The Miami Dolphins passing attack took on a definite Buckeye flavor when GlenOak and Ohio State product Brian Hartline was selected with the eighth pick in the fourth round (108th overall) Sunday.
Hartline, a junior, will be reunited with ex-OSU teammate Ted Ginn Jr., a first-round pick in 2007.
''Cannot wait. Ted and I have the same agent, so I have to call him and get Ted’s number and we’re going to start chatting,'' Hartline said Sunday on a conference call with Dolphins media. ''He better get his coaching shoes ready because I’m going to need help, but it’s going to be a lot of fun.''
Ginn, a Cleveland Glenville product, and Hartline have known each other since high school, when they competed for the state high school hurdles title. Hartline said their fathers are also friends.
The Dolphins went into the draft with only four receivers on the roster and also grabbed USC's Patrick Turner, 6-foot-5 and 223 pounds, in the third round. Hartline, 6-2, 186 pounds, sees himself as a slot receiver who can also play outside.
A junior, Hartline finished his college career with 90 receptions for 1,429 yards and 12 touchdowns in 39 games. Last year with freshman Terrelle Pryor at quarterback most of the season, Hartline totalled 21 catches for 479 yards and four scores.
Based on his workouts with the Dolphins and dinner with the coaches, Hartline called the selection ''a great match.''
''I love the offense and everyone that’s a part of it,'' Hartline said. ''The coaching staff, and the ownership, and how they run their business its second to none. You can tell that just by talking with them, and getting to know them, who they work with, you can just tell that they are a ‘five-star.’
''(Receivers coach Karl Dorrell) came in and did a lot of film work, kind of quizzing me. I can’t wait to work with the coaches. My heart is beating out of my chest right now, I am so excited and I can’t wait to get down there.''
Adding to his excitement is his May 23 wedding to fiance Wendy Smith. He said Smith's mother and family are from Naples, Fla., which will be convenient for the young couple.
Hartline didn't seem daunted by the prospect of playing special teams as a rookie.
"I’m a guy who loves it, personally, probably my favorite,'' he said. ''I do returns, I think I’m great in kickoff coverage. I like cracking heads and hopefully I can do that for Miami.''
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