Recently, I got in touch with Dolphins 6th Round Draft Pick Charles Clay from the University of Tulsa. For those of you who dont know much about Charles, he is a halfback/fullback/tight end. Charles started for the Tulsa Hurricanes for 3 years before declaring for the draft this year. His 31 career touchdowns in college is only eight shy of tying the school's all-time TD record set by Tarrion Adams (2005-08). Charles also pilled up 2,018 career receiving yards along with 21 TDs through the air. Charles fits a need that the Dolphins had this offseason as they were looking for a versitle player to fill the TE/FB position. Clay should help stretch the field with his pass catching abilities out of the backfield and tight end position. At 6'3, 235 this talented rookie from Tulsa is looking to make an immediate impact starting year one for the Dolphins.
Interview : Q + A with Charles Clay
1) Are there any current NFL players you model your game after?
I like to watch guys who kind of move around a lot like myself, guys like Dallas Clark, Chris Cooley, but Aaron Hernandez may be my favorite of them all I try and model myself after those guys.
2) Which Dolphins player you most looking forward to meeting up with?
I dont know where to start of course im looking forward to meeting Chad Henne. At the same time I watch so much football so im looking forward to meeting guys like Brandon Marshall, Anthony Fasano, Lousaka Polite and just getting acclimaited not only with offensive but defensive players as well.
3) Did the Dolphins show any interest in you before the draft?
They were one of the teams I had official meetings with at the scouting combine so I got a chance to meet the Jeff Ireland, Coach Sparano and the rest of the coaching staff there.
4) Have you spoke to Coach or Brian Daboll yet?
After I was drafted I had a chance to speak with Coach Sparano shortly but havent got a chance to talk with Coach Daboll yet, I'm looking forward to getting to talk to him though.
5) Any ideas on what number you want to wear ?
I think I will wear number 31 nothing is written in stone at this moment so at least temporarily that's the number i'll wear.
6) Do you have any interest in trying out the Wildcat?
I did it some at Tulsa, so I dont mind trying at all, if I can help the team that way than im all for it. My teammates at tulsa often made fun of me for being a little too stiff in my quarterback stance so I need to work on that a bit.
7) Any trash talking words for Rex Ryan or Tom Brady ?
Haha it may be a little too early for that. As a rookie coming in that's kind of a right you have to earn. Im focusing on making the team and contributing any way I can right now
8) What are your goals for your rookie year?
Like I said mainly just making the team and helping out whether it's just situational stuff or special teams starting out however I can help is what i'll do.
9) Are you happy with where and when you were drafted?
The draft is all stuff that I cant control I put in the work to get drafted as high as possible but when it's all said and done and it's time to step on the field no matter where you get drafted its all about whether or not you can play so just being drafted and getting my foot in the door was the first step now it's on to doing all I can to put me in a position to play.