton Bowl, we went to this children hospital in Dallas and just had a great time with the kids.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

This biology lab class. Because I had to touch dead animals and bugs.

Where are you from?

Arlington, Texas

Who is your role model, and why?

Ray Lewis, his passion for football and life caught my attention at a very young age.

Did you play any other sports growing up?


Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

My vision and explosion

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

I am looking to see what type of front the d-line is in and how many linebackers are in box verse certain formations. How the o-line will block these defensive schemes verse the run and also pass protection.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Bud Dupree/Jadeveon Clowney/ Landon Collins

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

Darren Sproles or Doug Martin

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

Proving myself to people who didn’t believe in me.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Listen to Kendrick Lamar-spiteful chant

what is your biggest strength?

Work Ethic and dedication.

Russell HansbroughWhat is your biggest weakness?

Being impatient & Hot wings

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

I would say that playing in the NFL is a life long dream of mine. And that just talking to GM is an honor in itself. Since i was little I’ve been wanting to prove to people that iI can play on this level and if you give the chance to prove it, i will give you 110% during the week and on Sunday’s.

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

Ray Lewis and the Ravens

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

My Cousin Marcus, Tupac, and Ray Lewis

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

Pay off my folks mortgage or build them a new house

Rapid Answers:

  • Tupac or Biggie?
  • NFL Network or ESPN?
  • Coke or Pepsi?
  • Pizza or Burgers? Wings
  • Dogs or Cats?

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