Rainey provides versatility


Florida running back Chris Rainey runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Published: Monday, February 27, 2012 at 10:10 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 27, 2012 at 10:10 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS - Florida's Chris Rainey, who ran a 4.45 40-yard time to finish tied for second among running backs at the NFL Combine on Sunday, could go anywhere between the second and fourth rounds, NFL Network's Mike Mayock said.

He prefers to play running back: “I told teams every time they talked to me about receiver, I tell them 'you've still got to have at least a couple plays in there for me at running back.'“




Rainey proclaimed, “I have the best jukes in the world” and believes he could be another version of New Orleans' Darren Sproles , whom he thanked for establishing a “role for all the little people.”

The parents of Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey took in Rainey when he was 16. He lived with them in Lakeland, then followed the Pouncey brothers to UF. “I love them a lot, and they mean a lot to me,” Rainey said.

Miami's Lamar Miller (4.40) was the fastest running back of the day.

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