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Q&A with RB Darren McFadden



One the most highly touted players in this years draft, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden spoke to the media at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine.  Here are some of the highlights of his media session...**

Q: Are you the best player in the draft?
A: I feel like I am the best player in the draft. I can do a lot of different things. I feel like I'm a very versatile player. I can go out there and line up at receiver, I can line up in the backfield and block, line up back there and run, I can throw a pass if you need me to. If I had to, I could play defense.

Q: Why did you decide to declare for the draft early?
A: I feel like it was kind of tough on me, but with my coaches leaving, it made it easier for me. But I felt like it was time, too.

Q: What questions are you expecting during the interview process?
A: I know I'm going to hear a lot of different questions. I'm going to hear things from the reason why I get up early, or the different incidents I've had outside of nightclubs, just different questions.

Q: Was football an escape for you as your were growing up in a tough environment?A: A lot of bad things were laid out in front of me, and at any point in time in life I could have took the wrong road. But I felt like I always stayed on the right road and did the positive things.

Q: How do you think you compare to Adrian Peterson?
A: I admire Adrian Peterson. He's a great running back and I feel like if I go in do all the work that I should do and put in the right work necessary, I could have the type of season he did.

Q: Is it important for you to be the first back drafted?A: Whether I am or if I'm not, I'm just going to go wherever I go and try and play my best.

Q: Are you eager to see what Felix Jones can do as a feature back in the NFL?
A: I feel like I know what Felix can do. If he was the feature back at Arkansas, I feel like he'd have been the same. I feel like he could have started anywhere in the country if he wasn't playing behind me.

Q: Is there any area of your game you will look to improve at the next level?
A: I've just got to get adapted to the game speed and things like that, get in there and learn the different plays, things like that.

Q: Do you feel like you're also a threat catching the ball out of the backfield?
A: I feel like I have great hands because I played a lot of different positions growing up. I've caught a lot of balls through high school and things, so I feel like I have great hands.

Q: You lined up at quarterback in college. Is that fun for you?
A: It's something I love to do, line up behind the center and take those direct snaps. Growing up, I played quarterback a lot, and it's just something I love to do, be back there and be able to call the plays.

Q: Do you feel like you could line up at quarterback in the NFL?
A: Well, I don't know if there'd be any room for it in the NFL, but if a coach wanted me to do it, I'm going to do it.

Q: What are your assets that you hope to show GMs?A: I feel like I'm a tough guy. You could have me in on first down or you could have me in on fourth-and-1. I can get long yards for you or I can get short yards for you.

Q: Do you have any anxiety about going through the whole draft process?
A: It's very nerve-wracking. It's something you go through for the first time, so it's going to be nerve-wracking to you, but it's something you have to deal with.

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