DAVIE (CBSMiami) – For the first time since 2010 the Miami Dolphins did not draft a player who played collegiately in Florida. In the 52 all-time drafts, including the 1966 Expansion Draft and the 1966 Redshirted Draft, the Dolphins have selected at least on player from a Florida college.
The Dolphins drafted three players in 2014 from schools that the team had never previously selected a player from; Walt Aiken from Liberty (4th Round, 125th Overall), Matt Hazel from Coastal Carolina (6th Round, 190th Overall) and Terrence Fede from Marist (7th Round, 234th Overall).
With the selection of Aiken in the fourth round, it marked the 43rd college Draft in franchise history in which the Dolphins selected at least one defensive back. Aiken becomes the first Liberty player selected in the NFL Draft since Rashad Jennings was taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round during the 2009 Draft.
Arthur Lynch is the first player from Georgia to be selected by the Dolphins since defensive back Reshad Jones was picked in the fifth round in 2010. Lynch is the eighth play from Georgia, and second tight end (Randy McMichael in 2002), to be selected by Miami in team history.
Linebacker Jordan Tripp is the third player the Dolphins have selected from the University of Montana in the history of the franchise. With this selection with the team’s second fifth round pick, he becomes the highest drafted Montana player by Miami. Prior to his selection running back Lex Hilliard, the first Montana player drafted by the Dolphins, held the honor after being selected in the sixth round in the 2008 NFL Draft.
As the seventh pick in the Draft, defensive end Fede became the first Marist College player to be picked by the Dolphins. Fede also now has the distinction of becoming the Marist College Red Fox to be selected in the NFL Draft in the programs history.