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    * 28th - 1st Round- Jared Odrick
    * 40th- 2nd Round- Koa Misi
    * 73rd - 3rd Round- John Jerry
    * 119th - 4th Round-A.J. Edds
    * 145th - 5th Round-Nolan Carroll
    * 163rd - 5th Round-Reshad Jones
    * 212th - 7th Round-Chris McCoy
    * 252nd- 7th Round-Austin Spitler

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Full Interview With Fins Linebacker Charlie Anderson

Finally it is here! No, not training camp. Not yet. But Playoff Bound Sports interview with Miami Dolphins linebacker Charlie Anderson is now here, in full.
 
Anderson is competing for one of the two starting outside linebacker spots, with Cameron Wake,  and that will be one of the top camp battles during training camp this year. Even though only one will win the spot, our outside linebacking core is in good hands with these two figuring to get the majority of the snaps come gametime.
 
Playoff Bound Sports Brant Houghton sat down with Charlie over the holiday weekend to catch some of his thoughts in the weeks before the start of training camp. Here is what Charlie had to say on multiple topics, ranging from the Dolphins-Jets rivalry, to what the draft process was like for him, and his take on the Dolphins 2010 draft class.
 
Brant Houghton: Charlie coming out of Ole Miss, what was the draft process like for you?
 
Charlie Anderson: I was thinking that I wasn’t gonna get drafted, and was gonna try and sign as a free agent somewhere. Then I had a workout for Houston, which made me think my chances were a little greater, but then on draftday the phones started ringing, and I was lucky enough to get drafted by the Houston Texans. I would have never thought that I was going to get drafted, I was trying to get signed as a free agent.
 
BH: How do yout think you have improved, and changed as a player in your time in the NFL so far, from your time in Houston, to your time in Miami now?
 
CA: Well in Houston, I was a young guy, a special teams guy, and in my last year in Houston, I was in my fourth year. And after I came to Miami in my 5th year, thats kind of considered as you being a veteran now. Now I’m one of the vets, and I know how the league operates, and the ins and outs on how to keep your body healthy, and to stay out of trouble. I feel more comfortable playing in the league, and knowing that I’ve been around the block a couple times, and it’s not as nerve wracking as it used to be.
 
BH: When you first came to Miami, what were some of your expectations for the team, and their future?
 
CA: Well, when I came in they just came off that really bad season. And when I came in we had a new coach, and everything. And I had experienced that with Houston so i was thinking that we were definitely winning more than one game. I didn’t think that we would win the division and make it to the playoffs, but you know, I figured we would finish somewhere like 8-8, or 7-9. I knew we had a good team, but I did not expect us to go to the playoffs. You know I knew that we were capable of winning a lot of games, but coming from Houston, I’ve never been in a playoff game. I just never thought it would come to the playoffs though.
 
BH: Fastforward to the present time. What is the vibe around the OTA’s about the potential of this years team?
 
CA: I think the vibe is trying to get back to where we were the year we went to the playoffs. We wanna stay focused on winning games, and winning the division, and winning back our division, and getting back to the playoffs. Everybodies focused on that right now.  
  
BH: You were given a chance to compete for a starting spot at outside linebacker this year, what is the competition like so far?
 
CA: Its gonna be tough, a tough role to fill with Cameron Wake, and uhh..Misi? He always gets on me for messing up his name. Koa Misi! We have Koa, and Quentin Moses and Erik Walden. All of those guys are great, and its gonna be a battle, and I wanna come out and represent, but you know, that’s how this league is, you wanna have the best players out on the field, and have a winning chance and get things to where you wanna go. I’m up for the challenge, and hopefully the best man will be out on top, whoever that is.

Anderson is looking to terrorize quarterbacks on a regular basis this year for the Dolphins.

 
BH: Competition, that’s what the coaches look for, and thats a good situation to have, with guys pushing each other. That positions pretty deep with guys that can come in at any time and compete for the job and start. So that’s a good situation to have from a team standpoint.
 
CA: Yeah, that’s what you want. Competition brings out the best in anyone, and that’s what we’re going to do. It’s gonna make this team better by being there and working hard in training camp, on both sides of the ball to winning games.
 
BH: After Dolphins legend Jason Taylor left for the division rival New York Jets, what was the vibe going around the locker room with all of the vets?
 
