The Kansas City Chiefs were late to selecting any skill position players in the 2012 NFL Draft due to the early choices of linemen on both sides of the ball. However, even as a sixth rounder, Cyrus Gray, a running back out of Texas A&M, was a solid choice by most accounts for a late-round guy who could surprise.
Gray rushed 198 times for 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns last season as the primary back for the Texas A&M Aggies. He also caught another 31 passes out of the backfield. Perhaps that's why he's been praised by the front office and head coach Romeo Crennel as a guy who can "do it all".
Gray recently took a few minutes to answer some questions for the KC area media during the Chiefs recent rookie mini-camp.
Media: Can you tell us what it's been like for you this weekend?
Cyrus Gray: It's fast. The tempo is up, not just the speed of the game but just things outside of the field with your position coach, 7 on 7 and everything. It's the tempo.
Some people look at you as sort of a third round back, but Romeo said you can do it all. How do you see yourself?
Just like Romeo said, I can pretty much do it all. I just want to be on special teams and contribute as much as I can.
How much special teams did you play at Texas A&M?
More special teams my first three years. Not really more my senior year.
How do you go and show yourself as a special teams guy? You look at the running back situation here and the guys that you're competing with, at least the top three, aren't going to play special teams. For you to look forward to being inactive or active is probably going to be special teams.
Right, you know, I have to strive hard to do my best in any special teams, so if it's running down on kicks or covering punts, I'm going to have to do my job.