Mystery Man

The Dolphins' first of two sixth-round selections was Hawaii fullback Reagan Mauia, who was obscure enough not to be included in the various annual draft publications. But we can provide the scoop on the second Hawaii player drafted by the Dolphins.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Mauia is that he weighed around 350 pounds when he played nose tackle for the Warriors.

That was before he switched to fullback and dropped 50-60 pounds to line up as a 6-foot, 295-pound fullback. In his only season at fullback, Mauia started four games for Hawaii and ended up with 10 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown as well as 31 carries for 156 yards and two more scores.

But his main responsibility was protecting prolific quarterback Colt Brennan from oncoming blitzers and other pass rushers.

Mauia visited the Dolphins before the draft, and says the Dolphins told him they would use him at fullback despite his experience at nose tackle.

In case you're wondering about the first name, Mauia says he was born around the time Ronald Reagan was recovering from an assassination attempt and was named after the former U.S. President.

Mauia named his 2-year-old son Reagan as well, but he was quick to point out that was so his son would have his same name.

Four rounds before they took Mauia, the Dolphins also took Hawaii center Samson Satele. Mauia indicated that Satele recently told him the two are related -- "he said our grandmothers are related somehow."

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