DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins' 2015 rookie camp is in the books. The team put in a lot of work over the four practices, and I gained quality intel on Miami’s first-year players.
With that said, here are five notes and observations from Dolphins camp:
Dolphins first-round pick DeVante Parker looks legit. Two days and four practices are a small sample size, but I saw a lot of good things from Parker in rookie camp. He’s a natural athlete who makes difficult catches look easy. Parker also has a burst to blow by defenders and knows how to use his long stride.
I saw some good and some bad from Dolphins second-round pick and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips. The first day, Phillips was solid and consistent. He showed good effort throughout both practices and consistently flashed his strength and athleticism for a 334-pound player. But Phillips didn’t have the same voracity on Day 2. He didn’t look as explosive in drills. It’s difficult to tell if he was gassed or laboring due to a minor injury. But consistent effort will be the key for Phillips at the NFL level.
Of Miami’s three undrafted free-agent linebackers, Mike Hull of Penn State had the best rookie camp. He was quick to the football and got an interception Saturday by reading the eyes of the quarterback. The Dolphins desperately need linebacker depth, and Hull should get a good opportunity to make the team this summer. He also showed a good motor on special-teams drills, which helps when challenging for a roster spot. This year Miami traded linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, cut Phillip Wheeler and let Jason Trusnik walk in free agency.
One of the biggest surprises of this camp was undrafted rookie receiver Tyler McDonald. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver from South Carolina State made plays on Friday and Saturday. He was arguably the most consistent receiver this weekend after Parker.
As expected, I’m intrigued by running back and fifth-round pick Jay Ajayi. He has the potential to be the sleeper of Miami’s 2015 draft class. Ajayi’s stock dropped dramatically in the draft due to knee issues, but he says he’s healthy and he did well in practices. Ajayi also caught the ball well out of the backfield, which is needed in Miami’s offense.