Eric Magwood: 2020 Pro Prospect Interview

Name: Eric Marquis Magwood
School: Eastern Kentucky
Position: OT, OG, C
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 305

Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?

My goals for my final season were the same goals I have had every year. I wanted lead our conference in rushing and win a conference championship. This year was kind of bittersweet, I had left Old Dominion University where I had many established relationships and I was close to home and enjoyed playing in front of many family and friends. Transferring to Eastern Kentucky University I felt strongly about the teams ability to win and really enjoyed the coaching staff, but leaving behind where I had played for the last three years and all the relationships I had built was very hard. Looking back now I know I made the right decision for me. We fell short and didn’t win the conference championship but I think we could of won every game we played. We finished with 2,468 rushing yards leading the Ohio Valley Conference and ranked 20th in the FCS with 205.5 rushing yards per game.

Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?

I would say my best quality is my toughness, this year I started all 12 games, playing 6 games with a cast due to a broken hand. I would also say I am very coachable, during my 5 years playing college football I have played under 4 different position coaches. After summer camp this year we had the opportunity to tell selected teammates what we thought of them in one word on a poster. The word the showed up the most was tough, but also had enthusiastic, positive, strong, hard worker, happy, aggressive, never quit, brother, and great teammate.

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?

When studying film I like to review my technique to check my consistency to see how I can do better and improve. I also like to watch NFL linemen and watch their technique and footwork to see if I can implement and improve my game. When watching opponent’s tape I look for individual tendencies and defensive schemes in different game situations.

Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?

There are a few things that separate me from other prospects; versatility, athleticism, preparedness. I am very versatile, I can play anywhere on the line. I have always had athleticism, for a big guy I am fast and flexible, I have played several different sports. I am always prepared, I plan and think of all outcomes and ensure I am ready for whatever comes.

Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?

I am currently training with Giavanni Ruffin, to prepare for my Pro Day. I plan to attend the Pro Days at Old Dominion University and Eastern Kentucky University. I recently participated in the 6th Annual College Gridiron Showcase, where I competed against a bunch of other talented prospects in front of NFL scouts. During the down time I even got to interview with a couple of scouts, it was a great experience.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

I am a very personable person who loves to be positive and work hard. I love working with the community and really love kids and the opportunity to influence them. I bring a great football IQ that I translate to the field. I am very aggressive and hard working. I play with a lot of moxie.

Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?

Any team out there who gives me an opportunity will not be disappointed. Being a former walk on I had to work hard to prove myself and I have earned everything I have gotten to this point. I have no quit!