The Dolphins completed their post-draft minicamp and, as usual, there was plenty to observe, starting with the quarterback position. Here are some post-minicamp thoughts dealing strictly with the defense.

The one player who missed the entire minicamp was on the defensive side of the ball, that being unsigned restricted free agent Adewale Ogunleye. Don't make a big deal out of it, though. Ogunleye is unsigned and therefore not expected to show up.

Among those who did show up, perhaps the most impressive guys on defense were end David Bowens, tackle Larry Chester, as well as cornerbacks Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain.

Bowens lined up with the first-team defense at left end, the spot normally occupied by Ogunleye and looked very, very quick off the snap.

We've said this many times about Bowens, but if he could ever stay healthy he could be a major factor on defense.

Chester, meanwhile, showed up after having lost abot 40 pounds since February.

Chester revealed that he ballooned up to about 380 after the season after finishing last year at 350. The Dolphins inserted a weight clause in Chester's contract, and he says he's feeling much better and is ready to have a big year.

Tim Bowens, on the flip side, looked way overweight, but Coach Dave Wannstedt said he wasn't worried in the least because Timbo was moving around well and there's a lot of time left before the start of the season.

At linebacker, the things that stuck out was the small stature of both draft picks Tony Bua and Derrick Pope. Bua severely looks like a defensive back, while Pope is only slightly bigger.

In the secondary, Madison and Surtain were giving a clinic out there during team drills. And when he wasn't blanketing receivers, Madison was talking time to teach fourth-round pick Will Poole the ins and outs of coverage.

Poole, by all accounts, was impressive and Wannstedt said he would be the dime back if the season started today. Heady stuff.

Wannstedt also praised newcomer Reggie Howard for his ability to pick up the defense, but what we saw was Howard was getting beat regularly during drills. In fact, the only guy who was having more problems in coverage was "street free agent" Mesene Louisdor, a guy who's got no shot to make the roster.

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