2018 NFL Draft Player Profile: 2014 U.S. National Team alum Kamryn Pettway

By Brent Glasgow | Posted 4/19/2018

Photo via Auburn Athletics

Leading up to the NFL Draft April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas — home of the Dallas Cowboys and the annual International Bowl — we'll take a look at former U.S. National Team players who are draft-eligible this year and hope to continue their football dreams in the NFL.

Kamryn Pettway, running back, Auburn

NFL Combine numbers

Height: 6'0

Weight: 233

40-yard dash: 4.74 seconds

Bench press (225 lbs.): 22 reps

Vertical jump: 33.5 in.

Projected draft position (according to nfl.com): Priority free agent

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A three-sport athlete (basketball, track) at Prattville (Alabama) High School, Pettway ran for 1,402 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior. After not carrying the ball as a fullback during his redshirt freshman season at Auburn, Pettway ran for 1,224 yards and seven TDs in 10 games during an injury-shortened 2016, as he became the first Tigers running back since Bo Jackson with 150 rushing yards in four straight games. A fractured shoulder blade limited him to five games and 305 yards and six scores in 2017. 

5 Questions at the NFL Combine

Q: What do you remember most about your week with the U.S. National Team?

A: It was a good experience. It was fun, a lot of competing and some great guys.

Q: With the season-ending injury you had last season, how were you able to turn what happened into a positive?

A: Last year was a struggle for me, so I know I really didn't get to prove myself. As a player, being able to be here is a great opportunity for me, and it pushed me and was motivation for me to work hard to get here.

Q: What were your training goals leading up to the Combine?

A: I wanted to shed a few pounds, get faster, stronger.

Q: What is your message to teams as far as what you do at the next level?

A: I feel like I can bring a lot to the table. I'm diverse, I can be used at running back or fullback, I can play special teams also.

Q: One AFC scout said there are character concerns with you. What's your reaction to that?

A: I don't let it bother me, because I know deep down how good of a person I am. Other people know that also, so I don't let it bother me.

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