Draft Pick Analysis: LB Josh Kaddu

What kind of players did the Dolphins get in the 2012 NFL draft? We break down each selection, looking at their college career and examining how they could fit into the team's plans. This installment looks at fifth-round pick Josh Kaddu.

LB Josh Kaddu, Oregon

Selected: Round 5, 155th overall

Size: 6-3, 239

College highlights: Kaddu never redshirted at the University of Oregon and was a starter for the last two years after he put on 30 pounds of muscle as a junior. As a strongside linebacker for Oregon, Kaddu earned All-Pac-12 Conference honors in 2011 when he started 14 games and recorded 50 tackles, including a career-best 6.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss.

Personal info: General Studies major at Oregon. ... Born Joshua I. Kaddu on March 12, 1990.

How he fits in: Kaddu played strongside linebacker at Oregon, but he's got enough athletic ability to line up on the weak side as well in the Dolphins defense. In the early going, Kaddu's biggest contribution is likely to come on special teams.

What he said (about the player he admired growing up): "I'm going to have to say Ray Lewis. That was the position I've played ever since I was younger. He is a guy that I have tried to mold my game after because of his playmaker ability and just he way he changes games and the way comes down and hits people. Just hoping I can mold my game after him and work to be just 10 percent as good as he has been."

What Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said: "Tremendous athlete. (The guy) is explosive. He can run. He's got long arms. He can drop. He can cover. He's got great range and we think he's going to immediately have an impact on special teams."


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