Dolphins Done

In the end, the Dolphins ended up with nine picks, the same number with which they entered the proceedings, after trading their second of two seventh-round picks to Kansas City. The last two picks the Dolphins used were spent on Georgia Tech offensive tackle Andrew Gardner and Weber State linebacker J.D. Folsom.

Gardner brings great size to the Dolphins offensive line and he also showed some durability at Georgia Tech by starting 48 consecutive games before his streak ended when he had surgery for a torn labrum.

Gardner wasn't a highly regarded prospect, with some draft analysts suggesting he'll never be more than a backup. Gardner, however, has other ideas.

"I think I'm really one of the best values in this draft at this position," he said. "I think if I hadn't been injured, it would have been a little bit higher. But I think the Dolphins, they got a good player and I'm just ready to get in there and get the thing started."

Gardner will be competing with young players Brandon Frye and Nate Garner for the chance to back up Jake Long and Vernon Carey at tackle, but he probably would have to be described as a long shot.

The same could apply to Folsom, who told reporters on Sunday he didn't think he'd have a shot at the NFL until January and then really started thinking about it after his pro day.

Folsom is married with a young daughter, and he's already been accepted to veterinary school.

Folsom started only six of 12 games last season after earning second-team all-conference honors in 2007, and he admitted he didn't think he would get drafted.

He'll get a shot to compete at inside linebacker, but probably will have to impress on special teams just to make the team.


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