CA: Well, the JT thing happened before the team got back together, so not a lot of guys were saying much about it. JT is a big loss, the guys a future Hall of Famer,  he contributed last year with like 7 sacks , and I learned a lot from him. So it’s going to be a big blow for our leadership and defensive play, but JT man, he’s a Dolphins. It’s a big loss but you know, this is a game that keeps on going.
 
BH: You were on the AFC East Championship team from 2008. You also blocked a punt in the division clinching game, in Week 17, against the Jets, in New York. What was it like to play in a game of that caliber, and can you break down the punt block play for us?
 
CA: That game was great, those are the games you wanna play in. We had a lot on the line, and knew if we won that game then we clinched a spot (in the playoffs). We knew that everyone else was waiting on us to get in, like New York and New England, but we knew that we controlled our own destiny. We knew we had a lot riding on it. As far as the blocked punt, it was just a regular, base occurance. It wasn’t like we called anything special like a rush call where everyone is going for the block, but I think it was more of a mental breakdown of the Jets. It was like the guy in front of me didn’t even see me! He didn’t even block me, and I thought “Man, just don’t miss the layup”. I was thinkin “just keep your eyes on the ball and pick it up off the foot.
 
BH: I was in attendance of the game in New York, and was down by the tunnel celebrating with the team after the game, along with the rest of the fans. What was that like, as a player, to celebrate with your fanbase, an achievement that you have worked all season long for?
 
CA: Man, I’ll tell you what. That was a day I will never forget. It was like winning the AFC Championship. I mean we came from nothing to now going to the playoffs? It was crazy! We had hats, AFC East Champions hats, it was crazy. I was a proud man. It was THE best moment and feeling that I had so far in this league. It was great, those are the games you want to play in. We had a lot on the line.
 
BH: What are your thoughts on the Dolphins and Jets rivalry, if there even is one, and what does the team feel going into those games?
 
CA: Well I think that the media makes it out to be a rivalry game, but I think that any divisional game is a rivalry game because we play them twice a year and they mean more because of that. So whenever we play the Jets, Bills, pr the Pats, it means a lot. But since the Jets won the division last year, it’s gonna mean a lot more to play them this year.
 
BH: So there isn’t any hatred between the players at all?
 
CA: No I don’t think so. Maybe on gameday (of course), but not after the games.
 
BH: What are some of your interests off the field?
 
CA: I’m into golf and tryin to get into it. I got everything you need but the game. I  like bowling, even though I havn’t bowled a lot since I was in Houston. That’s usually all we did in Houston. Just hangin out with my kids and family. I drive a car that I have a lot, but just hanging out with my wife and kids.
 
BH: Growing up down south, were the Dolphins your favorite team growing up?
 
CA: Haha, I’m gonna say no, but I’m from Mississippi, so I am, and everybody down there is a (New Orleans) Saints fan. I like the Saints, and a couple times they came into town and played here in the pre-season, and now they practice here for training camp, so that’s great. But everyone from there was a Saints fan. Growing up though I was a (San Francisco) 49ers fan with Jerry Rice and everyone else on that team.
 
BH: That was a great time period for them, for football, that was the Dan Marino era and Jerry Rice time period.
 
CA: Oh yeah man, that was an era right there! You had Montana, and Elway!
 
BH: What are your thoughts on this years draft class? From a fans standpoint, a lot of us are excited to see how these young bucks can come in and help the Fins win.
 
CA: We had a great draft class with Odrick from PSU. He showed me a lot so far. He comes off the ball, great hands, great motor. And the kid from Ole’ Miss, John Jerry, he’s a massive guy. I know we haven’t had pads on yet, but he’s huge, and I think he is going to be a great run blocker. Koa, he is really quick off the ball. He has a great first step, he has a motor, he can bend well. Our young defensive backs have great ball skills. I think we have a great draft class, I think they can help us a lot to win games.
 
BH: Thanks for your time Charlie, would you like to thank anyone at all? Friends, family, fans?
 
CA: I’d like to thank my wife for sticking by me through everything, my family, my parents. All of my former coaches are there to lend a helping hand, and everyone that knows me, and has supported me throughout the years. You guys are the best fans of all time, and I just wanna thank you for your support!
 
We would like to thank Charlie, and Amy Milam from Sexton Sports, for their time that they helped put into the interview! We look forward to watching Charlie terrorize opposing quarterbacks this upcoming season and beyond! Good luck this season Charlie!
 
