Florida running back Chris Rainey led the way at the Scouting Combine in three different events, and he says his athletic ability will pay off for some team that drafts him to play special teams.
Rainey was the overall leader at the Combine in the 60-yard shuttle (11.06 seconds), 20-yard shuttle (3.93 seconds) and three-cone drill (6.50 seconds). At 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, Rainey isn’t the kind of running back who’s going to average 20 carries a game, but he believes he can be a major contributor in the NFL.
“Special teams is my specialty and I love special teams,” Rainey said. “People don’t understand about special teams. It’s like 95 percent, if special teams is doing something, you win the game. I take special teams to heart because you win a lot of games when you’re involved with special teams and that’s what the NFL is looking for.”
Rainey said he’s become a huge Darren Sproles fan and thinks he can have a similar impact in the NFL.
“I love him for that, too,” Rainey said. “He set the role for all the little people.”
If Rainey can be anything close to the kind of player Sproles is, some NFL team will love him for that.