Meet 2023 Draft Prospect Marques Deshields, RB, Rhode Island

2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Marques Deshields, RB, Rhode Island
Marques Deshields the standout running back from Rhode Island recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.

  • Name: Marques Deshields
  • Position: Running Back
  • College: Rhode Island
  • Height: 5’9
  • Weight: 205 lbs.
  • Twitter: @_marques25_ 
  • Instagram: @noblerank_

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

I’m a top prospect because I have the ability to run, block & catch out of the backfield & could line up in the slot creating mismatches for the defense. I can also be very effective on special teams.

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

At age seven I knew football was the sport I wanted to play

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

I am hard-working, intelligent, very coachable & hungry to learn while also proving to myself and others that I am more 

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

I would donate to a boys & girls club. I chose this organization because it’s a great way to inspire & support the youth by showing them the love others haven’t. 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

“Keep working & pray on it” very simple words of advice but those words have gotten me through so much in life so far.

Who was your childhood hero? 

My childhood hero was my Grandfather 

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

Kahtero Summer 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

People chewing with their mouth open

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

Being out of school for two weeks and having to get a job to support myself because I didn’t receive any offers coming out of JUCO. (Lackawanna college)

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

I’ve been cutting hair since I was 14, this is special to me because it instilled a worker’s attitude in me but it always gave me the ability to communicate with people from all walks of life. 

What is your favorite snack food? 

 Trail Mix 

What is the best part of football? 

The best part of football is the family and brotherhood it can create if you have the right group of people.

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

“The best ability to have is availability & I’m available to do whatever needs to be done” 

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

Miles Sanders 

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

My grandfather & two uncles. I chose these three because they are three men who showed me how to be a man and that will always mean something to me.

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at [email protected]

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