Scott Porter: What do you feel are your biggest strengths?
Derrick Locke: I would say my biggest strengths are of course my speed, but also my vision, my hands. I feel I am a great receiver out of the backfield.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Derrick Locke: Right now I am training and just trying to be fortunate enough to get a chance. I don’t want to just make a team, it’s not just about making a team to me, I want to be a major factor and produce for my team.
Scott Porter: What NFL player reminds you of yourself?
Derrick Locke: Chris Johnson of the Titans because of his speed, and we have similar size. We’re not real big but very quick and fast with big time break away speed.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Derrick Locke?
Derrick Locke: They are getting a very good dude. I work hard, and stay out of trouble. I have a four year old son and another one on the way. I do the right things. Every decision I make I think about my son and put him in the best situation with my future.
Scott Porter: What do you feel is the toughest part about playing RB?
Derrick Locke: I would say the fact that running backs do a lot more then just run the ball. We have to be expected to catch out of the backfield, it’s so much more then just getting a hand off and running. You have to run route, picked up blitzing LB’s in pass protection, take a lot of pounding with the position. I love the challenge and nobody takes as many hits as a running back does.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your biggest accomplishments?
Derrick Locke: I don’t like to mention individual accomplishments. I think coming to Kentucky on a track scholarship and then to leave a top player is an accomplishment. It just shows how hard I work for what I want to reach. I bounced back from an injury. People told me I couldn’t play the game after all of this, I have learned that even if football isn’t my calling then through all of this I can do anything I want to do with hard work.
Scott Porter: Who is the toughest player you have ever faced?
Derrick Locke: Man, playing in the SEC there are so many great players. Just to name a few, Javier Arenas of Alabama and Eric Berry of Tennessee.
Scott Porter: What do you feel will be the toughest transition from the college level to the NFL?
Derrick Locke: Of course the NFL is going to be faster, but you also have to be smarter. Picking up new terminology will surely be something that will be needed to be successful at the next level. I feel once I get that down I will be good. The ball comes out much quicker in the NFL. I will find out more as I get there. There will be a lot of change and new stuff thrown at me.
Scott Porter: What are your hobbies off the field?
Derrick Locke: I don’t do much away from football. I like to spend as much time with my family as possible. I like to hang out with my friends, spend time with my song. I also like to sing. I sing by myself a lot. I like to fish, play putt putt and I like to bowl.
Scott Porter: What will you be doing from now until draft time to prepare for the NFL?
Derrick Locke: I am working out with IMG in Bradenton, Florida. I am training up for the combine. Trying to get my weight back up and polish up my speed. I am just focusing on preparing for the NFL both physically and mentally.