Jason Allen comments

Here's what Tennessee defensive back Jason Allen had to say about being the Dolphins' first-round pick in the 2006 draft.

On whether he knew the Dolphins had a lot of interest in him prior to the draft

"I really didn't know. I just knew Coach Saban and I had a great relationship together. I worked out for him and I think the workout went really well. I kind of thought it was going to be a toss up."

On which teams he thought might draft him

"Possibly Baltimore…Minnesota or somewhere between picks 13-18."

On his relationship with Saban

"Coach Saban recruited me out of high school. He was the only coach that recruited me to play in the secondary. Everyone else recruited me as an athlete, but he saw the potential in me when I was playing high school football."

On why he didn't choose LSU

"There were rumors out there that he was going to go to the NFL. I wanted to be with Coach Saban for four years. Hopefully we can be together in Miami throughout his whole career."

On his hip injury

"I'm 100 percent. I'm ready to go. I'll be ready to go in mini camp. I'm excited to go to. The hip is not an issue. If we had to go today, I'd be ready to go today. I look forward to getting down to Miami and winning a Super Bowl." 

On if he is a corner or safety

"Both. Wherever Coach Saban wants to play me, that's where I'm going to go play this year. Whether it be corner or safety in nickel and dime." 

On the Dolphins plans to try him at different positions in the secondary

"That's the perfect scenario for me. That's what I'm looking forward to doing, moving all over the secondary."

On when he moved from running back to defensive back

"Once I got to Tennessee I knew I was either going to be a wide receiver or defensive back. I was going back-n-forth every day. One day I'd be with the wide outs the next day I'd be with the defensive backs.  I was recruited inside between the wide receivers and defensive backs and finally I decided to go with the defensive backs."On whether it was hard to let go of playing running back

"We'll never know. I tell the guys at Tennessee all the time, you don't want to see me run the football, because I can do some damage. I think that helps contribute to my tackling skills, playing the running back position in high school and thinking like a running back would think while I'm playing the safety position."

On whether he wanted to play cornerback his senior year

"Yeah, one of the reasons why I went back to school was because I wanted to prove that I was the best defensive player in the country and the most versatile secondary player. One thing that unique about me is that I've played the corner position at a high level. I've played the safety position at a high level. A lot of guys are capable of playing both positions in college, but didn't get to play as much as I did at both positions."

On how tempting it was to turn pro after his junior year

"It was definitely tempting mostly because I had already graduated. I felt like I needed another year of experience so when I came out of school I could compete for a starting job."

On how he felt when he got the phone call that the Dolphins drafted him

"My heart just fell to the floor. It felt like you got a ton of wait off my back. It was tough for me because I didn't know how teams felt about me with my hip injury and where I'm going to be at. I was determined to come back better than ever. Coach Saban and Mr. Mueller, they believed in me and I appreciate them believing in me and the type of talent I have and the determination I have to come back." 

On if any of the positions he played are more fun

"I think once you got to college, it's just like playing backyard football. I was making tackles from the corner position, making tackles from the safety positions. My junior year I led the SEC in tackles from the safety position and prior to my injury I was leading my team in tackles from the corner position."

On whether he plans to participate in the mini camp next week

"You better believe it. I'm looking forward to it."    

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