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Dolphins General Manager grabbed an analytics darling in the 7th round
With their last selection in the 2014 NFL draft, No. 234 overall, the Miami Dolphins selected Marist defensive lineman Terrence Fede.
At 6’3”, 276-pounds, Fede is a defensive end prospect that physically fits the profile of an NFL defensive end. At his pro day, he registered impressive physical benchmarks, and with the Dolphins utilizing analytics more under Dennis Hickey, it is likely that Fede tested as a prospect that could become an NFL-caliber contributor in time.
The seventh-round of the draft should never be weighed heavily, as it is usually where teams take chances on guys that end up on a practice squad.
Fede may not make the active roster in 2014 because their defensive line is loaded with quality veterans, but expect him to become a practice squad player they develop, in hopes he is a true diamond in the rough.
I would’ve preferred Miami to take their top rated quarterback here, as they need a backup to replace Pat Devlin, but they will soon be talking to undrafted free agents, so maybe they have one in mind that they’ll sign.
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Ian Wharton covers the NFL draft for Bleacher Report, specifically focusing on defensive backs. He also covers the Miami Dolphins for DraftMecca.com and FinDepth.com. You can follow and interact with Ian on Twitter: @NFLFilmStudy.