The 75th NFL Draft is fast approaching and the football faithful sit in wait of the grand arrival of new talents. Strategies are being formulated and negotiations are taking place while this year’s incoming crop of rookies work feverishly to earn respect and an opportunity to show and prove they can work among the game’s elite.
One such talent is Ben Tate, a promising young rusher out of Auburn starting to earn praise among the league’s scouting community as a star of the pre-draft workout schedule.
Tate has earned rave reviews from league insiders not only for his skills but for his work ethic, his passion for the game, and his desire to affirm belief that he can be an influence in the National Football League.
Our sources suggest Tate could be a viable target for multiple teams seeking candidates at running back in this Draft, including the Detroit Lions. I serve as the Fanball correspondent for Roar of the Lions and recently had occasion to conduct an email interview with Tate…
1. How would you feel about coming to a rebuilding team like the Lions?
It could be a great opportunity because I can be a major piece in helping them turn around. If I were to be drafted there, it means they think I’m capable of helping to turn the organization around so I’d be honored, and think I’d work great with young stars like Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, and Brandon Pettigrew, among others.
2. What is it like to accomplish all you have, and receive less attention than guys you played with/against?
I don’t think about it that much. It’s not a big deal to me so long as the coaches and teams on the next level know what I’m capable of.
3. How would you feel about a potential shared backfield situation with Kevin Smith when he returns from injury? (if drafted by the Lions)
That would be great. He’s a great RB and is someone I could learn from. The competition itself would help me learn. I think most teams are using 2 backs these days anyways.
4. What type of offense do you feel best fits your skill set?
It doesn’t matter that much because I’m a running back that can adapt. I’ve worked with 4 different coordinators during my years at Auburn so I can adapt very well.
5. What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses as a player?
My biggest strengths are my speed, power and dedication to the game.
I didn’t get to ask a follow-up, so I guess we’ll have to take the scouts’ word on his weaknesses. Tate is projected to go in the mid-second to top of the third. He is a viable candidate at 66 for the Lions, or the mid to late second round if the Lions trade back out of #34. More of an every-down back, he could make a strong RB duo in a shared backfield with Kevin Smith.