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2014 NFL Draft: transcript of Browns third-round pick Terrance West's teleconference

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 10, 2014

The Browns selected Towson running back Terrance West with the No. 94 overall pick after trading back into the third round with the San Francisco 49ers. 

The Browns gave up their fourth-round (No. 106 overall) and sixth-round (No. 180) in the deal. 

 

Below is a transcript of West's teleconference: 


On what it means to him that the Browns moved up in the draft to get him: 

“It means a lot. It means that they wanted me. Now, it’s time for me to do my part. They drafted me, now it’s time to perform and give them what they want; that’s hard running and help winning some games.”

 

On working at a shoe store while looking to walk on at a school:

“After prep school, I didn’t have any offers so I had to go work at a shoe store which is called Jimmy Jazz. I was selling shoes, but I was still working out on my own and sending film out until I got a chance to get to a school, but no one still responded so I had to walk on at Towson University. I walked on.”

 

On his production in college:

“I had a great offensive line. I’ve got great vision. I had a coaching staff that believed in me. I’m just a dedicated guy. I play with a chip on my shoulder, and I’m hungry for success. I like to prove everyone wrong.”

 

On if any other programs looked at him coming out of high school, and why he chose Towson:

“I had a great career in high school. I had over 6,000 yards. They retired my jersey. I was just at a public school here in Baltimore, and I got overlooked. When scouts came in, they went to bigger schools that had bigger football programs. I just got overlooked.”

 

On imagining in high school that he’d be a third-round NFL draft pick:

“Yeah, I always had dreams of going in the first three rounds, and it’s just a dream come true now. My favorite team is the Cleveland Browns, and I’m ready to represent.”

 

On how he produeced a high number of rushing touchdowns in college:

“I just have a nose for the end zone. I love scoring points. I love to help my team out. I love to win. I hate to lose. Like you said before, when I’m running the ball, I only see the goal line. I don’t see anybody else of the field. I just see me and that goal line, and let’s just get some points up on that board.”

 

On if he was previously a Ravens fan:

“Yes, sir. Yes, indeed. Like I told the media before, I'm from Baltimore. My favorite team was the Ravens, but now whoever drafted me was going to become my favorite team in my heart. Now, it's the Cleveland Browns.”

 

On his running style and physicality:

“I'm a physical runner. I can also make people miss. I can catch out of the backfield. I’ve great vision. I don't take too many big hits. If there's a big blow, I'm giving the blow; I don't take it.”

 

On accumulating 41 touchdowns in one season:

“It was actually 42 touchdowns, but my team needed me and I put my team on my shoulders. I was an underdog the whole year. We were the underdogs, Towson University. I had to perform. My team depended on me so I just had to give them my all, and that was to put the points up on the board. I love to score touchdowns. I've been doing that since Pop Warner.”

 

On if he expected to be picked in the third round:

“I thought I was going to go higher. I competed. I worked out with Jeremy Hill, I played with Carlos Hyde so I know what it takes to be the best and play on an elite level. I knew I have the talent, but I knew I came from a small school and people are going to question that. Football is football. I don't care who is on the other side of the ball. That's how I play.”

 

On where he played with Carlos Hyde:

“At Fork Union Military Academy.”

 

On if his grades were high enough to go to a Division I school:

“Yes, my grades [were high enough]. It wasn't that. It was just that I didn't have that much exposure. That's why I went to Fork Union, to get more exposure.”

 

On playing against his childhood favorite Baltimore Ravens twice a year:

“I’ve got to give him that work. That's what I'm going for. I talked to the coach. If that's what he wants, that's what he's going to get.”

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