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What 49ers Rookies Said at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine

Many of San Francisco's current players participated in the league's showcase event for prospects. Take a look back...

On Tuesday, we looked back on how the San Francisco 49ers 2015 draft class performed in drills at last year's NFL Scouting Combine.

We continue our preview coverage of this year's event by revisiting quotes of what five members of the team's latest rookie class said during interviews with the media in Indianapolis.


Q: Why should teams draft you?

A: You're going to get a guy with pass-rush ability who can also stop the run. I'm a versatile defensive lineman who is going to go out there and work as hard as possible. I have the mentality to be great.

Q: How would you describe your style of play?

A: My style of play is physical. I start everything I do with being physical up front. You have to be physical in the trenches to get the job done.

Q: Who would you compare yourself to in the NFL right now?

A: I take from a lot of peoples' games. I love watching NFL tape. Calais Campbell is a guy who has a similar skill set and has similar size. J.J. Watt, I watch a lot of tape from him. We play a similar position, and I try to take a lot from his game.


Q: What does this combine experience mean to you?

A: The man upstairs blessed me. I'm going to do it for my mom. I feel like I have a lot to prove, coming from Virginia, playing defensive end my whole life. I just want to show the world I can do more than just having my hand down. So tomorrow is the day. It's the proving ground. I'm psyched for it. That's what I worked all my life for.


Q: How did losing your mom so young shape you?**

A: It forced me to, I say, become a man early. Not having a dad growing up, being told things as a child that a child shouldn't be told. It definitely pushed me to be the athlete I am today. Everything I do, I think of her. It just motivates me to be that much better. In football, be a better brother, be a better friend, be a better teammate, be a better son. You know what I'm saying? It definitely molded me to be what I am today.

Q: Are you too nice to be a pass-rusher in the NFL?

A: I flip the switch. Like I say, every time I go out on the gridiron, I think about how much I've lost, how much I've been through early in life. And it just pushes me to bring that fire out in me. You're definitely going to see it tomorrow, and I can't wait. I can't wait to showcase my talents to the world.


Q: What's your biggest strength?

A: I'd say it's versatility. Blocking is becoming a fun thing for me, a lot of you wouldn't think that being a quarterback, but I love blocking and also being able to split out wide and run routes too.

Q: How much progress have you made and what's your ceiling?

I've got a long ways to go, but I'm also only getting better. I felt like I was getting a lot better toward the end of the season and every single game I was picking up new things and better technique and stuff like that. So I'd say that I'm happy with where I'm at, but I obviously want to keep getting better and better and better.

Q: How do you use your size to help you?

A: That's probably the best part about it. There's obviously great defenders out there but being a tight end and being able to run is nice too, because you can get out there in the open field and quarterbacks can backshoulder and put it on your body and big-boy you and stuff like that, so it definitely makes it more difficult for the defenses.


Q: Why did you decide to leave college early?

A: My mom, she was struggling. Before the last game, she had got an eviction notice on her door. When she got that eviction notice, I knew it was time for me to come out. When I came out, I was able to get her in a new house so she's doing great right now. She doesn't have to work anymore so she's loving her new place. 


Q: How much does she motivate you to play?**

A: It helps me out a lot. Before I do anything, I close my eyes and think about my mom. The first thing that comes to my mind when I am benching, my mom, get her in a better place, better everything. When I do things, I think about my mom.

Q: What will you show coaches?

A: That I know protections, even though I was injured I was still able to play and grind it out, I'm able to block and catch out of the backfield and also stick my nose in and get the tough yards.


Q: Your dad holds the single-game NFL record for receiving yards, would you like to chase that one day in the NFL?

A: Oh yeah, most definitely. That's a goal that's in the back of my mind, to hope one day I could break. But it's a hard goal to break.

Q: How much tape of your dad did you watch?

A: I've seen his highlights and he had some great highlights. I've seen him go over the top a lot. He was really an explosive guy, and I just want to be like that.

Q: What should teams know about you?

A: Basically my background, that I don't have any issues off the field. A lot of guys come in with some baggage, and I just wanted to get across that I'm a clean guy and I'm ready and dedicated to better myself at the next level.

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