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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Devon Russell, CB, University at Buffalo

Devon Russell the feisty CB from the University at Buffalo recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce of NFL Draft Diamonds

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Devon Russell
  • University at Buffalo
  • CB
  • 5’9”
  • 180lbs.
  • Hometown: Newcastle, DE
  • Twitter: @KingRuss23

2019 Accolades & Statistics:
  • 2019 PFF All-MAC Third Team.
  • GP: 13
  • Total Tackles: 44
  • TFL: 2.5
  • Sacks: 2.0
  • INT: 1
  • PBU: 9
via @KingRuss23 (Twitter)

As an athlete, what is your motivation?

As an athlete my motivation is family, having the opportunity to take care of my family is critical. They have supported me since the start of my career and having the chance to financially support the would mean everything to me. Also being a role model to nephews and nieces showing them their dreams and aspirations are achievable 

What defines success for you?

Success for me would be able to financially support my family and changing the socioeconomic status of my family. 

What would your teammates say about the type of teammate you are?

My teammates would say I’m a very hard working individual that pushes the position group to perform better daily.

via Josh Koester (YouTube)

What are some of your personal “rules” that you never break?

God first in all things that you do.

Who is the toughest player you’ve competed against during your collegiate career?

Corey Davis.

Who is the best player in the NFL?

Lamar Jackson.

via @KingRuss23 (Twitter)

What is your team of choice on Madden, why?

Eagles, because they are my home team.

Failure is inevitable in life. How do you handle situations that don’t go in your favor?

Learn from failure, this next time in a difficult situation you can potentially use this lesson. 

Is there a current/former NFL player that you model your game after?

Brent Grimes/Tyrann Mathieu.

Knowing what you do now, what would you go back and tell yourself as a High-School Freshman?

Stay as healthy as possible and never forget your end goal.

What is your go-to restaurant near campus?


If your life was a book, what would its title be?

“Betting On Myself.”

What song or artist do you like but rarely admit to liking?

J. Cole 

Q: Forty-years from now, what do you want to be remembered for?

Being one of the few people to make it from Delaware, paving and showing kids the path to success and motivating others. 

In 15 words or less, why should an NFL team invest in you?

NFL teams should invest in me because I can play multiple positions in the defensive backfield. I have experience at outside corner slot corner and safety. I am also a hard worker and have fought for everything I’ve become and will fight to become more. 

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