Fede, who is the first player to ever be drafted from Marist, likely gained scouts’ attention at his pro day, when he posted an impressive 40-yard dash time of 4.76 seconds, with a 10-yard split of 1.62.
By the way, there are defensive backs that didn’t have that split.
At 6’4” and 276 pounds, Fede is a fully grown man. As touched on before, his pro-day numbers suggest he is an immense physical talent waiting to be developed. He has good strength, as evidenced by his 25 bench reps, despite his long arms.
Dolphins defensive end coach Kacy Rodgers likely had Fede’s name on the top of his wish list, as Miami can stash Fede on the practice squad for a few seasons while he develops his technique.
Fede was extremely productive while at Marist, an FCS school. He was an All-American in 2013, posting 13 sacks and 59 total tackles. For his career, he has 30.5 sacks.
He lined up at defensive tackle and end for Marist, showing versatility similar to Miami’s Derrick Shelby. With Shelby’s contract expiring after 2014, Fede could be his replacement.
Fede is a great pick for the Dolphins. Was a guy I really wanted— Kyle Posey (@The_KP_Show) May 10, 2014
Fede is as raw as can be with his technical hand use at the point of contact. He relied on being bigger and stronger at Marist, which won’t happen in the NFL. His leverage and hand use is robotic and inefficient, so Rodgers’ first duty is to completely overhaul his technical skills.
With Miami’s deep defensive line, Fede has almost no chance to impact Miami in 2014. In what has been said to be the deepest draft in a decade by the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, via Pro Football Talk, Miami could’ve used its seventh-round pick at a bigger position of need. Positions such as linebacker and quarterback will now see undrafted free agents come in to challenge for a roster spot.
For a seventh-round pick, the Dolphins took a flier on an analytics darling. It’s important to consider the likelihood of a seventh-round pick actually contributing to a team, regardless of where they’re from, so this pick won’t ever break the Dolphins' 2014 draft. It could, however, make the draft, if general manager Dennis Hickey’s methods led to the selection of a future contributor on the Dolphins defensive line.
For a franchise starving for its first Super Bowl victory since the 1973 season, a little bit of luck is needed.
Ian Wharton covers the NFL draft for Bleacher Report, specifically focusing on defensive backs. He also covers the Miami Dolphins for DraftMecca.com and FinDepth.com. You can follow and interact with Ian on Twitter: @NFLFilmStudy.