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Quotes: RB Wendell Smallwood

On how it feels to be drafted by the Eagles:

"It feels great to be here. Being a fan of the Eagles my whole life and watching them since I was young, it's a dream come true being in this place. It's a blessing."

On whether he had any idea that the Eagles were interested in him:

"We've been chatting. I had been here for a visit. I've been talking to them throughout the draft. I'm just glad they got me when they could."

On where he was when he got the call:

"I was at home, just with my family—my mom, dad, a bunch of brothers and sisters all just relaxing and waiting for my name to be called."

On what the reaction was like after he was picked:

"Everybody was super stoked about it. Everybody was chanting. I couldn't even process it as far as everyone going crazy, so I just had to chill. Once I soaked it in, it was definitely good."

On concerns about his character:

"There's been a bunch of stuff going on about when I was arrested. I was just in a wrong situation. I was young, hanging out with the wrong people. I was never around whatever happened. I wasn't involved. There was no evidence, no witness against me and it came out to be true and all the stuff was cleared. I learned from the situation and try to just move forward and be a better man from that."

On how long ago that incident was:

"The arrest was two years ago, but it happened like two years before that so I was still in high school when it happened."

On how much time he spent explaining the situation to teams leading up to the draft:

"I've done it over 32 times. I talked to every team about it and I even had to talk about it in college. So I've just been learning from it and letting everybody know the truth. I've been completely honest with the guys here and the guys at every team I spoke to. They were well-aware of it and knew the situation before they picked me up. I think they have confidence in me that that's not me and that was a one-time thing and it won't happen again."

On what his version of the story is:

"I was arrested. They weren't dropped just because of the guilty plea. They ended up having no evidence against me. A witness never came forward and said I intimidated anyone or anything like that. I think it ultimately came down to them finding out I was innocent and I never did anything wrong in the situation. Just being friends with the wrong guys."

On his running style and whether he thinks he can be a complement to RB Ryan Mathews:

"I feel like just the things I can bring to the table and just help the team get better doing whatever they need me to do as far as catching the ball, running the ball, blocking, tackling, anything they need me to do. I feel like I'm definitely going to be a complement to the Eagles."

On why he wrote some of the things he wrote on Twitter in the past:

"The stuff on Twitter, I was young. It was 2011 or 2010. It was really embarrassing. I don't believe anything I said. I've definitely grown from that since that stuff was sent out. I definitely learned from it and I don't want anyone to feel any kind of way about it. I'm sorry if I offended anybody, but that's not how I feel, that's not the kind of person that I am and hopefully I get to show that through these years in a professional league."

On whether the Eagles addressed his tweets with him:

"Yes, they addressed everything way before drafting me."

On why he decided to delete his Twitter account today:

"I was embarrassed at how it blew up. Nothing like that on social media ever happened to me. So it kind of blew up and I was just embarrassed about it and knowing that's not who I am, seeing all that stuff and seeing what people were saying about me was embarrassing. So I ended up taking it down and I don't think I'll be on it again."

On what his message would be to younger people about how things that you when you are young can follow you in the future:

"It has a big hold on you. Something so little like sending a tweet out, it has a big hold on you. It influences the young guys who don't know what's going on or who look up to you maybe. I definitely don't condone that. I'm definitely sorry about that for anyone who had to read that. Not even just kids; grown people. I definitely think I can turn it into a positive with showing people the real person, the real man I am today."

On who told him to take it down:

"No one told me to take it down. I took it down [on my own]. I never even talked to anyone from here; I just said I'm going to take this down."

On whether he thought about taking it down before the draft:

"I definitely should have taken it down before the draft, but I haven't seen them probably since [I sent them] out. So I didn't think about it. Then when it blew up, it definitely was brought to my attention and I wanted to clear all this up."

On how much he thinks his draft stock was affected by character concerns:

"I think they could have impacted it, but I think this organization trusted and believed in me and had the confidence in me to know that that's not the person I am and the guy they met is what they get and that's a great man who is honest and respectful and a truthful guy about anything. So I definitely think they saw that in me. I never got any negative feedback about the person I am. All my interviews I believe were great and I left a great impression of who I am with each team. I think the impression I left here with them was good enough to get me drafted."

On how Duce Staley was his favorite player growing up and how exciting it was to meet him:

"When I met him at the combine, I was just excited. I sat down with him at just an interview and it was just exciting to be around him and get to talk to him. I've been watching him since I was young. I knew who Duce Staley was, so I asked for a picture, I asked for his number, and we've been chatting since. He's just been guiding me, not even as far as on the field, but as a man and trying to help me get better. I've seen that in him, so even if they didn't draft me I think Duce and I would still be close to this day."

On whether he was a fan of the Eagles growing up:

"Yeah, I've been watching the Eagles all my life. I was upset when we lost the Super Bowl to the Patriots. We could have gotten that one. But I've been watching. I was here for the Green Bay win in the playoffs [after the 2003 season]. So I've been watching since I was young and went through all the quarterbacks. I watched McNabb throw, so I've been watching for a while now."

On whether he plays with a chip on his shoulder after not being highly touted by being one of the top running backs in his conference:

"I definitely always play with a chip on my shoulder since I started playing the game, just not getting the respect I felt I deserve or just wanting to work for everything or wanting to prove to people that I'm better than whoever they can put me up against. I'm a competitor, I love to compete, and I definitely think this year in college I just approached the game that way and it paid off in a lot of ways, especially getting me here."

On whether he thinks West Virginia changed their offensive style because of him:

"I definitely think [head coach Dana Holgorsen] is known for passing the ball around, but this year I feel like I stepped it up, not only me but also the other running backs stepped it up in the room where he could have the confidence to run the ball as much as we did. I definitely think we changed his offense this year."

On whether he sees himself as a good fit for the West Coast offense:

"I see myself as a great fit, just being able to do anything and everything the team would ask of me."

On his upbringing:

"I'm from the inner city, I'm from Wilmington, Delaware. Probably like 30 minutes from here. I feel like I was involved just living around guys. But I think football kind of brought me away from that and took me away from that since I probably started. So I think that kept me out of the way and kept me guided right. I feel like it helped turn me into a better man than most of the people I knew when I was younger."

On when he stopped hanging out with those guys:

"I never did, honestly. I hang around football players. I was always with football guys, so I developed that friendship with them so I was never around or able to just sit around those guys who were just doing nothing. So I definitely think all my life I've been hanging out with guys on my team, football players."

On why he decided to come out of college early:

"I just felt like I was ready to go and ready to go compete at a high level. I was so close to my dream and I could get here and have an impact. That's why I ultimately made the decision to leave."

On whether he ever tried to intimidate the witness:

"No. I never came to anyone and tried to get them, as they were saying, to recant statements or anything like that. I never tried to get someone out of something. I never did any of that. I think it came to light at the end of the day and that's why the DA made the decision he did."

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