The Miami Dolphins signed linebacker Jordan Tripp, receiver Matt Hazel, and defensive lineman Terrence Fede, the team announced late Friday after signing tight end Arthur Lynch Thursday.
What kind of impact will these three later round picks have on the 2014 Dolphins? It could be mixed.
Tripp, a 5th round pick out of Montana, started 36 games as a Grizzly. He had 335 career tackles, 11 sacks, and three fumble recoveries for touchdowns in 54 games at Montana. Tripp has a nose for the football, and playmaking ability. The question is, will that playmaking ability translate to the abundantly faster NFL.
Some pundits had Tripp as a big steal for Miami, which his tackling ability, coupled with his ability to play from sideline to sideline, Tripp could be a solid backup/ special teams player for the Dolphins. As a 5th round pick, that’s about all you can hope for.
Matt Hazel, a 6th round pick from Coastal Carolina, started 38 games in his college career. He finished with 183 receptions for 2,553 yards and 28 touchdowns as a Chanticleer. He also rushed for 20 yards and a touchdown in his 49 career games.
Hazel has the ability to catch the ball in the slot. He averaged just under 4 catches per game in college, and scored a TD in nearly half of his career games. Hazel has a chance to make the team, and in Bill Lazor’s offense, has a chance to catch some passes.
Terrence Fede is the first player ever drafted from Marist College. The 7th round pick started 34 of 41 career games as a Red Fox. He finished his career with 215 tackles, 47 for loss, and holds a Marist record with 30.5 sacks. Fede was an excellent pass rusher in college, but as a 7th round pick, is a long shot to make the team.
Arthur Lynch is a different story. Lynch, a 5th round pick, signed a four year, $2.4 million contract. Lynch was the first member of the Dolphins’ draft class to sign. The 6’5” 258 lb. tight end is more of a blocker. He is likely to compete with Dion Sims for playing time behind Charles Clay, also a 5th round pick.
H is a different story because he is a 5th round pick, but may not even make the roster. It appears that Clay and Sims are the only tight ends assured of making the roster. Michael Egnew, Kyle Miller, and Lynch will likely compete for the 3rd tight end spot. To take a tight end in the 5th round, and only be able to use him in goal line/ short yardage plays because of his inability to catch is inexcusable in today’s NFL. Lynch. The Dolphins need a seam threat, not a blocking tight end.
The Dolphins’ draft class signings will be ongoing, and for now the late round picks are signed. Some may make an impact on the squad, and some might not make the roster. Only time will tell.