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May 10, 2014

Dolphins select DE Terrence Fede in seventh round

The Dolphins have a bunch (football term) of defensive ends on the roster to the point No. 3 overall selection Dion Jordan had trouble getting snaps last season.

Doesn't matter to Dennis Hickey as he just picked Marist College defensive end Terrence Fede in the seventh round today. This is Miami's final scheduled draft pick of 2014.

Fede is the first Marist player drafted into the NFL.

"I just made history at Marist college," he said. "This is a big day for Marist College."

Fede, 6-3 and 276 pounds, collected 25 1/2 sacks in his Pioneer League career. He is from Nyack, New York and is of Haitian background.

"I can transition my speed into power," Fede, "I think that's what the Dolphins like and that's what I like about my game."

Fede said he was waiting all day to be drafted, which was very important to him.

Fede was suspended from Marist in 2010 for violating team rules.

"It was a wakeup call to me," Fede said. "Me not having football ... It allowed me time to think. When I was back home, I was training and working at my craft to come back with a bang."


Dolphins select WR Matt Hazel in sixth round

I told you in my column today the Dolphins are down on Rishard Matthews. They drafted Jarvis Landry in the second round and today in the sixth round they just picked Matt Hazel out of Coastal Carolina.

Hazel, a 6-1 and 195-poiunder, owns all the CCU receiver records. He compares himself to Denver's Demaryius Thomas but ran a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash at the Indianapolis Combine.

"I thought I was going to go a little higher really," Hazel said.

Hazel played at the East-West Shrine game and impressed multiple scouts.

"I felt like a lot of teams told me I was the best receiver there," Hazel said.

According to Nolan Nawrocki in his NFL Draft 2014 preview Hazell "hears footsteps" and has "alligator arms."

Dolphins pick LB Jordan Tripp in fifth round

The Dolphins were not thrilled when the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Ryan Shazier ahead of them in the first round of the NFL draft. That meant the trouble Miami had stopping the run and covering backs and tight ends on third downs last year is still a concern.

But at least the Dolphins are addressing the need to bring more competition to the position.

The Dolphins just picked Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp in the fifth round.

No, he's not a starter from Day One of training camp. He is going to have to earn his keep on special teams, where the Dolphins expect him to be excellent. But he does address a need if they are going to try and move on from Phillip Wheeler.

"I played teams all five year," Tripp said. "I've long-snapped on special teams. I'm happy to get down there to play special teams."

Tripp, 6-3 and 234 pounds, does bring an ability to run. He does bring versatility in that he played both inside and outside at Montana.

"Whereever they want to plug me in, obviously, special teams is very important as well, I'll do it to the best of my abilities," Tripp said.

The Dolphins have worked their Montana pipeline with this pick. The team previously had Lex Hilliard and Dan Carpenter from Montana.


Dolphins pick TE Arthur Lynch in fifth round

He's not exciting. He's not going to remind of Rob Gronkowski. But the Dolphins needed an in-line blocking tight end and that's what they've just gotten in the fifth round.

Miami picked Arthur Lynch from the University of Georgia with the 155th pick.

Some things:

Lynch was All-SEC as a senior.

He improved each season he played.

He was a team captain at Georgia. (Ja'Wuan James, Jarvis Landry and Billy Turner were team captains).

"To be a good football player you have to have leadership qualities," Lynch said. "You need to be a good leader on the field to have success. I have those qualities and will continue to display those qualities for the Miami Dolphins."

Lynch, 6-4 and 258, got drafted before UGA quarterback Aaron Murray.

Lynch said he patterns his game after Heath Miller and Zach Miller. He's basically more Jeron Mastrud.

Lynch said his 40-yard dash time at the Indianapolis was 4.68 hand-timed. He was in the 4.8s electronic timing.

Dolphins pick CB Walt Aikens in fourth round

The Dolphins secondary just got a little longer and lanky.

The team used its fourth round pick (125th overall) to select Liberty cornerback Walt Aikens, a 6-1 and 203 pounder that instantly becomes the biggest cornerback on the Miami roster.

Aikens had an interesting trip to Liberty. He originally committed to Illinois and played there but he was kicked out of school after he was charged, and pleaded guilty, to possession of stolen property.

"I bought a laptop from a teammates and it turned out to be stolen," Aikens said. "I got charged with possession of stolen property, which is a misdemeanor. The school was trying to make an example of football players at the time and they thought it was best if I left."

Aikens says he went to Liberty because he knew he would be able to not only compete but start at the lower level FCS program right away.

Now he has a similar feeling about his arrival in Miami.

"I took a visit a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with the coaches," Aikens said. "I want to be a starter. I want to come in and be a dominating factor. I want to be a dominant player."

Jason Fox slowed by 'minor' leg injury

The Dolphins selected Ja'Wuan James to be the team's starting right tackle in 2014 but before that was to happen there was supposed to be a competition between James and veteran Jason Fox.

That competition will not necessarily start immediately in the offseason conditioning and OTAs because Fox is nursing a leg injury.

Fox was wearing a walking boot on Saturday and obviously is not doing any running in the offseason program. But a source characterized the injury as "very minor" and added "He is fine."

Another source said Fox has been in the boot for some time and it will be coming off soon.

Fox has been plagued by injuries during his career. He was inactive early in 2011 and was eventually placed on injured reserve. In 2013, Fox won the starting right tackle job in Detroit but suffered a groin injury in the opener and lost his job.