Draft Pick Q&A: LB Josh Kaddu
LB Josh Kaddu
LB Josh Kaddu

Posted May 3, 2012

Each of the Dolphins' nine selections in the 2012 NFL draft spoke to the media via conference call after being picked. Here's what fifth-round pick Josh Kaddu, a linebacker from Oregon, had to say.

On how do you feel about being a Miami Dolphins: “I feel truly blessed just glad to be going out there and playing for the Dolphins and putting on those awesome uniforms.”

On what are your strengths: “I feel like I’m a versatile player. I just come in compete, work hard, and I’m just a very versatile player. I feel like I can rush the passer if the team needs me, drop back in coverage, and play man-to-man on the slot, running backs, tight ends where they need me to do. I feel like I can do a lot of things very well and I just hope to prove when I get to the NFL.”

On any scouts talking to you about gaining or maintaining your weight to play in the NFL: “I’ve heard from a number of different things. Some teams have told me I need to gain 10 pounds to play the position they want me to play, but some teams said I’m fine at the weight and just maintain. I don’t know exactly what the Dolphins want from me, but I’m ready to do whatever I need too.”

On your new teammate Jonathan Martin and your battles in college between Oregon and Stanford: “Yes sir, we went up a few times in our college careers and he’s a great player also. I am looking to playing alongside him.”

On what NFL player did you admire growing up: “Growing up, I’m going to have to say Ray Lewis. That was the position I’ve played ever since I was younger. He is a guy that I have tried to mold my game after because his playmaker ability and just the way he changes games and the way he comes down and hit people. Just hoping I can mold my game after him and work to be just 10 percent as good as he has been.”

On being a player that himself motivated before the game, similar to Ray Lewis: “Actually, the funny thing is I’m a little laid-back before the game. Once I get into the game and get that first hit, that’s what turns it on for me. I just like tolay back and keep my nerves calm. And then once the game comes on, that’s when I turn it on.”

On viewing yourself as a 3-4 linebacker and what are your strengths: "I’ll be whatever the team needs me to be play. I can be a 3-4 outside linebacker or play in a 4-3 outside linebacker. I feel like my strengths are I run well, very athletic, and tackle well. I run well in space and cover well. I just feel like I do a few things very good and I just plan on working on my technique and improving on everything once I get to Miami.”

On how is the injury and do you think it affected your draft stock: “I mean, I would just feel like to say that God put me where I needed to be. I feel like the hamstring is something that had to happen and I feel like it didn’t hurt me at all. I’m just happy to be going where I went.”

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