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Poll results: Billy Turner's impact

The Miami Dolphins' penchant for small-school draft picks this year has been well documented. Five of Miami’s eight selections were taken non-BCS schools, which has drawn some early criticism in South Florida.

But new Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey isn’t concerned about where his prospects came from. Hickey said his staff drafted the best available players, and it was just a coincidence a majority of them came from small schools such as Liberty, Montana and Marist.

Last week I held a poll to determine which small-school player will have the biggest impact. More than half the votes went to one player: Third-round pick Billy Turner of North Dakota State.

Turner will compete with holdovers Sam Brenner and Nate Garner for a starting guard spot. Turner has some upside.

Fifth-round pick Jordan Tripp was a distant second in the poll. He will add depth at linebacker, which struggled mightily last season against the run. Fourth-round pick and cornerback Walt Aikens came in third place.

The Miami media will get its first look at the Dolphins’ rookie class on Friday when the they began rookie minicamp.