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Preview Of Interview With Fins Linebacker Charlie Anderson

With the dead area of the NFL off-season in full effect now, I have been looking for ways to make the time go faster for you the readers, and crank out some more creative posts, and not just the same old stuff that you would normally find during the season.

One of the ideas that popped into my head was to try and score some interviews with as many players as possible for the off-season, so as to give the readers some insight as to what is going on with the players, and give the readers a different outlook and state of mind as to the happenings of the team.

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Miami Dolphins linebacker Charlie Anderson, who graciously agreed to talk to us for the site.

Charlie had some interesting things to say to us in the interview.

While the full interview is not set yet to come out until this coming Tuesday (be sure to check it out), I have decided to wet you whistle of some sort, and give you a little glimpse into the conversation that myself and Charlie had.

 
Brant Houghton: What are your thoughts on this years draft class? From a fans standpoint, a lot of us are excited to see how these young bucks can come in and help the Fins win.
 
Charlie Anderson: We had a great draft class with Odrick from PSU. He showed me a lot so far. He comes off the ball, great hands, great motor. And the kid from Ole’ Miss, John Jerry, he’s a massive guy. I know we haven’t had pads on yet, but he’s huge, and I think he is going to be a great run blocker. Koa, he is really quick off the ball. He has a great first step, he has a motor, he can bend well. Our young defensive backs have great ball skills. I think we have a great draft class, I think they can help us a lot to win games.
Charlie answered questions on many other various topics such as how he has improved as a player over the years, his expectations for this years team, and the teams goals, his views on the Dolphins-Jets rivalry, and the competition for the starting outside linebacker spot.
Again, you can check out all of that in the full interview coming out on Tuesday!

Exclusive Interview With Fins Rookie Cornerback Nolan Carroll

The draft is long gone. Free agency is still going, but the hype is long over. Heck, minicamps and the rest of the OTA’s have even come to a halt in the past week. So what else is there to do in the football world for now? Well, there is looking forward to the season, and better yet, training camp, which if you concentrate really, really hard, you can convince yourself that it is just around the corner!   

For now we will try and quench your thirst for football with this in-depth interview with Dolphins rookie cornerback, Nolan Carroll. Carroll was picked in the 5th round of the draft, and should be in the race for one of the top roles at the cornerback position, and on special teams. Nolan graciously spoke with Playoff Bound Sports own Brant Houghton for this interview.  

Nolan Carroll is looking to be a physical player for the Fins this year in his rookie season.

PBS: Growing up in Florida, were you a Dolphins fan?  

NC: Yes definitely my dad was a big fan, and I just copied him.

PBS: Since both your parents were involved in the military, did you ever want to go in that direction instead of football?

NC: No never, and my parents told me they didn’t want me to go that route, rightfully so they wanted me to experience different aspects of life besides military life.

PBS: What was your influence in getting into football during your childhood?

NC: All of my friends had been playing besides me, I was a soccer guy for a long time, finally one day I asked my mom if I could play because all my friends were playing and I wasn’t.

PBS: Down in Florida, the competition on the gridiron is known as being very good. Can you tell us what your high school career was like, playing with such good players on your team, and against such quality opponents?

NC: My high school career was a good one, I got numerous awards my junior season and senior season.I played with a lot of very talented people, my friend Cliff Avril (Detroit Lions) me and him are the only two to get drafted,but many of my other teammates got scholarships to Division 1 schools. Competition was even greater! I’ve played against some good players, notably: Tim Tebow, Antonio Cromartie, Devin Hester, those are just a few so there is definitely a lot of talent in the state of Florida.

PBS: You transitioned from a wide receiver to cornerback in college, what were some of the difficulties that you experienced during the move?

NC: It was actually a pretty easy move for me because I always thought I was a defensive back, even in high school that was the first position I played, so that mindset to be tough and physical helped me a lot when I made the move from WR to DB. Since I had played the position in college it made me know little secrets about how WR think and move, and how to understand an offense.

PBS: During the later end of your college career you suffered an injury that ended your senior season. What was rehab like, knowing that you would have to prepare to impress pro scouts on top of recovering from your injury?

NC: I worked hard to have a great senior season at Maryland, and it was cut short. Rehab was grueling and rewarding. It was grueling because I had a set timetable as to when I needed to get back, so my rehab and workouts had to be accelerated farther then the average timetable for recovery. Rewarding because I told myself if I rehab hard everyday things were going to look bright for me. I relished everyday because I heard scouts were interested into seeing how I was going to recover, I knew I was going to get back to my old self and show them how well I recovered.

