Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland was pleased with the development of former Ohio State and GlenOak receiver Brian Hartline during his rookie season in 2009.
Hartline, selected in the fourth round, finished with 31 catches for 506 yards and a team-leading three touchdowns. He became the first Dolphin rookie to lead the team in touchdown receptions since Chris Chambers had seven in 2001. Hartline's 16.3 yards per catch also led Dolphins receivers, which include 2007 first-round pick Ted Ginn Jr. of Ohio State and Glenville High School. (Ginn averaged 11.95 yards on 38 catches with 1 receiving TD).
Hartline was a major contributor, while Patrick Turner, a third-round choice out of USC, was inactive for 14 games and caught no passes during his rookie season. Turner is 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, while Hartline stands 6-2 and 186.
''These players develop in different stages,'' Ireland said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. ''We had Patrick on the board higher. Brian came
in and learned the offense very well and did a nice job of developing quickly and learned a couple different positions at the same time.
''Brian, getting the playing time that he did, is ahead of Patrick right now. Patrick has to step it up. He's a
player for the future. We like the player very much. He's a big, huge target, which this quarterback needs.
We feel very good about his development.''
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