Carlos Hyde, Ohio State, Sr.
On running backs being drafted later than in the past: “Yeah, it does kind of bother me. I feel like they are down on us. They don’t think we are capable of doing what we know we can do,” Hyde said. “They are kind of just downplaying us: ‘We can wait to get ya’ll.’ There are guys drafted in the late rounds that are having a lot of success in the league right now … so it’s changing the GMs’ minds.”
Quotable: “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.”
Jeremy Hill, LSU, So.
On the role of “big running backs” in the NFL: “Yeah, the big backs this season have had a lot of success. I watched Marshawn Lynch and LeGarrette Blount and those guys be successful,” Hill said. “Of course Adrian Peterson is successful year-in, year-out. Big backs will always have a place in the NFL, especially in the playoffs. Eddie Lacy is emerging. You really need to run the ball in cold weather situations. Always will be a place for big backs in those pressure situations and goal-line situations, and being able to matchup with linebackers on blitz pickup. Sometimes it’s tougher for those small backs to pick up those linebackers.”
Quotable: “You have to go into draft day being open to anything, even being undrafted. I’m going into draft day with nothing expected,” Hill said. “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.”
Bishop Sankey, Washington, Jr.
On patterning his game after others: “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.”
Quotable: “I made the decision because I felt like it was time for me to take my chances at the next level. I feel I’m fully capable of making an impact in this league and that's one of the reasons why I declared.”
Andre Williams, Boston College, Sr.
On what he likes to do off the field: “I like to read, I like to write. I’m actually working on a book. I like to think. I’m a deep thinker. I like to be around my family, my older brother. I have a couple dogs. I like to take care of them. I like to cook.” And on the book: “It’s called, A King, a Queen and a Conscience. If I had to classify it, I’d call it a philosophical memoir. I’m just pointing out the significant points in my life that shaped the way I think about the world.”
Quotable: “I think I was inspired the most by Adrian Peterson. He’s just a violent runner. He knows how to use his arms to get yards after contact. People have compared me to Earl Campbell and Jim Brown. I would say … I never got to see Earl run or Jim Brown run in person. But I did get to see Adrian Peterson run, Marshawn Lynch run, and I really admire their run styles. In terms of me, I would say I’m a downhill runner. I’m best when my shoulders are square to the line. I make a quick cut, I get up field. I use my shoulders and hands as weapons. I like to punish the defense, punish the DBs. I like to finish in the fourth quarter.”
Tre Mason, Auburn, Jr.
On if he has musical talent since he is son of Vincent “DJ Maseo” Mason from Hip-Hop group De La Sol: “Not at all. That's my dad’s forte, that’s not me. … I love music, but me making it? It’s not a pretty sight.”
Quotable: 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. … We played against the top competition and I showed my skill against that. I should be the No. 1 running back in this draft.”