The Miami Dolphins' 2014 rookie class will have their first on-field showing in front of the media Friday. We will be there live to bring you all the latest on which rookies looked primed to make an immediate impact.
With that in mind, here are three things we will keep a close eye on this weekend with Miami’s first-year players:
1. Dolphins top picks
Thoughts: This one is obvious. Miami first-round pick Ja'Wuan James and second-round pick Jarvis Landry are the biggest attractions. They have the most expectations to contribute right away. Barring injury, James is essentially penciled in as Miami's starter at right tackle. He started 49 consecutive games in college and is considered an NFL-ready prospect. Landry is a tough slot receiver with great hands who will compete with Rishard Matthews and the injured Brandon Gibson for the No. 3 job. This will be Landry's first opportunity to begin learning Miami's new offensive under Bill Lazor.
2. Small-school prowess
Thoughts: Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey took an interesting risk in his first draft in Miami. He drafted a whopping five small-school players from non-BCS schools. Hickey was not afraid to select prospects from North Dakota State (Billy Turner), Liberty (Walt Aikens), Montana (Jordan Tripp), Coastal Carolina (Matt Hazel) and Marist (Terrence Fede). According to Hickey, this was merely a coincidence and these were the highest-rated players available on Miami's draft board. This could go either way for Hickey. Either he will come off looking like a genius who can spot diamonds in the rough from small schools, or unwise for passing over big-school talents.
3. Quarterback Brock Jensen
Thoughts: The Dolphins brought in competition at quarterback, but it wasn’t for starter Ryan Tannehill. Rookie free agent Brock Jensen was signed this week to compete with Miami third-string quarterback Pat Devlin. It’s been a while since Devlin has been pushed, and Jensen comes in with high credentials. Jensen was a three-time FCS National Champion at North Dakota State. He also was a college teammate of Turner, who was Miami’s third-round pick. We get our first glimpse of Jensen Friday to see if he has what it takes to pose a threat to Devlin in training camp.