Found May 29, 2013 on NFL Draft Zone:

Duron Harmon is a hard-hitting, playmaking safety out of Rutgers. A 1st Team All-Big East selection, Harmon mysteriously flew under the radar. But not our radar. Harmon pops up every time you watch Rutgers film, and ESPN’s own Todd McShay couldn’t say enough good things about him during NFLPA Bowl week. In the following interview, Duron displays his cerebral approach to the game, and to life. And displays a maturity that leads one to believe he may have a future as head of the NFLPA someday! Duron was selected by the New England Patriots and while some thought it was a reach, they obviously didn’t break down the film like our writer Shaun DePasquale did.  Shaun had a wonderful interview with Duron, here it is: Shaun DePasquale: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me Duron. Can you tell me where you’re training for the NFL Draft? Duron Harmon: I am training down in Miami with Test Football Academy. One of the finest facilties in the country and it has even better people. Kevin Dunn is running the facility down there, while Ato Boldin is our speed coach and Sam Madison is my position coach. So I am geting a ton of positive coaching from actual lifting, running and playing defensive back. SD: What do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses (things you may need to work on)? DH: Some strengths are that I am a very intelligent football player. I can diagnose sets and know what plays are coming from the offense. Also I am athletic and a lot faster than most people think. Lastly I am a leader, I don’t do much talking but I lead by my actions because at the end of the day, talk is cheap. My weaknesses are that I think I could still improve on my open field tackling, and sometimes I use my intelligence against me. I will over-think some things rather than using my athletic ability. SD: What scheme/defense do you feel your skills best translate to? DH: Well in college I played in 4-3 under scheme but at the end of the day I truly believe with my intelligence and skill sets I can play in any scheme. SD: What do you love most about playing Defensive Back? DH: I love defending the most athletic people on the field which are the WR’s. It is a challenge but I love being challenged. What I love most about being a safety though is being the leader of the secondary. I love making the calls, I love getting people aligned, I just love being the QB out there because at the end of the day, I am a ledader and that is what leaders love to do. SD: Do you enter this draft with a bit on your shoulder as a First-Team All-Big East selection,and yet not talked about with the top safeties in this draft? DH: Haha not at all becasue one thing I learned from Coach Flood is you can only control what you can control. I can not control how these sports analysts view me, but I can control my production on the field, and I can control how hard I work in the classroom, on the field, and in the meeting room. Those are the things I can control and those will be the only things I worry about. SD: What did you take away from your time at the NFLPA Bowl All–Star Game? DH: The first thing and most important thing I took from this game was great relationships. I met some fine young men at there that I still talk to today. Guys like Xavier Boyce, Mike James and Terrance Stephens are people that I see myself having a life long relationship with. SD: Did you receive any positive feedback from scouts about your performace all throughout the week? DH: Yes I did. They said they loved my physicality, the speed at which I was playing and my athletic ability. SD: Toughest player you ever had to play against in college? DH: Without even thinking, Tavon Austin. That dude is a complete monster and I know he will do great things in the NFL. SD: Can you give me the name of a teammate with a bright future that isn’t talked about enough? DH: : Ka’lial Glaud. This guy right here works harder than the majority of the players in college, and I am really sure that he will get in camp and stick there not only because of his athletic abilities but because of his work ethic and heart. SD: If you could have dinner with any 3 people, living or otherwise, who would they be and why? DH: Martin Luther King Jr, Kobe Bryant, and Ray Lewis. Martin Luther King Jr would have to be a person with because of what he did for people of color. He is the one that made a major push and bringing people together to conquer equal rights for all people. He was a natural leader that this country needed at that time period and I truly believe he might have been the greatest leader ever in America. Kobe Bryant because he is a just a natural winner, he loves winning just as much as anything and I would want to pick his brain about how he got his mindset to where it is and try to duplicate it. Ray Lewis becasue he is just one of the most inspirational football players to ever play the game. The way he carries himself on and off the field at a high standard is unbelievable. The way he is so passionate about the game and how he played for so long. I would also just try and pick his brains and try to get some pointers on how to stay around the league for a long period of time like he did, well maybe not as long as he did because 17 years is a long time haha. SD: What player growing up did you most admire and model your game after? DH: Growing up it had to be Ricky Williams because all through pop warner asue all through pop warner and middle school and high school I played running back and at that time Ricky Williams was the man. The way he ran the ball was ridiculous! He had vision, balance, power moves and speed. He was a very exciting player to watch and at that time I knew I was going to college to play football but obviously it did not work out that way haha. SD: Last question, first purchase with your NFL paycheck? DH: Life Insurance policy for my son. SD: Thank so much for your time Duron and good luck in the NFL. Please give Duron a follow and a hello on Twitter @dharm32 And you can follow Shaun on Twitter at @ShaunDePasquale

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