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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Bret MacDougall, DB, University of Windsor

Bret MacDougall the standout defensive back from the University of Windsor recently sat down with Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
Bret MacDougall the standout defensive back from the University of Windsor recently sat down with Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Bret MacDougall
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • College: University of Windsor
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 205lbs
  • Twitter: Bret_Macdougall
  • Instagram: Bret_Macdougall

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

My size, speed and athleticism, combined with my thorough understanding of the game allows me to impact the game in a variety of ways. I have played numerous positions on defence as well as my special teams production.

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

I have been interested in football my entire life and began playing at 12 years old.

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

I grew up around football, having my dad coaching at the high school and university level. This allowed me to understand the game of football at a high level and what it takes to win.

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

If I were able to donate to one cause, I would donate to Breast Cancer Research

What is the best advice you have ever received? 
“The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step” I have so many goals in my life that I am looking to achieve and I always remind myself that stacking good days together consistently is the best way to achieve them. 

Who was your childhood hero? 

My grandfather Malcolm Macdougall was my childhood hero

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

The most underrated player on our team is our kicker Brady Lidster. He came in as a freshman, didn’t miss a kick all year, and broke the usports longest field goal rookie record

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

Backseat drivers

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

Growing up I was a late developer, at every stage of my athletic career I was “too small”, “not strong enough”. Once I physically matured, I continued to keep that underdog mentality.

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

Being the first class of a brand new coaching staff allowed me to see the culture change from the ground level. Our coaching staff has created a culture of Love, Serve, Care that is rarely seen in football programs. 

What is your favorite snack food? 

All Dressed Ruffles Chips

What is the best part of football? 

The bonds made in football are very difficult to replicate in any other group in life. I have made friendships in football that will last a lifetime. 

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

I love learning and improving and I will always lead by example

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

Kyle Hamilton, he is a long, rangy, smart safety who makes everyone around him better

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

My grandfather on my mom’s side, who passed away before I was born. I have heard so many wonderful stories about him and would love the opportunity to have met him. Muhammad Ali because of his deep commitment to his beliefs and his impact on the world in and out of the ring. Finally, Deion Sanders because of boastful personality with his ability to back it up. 

Damond Talbot

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