PBS: What was the draft process like for you?

NC: It seemed long for me, all the anticipation and build-up for months it was intense, not knowing who wanted you, or who did, hearing you may go in this round or this round, it definitely was a lot.

PBS: Did the Dolphins come to any of your workouts, or interview you at all prior to the draft?

NC: Yes they did first they were going to fly me down to Miami for a visit, then a week before the visit they decided to work me out also.

PBS: What niche are you trying to find on the team?

NC: I am just trying to find my place on the team, I want to know my role and work hard to successfully do my job.

PBS: In your rookie season, what kind of message do you want to send to your coaches and the fans on what kind of a player you are?

NC: I want everyone to know that I am a physical player, sometimes you don’t find that at the corner position. I want people to know when they hear my name the first thing that pops up in there mind is that he is a good, tough, physical, cornerback.

PBS: What are some of your goals for your rookie season?

NC: I just want to be able to contribute anyway that I can.

PBS: What do you think are some of your strengths and weaknesses are?

NC: Some of my strengths is that I’m tough, big, fast and physical.I don’t consider a weakness is that I have only played the position a couple of years so I have to get a better mindset of how to be a better defender.

PBS: What are some of your interests off the field?

NC: I like to listen to music, and if I am close to the beach go and just relax, I love the water.

PBS: Now that you are on the Dolphins, and playing in your home state, what does that mean for you, and what will some of the thoughts going through your head be on gameday when you suit up in that Fins uniform, and play in front of your home fans?

NC: It will be cool, I never thought I would be a Dolphin, the fact I get to play in my home state is special in itself. It will be really fun because I am playing on my dad’s favorite team since he was a little boy.

PBS: Thanks for the interview Nolan, is there anyone you would like to thank, fans, friends, family?

NC: I would like to thank my High School coach Ron Riddle, without him convincing my mother to let me play football I would not be here right now talking with you.

We would like to again thank Nolan Carroll for the interview, and taking some time to answer our questions!

Interview With Rookie linebacker A.J. Edds

With summer already here, this brings team OTA’s. These activities are a chance for rookies to get acclimated to the playbook, and the NFL life. For Miami players, it gives players a chance to play in the heat, and get the feel of that.
 
Playoff Bound Sports’ own Brant Houghton recently had the chance to sit down with rookie linebacker A.J. Edds, and asked him a variety of questions, relating to the Miami heat, to some of his favorite moments in his college career, and the whole draft process in general.

Rookie linebacker A.J. Edds is looking to make an impact anywhere he can in his rookie year with the Fins.

 
Brant Houghton: A.J. you were recently drafted by the Miami Dolphins, what were some of the thoughts that were going through your head when you found out that you were the newest member of the Fins?
 
A.J. Edds: I was very excited. We had recently just played in the Orange Bowl in Miami and had success, so I was definitely looking forward to getting back to Miami to pick up where my college career left off. 
 
BH: What are your expectations for training camp this year, in the Miami heat?
 
AE: I know it will definitely be an added challenge to deal with the South Florida heat during camp. But that is something that neither I nor anyone has any control over, so I don’t see it as an issue worth losing sleep over. That said, hopefully during OTAs and the off-season training in Miami my body will get acclimated to the temperatures.

BH: Do you have an off-season workout regimen at all, to help you prepare for the rigors of training camp, and for the longer pro season?

 
AE: I don’t have any one thing that I will do in order to be ready for camp. I will definitely focus on the little things like proper nutrition, getting sleep at night, taking care of my body, etc. to help with the transition into the longer NFL season. 

BH: You had an outstanding college career at Iowa. Just watching your highlights tapes you can see you excel in college. Can you tell us what you think are your strengths and weaknesses?

 
AE: I think playing in coverage is one of my biggest strengths right now. I also think my overall awareness and understanding of the game is something that helps me. As far as weaknesses, I did not pass rush much at Iowa so I don’t think that would be a ‘strength’ of my game right now, but I am eager to learn because I know I can be successful with it. 

BH: Do you have any goals at all for your rookie season?

 
AE: Nothing can be assumed, so my first goal is to make the team and be on the active roster. From there, I hope to play a lot on special teams all year and be able to play a significant amount of snaps on defense. Basically, I want to do whatever this team needs me to do in order to win. 

