Miami Dolphins Look to Bolster CB Depth With Walt Aikens in Fourth Round

By Cody Strahm
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

With pick No. 125 overall, the Miami Dolphins finally used one of their draft choices on a defensive player, adding Liberty cornerback Walt Aikens in the fourth round.

Aikens, a small-school prospect, isn’t a well-known name, but his blend of size, speed and fluidity suggests he could be a legitimate sleeper in this draft. He’s 6-foot-1 and ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at his pro day. While he might not be a ballhawk capable of producing many breakups and interceptions, he doesn’t have many glaring weaknesses. Despite being from a small school where he covered receivers with much less talent than the ones he’ll face on Sundays, there doesn’t seem to be any reason why he can’t make the big jump from the FCS to the NFL. He has, however, gotten into some off-the-field trouble that is worth noting, including jail time for possessing a stolen laptop.

Miami’s secondary outlook doesn’t change much. Cortland Finnegan and Jamar Taylor, a second-round pick in 2013, will still likely compete for a starting spot opposite Brent Grimes while Will Davis, a third-round pick in 2013, will have every opportunity to emerge as a contributor. Davis, though, will have to fight off Aikens if he wants to solidify himself as Miami’s No. 3 cornerback.

With three rounds remaining, there are no positions that the Dolphins must address, but several that would benefit from some additional depth. Those positions include running back, safety, linebacker, defensive tackle and tight end. It should be interesting to see how the Dolphins’ 2014 draft class concludes in Rounds 5, 6 and 7.

Cody Strahm is an NFL author for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @CodyJStrahm

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