I love finding prospects that are very good that people don’t know about yet. Doing what I do, sometimes they find me first.
Reid Harrison-Ducros is well represented by the Genesis Sports Group, and his father, Gary Ducros, works hard to promote his son on social media. I told Reid off of the mic that his dad is doing a great job because he’s not coming across as another LaVar Ball, and that’s a very good thing. We laughed together about it. However, Reid’s path to professional football is a family effort.
Reid has some incredible intangibles that pop off of the tape. I wrote my scouting report on him back in January and noted that he was very fast and fluid. His father just dropped this video on YouTube that helps you see what really makes his flow on the field.
I got the chance to speak with him in the final week of February. I appreciate Reid taking the time to speak to me as he is training very hard right now preparing for the NFL Draft.
Prospect Interview: CB Reid Harrison-Ducros, Duquesne
Draft Rite (John Vogel): Alright, so Reid, you started your career at Boise State and left Boise State to get some more playing time, from what I understand, and you went to Duquesne. So, tell me a little bit about your experience at Boise, and what made you switch to Ducquese specifically, and, you know, why did you choose Duquesne out of any other school in the country?
Reid Harrison-Ducros: Yeah, well I want to start off by saying that Boise is great. The fan base is great. The coaching staff is great and then the people within that community are amazing. It’s truly one-of-a-kind as far as football towns feel. You know, kinda like how you see in movies where the whole town shuts down to go to those football games, that’s kind of how Boise is. So it’s pretty cool. It’s always a packed crowd every game, regardless of who you’re playing. Especially that blue turf, you can’t really beat that.
Leaving Boise State
Harrison-Ducros (Cont.): Really the reason that I transferred away from Boise is like you were saying, it’s not necessarily because I wasn’t getting enough playing time, but more in the sense that I started the first four games against Troy, Washington State, New Mexico and then Virginia. They were all pretty good teams. Washington State had Luke Falk and Mike Leach, Troy had the most returning seniors that year.
Draft Rite: Was Brandon Silvers still on that team?
Harrison-Ducros: Yeah, yeah, Brandon Silvers was on that team.
Draft Rite: Okay, yep.
Harrison-Ducros: Yeah and, obviously, Virginia’s a decent ACC team, at least, they were still an ACC team at that. So just playing against them, and starting against them, I was actually ranked as the top guy on my team according to PFF going into that Virginia game. Then, just going from that game, I got hurt in the second quarter, the staff decided to keep me out the rest of the game and from that game on I didn’t get any playing time unless we were blowing a team out by fifty. I tried to get back on the field just to get a little bit of playing time, in rotation or something, by going in there and asking them what I needed to work on to get more playing time. They told me something, and then I worked on it during practice, and then that following Saturday the playing time wouldn’t change. So kind of, at that moment, after it was, like, the fifth game, as that continued to go on I realized that they had made a business decision to have a different type of corner start for them and play for them, so I decided to make a business decision for myself, and then leave and then ended up going to Duquesne.
When I ended up transferring, I was supposed to go to Baylor. I’ll just start off by saying that. But that fell through after I decided to officially transfer.
Draft Rite: I’m going to interrupt you for a second because this is interesting. What year was this that you were trying to transfer? Is this ’17? Is this ’18?
Draft Rite: Did you run into Datryan Evans by any chance?
Harrison-Ducros: Datryan Evans… No.
Draft Rite: Okay. He was trying to transfer from a JUCO to Baylor and he was there for spring training. I talked to him last year, he ended up declaring early from Friends. Baylor screwed up a lot of their recruiting that year specifically. That’s why I was just curious.
Harrison-Ducros: Yeah, yeah. Cause we were talking to them and stuff, and I thought it was a done deal but obviously it wasn’t. But anyways, the University of Texas said that they would offer me a scholarship that following spring. I would just have to pay for a year of school and then other schools such as Western Illinois offered me a scholarship. Weber State was going to, my buddies a quarterback there, but I committed to Ducquese relatively fast because I wanted to get somewhere in January so I didn’t really have a lot of time to work with. As well as OU (Oklahoma) offered me a preferred walk-on.
Choosing Duquesne over Western Illinois
Harrison-Ducros (Cont.): I think the biggest thing or one of the main reasons why I chose Ducquese is because one of my goals coming out of high school was I didn’t want my parents to pay for anything in regards to my schooling. I felt like they worked hard enough to give me the life that I have and put me in a position to earn a scholarship so I didn’t want them to have to pay for anything, and if I could get my school paid for by somebody, then I would. Duquesne was the best. Between Duquesne and Western Illinois, cause they were both full scholarships, Duquesne is the one that had a better education, as well as it’s on the east coast and I had never lived there. It’s in a great location in downtown Pittsburgh.
Draft Rite: Alright. How did you like Duquesne?
