"He's a very interesting guy in the draft, a very curious guy," said Dolphins tight ends coach Pat Jones. "You turn on the tape and he made several plays over the years in the clutch. He was all over the draft. Some had a second-round grade on him, some had a seventh-round grade on him.
"The thing we thought separated him was that he's a legitimate playmaker."
As evidence, just think back to last year's Georgia-Tennessee game when McMichael caught six passes for 108 yards to help the Bulldogs rally for a 26-24 victory. McMichael made a couple of big catches on the game-winning drive as well.
That's why Jones doesn't buy the notion, as presented by Mel Kiper, that McMichael has a problem with concentration.
"With 32 seconds left in Knoxville in front of 100,000 people, his concentration was excellent," Jones said.
It was largely because of his production in college that the Dolphins drafted McMichael. His combine numbers were, in the words of Jones, fairly ordinary.
McMichael isn't considered a great blocker, but Jones said he was willing to do the diry work and that part of his game could be improved.
Besides, the Dolphins need a tight end who can become a weapon in the passing game more than anything. That's quite a departure from the system employed by former offensive coordinator where the tight end was little more than a sixth offensive lineman.
McMichael joins a group of tight ends that includes Jed Weaver, Alonzo Mayes, Shawn Draper and Ed Perry. Jones said that if the Dolphins had a game to play tomorrow, Weaver would be the starter, but he also added there will be a lot of competition at the position.
The truth is that McMichael has a legitimate chance to grab the starting job if he turns out to be everything the Dolphins hope.
"He's a good-hands guy," said Director of College Scouting Ron Labadie. "He fits what we're looking for."