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Recapping the Miami Dolphins Fifth Round

The Miami Dolphins had four fifth round picks in this years NFL Draft. So let's recap on all the selections the Dolphins made in the fifth. The Dolphins do not have any more picks in the draft.

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Bobby McCain played cornerback at Memphis.

The Dolphins needed to add some depth at cornerback or add a starter opposite Brent Grimes. Trae Waynes was selected before the Dolphins could select at 14 and they passed on Kevin Johnson and other cornerbacks that could have made an impact for Miami.

The Dolphins must trust Jamar Taylor or Will Davis to step up. This will be their third year with the Dolphins and it's time for them to prove why the were taken so high in the the 2013 NFL Draft.

I see McCain as more of a depth selection. Really don't expect him to start anytime soon. McCain will be battling Brice McCain for some playing time. He could find some time as a returner on special teams.

Analysis on McCain from

Undersized slot corner with instincts to anticipate and the twitch and ball skills to do something about it. Much more comfortable processing and attacking from an off position and loses effectiveness when forced to play with his back to the ball. His 19 passes defensed and 11 interceptions over his last 22 starts are indicative of his athleticism and talent to play on the next level but he could be scheme dependent.


Jay Ajayi played running back at  Boise St.

The Dolphins showed interest in a lot of the top running back prospects. Todd Gurley was their target, but he was picked before they selected at 14.

The Dolphins needed a running back to complement Lamar Miller. Ajayi has some medical concerns, but if he can stay healthy, the duo of Miller and Ajayi is going to be a fun combo to watch.

Ajayi will not be asked to carry the ball 20+ times like he did at Boise St. He will be better at complementing Miller that Daniel Thomas was. Ajayi was a great value pick.

Analysis on Ajayi from

Ajayi's running style and body type are very similar to LeShoure's coming out of college, but LeShoure didn't have the football character to make it in the league. Ajayi features an improving stiff arm and physicality that has become his calling card. Ajayi has the ability to play all three downs while mashing in short yardage and near the goal line. Scouts have been quietly circling Ajayi as a second-tier running back who offers good value on the second day of the draft.


Cedric Thompson played safety at Minnesota.

The Dolphins wanted to find some depth at safety. Louis Delmas was re-signed but he always seems to be hurt. Reshad Jones is one of the best safeties in the league. Though finding a safety was not a pressing need.

Don't see Thompson starting anytime soon. He's more of a developmental player and should be able to learn a lot from Jones and Delmas.

Analysis on Thompson from

Combination safety with above-average athletic traits and size, but plays with below-average instincts and isn't as trustworthy as teams would like on the back end. Thompson seems slow to see things on tape and uses his athleticism to make up for it. If he can be trained to recognize and react more quickly, he has a shot to make a roster.


Tony Lippett played wide receiver at Michigan St.

The Dolphins drafted DeVante Parker in the first round, which was a great pick by the way.

In the offseason, the Dolphins traded for Kenny Stills and added Greg Jennings. Mike Wallace, Brain Hartline, and Brandon Gibson are gone.

Not sure about the selection of Lippett. He is going to have a tough time making the team with all the depth at the position. But, I have just learned that the team may view him as a cornerback. Very interesting.

Analysis of Lippett from

The eyeball test doesn't seem to show Lippett as a dangerous wideout, but he consistently beat Big Ten coverage. Long-strider who excels with slants, posts and in-cuts, he needs work to be more well-rounded with his routes. Lippett's production skyrocketed thanks to hard work, confidence and competitive fire. His willingness to accept the challenge at cornerback and play both ways is an example of why Lippett should succeed as a starter in the league.

So how do you feel about the selections the Dolphins made? Feel free to discuss below.

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