INDIANAPOLIS -- Shane Vereen has no idea what to expect other than at some point he'll become the sixth Cal running back to be drafted in the past eight years.
"I don't know if it's pressure," Vereen said Friday at the NFL scouting combine. "I think it's more of a responsibility that you take over being a Cal running back. You know what's expected of you, and you don't want to do anything less than what is expected."
Vereen (5-foot-10, 210 pounds) has been trading texts and phone calls with former teammate Jahvid Best, taken in the first round (No. 30 overall) by Detroit last year.
"He's given me a heads up on some things," Vereen said.
The other Cal backs who are part of the club are Justin Forsett (seventh round, No. 233 overall by Seattle in 2008), Marshawn Lynch (first round, No. 12 overall by Buffalo in 2007), J.J. Arrington (second round, No. 44 overall by Arizona in 2005) and Adimchinobe Echemandu (seventh round, No. 208 overall by Cleveland in 2004).
All were prepared by Cal running backs coach Ron Gould. "He's produced numerous, numerous backs, and he's going to continue to do that," Vereen said.
Most draft projections have Vereen as a third- or fourth-round selection. He said he's heard everything from second to fifth. A lot will depend on a 40-yard dash time he hopes will be in the 4.4 range when he runs Sunday.
"Teams have a lot of questions about me speedwise, and sizewise," Vereen said. "I don't know if they know exactly how big I was or how fast I can be. I'm looking forward to going out there and showing them the type of player I really am."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.