Daniel Thomas Q&A: 'I'm so overwhelmed right now'


Transcript of Friday's conference call with Miami Dolphins second-round draft pick Daniel Thomas:

On how does it feel to be drafted:
"It feels great (I mean) I don't really have too many words because I'm so overwhelmed right now."

On who did he talk to on the phone when he got the word that the Dolphins picked him:
"Coach Tony Sparano, I talked to the General Manager…everybody, I'm just so excited."

On how did that conversation go (follow up question):
"It was on if I was ready to be a Dolphin, and ready to come in and compete and how I was just ready to go."

On when he saw that the trade was made and if he had any inkling that the Dolphins were trading up to get him:
"No, I didn't at all. I wasn't sure what was going on. I was just patiently waiting."

On how does it make him feel that the Dolphins traded specifically to get him:
"It just makes me want to go out there and do the best I can and show them that they didn't make a mistake on trading up to get me."

On what kind of a running back he is:
"I'm a physical back. I feel like I'm an every down player. I can catch the ball in the backfield. I can run between the tackles (you know) and go outside whatever they need me to do. So, that's just how I feel about myself."

On his contact with the Dolphins prior to today at the combine and other teams and how went:
"Yeah, I took advantage of it a few weeks ago and I feel like it went pretty good and I was able to read all of the coaches and everything, so…they got a great grasp on me when I went there."

On how would he describe his college career (referencing him committing to Florida and then having to go through the Junior College route and what happened):
"(I mean) I feel like I had a very productive career. I was very durable and everything, I didn't miss a game and I had a lot of carries and everything. I was able to just go out there and just compete on every down. I rarely came off the field. I just thought that I could go out there and be an every down player I think."

On where is Hilliard, Florida and if that's where he's at now:
"It's north of Jacksonville….close to Georgia. I'm in New York right now."

On if he feels confident or does he think he'll take a little time to get acclimated to the NFL:
"I feel I can come out and just get acclimated…I don't think I'll have problem. I'm just going to come in and work with those guys and just learn from the great coaches they have. I can't worry about (you know) the other guys I just got to come in and just compete with those guys and learn from them."

On how much Wildcat quarterback he has run in the past:
"I did fairly a lot of it back then in both my junior and senior year. I was pretty much a Wildcat quarterback in junior college. I played quarterback and everything so I feel like I've just got a level of comfort right there and it's something that I think I can bring to the table there."

On whether he threw out of the Wildcat:
"Yeah I threw maybe six passes this year, threw a touchdown for like 70 yards. I threw a little bit my junior year as well."

On what running back in the league he compares himself to:
"I would say Steven Jackson or Larry Johnson when he was in his prime I feel like. Those are some of the bigger backs and I feel like I can compare myself to those guys."

On whether he is excited to play with Mike Pouncey as well:
"Oh man, oh yeah, of course. He's a great guy, a great player at Florida. It's going to be great to have an offensive line like that because that was one of the things they told me they were working on because they wanted to run the ball, so just to have a guy like that, that would be great."

On his high point in college:
"I would say making it to a bowl game. That was very great for us because playing at Kansas State we didn't to make it to many bowl games and that was a big game for me. It was one of my goals when I went to college and everything to make it to a bowl game, so I would say making it there, playing in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York."

On how he played in the bowl game:
"I had three touchdowns that game and like 95 yards. We lost in the last second of the game but I feel like I played pretty well, did what I had to do."

On his biggest strength:
"[I can] get positive yards. I am a guy that can keep the chains moving. I am also a guy that can come out of the backfield and catch balls and gain yards on every play. I very rarely lose yardage, so that is one thing you do not have to worry about with me."On the part of the game he needs to work on:
"I would say my pass protection. To be an every down back, you need to be able to protect the quarterback; It is very important. So that is one of the things I definitely need to work on."On if he feels he has pro caliber arm strength, as stated in his bio:
"I think so. I played quarterback in high school and [junior college]. At Kansas State they had me throwing a lot so I feel like if I am called to do that, I can definitely do that."On if he is going to compete for the starting quarterback job based on his arm strength:
"I don't know about that [laughing]. I am good for three or four passes though."On his speed:
"I don't know about the 4.72 [40-yard dash time documented in my bio], but I feel like I can [make big plays]. I feel like I am only going to get faster. I feel like I played fast, so I don't know if that 4.72 [40-yard time] is accurate. I feel like I played way faster than that."On what his 40 yard time was his pro day:
"I ran a 4.50 and a 4.55 as well."

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