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.
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.