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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Eric Cumberbatch, DB, University of Ottawa

Eric Cumberbatch the tall defensive back from the University of Ottawa recently sat down with NLF Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Eric Cumberbatch the tall defensive back from the University of Ottawa recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Eric Cumberbatch 
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • College: University of Ottawa
  • Height: 6”2
  • Weight: 193
  • Twitter: @e_cumberbatch
  • Instagram: @eric.cumberbatch

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2024 NFL Draft?

I’m long, athletic, strong and a versatile player on the field. Comfortable playing up high in the middle of the field as well as down low at the line. My consistency takes my game to the next level.

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

I was introduced to football at the age of 9

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

I strive for self improvement and development. Competition motivates me 

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

Probably to a company that provides education in under-developed countries

What is the best advice you have ever received?

I was once told that you gain nothing from complaining 

Who was your childhood hero?

My childhood hero is probably my mom and dad that always saw potential in me and pushed me to stay on the right track

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

Our defensive linemen Riley Hildebrandt is probably the most underrated player in our locker room

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Wasting time

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

Hardest moment I had to overcome was when my parents got divorced

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

Coaching staff and players at the University of Ottawa has been great to me since day 1. They really made it feel like we were a big family.

What is your favorite snack food?


What is the best part of football?


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

Hardest worker in the room.

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

I’d compare my play to Aqib Tablib because I admire his off man defense and his consistency 

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

  1. My grandma: She passed away a few years ago and would love to see her again
  2. Person in charge of building the pyramids: to ask a few questions
  3. Theo Von: funny guy to make the dinner funny 

Damond Talbot

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