The Miami Dolphins were looking for some athleticism out of the tight end position, so they selected Charles Clay in the sixth round of this year’s draft.
Clay lined up at fullback, H-back and tight end in his college career.
“We saw this guy as a tight end we saw this guy in the backfield, we saw him in the slot—he has a very unique set of skills and that’s kind of the way we plan to use him,” Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said. “I’m going to leave that up to really (head) coach (Tony Sparano) but that’s what we liked about the kid was his versatility. He can run the ball, he can catch the ball, he can block, and so those are the things we’re going to use him doing and we’re excited to have him as well. Great kid, he was a two-year captain there at Tulsa, four-year starter. The guy touched the ball a lot of different ways and a lot of times during his career there at Tulsa, so we’re glad to have him aboard as well.”
Clay had a strong set of practices during Senior Bowl week and displayed positional versatility.
“Yeah you know in this draft there’s a lot of players that have a lot of flexibility but this guy when you look at his background, really I know you guys probably have looked at this already,” Sparano said. “He’s had 500 yards rushing; he’s had 189 catches; he’s caught the ball for 2,500 and something yards, has touchdowns rushing, touchdowns catching so this guy really…He’s been through a couple different coaches, a few different systems so when you’re looking at him, you know, and we’ve done our homework, the mental part of this whole thing for him, the ability to use him a few different ways from a flexibility standpoint I think helps us. One thing that maybe we wanted to get away from is the predictability of where we are at times and when you have players that give you flexibility, like the speed element that (WR) Edmond (Gates) brings to the table or the position flexibility that (C/G Mike) Pouncey gives us and or Clay, I think that helps us that way.”