BH: Looking back on your college career, what were some of your favorite moments at Iowa on the gridiron?

 
AE: I was fortunate enough to have a lot of great moments throughout my career at Iowa. Every game my senior year was an adventure, so it was very rewarding to win the games the way we did. But if I had to pick one moment it would be my junior year when we beat Penn St. at home on a last second FG. They were #3 in the country and it was a well played game. Winning the Orange Bowl as a senior is also a memory I will always carry with me. 

BH: Playing in the Big 10 has to be tough, playing against such hard nosed and even teams 24/7. Do you think that you have a little bit of an advantage that way coming into the NFL, playing against such good competition all the time?

 
AE: I think playing in the Big 10 is something that will definitely help in my transition into the NFL. Every week every team has a chance to win so you truly have to show up each and every week ready to roll. I also think the pro style offenses we played against in the Big 10 are a good preview of what to expect from NFL offenses. 

BH: What was the whole draft process like for you?

 
AE: I never really got too stressed out about the draft. I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason and everything works the way it is meant to. Knowing that, I knew the Senior Bowl, combine, and pro day would be important for me but not necessarily as much as for some other people. At the end of the day it comes down to who can play and who can’t, and I knew I had a pretty solid body of work in my film resume so that was comforting for me. 

BH: Did you interview with the Dolphins at all prior to the draft, and if so, what kind of an impression did you think you left on them at the time?

 
AE: I had a chance to interview with the Dolphins at the Senior Bowl and I left the meeting very impressed. Mr. Ireland struck me as a very focused, driven person that has a clear vision for this team. I felt the same way about Coach Sparano.
BH: Has it sunk in yet that you are now an NFL player?
 
AE: I think it sunk in that I was in the NFL the first chance I had to speak with Coach Parcells. We had a nice conversation, and I think LT (Lawrence Taylor) might have come up. That’s kind of when it sunk in. But half the battle is knowing that you belong on the field, and not hoping so. Knowing that, it’s all about attitude and willingness to work and get better.

BH: What are some of the things that you enjoy doing off the field?

 
AE: I would say my main hobbies would be fishing and playing golf. Couldn’t think of a better place then Miami for both! I also have an interest in American history.
 
We would like to thank both A.J., and Diana Klochkova, one of the representatives for A.J.’s agency, JB Sports Inc. A.J. looks to have a promising career ahead of him, especially with his skills in coverage. Fins general manager Jeff Ireland said in his post draft interview that A.J. will most likely contribute right away in coverage situations.
 
Thanks again to both A.J. and Diana! It will be interesting to see how A.J. does this season, espcially with the depth that the Dolphins boast in their linebacking corps.  A.J. rounds out this group nicely, and like I said above, should be a key contributor this year!

Words Of Wisdom From SI’s Peter King

Recently Playoff Bound Sports sat down with Sports Illustrated writer, Peter King. The draft was the main subject, as the draft was just recently concluded a couple of weeks ago. My first impressions of the Fins draft was not the best, but as I slowly researched these guys a little more, and saw their highlights and lowlights, I found that they all fit what the Dolphins want to do, and are all class act/high motor guys, something I have no problem with.

Without further ado, here is what King has to say:


Brant Houghton: What are some of your thoughts on the Dolphins draft?


Peter King:
From the start, it was apparent that Ireland/Parcells were intent on getting the second-round pick back that they lost in the deal for Brandon Marshall. They talked to the Eagles about moving down, then made the deal to pick up the 40th pick, then got the two positions that were most important to them at 28 and 40–the versatile 3-4 defensive end, Jared Odrick, and the rush linebacker, Koa Misi. That’s the most important thing they did.

BH: Which player do you expect to produce the most in the long run, and which player fits what the Dolphins want to do the best?

PK: Scouts I talked to really like Misi. I think he’s got a chance to be the kind of versatile outside rusher and run player Tony Sparano really wanted out of this draft.

BH: Do you feel that the Dolphins reached at all for some of their picks?


PK: Not that I saw. Odrick at 28 was a guy a lot of teams liked in the teens, and Misi went about where he should go.

BH: If you had a chance to pick one player that would fit in the Dolphins system, and they failed to pick, who would it be and why?


PK: Derrick Morgan. The organization liked him a lot, and I think he would have been the picks had they stayed at 12.

