Reporting Tim Kephart
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DAVIE (CBSMiami) – To quote legendary rock icon Alice Cooper, “School’s out for summer. School’s out forever.” That’s especially good news for the Miami Dolphins as the final three rookies joined offseason team activities Monday morning.
Second-round pick Jonathan Martin, fifth-round pick Josh Kaddu, and undrafted rookie Dustin Waldron all reported to camp Tuesday, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The trio had not been able to report until their respective schools were done with classes.
Martin has the potential to have the biggest impact on the Dolphins in 2012. The former Stanford Cardinal offensive lineman is penciled in at the right tackle position, but he will have to earn the job. Standing in Martin’s way is veteran offensive linemen Lydon Murtha.
The Dolphins will be trying to convert Martin from the left tackle position he played in college to right tackle. The hope is that he can pick up the position switch quickly and give the Fins a great pair of bookend tackles for the next 5-10 years.
If Martin can hold down the fort at right tackle, it will leave only the right guard position in flux. John Jerry was once thought to be the frontrunner for the job, but if Martin can take over at right tackle it could open the job up to others including Hicks and Murtha.
The Dolphins have spent two first round picks and one second round pick on the offensive line since 2008 and fans hope the big investments finally start to play off in 2012.