MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins have begun locking down their 2014 NFL Draft picks, signing four of their seven choices before the first rookie mini-camp practice took place on Friday afternoon.
The first signings came on Thursday when the Dolphins announced they agreed to terms with tight end Arthur Lynch on a four-year deal. The 5th round pick (155th overall) out of the University of Georgia played in 51 games during his career as a Georgia Bulldog, finishing with 56 receptions for 907 yards and eight touchdowns.
Linebacker Jordan Tripp out of the University of Montana was the Dolphins second 5th round selection (171st overall) and also agreed to terms on his rookie contract on Thursday. Tripp played in 54 games for Montana, starting 36, and finished his college career with 335 tackles, 11 sacks, five interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles. He also scored four touchdowns, one of which was a pick-six.
Two more rookies were signed on Friday. Wide receiver Matt Hazel and defensive lineman Terrence Fede (pronounced fuh-day) agreed to their rookie contracts as well. Hazel was taken in the 6th round (190th overall) out of Coastal Carolina and in 49 career games came away with 183 receptions for 2,553 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Fede is the first player to be drafted out of Marist College and set a school record in 2013 with 13 sacks. He also holds the school record for most sacks in a college career with 30.5. Fede was taken in the 7th round (234th overall).
The Dolphins rookies will take the field for the first time on Friday afternoon at the teams practice facility in Davie, FL when they participate in Miami’s rookie mini-camp.