Rookie Minicamp Wrap-Up

The Dolphins said goodbye to their eight draft picks on Sunday after they concluded their three-day rookie minicamp. The rookies are not allowed back with the team until May 16, at which time they will be joining the team's veterans for OTAs. As the minicamp wrapped up, Coach Tony Sparano said the biggest thing he had learned about this group was how each player learns.

What else can we take from this rookie minicamp?

-- Second-round pick Koa Misi is very mellow. In fact, Sparano said, "He can't possibly be that way before a game." But Sparano said he was impressed with the work of Misi in practice.

-- Then again, it's not easy to gauge the performance of a linebacker in a practice in shorts and without contact. Where it's much easier is for the skill position players, namely the receivers and defensive backs.

-- In that vein, probably the receiver who stood out the most was Ryan Grice-Mullen, the CFL import who was Davone Bess' teammate at Hawaii. He looked really smooth in his route-running and caught the ball well.

-- First-round pick Jared Odrick didn't hesitate offering his opinion of his own performance at the minicamp, even providing a grade for each practice. Odrick gave himself a B-minus for Friday, a B-minus for the Saturday morning practice, a D for the Saturday afternoon practice and for Sunday morning, "I want to give myself an A, but I'll go with a B-plus." As for his harsh review of his Saturday afternoon work, Odrick said sometimes players just have bad practices.

-- For record-keeping purposes, we should pass along that one of the tryout players, long-snapper Andy Huffman, wasn't around for the Saturday and Sunday sessions. Sparano explained that it was simply a matter of not needing a long-snapper for the last three practices.

-- Speaking of the tryout players, Sparano said he would evaluate whether any of the them would be signed. From what we saw, the most likely candidate to be signed would have to be defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound product of Duke University. His dimensions are almost identical to those of Odrick and he looks the part of a 3-4 defensive end.


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