The Miami Dolphins concluded the 2014 NFL Draft by selecting little-known Marist defensive end Terrence Fede in the seventh round. While the majority of Dolphins fans — and football fans in general for that matter — have likely never heard of Fede, he brings some intriguing measurables to the table that suggest he’s capable of competing for a roster spot in Miami.
At 6-foot-3, 276 pounds, Fede definitely has the size to make the jump from an obscure college program to the NFL. He has the speed too, clocking in at 4.76 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day. Although his competition wasn’t on par with the majority of prospects who have heard their named called this weekend, he produced an impressive 13 sacks in 2013.
Defensive end isn’t a need for the Dolphins, with Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon and Dion Jordan on deck, but the seventh round is simply about finding talent. The Dolphins obviously saw something in Fede to warrant using their last pick on him. Fede has an uphill battle ahead of him to latch onto the 53-man roster this summer, but the club’s practice squad should be a safety net if he’s cut.
The draft is now over for the Dolphins. Ja’Wuan James, Jarvis Landry, Billy Turner, Walt Aikens, Arthur Lynch, Jordan Tripp, Matt Hazel and now Terrence Fede are all headed to Miami. Only time will tell if it was a productive draft for GM Dennis Hickey and company.
Cody Strahm is an NFL author for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @CodyJStrahm.