Douglas has met with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers for informal interviews. NFL teams are allowed 60 formal 15-minute interviews with prospects they request at the NFL Scouting Combine, but coaches and scouts can also stop players for informal sessions as time allows.
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“I’ve gotten to know them really well. They’re good guys. They picked my brain as well. Did interviews about my past, family, everything,” Douglas said.
He said he knows about the Browns, too, because former Arizona State defensive back Robert Nelson is now in Cleveland.
Douglas met with the Lions on Tuesday night upon checking in at Indianapolis.
“Picking your brain. They like to get to know you,” he said. “I sat down with the offensive line coach and we talked a bit and it was a good meeting.”
The Chiefs were also a team he met with Tuesday night.
Douglas has played guard and tackle, mostly right tackle, and believes most NFL teams believe he will be a guard. Either way, he believes his versatility will be an asset to his draft stock.
“I think it will play a huge difference. A lot of teams I’ve talked to, they said they only travel seven linemen so if you’re able to be versatile and play those different positions, you could be one of those guys that they travel so it’s helped me a tremendous amount and I’m thankful that I did it,” he said.
He also believes his basketball background – he wanted to play in the NBA until it became apparent he wouldn’t be tall enough and stopped growing at 6-foot-4 – helps with his footwork as a lineman.
“I stopped growing. I thought I would be like 6-7, 6-8, didn’t pan out to be that way,” he said with a smile. “I stopped at 6-4, so a football coach came up to me one day. He asked me to come out and put me in at offensive line. I enjoyed it. I loved it. That transitioned me into playing football (in his freshman year of high school).”
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