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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Derrick Brumfield, DE/OLB, Notre Dame College

Derrick Brumfield the physical DE/OLB from Notre Dame College recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Derrick Brumfield
  • Height: 6040
  • Weight: 235
  • Position: DE/OLB
  • College: Notre Dame College
  • Twitter: @_agent94

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

• I’m from Cleveland, OhioThe thing I love most about the city is the people here. The people in the city are either great to be around or they show you examples in what not to be like.

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

• 1.) Strength and Conditioning – you can’t compete unless you physically and mentally ready

2.) Practice – this is where you perfect your craft and make adjustments to your game and show off all the work you put in during strength and conditioning and practice ultimately makes the game become slower for you

3.) Film Study – last but not least because I watch film first to correct whatever I did wrong in practice first then I use it to scout my opponents this is the last tool used to become a well rounded player

What do you worry about, and why?

• The things I worry about the most is not being successful and letting my family down. I’m often looked at by my younger siblings and cousins as an example of how to be and what to do to be successful.

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

• An example of failure would be the time I failed my first class ever and that first time was in college. I literally just had to take the criticism in the chin brush myself off, study harder and take advantage of my prof. Office hours and when I took psychology in the fall that next semester I received an A.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• My teammates would say my best quality would be my Football I.Q. and my motor and quickness off the ball.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

• The best player I ever played against in college was Connor Jessop QB at Shepperd University 2017/2018 season. He threw for almost 500 and about 4/5 touchdowns and wasn’t rattled by any pressure or hits we got off on him

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

• If I couldn’t play football my career choice would be to become an entrepreneur and owning businesses for example a bar/night club or working in real estate and owning and flipping different rental properties.

Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?

• The very first thing I would clean would be my room. My room is my place of solace. If my room is cluttered, my mind is cluttered and I need my space and mind clear so I can focus on my tasks at hand

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

• I would try to save my family member. My family is so important to me and without them I wouldn’t be able to be the person I am today.

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

• If I could be any movie or television character I would be the Black Panther. He is a king. Lives in a futuristic kingdom where literally anything can be accomplished through science and has dope suit.

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

• My biggest adversity I face is my own mind and thoughts. Sometimes I can let my thoughts influence my emotions and the way I deal with that is to first pray, second talk with my mother because she helps center me, third remember who I am and remember that even though my mind is my biggest adversary it is also my greatest strength

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• My most embarrassing moment was when I was six and I got lost at Geauga Lake (an amusement park) for hours and my parents almost had the park shut down to find me

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• The most memorable play of my college career for me is when I had a strip sack in the end zone that was recovered for a touchdown to tie our playoff game up at 17 in the fourth quarter and we go on to win 20-17

What song best describes your work ethic?

• A song that describes my work ethic would be Get dis money – Meek Mill

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

• The trait that I think that will help me succeed at the next level is my ability to be coachable. I have a willingness and want to attitude when it comes to learning the game from veterans a and coaches

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

• One person I would bring back from the dead would be my Grandfather willie (my father’s father) because I was relatively young when he passed and I wish I could have none him as a teenager and as an adult and I know with him being back on earth my father would be extremely happy because they were close

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

• I would name my club “club exhibit” or “ignite”

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• An underrated player in the NFL to me would be Leonard Floyd of the Chicago Bears. I look up to him because we share similar type of body builds and he is a force to be reckoned with when rushing the passer and can play out in space like me as well

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• I would rather be respected than liked. Nobody has to like you ever and you will never be liked by everybody. But I will demand respect because I deserve respect as man and as a human being

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

• Maurice Clarett is the player I feel for the most because I’m an Ohio state fan and the things he was accomplishing as a freshman was completely unheard of and I wish he would’ve received his shot at the nfl

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• I hate to lose I’m a sore loser and I try my hardest not to let it happen

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

• Besides my parents, the biggest influence I had over my life was my hs head coach Devlin Culliver. This man helped me find school and taught me unimaginable things. He was like a dad away from dad and if it wasn’t for him trying his hardest in getting recruiters to see me I wouldn’t be in this position I am today.

Damond Talbot

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