Seahawks Insider

A few minutes with Ole Miss RB McCluster

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 27, 2010 at 9:16 am with 21 Comments »
February 27, 2010 9:16 am

Ole Miss running back Dexter McCluster did not lack for charisma this morning talking to reporters at the scouting combine.

A broadcast journalism major, McCluster felt comfortable at the podium.

But he says he feels just as comfortable taking on defensive ends on third down in pass protection, and told reporters that most teams are looking at him as a running back at the next level.

McCluster said he measured in at 5-foot-8, 172 pounds, and expects to run in the 4.3 range in the 40-yard dash. McCluster said one of things he wants to accomplish is showing teams that he has the top-end speed to pull away from players at the next level.

“I want to show people that there’s something different about me,” McCluster said. “Don’t look at my stature. I’m going to come at you. And I’m not afraid of nothing or nobody.”

McCluster proves his toughness on this hit here against LSU’s Chad Jones.

He says that Tennessee running back Chris Johnson is someone he tries to emulate, right on down to the dreads he wears.

“I don’t got the gold teeth though,” joked McCluster.

McCluster said the Seattle Seahawks are one of the teams he’s talked to this week, along with the New England Patriots, the St. Louis Rams and several others.

He will participate in running back and wide receivers drills, and also sees himself as a return man and a gunner on special teams at the next level.

McCluster finished career at Ole Miss with 1,955 yards on 304 rushes, and also caught 130 passes for 1,703 yards.

NFL Draft
Leave a comment Comments → 21
  1. tcross12 says:

    Bruce Campbell is a monster

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Okung threw up 38 reps yesterday.

  3. footballscaa says:

    Wow, that guys good. I hope they get him.

  4. Trent Williams ran a 4.88 at the combine, and looked cat-quick in footwork drills. I think he would look great in Seahawks Blue.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    I can’t wait to get home and watch it all. 4.88? That’s Walt-like.

  6. Looks like we could have a definite Walt decision next week.

    I know Forsett isn’t a big guy, but he runs hard and physical. He may not have the size of a bruiser, but he runs like one. I disagree with some of this statement.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    I would have to read that Forsett quote in it’s entirety, in context. Because while smaller (short) he runs as hard as anyone and doesn’t avoid contact. Until I catch the whole thing, I’m not going to speculate what was meant by that.

  8. Bobby, I see that Carroll said he’s looking for a “physical presence” at RB, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like Forsett. I agree with you, Bobby, Forsett is a little Big Man. Still, he is not a “physical presence” like a Steven Jackson or Brandon Jacobs. Having that kind of bigger running back would only make Forsett more dangerous as a change-of-pace guy. I for one would like a big back on the team, to complement Forsett or JJ.

    With the fresh eyes of new coaches running training camp this summer, it could wind up being a wide-open competition between running backs.

  9. NFL network ran a piece today comparing QB Sam Bradford and Jimmy Claussen:

  10. Dukeshire says:

    The first thing I thought of was Ryan Mathews 6’0 218. And by the way, did anyone see Williams and Campbell today? Both 4.8 40s and 34″ and 32″ verticals, respectively. Impressive.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Here are a few tid-bits from Carroll and Schneiders’ presser today…

  12. Oldbutslow says:

    Campbell threw out some good numbers today, but there is some concern that he is lazy and does not play up to his talent.

    Trent Williams, on the other hand, has been productive and also threw out some impressive combine numbers.

    Just sayin’.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    I remember talking about Williams with Bobby during the season and that I liked him and he provided some links that said the same thing, that basically he was lazy. I wonder how much can be relied on and trusted when we’re reading that stuff?

  14. Yes. He has looked good at the combine. But I don’t know if he’s a LT, as his numbers suggest. His play, from what I saw, seems to indicate he’s more of a RT (even though he has great measurables).

  15. Okung is a Left Tackle and did nothing to fall off… While the other two had slightly better workouts, Okung had a GREAT workout for a Left Tackle prospect. Everyone and their mother knew Bruce Campbell was going to show up great in shorts and run the best – Williams suprised me, he seemed to be relegated to a Ray Willis type – big strong, RT material. His time in the 40 and his athleticism in the drills project well to LT. Who knows about Williams, Campbell is a workout warrior… but Okung – worked out great and played much more consistently than either. I like Okung at 6 if he’s there – Because honestly, how fast does a LT need to be in a straight line? Ryan Clady ran a 5.18 40… I think he’s good enough, right?

  16. I think all of us like Okung the best. That’s not what we were debating.

  17. seahawklovertoo says:

    How about : sign Peppers (estimated he will cost as much as ‘boys Ware) , CBDunta Robinson and maybe Kampman. Then, take Okung @ 6 and Trent Williams @ 14 !!!! I red last friday on, Bulaga has incurable (but, treatable) thyroid disease that can strike him any time ( that is why he missed 3games last season) and totally sap all his energy for a while.
    Iupati or, T.Williams ?? Williams is the best @ ROT, top 3 @LOT, and a solid @ LOG ; while Iupati could be the top LOG that wants to play LOT b/c there is where the money is !! My choice is clear : even though I dislike anything Sooner, I suspect the main motivation in Iupatis’ “love for the game” is money. Anyone remembers Crabtree?
    I am still into trading 6 up with the Lions for Suh, or trading 6 & 14 down for more players.

  18. Okung looks like he could possibly be worth the #6 pick, but he’s been injured twice since December. Between him, Trent Williams, and Anthony Davis its hard to say which one might end up being the best LT in this draft.

    We need to draft one of those four guys.

    Those three and Brian Bulaga might all go in the top 15. I’m not sure if this is typical combine hype that happens this time every year, but the OT crop seems very deep. If we don’t take Okung at #6, there may be a number of LT starters available.

    I thought Trent Williams looked amazing in his workouts, and looks like an LT to me. He’s not as powerful at Okung but I think he’s more agile than any of the top LT prospects. Plus, he just might be still available at #14, and if so he could be a steal.

  19. KC needs OL help bad.

We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

JavaScript is required to post comments.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0