Defense was not ignored this weekend by the Miami Dolphins after all as they used their last two picks of the NFL Draft on defensive players.
Alabama A&M defensive tackle Frank Kearse was picked in the seventh round with the 231st overall pick and then Miami snagged Montana cornerback Jimmy Wilson with the 235th overall pick. Both of these players add depth to a unit that ranked sixth overall in the league last year.
Kearse has the size (6-foot-4, 315 pounds) to backup Paul Soliai at nose tackle and confirmed that he is down to 313 pounds from a high of 325. He sees himself as versatile enough to play any spot on the defensive line.
“In college I played the five technique but I think my ability to stop the run, tale up double teams, clog up space and put pressure on the quarterback and collapse the pocket are my strengths,” said Kearse, who had 57 tackles (30 solo), 14 for loss and one sack last year. “I hope to improve on everything and they (the Dolphins) told me they want me to improve and work hard and become the best player I can become to be a Miami Dolphin.”
There were about 15 teams that showed up to Alabama A&M’s Pro Day but he didn’t remember seeing the Dolphins and he was not at the Combine. He said he’ll play any position and the team did not specify where he’d play, but he emulates DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys.
“I like winning and I hate losing,” Kearse said. “Most guys lose a game they’re over it after two or three hours but I’m thinking about it 72 hours later thinking what did we do wrong? Usually people say games are lost in the fourth quarter but I feel they are lost in the first or second.”
As for Wilson, he has average size at 5-11 and 185 pounds and racked up 50 tackles (28 solo) last year for the Grizzlies with two sacks and no interceptions. He had eight career interceptions.
Wilson can play cornerback or safety and adds depth to a young secondary featuring Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, Chris Clemons, Reshad Jones and Nolan Carroll. He was away from football for three seasons after facing murder charges in Los Angeles. A jury that believed his self-defense claim and then was re-admitted to Montana after three years away from the field acquitted Wilson.
“I am not going to get into specifics. You can ask Coach Sparano and Mr. Ireland about that,” Wilson said. “I am just looking forward and want to be able to give the Dolphins all my ability and make this a better football team. They did their research on me and got to know me, know exactly everything so you guys can ask them about that. I feel I am one of the top players in college football, but being drafted period is such a blessing that I can’t take it for granted.”
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