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By on May 5, 2015 at 11:00 am

Boise State Football vs San Diego State, Carrie Quinney photoWhen the Dolphins were on the clock at pick number 139 overall in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, there was a player that surprisingly was still on the board. Boise State running back Jay Ajayi, a bruising back with all the attributes of a three down back -a breed that’s found few and far between these days- was available, and the Dolphins struck quickly, selecting him with that very pick and giving Miami a powerful change up back behind starter Lamar Miller. He’s has intriguing all-around skill set, something that every team in the league looks for in a tailback.

To learn even more about him, his college coach, Boise State’s Bryan Harsin spoke with The Finsiders on Monday and shared his thoughts on what type of player the Dolphins are getting in Ajayi.…

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By on May 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm


An exciting week with the Dolphins was capped off with the 2015 NFL Draft, as Miami selected seven players in this year’s annual selection meeting held in Chicago. The fireworks began on Thursday night, as the Dolphins selected wide receiver DeVante Parker and the pick received a rousing response from the crowd at the team’s On The Clock Draft Party at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins continued to acquire players through Day 2 and 3 of the draft, finding value in selections such as Jordan Phillips and Jay Ajayi, and taking players filled with potential in Jamil Douglas, Bobby McCain, Cedric Thompson, and Tony Lippett.

For more on this past week with the Dolphins, look below:

Monday, 4/27

Tannehill Excited To Work With New Receivers

  • The latest newcomer to the receiving corps is Greg Jennings, the longtime Green Bay Packers starter and three-time 1,000-yard receiver.

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By on May 3, 2015 at 10:55 am


In a flash, the 2015 NFL draft has come and gone and the Miami Dolphins made seven selections.

The first night, the Dolphins selected Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker. The selection filled a need as they added a dynamic playmaker who can be a game changer for quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the offense. Day 2 brought a player in Jordan Phillips who brings a rare combination of size and athleticism to the defensive tackle position. The Dolphins succeeded in both filling several needs and finding terrific value in rounds 4-7, taking five players with potential in Jamil Douglas, Bobby McCain, Jay Ajayi, Cedric Thompson, and Tony Lippert.

Here’s a quick breakdown of each of the Miami Dolphins’ selections in the 2015 NFL Draft.…

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By on May 1, 2015 at 11:05 pm

043015-CompletecoverageThe 2015 NFL draft has kicked off from Chicago, Illinois and the Miami Dolphins brass are hard at work molding the roster of the 2015 Dolphins. On Thursday night, Miami used their first round selection on wide receiver DeVante Parker out of Louisville with the 14th overall pick. The team has five picks remaining, and are scheduled to select once Friday with a second round pick, #47 overall, and four times on Saturday (#114,  #149, #150, and #191 overall).

Here’s a look at all of’s coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft, presented by Vixlet.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

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By on May 1, 2015 at 9:49 am


For a draft that promised a wild night full of trades and shock after all the speculation surrounding Thursday night, the first round of the 2015 NFL draft was surprisingly tame in that regard with only two deals made in the top 32 picks.

There was still plenty of excitement surrounding the league’s 80th annual selection meeting as the chips fell in favor of the Miami Dolphins, allowing them to draft wide receiver DeVante Parker out of Louisville. While Parker brings a lot to the Dolphins, there’s still plenty of work to be done as Miami holds five more picks, one coming in the second round of the draft at #47 overall.

What direction will the Dolphins go with that pick, and will they possibly try to acquire another selection via trade?…

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By on May 1, 2015 at 12:36 am


With the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins selected wide receiver DeVante Parker out of Louisville. Standing tall at 6’3, 209 lbs., Parker was a 2014 second team All-ACC selection and recorded 33 touchdowns during his career as a Louisville Cardinal. The addition of Parker immediately makes a positive impact to the Dolphins offense, as he’s a player that can come in Day 1 and be a ready-made productive target for quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the passing game.

Here’s a few observations on the selection of DeVante Parker:

1. Tannehill’s New Red Zone Target

While the Dolphins had a lot of talent in the receiving corps before they drafted Parker, they didn’t have that towering red zone target at the receiver position that could go up and get 50/50 balls in the red zone.…

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By on April 30, 2015 at 12:31 pm


After what has seemed like an endless wait, the first round of the 2015 NFL draft commences tonight. The months of rumors and speculation about which players will go where will finally end. It will be replaced with draft grades, analysis on player fits, and the unveiling of the newest pros with their teams.

The Dolphins will be one of those teams adding to their roster Thursday as they hold the 14th overall pick. As usual come draft time, there’s a variety of opinions on who Miami will take when they’re on the clock.

One option may be a dynamic red-zone target from Louisville, as wide receiver DeVante Parker has caught the eye of many scouts and draft analysts, including NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah.…

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By on April 29, 2015 at 11:47 am


The 2015 NFL draft is just a day away as college football’s best will take center stage at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

The final mock drafts from around football media have been posted before the real deal goes down, so check out this collection of predictions from around the NFL world ahead of Thursday night’s proceedings on who the Miami Dolphins will select with the 14th pick during the league’s 80th annual selection meeting.

Brian Baldinger, Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State (Previous Pick: Marcus Peters)

The Dolphins need a corner who can lock up and play press man coverage.

Will Brinson, Kevin White, WR, West Virginia [MOCK TRADE WITH CHICAGO]  (PP: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State)

The Dolphins need to get better at wideout after an offseason saw them finally understanding/giving up on Mike Wallace and trading for Kenny Stills.

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By on April 28, 2015 at 12:43 pm


Opinions run rampant on players all the way up until the NFL draft begins from professional and amateur prognosticators alike. Sometimes, that noise even makes it to the ears of the men waiting to start their professional careers.

Cornerback Trae Waynes from Michigan State is one of those players waiting to hear Commissioner Roger Goodell announce his name on Thursday night.

Waynes told The Finsiders in a recent interview that throughout college and at the NFL combine he’s drowned out that noise and proved his doubters wrong, and wants to continue to do so at the next level.

“I’ve been doubted my whole life, so that just adds fuel to the fire,” said Waynes. “I’ve dealt with big receivers in the Big Ten and whatnot and I did just fine.…

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By on April 27, 2015 at 9:42 am


The 2015 NFL draft is now just days away and teams are going through their own internal mock draft scenarios to find those players that will make an impact immediately. Looking at this year’s draft, the Dolphins own six selections in total. Players that Miami target must have the ability to impact this team in year one and make this franchise stronger from their first snap if the team hopes to reach its goals in 2015. The positives are the Dolphins have multiple ways that they can go in the first round, hopefully making it easier to find a talented player who can make an impact from the start of his career.

Here are some of the possibilities in day one:

1) Take The Best Player Available – With the signing of veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings, the additions of offensive linemen Jeff Linkenbach and Jacques McClendon, and bringing in depth at cornerback and linebacker with Brice McCain, Zack Bowman, and Spencer Paysinger, the Dolphins no longer have any glaring needs that must be addressed early in the draft.…

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