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Quotebook: Top Running Back Prospects

Posted Feb 22, 2014

See what the top running back prospects had to say in their media availabilities.

Ka’Deem Carey – Arizona

On who he compares himself to…

“I'd say a mix between Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy. Adrian Peterson runs hard and LeSean McCoy has the shakes in the open field to break a safety down. My (favorite) running back is Brian Westbrook because he catches, he blocks. He does it all.”

On his pass blocking ability…

“(Scouts) are going to find an aggressive, hard-nosed that will hit you right under your chin. I'm going to tell you right now, I need more technique in pass blocking. I have no problem with picking up the blitz and delivering the hit."

On his decision to enter NFL…

“(People) definitely were in my ear, saying you have a limited numbers of hits and running backs, you need to go while you have the chance. I know that I could have come back and played another year, got bigger and stronger and dominated at that level. But my decision was I was ready for the league. I felt like I was ready a year ago but I just couldn't leave. I stayed consistent this year and really proved to me that I was ready to provide for my family."

Jeremy Hill - LSU

On decision to leave LSU early…

“I’m very confident (in the decision). I’ve done a great job training, getting my body in the best shape possible. I think it was best for me the way I progressed as a player after talking to my coaches and family. They thought it was best for me to make the next step. LSU will be fine, they always do a great job of recruiting. I just have to do what’s best for me and my family.”

On where he projects to be selected…

“No one knows. You have to go into draft day being open to anything, even being undrafted. I’m going into draft day with nothing expected. Just being blessed and honored if any team takes me. I don’t have high expectations, just doing everything I’m supposed to do right now and trying to make it as tough as possible for those GMs and coaches.”

On who he compares to…

“I like Arian Foster and Matt Forte. They do a great job of being every down backs. That’ something I see myself doing.”

Carlos Hyde – Ohio State

On what separates him from other running backs…

“I think my game is what separates me. What I bring to the table. I bring that passion. I play with a lot of heart. I feel like I bring that spark to the offense. When the offense needs something going, I feel like I can make it happen.”

On if he is the top running back available…

“I definitely feel like I should be regarded as the best running back in this draft. I feel like my game does the talking and if you watch the film you can see that for yourself. What I bring to the table. I’m 5-11, 230 pounds and I’m sure I will be one of the top fast running backs here. Not too many are 230 (and) are going to run what I run here. I expect to run in the 4.4 range.”

On his running style…

“I would say my running style is violent. Not too many times am I trying to make you miss. I am trying to run through you, trying to get the yards we need. Sometimes I will make you miss because you expect me to run through you. That’s how I describe it.”

Tre Mason -Auburn

On his running style…

“If I had to compare, it would probably be somebody like Marshawn Lynch, along the lines of that. I can beat you inside,outside, anyway. Over you, through you, around you, find a way to get six points.”

On why he feels he is the best running back in the draft…

“I feel like I'm the best running back in this draft class because I broke Bo Jackson's rushing record in the season. If he was considered one of the best to do it and I broke his, then I feel like I should be the No. 1 running back in this draft.”

On the combine experience…

“They're long days. They're definitely long days. But I prepared for this and I'm just going to continue to be myself and show them what I'm like as a person.”

Bishop Sankey  - Washington

On who he patterns his game after…

“Well, recently one of the younger guys I've been modeling my game after and kind of been studying is Giovani Bernard. I think we're kind of similar in stature and I think players have a tendency to do that - just watch other guys that are similar to them. Other than that, no one in particular really. I kind of just watch different guys each Sunday and try to take tips from their game and add them to my own."

On his decision to leave early…

“Honestly, I didn't really sit down and think about it too tough until toward the end of the year, and even more so after the bowl game. I sat down with my dad and the rest of my family and really tried to talk about it and at the end of the day just made the best decision - the best decision for me.”

On if he has something to prove…

“Yeah, I mean in a sense, I think especially at an event like this you're all being evaluated and I just want to go out there and compete – compete to the best of my ability. I'll be participating in everything here at the Combine and I'm just excited really. It's a dream come true. Again, it's a blessing to be here. It's a dream come true."

Terrance West - Towson

On being from a small school…

“Some of the greatest guys who played the game in the NFL come from small schools. Some guys like Jerry Rice.  Competition doesn't change. The rules of the game don’t change. Football is football no matter what level you're on.”

On what he brings to the table…

“I'm quick. I got great vision. I got great hands. I always can make a person miss and I always fall forward… I can make a person miss. I can run a person over. I can catch out of the backfield. I can block. And I score touchdowns."

On what he says in interviews….

“Throughout the interviews, I've been honest and been myself. No lies. I did bad things and I did good things. I learned one thing about me I learned from my mistakes and don't let my mistakes be habits. In 2010, I walked off the field. My grandmother passes away and I walked off the field. They didn't play me because they thought my mind wasn't there because my grandmother passed away. I learned from my mistakes."


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