ON TALKING TO THE DOLPHINS BEFORE THE DRAFT
"I met with them at the Senior Bowl and talked to them at the combine, but I haven't spoken to them since. They got to watch me work out and stuff like that, but I'm just glad everything worked out."
ON HIS ANTICIPATED ROLE IN MIAMI
"I don't know. I just want to come out there and help out the defense. I want to learn from the defensive linemen and the coaches and everybody that's there. When I get there I guess they're going to tell me my role and I will do my role exactly as they ask me to do it."
ON FALLING INTO THE SECOND ROUND
"I was surprised a little bit, but it doesn't really matter at all right now. I'm happy with where I'm going. I'm going to a good team that's competitive and I just want to play. It doesn't matter if I go in the first or second round."
ON HIS SPORTS HERNIA
"It affected me a lot last year. My leg was hurting in the games. A lot of days it was hurting after the games. When I was at training I remember I wasn't getting top speed at a lot of things and I was wondering what was going on. At the combine, when the medical trainers found I had a hernia, I just had the surgery and I'm fine now. I worked out, I had no pain after the work out; so that was good. Now I'm just ready to get back into the helmet and shoulder pads."
HEALTHY ENOUGH FOR ROOKIE CAMP
"I will be there, full speed and ready."
THOUGHTS ON JASON TAYLOR
"I really do look up to Jason Taylor and I like the way he plays, how fast and aggressive he is. I know it will be a good opportunity to learn behind him and learn with him and experience winning."
STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
"I think I am a balanced defensive end. I think contain the run extremely well and get to the quarterback. I think I do a lot of things. I think I play natural, I don't try doing some things, I just do it. I think those qualities will help me out there."
ON WHAT TEAMS TOLD HIM HE NEEDED TO WORK ON
"They all said I could use some more technique. That's just what everyone wanted, technique in getting to the quarterback more. But other than that, they said I played the game very well. I play hard, I run with my motor on, I don't stop, and that's the key out there."
ON PLAYER FOR A BILL PARCELLS TEAM
"That means a lot. He's a legendary coach. I mean, I know he's going to be a great man and that he's a legendary coach and a person who's hard. And I like that type of coaching – someone who is going to get on you. I know that the type of coaching he's going to bring to the Miami Dolphins, is hard-nosed football, which is something I like to play."
ON THE EMOTIONS OF DRAFT DAY
"I was getting nervous waiting for my name to get called, if I was going in the first, but that's okay, though. I'm in the second round early and it doesn't really matter where I'm it, it matters where I end up. This is how I start and I'll finish a lot stronger and a lot different."
IDOLS GROWING UP
"I mirrored my game after a combination of different people because I didn't want to be stuck in one box. I wanted to be like a Jason Taylor, a Julius Peppers, a Richard Seymour – just somebody who is well- rounded, somebody that could get to the quarterback, somebody who could drop into coverage. I didn't want to be labeled as an extreme pass rusher or as a run stopper or just an athlete. I wanted to be everything out there. So I modeled my game after a couple of guys in the NFL."
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