BH: What is your take on the Dolphins decision to move Randy Starks to nose tackle, do you think the Dolphins should still pursue a true nose tackle in the near future?

PK: Starks is the kind of space-eater who should do well in that role. He’s the best guy they could have put there, for now, but they’ll continue to look for a better fit there.

BH: Who was the Dolphins best, and worst pick in this years draft?

PK: Can’t tell you the worst. But I like the offensive lineman from Ole Miss. John Jerry’s got the requisite meanness and is very hard to push around. If they hit on him, he could be a 10-year starter.

BH: What is your prediction for this Dolphins team for this year after the draft has concluded?

PK: I like the Dolphins, but I don’t like the division. they’ve got to go at least 2-2 against the Jets and Patriots to have a good shot to win the AFC East, and so much of that depends on the maturity of Chad Henne an the ability of the coaches to squeeze one more good combo-platter season out of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.

From what it sounds like, King, and most of the scouts and people around the NFL are not as concerned with the Dolphins draft as myself. This consensus of mine is not just drawn from this interview, but from the multiple tapes, and reports I have watched/read on the Dolphins draftees, I can tell that our front office has their plans set in place, and it will be this years draft that will either solidify the Trifecta’s jobs, or throw them out the window. We would like to thank Peter King for the interview. If you don’t know where to read his stuff, check out the link, I guarantee you’ll love it!

Interview With Brian Hartline

Last season, the Dolphins 4th round pick, Brian Hartline, a receiver out of Ohio State University, splashed onto the scene in Miami, helped the Dolphins offense reach new levels of productivity.

In Hartline’s rookie season, he registered 31 catches, for 506 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Those 3 touchdowns were what led the Dolphins wide receivers last year, an impressive feat for a rookie. Brian also holds the longest reception by a Fins receiver, of 67 yards.

Despite this great season, Brian knows that there is still work to be done. Through his busy schedule, Brian sat down with Brant Houghton of Playoff Bound Sports, and answered a few of our questions.

With the help of both Hartline and Henne, the Dolphins passing game can reach all new heights!

Playoff Bound Sports: You were drafted in the 4th round by the Dolphins. Do you feel that there was any pressure on you to come into workouts, and perform right away and sort of “create a niche of your own” on the team?

Brian Hartline: Yeah, there always a little bit of pressure especially when you are a competitive guy trying to make an impression on your teammates and coaches.

PBS: How was training camp for you? There have been rumors that the Dolphins run a tough camp? Is this necessarily true?

BH: Yeah, I felt camp was pretty tough at the get go mainly because of the heat. I wasn’t used to playing in it and when you are constantly tired, it makes everything else that much harder.

PBS: What was the hardest thing from transitioning from college to the NFL?

BH: I felt it was just learning a new system and understanding this is an all-star league. You better have respect for every opponent because they are professionals too.

PBS: Who was your biggest help during your rookie year last year?

BH: I would say the receiver core as a whole. Teddy was a big help when I first came in but over the span of camp, the whole receiver room really helped the younger guys come along.

PBS: Can you give us a rundown of last season for you? Did you hit the infamous “rookie wall” at all last year?

BH: I didn’t feel like I hit a “rookie wall” but it did feel a lot longer then a college year. I was content with my rookie year, but I also have very high expectations for my 2nd year.

PBS: The receivers had an up and down year last year as a unit, not dominating in the statistical category such as touchdowns, or big gamebreaking plays. Do you feel that the statistics do not tell the whole story for your unit?

BH: I feel like we did a pretty fair job. I feel like we had a great running game with a young QB and some young WR’s. So in the end I feel like we tried to do what we could when given the opportunity.

PBS: Do you feel that as an offensive unit, that you will come into next season, with Chad Henne, and yourself having a year of experience under your belts, that the whole offense will benefit from this, and that you can be one of the best offenses in the league?

BH: Absolutely, I do not see why we can’t be one of the best offenses in the league. I feel like we have a great group of WR’s and a lot of eager guys wanting to take that next step.

PBS: On another note, what’s been the biggest difference for you, coming from Ohio State, to Miami?

BH: Just understanding this is a job and you were brought here to do your job. If you don’t do your job, they will find someone else that can.

PBS: What do you wish to accomplish before you career is over?

BH: My career started in Canton, Oh and I want it to end there.

PBS: What are your goals for the 2010 season?

BH: I want to be a starter and help this team reach it’s full potential. If you don’t reach your full potential it is no ones fault but the people involved.

