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2025 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Drake Bodi, LB, McMaster University

Drake Bodi the versatile linebacker from McMaster University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Drake Bodi the versatile linebacker from McMaster University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name:  Drake Bodi
  • Position: Linebacker
  • College: McMaster University 
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 210 lb
  • Instagram: @drakebodi 

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2025 NFL Draft

A very aggressive downhill outside linebacker with the ability to be an X-factor inside reading the closed and open gaps to find the ball carrier and outside the box covering receivers in zone and man coverage. Able to pass rush and win one-on-ones against FBs and RBs. High football IQ.

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

I’m a vocal leader who fires up the boys every second I’m in the locker room and on the field. On my best and worst days, I’m still bringing high energy to practice and games. I am a film junkie and will be prepared for game day and will have an excellent idea of what the opposing offense/ special teams will be doing. Finally, I love to compete in every factor in life.

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

I would donate to the Salvation Army Canada to help families in need.

Who was your role model? 

My dad is my role model. He taught me hard work and commitment are choices you have to make every day to achieve whatever you want to do or become in life.

Who is your favorite NFL team?

Buffalo Bills

Who is the most underrated teammate at your school? 

Carter Blad. He’s a defensive back who’s athletic, and strong, has a high football IG, and is always representing McMaster football the right way wherever he goes.

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

Just plain laziness. I grew up in a hard-working and tough love family so when I see laziness it does bother me.

Who is your favorite teacher ever?

Mr. Knoll, my grade 12 history teacher (also the receivers coach for my high school team). He always had my back and is a big reason for where I’m at today with these opportunities.

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

One of the hardest moments I’ve had to overcome recently is when my younger brother tore his ACL in our training camp last year. As an older brother, there’s nothing more I want than my younger brother to succeed in football and life. So when he got injured it took a toll on my mental health right before the season. I dedicated my play that season to him, and wrote his initials on my wrist tape, and looked at it before most plays to remind myself that he’d do anything to be on the field with me and not to take it for granted.

If you could have any franchise restaurant in your house what would it be?

Red Lobster for sure! I love seafood and their lobster and shrimp are the best!

What is your favorite snack food? 

Crackers with salami, cheese, and onions.

What is your degree in? 

Environment and Society 

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

My family are huge Buffalo Bills fans so I’d love to have a dinner with Josh Allen along with my dad and my brother. I know we’d have a good time with good food and laughs.

What is your biggest weakness?

Pushing my body passed its limit physically causes stress mentally and I can be stubborn about not wanting to rest.


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