Koa Misi is Miami's second round pick in the 2010 NFL draft.
That obviously fills a need. The Dolphins had only Cameron Wake, Charlie Anderson, Erik Walden and Quentin Moses on the roster. Anderson is a career backup. Wake is unproven. The other two are backups.
Misi has a chance to come in and start and, well, that's the point.
Misi is 6-3 and 250. He comes from the same program that produced cornerback Sean Smith. The Dolphins like that program. Misi had five sacks and 9.5 tackles for losses among his 71 total stops in 2009.
Misi played mostly as a DE at Utah. But he's not worried about moving to OLB.
"I didn't play too much but I played three or four games at linebacker this past year and a couple games the year before that," Misi said. "I feel pretty comfortable at the linebacker position."
And what about dropping into coverage?
"Great! I feel comforable with dropping into coverage," he said.
How does Misi describe himself?
"I'm a hard worker. I like to learn and I'm very coachable. I listen very well and play even harder. This is my dream and I'm finally here. I'm ready to play."
Misi is of Tongan descent.
Misi's father often attended Koa's games. One time, the player said, his dad wanted him to get more motivated so he came onto the field and head-butted Misi. Misi was wearing a helmet at the time.
His full name, by the way, is Nawa'akoa Lisiate Foti Analseanoa Misi.