PBS: Do you feel you can be a top NFL receiver in a few years?

BH: I want to be a top receiver next year, not in a few years. If you doubt yourself today, you’ll never reach your potential tomorrow.

PBS: Do you feel that the Dolphins are poised to be perennial playoff contenders throughout the next 10-15 years or so, such as the Patriots and the Colts have been doing this whole decade?

BH: I don’t see why not, but we need to prove that, not just talk about it. But in the end that is pretty tough to do. With the free agency market, teams can completely change over night. Your team one year can be completely different the next.

PBS: Thanks a lot for your time Brian! Is there any shout-outs you would like to make to fans, friends, family?

BH: Just want to thank my family, friends and fans for the support they have given me. I am forever indebted to you all. Thanks again and Go Fins!

We the fans all know what Brian can do on the field. He has instantly become a fan favorite with his great hands, and do everything attitude. I remember the first thing I ever read up on him was that he “loved to hit” on special teams. Those are the type of players that the Dolphins not only want in their organization, but us, the fans want to watch on the field as well. With the addition of Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins aerial attack should be fun to watch, and should keep every fan on the edge of their seats!

Good stuff Brian, thanks for participating in this Q&A with us, and we here at Playoff Bound Sports, and the rest of Dol-Phan Nation, wish you and the Fins the best of luck this upcoming year!

Q&A With DraftBreakdown’s Will Spencer

With the draft ever nearing, and the Dolphins starting to workout and interview more and more players, we here at Playoff Bound Sports took to interviewing DraftBreakdown’s Will Spencer, to get a better idea on who the best fit would be for the Dolphins in the draft at certain positions.

Playoff Bound Sports: If you were forced to choose between DeMaryius Thomas, from Georgia Tech, or Mike Williams from Syracuse, which receiver would you choose, and why?

Will Spencer: Hands down, Demaryius Thomas. Mike Williams is a very talented player, but there are some serious off-field concerns with him and that knocks him down several rounds. Thomas may end up being a first round pick when all is said and done and has top tier talent. If he would have been on a USC team, or any other traditional offense, he could have put up gawdy numbers.

PBS: Which round do you think each of those players will be taken off the board?
WS: I think Thomas has a chance to be a first round pick, but we graded him out to be a 2nd rounder. Williams probably won’t go until at least the 4th round, or as a reach in the 3rd.

PBS: Has Jerry Hughes’ draft stock risen or fallen in the past couple of weeks? Do you think there is a chance of the Fins picking him up with their 2nd round pick?

WS: Hughes has fallen under the radar a bit but if you put on the TCU tape, the guy is a monster. I don’t think he’ll be around at the Dolphins 2nd round selection. I think he’ll go somewhere in that 25-40 range.

PBS: The Dolphins secondary is in a little bit of a flux right now with no free safety. Would you consider moving Sean Smith over to free safety, based on your scouting of him last year? Or is there better prospects in the draft this year that the Dolphins could scoop up?

WS: I think this draft is very deep at safety, so I wouldn’t move Sean anywhere. A very solid 2nd round pick for the Dolphins would be Nate Allen, the safety out of South Florida. Very underrated. I think the guy has the talent to go in the bottom of round 1, but probably will end up being a high 2nd.

PBS: Can you tell us a little bit of what your impression is of Brian Price from UCLA? Would he be a mid round pick for a team looking to add a nose tackle like him?

WS: I don’t really know if Price can play the nose tackle spot. I think he’s more of a 1-gap penetrator type that will excel in a 4-3 scheme. I think his best value is in the 25-35 range.

PBS: Who would your choice be, Terrence Cody, or Brian Price, and why?

WS: Depends on the scheme. For the Dolphins, I’m going with Cody. I don’t see Price playing the 5 technique in the 3-4 and I don’t see him playing the nose tackle spot. Cody could be an immediate starter at the nose and while he’ll need to be rotated in and out, on rushing downs, he’ll tie up 2 blockers and anchor the middle of the line. Personally, I think the Dolphins would do better with Dan Williams of Tennessee. I think he’d be able to rush the passer better than Cody. I would not be surprised at all if the Dolphins go with Williams as their first round pick.

In DraftBreakdown’s latest mock draft, they have the Dolphins taking nose tackle Dan Williams in the first round, and outside linebacker Jerry Hughes in the 2nd.