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Last year's draftees may step up this year

Now that you know the face of the Dolphins 2013 draft class, Dion Jordan, put himself and the team in a tough spot for training camp based on his coming four-game suspension, it should be said that the rest of the '13 class is entering camp on a hopeful note.

That's right, the class that disappointed last year is suddenly promising after several of the players have had good offseasons.

“Overall, I thought the draft class from ’13 was better [this offseason]," coach Joe Philbin said. "We’re looking for those guys to step up and contribute.”

Third round pick Dallas Thomas will be competing for a starting guard job and, indeed, is a favorite to win that job based on his offseason.

Second round pick Jamar Taylor, who missed most of last season with various issues, began to perform with some consistency in OTAs. He might be positioning himself to compete with veteran Cortland Finnegan for a starting job and if he loses that competition figures in the chase for playing time in the sub packages.

“Clearly, he’s practiced consistently this offseason,” Philbin said. “He was out there and made some plays and looked like the guy we saw on tape before we drafted him.”

Cornerback Will Davis is healthy again and that makes the Dolphins hopeful he can pick up where he left off last training camp before he suffered something of setback. “Last year he showed good things in camp but then in the Tampa game he hurt his foot or something and never really got back,” Philbin said. “He contributed in New England game and here and there, but he never regained his form.”

The Dolphins are even seeing hopeful signs from running back Mike Gillislee, a fifth-round pick, who contributed on special teams but may be fighting for actual carries this year.

 “He didn’t get a ton of runs last year,” Philbin said, "but we like the way he's been moving around."

Irteresting, isn't it? The 2014 Dolphins may be getting an infusion of talent ... from their once absent 2013 draft class.

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