In the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected offensive guard Jamil Douglas. When speaking with the media after he was selected, he described the moment when the Dolphins called him to let him know that they were going to draft him in the fourth round.
“Oh man, I saw my phone ring and my mom said my face went blank. You know I’ve waited so long for this moment, so like I said, it was a dream come true and I broke down immediately. It was hard to talk to the coaches but I am so glad they called, I cannot wait to be a Miami Dolphin.”
Douglas said that the team has not yet told him where he will play but he noted he’s versatile and can play anywhere on the line - whether it be at center, guard or tackle. With that said, general manager Dennis Hickey announced after Douglas' conference call that the team would put him at left guard.
“No, they haven’t told me yet. I spoke to the offensive line coach (John Benton) briefly. He just told me that he is excited about the type of player I am and that he’s had his eye on me this entire time. I’m the type of guy wherever they put me I’m going to go out and compete,” he said. “I’ve definitely played every position on the offensive line. Even until now, I’ve been working on center while I’ve been preparing for the draft. I’ve been at left guard, left tackle, right guard, right tackle. I can play anywhere on the offensive line, anywhere they put me, so I’m excited to get there and get to work.”
Wherever he ends up on the line - whether at left guard or somewhere else - Douglas isn’t concerned about the transition because he noted that Miami’s scheme is similar to the one he played in at Arizona State.
“We were an up-tempo, high-tempo offense. We did a little bit of everything. We have zone blocking schemes. We do it all, I’ve had three offensive line coaches in my time there so I learned a ton of techniques and I’ve played a ton of different positions. Like I said, I am a versatile player so I’m sure that I will fit into the Miami scheme perfectly.”
Douglas said he’s an athletic player and one who’s strong at the point of attack. He added that he’s an explosive, disciplined and smart guy. As for one of his better traits? His ability to figure things out and adjust on the fly. In addition to all that, he’s someone who has matured and learned quite a bit from his days as a teenager.
“I’ve learned a tremendous amount from it. It was when I was a young kid. I was seventeen, eighteen years old so it was definitely a learning lesson then in my life. It was something that helped change my career around because after that I was able to come back and put things into perspective for myself and have the right priorities.”
Douglas had expected to be drafted on day three and when he finally received that call from the Dolphins, he called it a dream come true. He’ll have a chance to continue that dream starting on Thursday when the first-year players report for rookie minicamp.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs