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What Breshad Perriman, Ravens Rookies Said At 2015 Combine


The Ravens will meet their next round of draft picks during the NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis.

A big piece of the combine for prospects is meeting with the hundreds of media members in attendance, as each player has a 15-minute interview session scheduled during the week.

Here's a look back at what last year's eventual Ravens' draft class said at the combine:

WR Breshad Perriman

On why his draft stock had risen in recent weeks:*
*"I think people have been focusing more on film work and they've been sitting down and looking at film and thinking about the potential a receiver may contain. They see it by watching film."

On when his dad, former NFL receiver Brett Perriman, took a critical approach to watching him play: "For the most part when he really sat down and really noticed that this is what I want to do with my life, to play football, he started taking it more seriously. It wasn't just teaching my son little things of how to get better. It was like this is a business and I want you to be the best at what you put your mind to do."

TE Maxx Williams

On whether he is the best tight end in the class:"I'd like to say I'm one of the tight ends here and I hope this week helps me show that I do have the talent to be considered that."

On leaving school after his sophomore year:"I put a lot of thought into staying and leaving. Being only 20 and being a redshirt sophomore, it was a long process for me. It started about mid-season. It kind of crossed my mind that maybe I had an opportunity to leave. I finished the year playing well and after our last game against Wisconsin I really sat down with my parents and we actually made lists. I sat there and my parents and me wrote down pros of staying, pros of leaving, cons of staying, cons of leaving, and sat down there and just weighed each option. Took our time. Didn't want to rush anything or make a decision off emotion. It came down at the end it was the right time for me and my family to declare."

RB Buck Allen

On his breakout season at USC:"It was great. I got to show the country what I could do with a full year. I have to thank the coaching staff for trusting in me. Coach (Steve Sarkisian) did a wonderful job coming in. We had a great game plan every week and wonderful schemes. We got the job done. He called on me a lot, and when he did, I performed to the best of my ability and took advantage of it."

On which NFL running backs he admires and compares himself to:"My favorite running back is Jerome Bettis. I grew up a Steelers fan. Right now, it's Marshawn Lynch. I love the way he runs. He has a will that can't be stopped. He runs with a purpose as a downhill back."

OLB Za'Darius Smith

On why people think he is an intriguing prospect:
"Just my upside. I've just been playing football for five years and I've still got a lot of growing to do. I think that will help me as far as this process, having started later in football."

On why he started playing football late:
"I was a basketball player growing up. Just being in a small community. We didn't have a lot of tall guys, so being tall and being my size, playing [center]. I got a chance to play AAU basketball. I traveled around the world saw guys playing [center] at 7-foot tall and me not getting any rebounds, I just thought I should switch it up and have a backup plan. So I went out and played football. My senior year I had like 11 sacks, got a scholarship to East Mississippi Junior College. It gave me a chance, I learned the game and now I'm here."

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