In two to three years, Brian Maddox expects South Carolina fans to be thinking, “Wow.”
As in, “I didn’t know he had that in him.”
Heading into this week’s NFL Draft, the Gamecocks former backup running back believes not only will he make a pro team but that eventually he will make a team very happy.
“With my confidence, I do feel like here in a couple years I can really make a run on a team and do some big things,” Maddox said.
Maddox isn’t guaranteeing he will be selected in this weekend’s draft, but he’s hoping for a call in the late rounds. The draft begins Thursday night with the first round. Rounds two and three will be held Friday, and rounds four through seven will be held Saturday.
It will be later in the day Saturday before Maddox’s name is called if it is called at all. As a career backup with 833 rushing yards in four seasons, he understands that. He also believes that he impressed enough teams during the Gamecocks’ pro day and during a private workout with the Philadelphia Eagles that he will find a home.
“I don’t know if I’ll be drafted or not, but I know I will definitely make a team,” he said. “I’ve fought through a lot of adversity, and I am ready for anything.”
Maddox worked out Thursday for Eagles scouts, and they told him they might take him in the sixth or seventh round or sign him to a free agent deal. He “killed the workout,” he said. He also has drawn interest from the Colts, Broncos, Buccaneers, Cowboys and Redskins, he said.
Maddox has NFL back size at 238 pounds, and he believes he made the most of his limited opportunities in backing up Marcus Lattimore last season, particularly against Alabama and Vanderbilt. Maddox had five carries for 28 yards against the Crimson Tide, and all those yards came on the game’s decisive drive, including a bullying 17-yard run to convert a third-and-5. He also caught two passes on that drive. He had a career-high 146 yards on 24 carries against the Commodores.
“A lot of teams know I was under the radar, and I really didn’t get to play much this year,” Maddox said. “They see my talent. I got really good reactions from the teams. I definitely showed them my speed and quickness. I am just the prototypical-style pro running back. I can do it all. I can catch, block, run, be a smart asset on the team in the locker room.”
Maddox, who was a four-star prospect coming out of Anderson’s T.L. Hanna High School, will keep an eye on the draft with his family and girlfriend at home in Anderson, he said. He also will be watching for more news the NFL’s labor dispute.
Maddox entered the week believing there would be no chance for NFL teams to sign free agents immediately after the draft due to a lockout by the owners, however a Monday court decision threw that into doubt.
“I have been following it a whole lot more closely than I normally would because it’s going to have such a big effect on my life,” Maddox said. “I don’t really know what will happen. It’ll definitely be nerve-wracking.”