They may not have made many sexy selections, but the Miami Dolphins added depth where they needed it and got some players who could start right way. Erin Brown breaks down each of the team's picks.
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Ja'Wuan James, OL, Tennessee, first round (No. 19 overall)
Taking a lineman with a first-round selection may not be the sexy choice, but for Miami, this pick is spot-on. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound James fills the Dolphins' gaping hole at right tackle. He brings extensive experience at the position after a four-year stint at Tennessee in which he started all 49 games he dressed for. With an arm length of 35 inches, efficient balance and body control, coach Joe Philbin sees James as being effective with both the pass and run block. A former Volunteers captain, James is likely to start this fall and provide an upgrade over Jonathan Martin at his position in the process.
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Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU, second round (No. 63 overall)
The Dolphins may have picked up a steal in Landry, a physical receiver whose draft stock dropped due to a poor showing at the combine, where he battled through a pulled hamstring. Miami general manager Dennis Hickey overlooked the performance, though, noting it was LSU game tape that made Landry "jump out as you." He brings playmaking talent, great hands, ability to play the slot and outside. If Landry is as consistent as he boasts he was in college, he could quickly become a factor in Miami's passing game, giving Ryan Tannehill yet another frequent target.
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Billy Turner, OL, North Dakota State, third round (No. 67 overall)
Hickey added additional depth to the offensive line, moving up to select Turner. A member of three FCS national championship teams at North Dakota State, Turner brings a versatile skill set to the Dolphins in that he can play guard, tackle or center. And the 6-foot-4, 315-pound lineman is comfortable on both the left and right side. Exactly where Turner fits in on Miami's front wall is yet to be determined. Despite not having played at the top collegiate level, Turner impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl, where he handled top FBS defenders with ease.
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Walt Aikens, DB, Liberty, fourth round (No. 125 overall)
The 6-foot, 205-pound defensive back can line up at pretty much every position in the secondary, as Aikens says, he's a "versatile player" who doesn't have problems with adjusting. Aikens transferred to Liberty after his freshman season due to off-field issues at Illinois. But he thrived at the FCS school, finishing as a Big South All-Conference first team once and second team twice. In his senior season, he registered three interceptions and 62 tackles, including a team-leading 50 solo efforts.
Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia, fifth round (No. 155 overall)
Lynch was projected to go in the seventh round -- at best. But his selection fits Hickey's plan to give quarterback Ryan Tannehill better protection and bring character into the locker room. Lynch's strength is blocking over receiving, a responsibility that increased during his time at Georgia. It is highly doubtful Lynch will supplant Charles Clay after Clay's breakout season. But if Lynch works on footwork, hand placement and shows he is an effective blocker, the former Bulldog could work his way into Miami's game plan.
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Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana, fifth round (No. 171 overall)
Depth at linebacker was another need for Miami, and Hickey again filled the void with another versatile player. The 6-foot-3, 234-pound linebacker is comfortable lining up inside or outside. He's also capable of playing special teams, including long snapper in a pinch. A two-time team captain at Montana, Tripp is known for intensity and work ethic and models his game after Derrick Brooks. He finished as one of the top performers at the combine, with a 3.96-second short shuttle, 6.89-second three-cone drill and a 37 1/2-inch vertical leap.
Matt Hazel, WR, Coastal Carolina, sixth round (No. 190 overall)
Scouts were extremely complementary of Hazel at the East-West Shrine game, noting the receiver stood out among his peers. He's an all-around type, being able to play inside or outside. He says he "can move the chains on third down" and blocks well. Hazel finished with 183 career receptions at Coastal Carolina, a school record, and his 28 touchdowns were second all-time.
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Terrence Fede, DE, Marist, seventh round (No. 234 overall)
A relative unknown in draft circles, Fede worked out for several teams, including the Dolphins, prior to the draft. Fede registered 13 sacks in his senior season, when he was named All-Pioneer League player. Of his 59 tackles, 18 were for a loss, most out of any Marist player. He says he's versatile and can transition from power to speed easily. He is the first player from the school to ever be drafted.