The book on Misi

The Dolphins got their outside linebacker early in the second round when they selected Utah's Koa Misi with the 40th overall selection, acquired Thursday night in the trade with the San Diego Chargers. In talking to the South Florida media, Misi described himself as a hard worker and a guy who is very coachable. But what else should you know about Misi?

Misi, who played both defensive end and defensive tackle at Utah and also had some snaps at linebacker, has been described as "maybe the most talented athlete to ever perform at Utah."

Of course, Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith probably wouldn't like that characterization, but you get the point.

Indeed, Misi has some athletic ability, and that will allow to easily make the transition to 3-4 outside linebacker.

Misi is a relentless player who will never give up on a play and might blossom in space. His ability to chase quarterbacks down is evidenced by the fact he caused three fumbles each of the last two years.

The newest Dolphins player's full name is Nawa'akoa Lisiate Foti Analeseanoa Misi and he is of Tongan descent.

The Dolphins spent some time with him during the scouting combine and also saw him first-hand at the Senior Bowl.

Misi figures to contribute on special teams early on for the Dolphins because of his hustle.

He doesn't have a lot of experience in coverage, but it's not likely he's going to be asked to do a lot of that by the Dolphins.

Misi was a second-team All-MWC selection in 2008 and a first-team choice last fall, so he obviously had success at Utah.

His 10.5 sacks the last three years is a very modest total, but remember that he played a lot of snaps inside. The feeling is that he could become a quality pass rusher in the NFL, and that's what the Dolphins needed.


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