CAREY'S COMMENTS

Dolphins first-round pick Vernon Carey said Saturday he had a feeling all along he'd wind up being drafted by Miami. That was just one of the things he shared when he talked with the South Florida media after becoming the newest member of the Dolphins.

Here are some other Carey comments:

On his dreams: "Coming out of high school, I always wanted to play for the Dolphins. I used to watch Marino throw the ball. I'm so happy to be a Dolphin right now."

On his expectations: "I expect to come in there, work my butt off, do my job and earn a job."

On his senior season at the University of Miami: "It was different. It was a challenge. Coming into the season, I already had an injury and I also was learning a new position (guard). It's a tribute to me in showing I'm a tough guy that I battled through the injury and learning a new position and battled through the pain."

On what the Dolphins told him before the draft: "When they brought me in about four weeks ago, they told me I'd be playing right tackle if they brought me in. My junior season (at tackle) was better than my senior season (at guard), but I also had an injury."

On the criticisms against him that he's a little soft and he underachieved at UM: "People gotta find something negative to talk about. There were a lot of positives on me, obviously, since I'm a No. 1 pick. You know what they say, you can't believe everything you hear. I just know I'm going to go out there and compete."

On the University of Miami having six players drafted in the first round: "It's a great program with great coaches. They go a great job of recruiting. We're always in the top three or four or six. But if you ask the NFL, they'd stay we're No. 1."


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