Draft Pick Q&A: DE Olivier Vernon

Each of the Dolphins' nine selections in the 2012 NFL draft spoke to the media via conference call after being picked. Here's what third-round pick Olivier Vernon, a defensive end from the University of Miami, had to say.

On how does it feel to be drafted by Miami: "I really can't explain it right now. I'm excited. I'm excited to be a Dolphin."

On having contact with the Dolphins prior to today: "No. I just worked out for the Dolphins during Miami Day so it was only from pro day and then when we had a private workout. That was the last time I met with the Dolphins."

On what are your strengths: "I feel like I can bring a person that wants to win. Another winning mindset to the team. We need to get back on track."

On how would you characterize your career at the University of Miami: "I would characterize as not fulfilled. I didn't get to fulfill everything I wanted at UM, but everything moves on and I feel like everything happens for a reason and it's my time to start a new chapter in my life on track right now with the Dolphins."

On what factors keep you from fulfilling your goals: "Just a little minor setbacks with the suspensions and everything, but I feel like we have to move pass that and just start a new chapter with the Dolphins."

On when you were on the field, how do you think you played: "Every time I play on the field, I play to compete. I play to dominate my opponent every time I step on the field in front of somebody."

On where did you expected to be selected: "Honestly, I really didn't know where I was going to go honestly. I was hoping to get an opportunity just to get picked on a team."

On what areas do you need to improve: "I would say learning more of the game and working on my technique."

On what do you expect your role will be with the Dolphins: "Honestly, I don't know. I really don't know. Just being a team player right now from what I know."

On the team informing him about playing more 4-3 defense this season: "Yes."

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