The 2014 edition of “Walker's Fab 40” has a new twist. After several years of covering the division, this time we will rank the top 40 Miami Dolphins.
Keep in mind, these rankings are where the Dolphins currently stand after the season. It's not based on projection or potential.
There will surely be plenty of debate from Dolphins fans. So let's get right to it.
No. 40: Will Davis
2013 stats: 8 tackles
Analysis: Davis started training camp on fire. He was one of the stars of camp and unofficially led the Dolphins in interceptions over the summer. But a toe injury set Davis behind and he never recovered. It wasn't until late in the year that Davis earned a little playing time. But 2013 was mostly a redshirt season. Davis, a rookie third-round pick, will get a chance to earn a spot in the rotation in 2014.
No. 39: Don Jones
Position: Defensive back
2013 stats: 10 tackles, two forced fumbles
Analysis: Jones was quietly an impressive story for the Dolphins. He was Miami's final 2013 draft pick in the seventh round and made the team as a special team's ace. Jones was a gunner who is tough to block. He forced two fumbles on special teams for his big hits. Jones is raw as a defensive back, but his ability on special teams proved to be valuable.
No. 38: Jelani Jenkins
2013 stats: 17 tackles
Analysis: Jenkins, a rookie fourth-round pick gained more playing time towards the end of the season. He is still a raw prospect but showed some aggressiveness and sideline-to-sideline speed. The Dolphins are committed to starting linebackers Philip Wheeler, Dannell Ellerbe and Koa Misi long term. So it may be hard for Jenkins to secure playing time unless there is an injury.
No. 37. Jason Trusnik
2013 stats: 25 tackles
Analysis: Every team needs a versatile veteran like Trusnik. He was a backup who can play all three linebacker positions. Trusnik also was a key member on special teams. His versatility has kept him in the NFL for seven years.
ESPN.com Dolphins page will continue “Walker's Fab 40” on Wednesday.