Harrison-Ducros: It was cool! It was really cool. I’d never lived in the big city, like, I live thirty minutes from Dallas right now, but I never lived, like, within the city. So Duquesne is literally placed in downtown Pittsburgh. The Steelers stadium is five-to-ten minutes away, the baseball stadium is, like, five-to-ten minutes away. Kind of seeing that sports fan base, Pittsburgh is one-of-a-kind. Their fans are literally die-hards. If you talk anything bad about the Steelers, it’s going to be a fight. (Laughs)
But yeah, it was definitely a cool experience, as well as there were a lot of players on that team. It was very family-oriented. There were a lot of players, my year especially, a lot of guys. Like, we had a Syracuse transfer, an Illinois transfer, so it was kind of people of my same background or the same situation that I was in that got to Duquesne at the same time that I did. So, it was pretty cool.
Talking Reid Harrison-Ducros’s strengths
Draft Rite: That is neat. So I liked your speed a lot, first off I think that you’re very fast, very fluid. I think you make up for mistakes in coverage because you’re so fast. What was that forty time that I heard something about that you ran?
Harrison-Ducros: (laughs) It was a 4.30 but it was on the track so I want to run it on turf first, but, yeah.
Draft Rite: 4.30 is still flying. I don’t care what you’re running on. Considering that we’re making the biggest deal out of Henry Ruggs for running a 4.27, you’re right there with him. (Reid laughed) So, I think you’re a really good man coverage guy, but I’d like to hear what you think is your biggest strength that you’re going to bring to an NFL team.
Harrison-Ducros: I think the biggest strength that I bring is my knowledge of the game and my technique. I say knowledge of the game because I’ve been studying the corner position and the defensive back position since seventh grade. I’ve been blessed to have guys around me from my areas, such as Larry Brown, the Super Bowl MVP from the Cowboys, Jay Valai, who is the DB coach at Texas, Clay Mack who is becoming more and more of a well-renowned DB guru, who trained like Jamal Adams and Jalen Mills. Kent Matthis, who played for the Falcons, so just various people that I’ve been blessed with throughout middle school and high school to kind of help guide me in how to study the game and what to look for. Different tendencies that pros look for and star college players look for. So I think that’s something that I pride myself in as well as I just enjoy watching film and I enjoy learning different techniques and stuff. I feel like the more that you know, it slows down the game even more so that you can have that extra step on the field which can be the difference between breaking the ball up and making a play.
Then I’d say that technique, kind of like the same thing those great people that I’ve had around me. They’ve really helped me hone in on my craft. I liked how Jeff Okudah said that it’s a “constant chase of trying to be perfect and trying to reach perfection.” Even though you’ll never reach it but it’s always having that hunger and that drive to consistently be perfect. So I work on it every day and I think that is a huge part of my game because, also just like he said, where athleticism fails, technique always prevails. So I think that technique and my knowledge of the game is really what I bring to the table.
Draft Rite: So everybody has weaknesses, and, I mean, there are some that I thought you had that showed up on the tape that I was able to get my hands on. But, I’d like to hear what you think are your biggest weaknesses and what you are working on specifically to improve on during the pre-draft process.
Harrison-Ducros: I think one of the biggest things is, I guess, when I’m downfield getting off of blocks of bigger receivers. Such as a broken play or a scramble drill, where you don’t really know where the ball is going, and then it turns into a run and you don’t know because you’re looking at your receiver trying to figure out how to get off of that block quicker and get off that block faster so I can make more of an impact and be the support in the run game on those types of plays. Then off of the field, it’s always just getting bigger and stronger.
Draft Rite: Gotcha. Is 5’10” 185 an accurate listing right now?
Draft Rite: Okay cool. You talk about your knowledge of the game and awareness and stuff, these are great points. I thought these are things that stand out on tape, specifically when I do watch you, just how well you seem to understand what the receivers are doing, you understand what’s going on on the field. At Duquesne, how much game prep, you know like watching tape of the opposing team and that, were you putting into each week?
Harrison-Ducros: Yeah, so we’d have the regular ‘watch-film before practice’ as a unit, and then have practice and stuff like that and watch practice film, but at home, I’d try to spend two-to-three hours each day of just watching film of the receivers and sometimes it would be watching a play over ten to twenty times trying to see ‘okay, they run this type of play and the receiver does this on run plays’, or ‘this on pass every play.’ Writing down just different details I see. Like, for example, I faced this one receiver last year that would adjust his gloves and had more of a forward lean when he’s about to get the ball or it’s a pass play. That kind of gives me, you know, that extra step between making a play and making a pass break-up. I think the reason that I like watching film so much is that it puts me in a position to make plays. The next play isn’t always a new play. It’s kind of what I’ve seen before because I’ve watched so much film.
Draft Rite: Right. From what I understand you’re going to the National Scouting Combine. Correct?
Harrison-Ducros: Yeah, I was, but I tweaked my hammy a little bit on Saturday (February 22nd).
Draft Rite: Ahhh.
Harrison-Ducros: Yeah, so I would have tested the 25th. I think that was Tuesday. But I’m going to do Pro Day. It’s at the Steelers indoor for Duquesne this year.
Draft Rite: Okay, good. What day is that?
Harrison-Ducros: The 19th. March 19th.
Draft Rite: Gotcha. Well, I think that’s pretty much everything that I’ve got for you. Good luck to ya, man.
Harrison-Ducros: I appreciate it.