View photos from the media sessions at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS — The first group of players met the media Thursday afternoon at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, as running backs faced the bright lights and questions from every which way.
More than two dozen running backs fielded questions about their past, what they envision for their future and what they're hoping to show Friday in on-field drills.
Here are some highlights from the 28 running backs at the combine:
Josh Jacobs, Alabama
Pre-combine draft rankings: NFL.com's Bucky Brooks (1), The Athletic's Dane Brugler (1)
On his strengths : "Catching the ball, blocking, running the ball, being on special teams — there's a lot of things I can do."
On who he models his game after: "I kind of stole my game from a little bit of everyone, honestly. Think back to Barry Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson, Reggie Bush — I try to take bits and pieces from everybody."
Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic
Pre-combine draft rankings: Brooks (2), Brugler (2)
On the Combine process: "This has been fun. I've just been embracing it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So I'm taking advantage. It's been going by fast. So I'm just trying to take it all in."
On his nickname, Motor: "So my nickname came from my father. It was passed down. So once I started playing ball, I kind of carried it on. It stuck with me. I'm fast and powerful, so it stuck with me."
Damien Harris, Alabama
Pre-combine draft rankings: Brooks (3), Brugler (3)
On his light workload in college: "I mean, it can be looked at either way. I just like the narrative to be that I'm fresh, I'm healthy, I made it through college with very few limitations, no real major injuries, and I just had a healthy career. That's what I'm trying to tell teams. A lot of people already know that. That's kind of the narrative out there right now."
On running behind All-American lineman Jonah Williams: "Security blanket, whether it's in the run game, and our quarterbacks always felt safe behind him. Jonah is a prolific player. I think he's the best tackle in the country. He showed that for three years at Alabama, came in and started as a true freshman, and he's just a different breed of player. You don't see a lot of guys have that kind of success so early on in their career, especially at a place like Alabama. Jonah always was a great player for us, he's great
in the run game, great in pass protection, obviously. He's just a real complete player."
David Montgomery, Iowa State
Pre-combine draft rankings: Brooks (4), Brugler (4)
On going to the NFL: "It will mean a lot, just being able to give kids back home hope to understand that it's possible. You've just got to have the right mindset, and you can't live to the standards that everybody creates for you. You've got to create your own. I was able to create my own and still creating my own, trying to live out my dream and give kids back home [in Cincinnati] hope. Definitely, it's big and it means a lot."
On being hard to tackle: "That's a good question. I'm not usually tackling myself. I just go out there and run the ball. That's what I do. It's my occupation, and I enjoy doing it."
Bryce Love, Stanford
Pre-combine draft rankings: Brooks (5), Brugler (unranked)
On what he brings to the field: "Just being a playmaker. And then beyond that, I'd say my mentality. I really just want to be the best at it — one of the best to ever do it. In my mind, I know I'm far from that, but just the mindset of being able to work to that point and work to get there. I have that, and I'm willing to do it."
Darrell Henderson, Memphis
Pre-combine draft rankings: Brooks (unranked), Brugler (5)
On what he wants to prove in Indianapolis: "I want to show them that I'm capable of doing whatever they ask me to do, and I'm just ready to show everybody that coming from Memphis don't mean nothing."