On Wednesday April 29th, 2015 I got a chance to interview senior defensive back Bryan Douglas from Boise State. Through the help of Yemi Oduwole, Agility Sports PR, we get a chance to show the fans of the NFL Draft and football in general a better insight of Bryan Douglas. He took time to talk with me during his busy schedule to discuss being an NFL Draft prospect at his position for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Question: What made you choose Boise State to pursue your academic and athletic opportunities?
Bryan Douglas: “When I was recruited they came at me the hardest. Me and the defensive backs coach, Marcel Yates, clicked on all levels. He didn’t sugar coat anything when I went up for my visit and gave my parents a good feeling that I was signing with some good people.”
Question: What is the best part about being a NFL Draft prospect?
Bryan Douglas: “Just enjoying the process. Getting to do things like the interviews. And getting a chance to train and actually showcase your talent.”
Question: Why do you like playing the game of football?
Bryan Douglas: “It’s nothing like it. I always tell people it is kind of like you get to beat up on people without getting in trouble. If you never played football you wouldn’t even know the indescribable feeling of that crowd cheering you on and your adrenaline pumping on game night.”
Question: What game will you remember the most at Boise State? Either a win or a loss. Why?
Bryan Douglas: “A game I didn’t even play in against Nevada. It was around Thanksgiving because I was redshirting as a freshman. I remember when we lost. Everyone was texting my phone and when I heard we had lost my stomach was just turning. That was my most memorable loss. My most memorable win was the 2014 Fiesta Bowl.”
Question: Who was the toughest quarterback you faced in your college career?
Bryan Douglas: “Probably my quarterback I faced every day in practice. He is a big reason why I am the player I am today. I like the challenge part of trying to outsmart each other every day.”
Question: Do you have a preference of playing man or zone defense?
Bryan Douglas: “I can adapt to anything. I really don’t care if it’s either zone or man defense. All of it is in the playbook so you have to be comfortable playing either. You never know what team you are going to and you never know what technique a coach will favor.”
Question: Which NFL player past or present at your position would you like to be compared to in five years?
Bryan Douglas: “Brent Grimes. A lot of people don’t know that man story. I just recently heard it. I definitely went through some of that same adversity. Grimes gives someone like me hope when you see him at 5’9 or 5’10 175 pounds guarding those big receivers and making plays while going to pro bowls. We have some of the same characteristics and traits.”
Question: What separates you from other players at your position in this year’s draft class?
Bryan Douglas: “I think I am a little more of a consistent player. You know what you are going to get when I hit the field. You know I have been watching film.”
Question: If I was and NFL team, tell me why I should draft you?
Bryan Douglas: “You can ask anyone from my athletic director down to the equipment manager. I treat everyone with the same kind of respect. I am a natural born leader. Very outspoken person, but also coachable. I am ready to play whether you need a long snapper or a holder or a 170 pound defensive end. I am ready to go.”
Question: If you had to choose one attribute that best describes your game what would it be?
Bryan Douglas: “I am not the fastest or biggest corner, but when those lights go on, me versus the other dude it is not even a comparison. I know I am able to do things that other corners can’t just off of straight basic athletic ability.”
Question: I heard you have a step-brother, defensive back Tyrone Taylor from California University of Pennsylvania, who is also eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft. What would it mean to you to have both of you get drafted?
Bryan Douglas: “That would be very emotional with both of us having faced adversity in different ways. To have either one of us drafted or both that would be an indescribable feeling.”