Draft Pick Analysis: DT Kheeston Randall

What kind of players did the Dolphins get in the 2012 NFL draft? We break down each selection, looking at their college career and examining how they could fit into the team's plans. This installment looks at seventh-round pick Kheeston Randall.

DT Kheeston Randall

Selected: Round 7, 215th overall

Size: 6-5, 307

College highlights: After beginning his college career as a defensive tackle, Randall started his final 35 games as a nose guard. He earned All-Big 12 Conference honors twice while at Texas. Randall had four career sacks and two blocked kicks in 2010 — a blocked extra point against Oklahoma and a blocked field goal against Florida Atlantic.

Personal info: Nicknamed "Big Money," Randall was born May 7, 1989 in Beaumont, Texas. ... He was enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas and was a member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll in the spring of 2009. ... Was very active in community service while at Texas.

How he fits in: Randall may have played nose tackle in his last two seasons at Texas, but the Dolphins are expected to feature more of a four-man front next season. Randall is a good fit in that scheme, too, because of his run-stopping ability. He has compared his game to that of Minnesota DT Kevin Williams, and he's got a similar type of build. As a seventh-round pick, Randall is no lock to make the team, but he could earn a spot as a backup behind Paul Soliai and Randy Starks, particularly if Jared Odrick winds up at defensive end in the 4-3.

What he said: "I loved watching Kevin Williams, the fact is he's a bigger guy like myself and he moves really well, and Kyle VandenBosch and just all those bigger, taller defensive linemen that I have learned a lot from."

What Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said: "He's big. He runs really good. He's got very long arms. We think he can play any position on the defensive line."


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