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.