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Beginning the top-40 rankings of Miami Dolphins players with Nos. 37-40.
No. 40: Chris McCain
Position: Defensive end
2014 stats: Five tackles, one sack, one blocked kick
Analysis: McCain came out of the gates strong last season. He recorded a blocked kick and a sack on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in Miami’s Week 1 victory over its AFC East rival. But McCain was never able to build off that success. The undrafted rookie had some injuries and personal issues that set him back most of the season. McCain must earn his way back into the rotation with a strong offseason. He certainly has the physical ability to contribute.
No. 39: Will Davis
2014 stats: 17 tackles, three pass defenses
Analysis: The jury is still out on Miami’s third-round pick in 2013. He has good quickness and man-to-man cover skills. But a season-ending knee injury derailed his second season. Davis flashed for the second consecutive training camp but wasn’t able to stay healthy long enough to turn that into a lengthy and successful regular season. Year 3 will be big for Davis to establish himself as an NFL cornerback.
No. 38: Terrence Fede
Position: Defensive end
2014 stats: 10 tackles, one sack, one blocked kick
Analysis: Fede came to Miami as a raw prospect from a small school (Marist). But the seventh-round pick continued to work hard and improved as the season progressed. Fede’s biggest play was his blocked punt in Week 16 against the Minnesota Vikings that produced the game-winning safety. Fede also had a sack and was productive on special teams. He has good size and athleticism and must continue to develop to find a bigger role in 2015.
No. 37: Dallas Thomas
Position: Guard, offensive tackle
2014 stats: Nine starts
Analysis: Thomas had another season of struggles at guard and offensive tackle. It’s not all Thomas’ fault. The coaching staff continues to move him around, not giving him a chance to firmly learn one position. But Thomas lacks the footwork and quickness it takes to be an offensive tackle, and it’s clear he is better at guard. Thomas should stay inside next season. But after two seasons, Thomas looks the part of a backup lineman.
Two defensive ends, a cornerback and an interior lineman kick off the series ranking the Dolphins' top 40 players.