Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dolphins ink final two draft picks

On the eve of training camp, the Miami Dolphins ensured all their drafted rookies would be in attendance by signing first-round defensive end Jared Odrick and second-round linebacker Koa Misi to contracts.

Per published reports, Odrick—the 28th overall pick in April's draft—will receive a five-year contract worth $13 million with $7.133 million in guaranteed money.

The 40th overall pick, Misi agreed to terms on a four-year contract with a total value of $4.73 million and guaranteed money around $2.8 million.

Barring an extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Odrick will have one year of restricted free agency in 2015 before being able to hit the open market. Misi will have two years of restricted free agency ahead of him.

The Dolphins' first two draft picks in 2010, Odrick and Misi are both expected to have significant roles within the team's defense as rookies.

Initially expected to compete with Phillip Merling for playing time at right defensive end in the Dolphins' 3-4 scheme, Odrick should have a better chance to start now that Merling will miss the remainder of the 2010 season with a torn Achilles' tendon.

Even with the recent signings of veteran defensive ends Marques Douglas and Charles Grant, Odrick is an NFL-ready defensive lineman and should see extensive playing time regardless of who is pushing him.

Meanwhile, Misi looks to be the favorite to start as the Dolphins' strong-side outside linebacker. The versatile Charlie Anderson may be given a chance to win the job, although he is primarily expected to compete with Cameron Wake on the weak side.

With all nine of the Dolphins' drafted rookies under contract, there will be no one getting a late start in competitions for playing time.

Along with Odrick and Misi, third-round left guard John Jerry is another one of Miami's draft picks that looks to have a significant role during his first NFL season.

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