The Book on Jerry

The Dolphins went big — very big — in the third round when they selected Mississippi guard/tackle John Jerry. The younger brother of 2009 Falcons first-round pick Peria Jerry, Jerry is a mauler who will bring a physical presence to the offensive line. But there's a lot more to this guy.

Jerry played both guard and tackle at Ole Miss and was a starter from the beginning of his collegiate career.

He started eight games at right tackle and four at right guard in 2009 after starting all 13 at right tackle in 2008.

Wherever he played, Jerry used the same style: aggressive, physical, attacking.

A scouting report said Jerry battled shoulder problems in college, but Jerry denied that and the fact he played 49 games in four years indicates there indeed was no significant problem.

In an interesting side note, when Jerry was asked the reason for the few games he did miss, he said the problem actually was hemorrhoids.

A good team player who was named co-captain last year, Jerry helped lead the way for three 1,000-yard rushers at Ole Miss: BenJarvus Green-Ellis twice and Dexter McCluster.

Jerry was good enough to earn first-team All-SEC honors from both the media and the league coaches last year.

Most scouts believe Jerry's future in the NFL is at guard because he might not have the quickness necessary to play tackle. But we certainly could see him lining up at guard and serving as the backup right tackle to Vernon Carey.

His addition would seem to cement the notion that Justin Smiley, who has yet to be traded, is done with the Dolphins.

Jerry joins a group of guards that includes Donald Thomas, Richie Incognito and Nate Garner.

Jerry has the type of mass the Dolphins like and it would not be a shock to see him win a starting job as a rookie.


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