"Terrance West is the unknown, and whoever gets him is going to be very fortunate," IMG director of football operations Chris Weinke said. "Here's a kid that's faced a lot of adversity in his life and he's overcome it. All he did in college was produce when they gave him the football. No one really talked about Alfred Morris (of the Washington Redskins) coming out. Here's a guy that I think has a lot of the same things Alfred did and, in some ways, probably has a little more. He's more of a receiving threat out of the backfield than Alfred. Terrance West is an explosive guy. He's just a guy that's going to find a way to get it done.'' West knows he's going to get questions from NFL teams in Indianapolis about the level of competition he played against, and he's got his answer ready. "The game doesn't change," West said. "You get a lot of guys that transferred from bigger schools. The competition is strong. It's not like I was playing against robots and now I'm going to go play against human beings. It's no different. The game and the rules don't change. I'm not worried about the competition." West might not have the pedigree of someone that went to a bigger school. But he has plenty of confidence. "I'm a humble guy," West said. "But I feel as though I'm the best back in this draft. People say I went to a small school, but I played against some elite guys. I just feel with my talent and my size, I'm the best back in this draft. I've just got to go out there and prove it."
Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been inspired by West."Terrance is the guy who really opened my eyes with his talent and work ethic," Bridgewater told USA TODAY Sports.Bridgewater talked about the energy West brought as one of his receivers during 90-minute throwing sessions with Weinke.
"Once Terrance was done with his running back drills, he'd come spend an extra hour catching,'' Bridgewater said. "That's the kind of guy you want around."
West is a one-cut, downhill runner in the mold of Green Bay Packers rookie standout Eddie Lacy. Former NFL and current IMG Academy speed coach Loren Seagrave says West could clock a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, which could help him climb into the second round.
If you're looking for a true power back, a potential replacement for Gore as a feature back if the naysayers prove to be correct and Lattimore can't come back strong from his injuries, then this is your guy, everything about him screams stud NFL RB.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM ]