Here are some quick hits based off player interviews at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Jeremy Langford, who followed Le'Veon Bell as Michigan State’s starting running back, might not want to plan for a future in Seattle, unless Seahawks coach Pete Carroll appreciates brutal honesty. When asked what he would have called on the play from the New England Patriots' 1-yard line that resulted in an interception -- and decided the Super Bowl -- Langford said, “I would have run it. Easily. Marshawn Lynch is in the backfield.”
Nick Marshall played cornerback in the Senior Bowl but is attending the combine as a quarterback and will throw in Indianapolis. Marshall, who starred as a dual-threat quarterback at Auburn, probably has more of a future on the other side of the ball. And Marshall said he will perform defensive backs drills on the side for interested teams. Marshall has been training in Pensacola, Florida, with a number of draft prospects, including former teammate Sammie Coates. Coates, a wide receiver who is projected as a late first- or second-round pick, said Marshall has the ability to play cornerback at the next level. “He’s just one of them players, you can put him anywhere and he'll be showing you he can do it,” Coates said. “He needs to work because he hasn't done it in a while but I think he'll do great.”
Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, the 10th-rated player in the draft by ESPN analyst Todd McShay, lettered in five sports in high school, including tennis. Scherff was athletic enough that he played quarterback at 290 pounds even though he said he outweighed his center by 100 pounds. When asked if there was any concern that he might fall on his undersized center, Scherff said, “I told him to go left, and I’d go right. Yeah. Or vice versa.”
Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs is not readily mentioned as one of the top wide receivers in a draft class that is loaded with talented pass catchers again. Just don’t tell that to Diggs, who still had a season of eligibility when he declared for the draft. The 6-foot, 190-pounder said he is the best wideout in the draft after catching 62 passes for 792 yards and five touchdowns last season for the Terrapins. “I believe in my ability and my mental toughness,” said Diggs, who also returned four punts for touchdowns in college. “I know I can pick up a playbook, like anybody can, and I can compete with anybody.”