Dolphins Take DT Randall And WR Matthews In Seventh Round

Posted Apr 28, 2012

The Miami Dolphins wrapped up the day and the 2012 NFL Draft with two picks in the seventh round, taking defensive tackle Kheeston Randall from Texas with the 215th overall pick and wide receiver/return specialist Rishard Matthews out of Nevada with the 227th overall pick.

Randall is a native of Beaumont, Texas and at 6-foot-5 and 307 pounds has the size to dominate up front in a 4-3 defensive scheme or as a nose tackle in a 3-4 defensive scheme. He also played against some tough competition in the Big XII and was a first-team all-conference selection as a senior. Randall started all 13 games and racked up 34 tackles (12 solo), one sack and 14 tackles for loss.

“Just my motor and my dedication to the game are my strengths,” said Randall, who admires current NFL players Kendall Williams and Kyle Vanden Bosch. “But I know I can constantly got better by working on techniques and watching players of my size as well as staying in the film room like I’ve been doing at Texas.

Matthews caught 91 passes for 1,364 yards and eight touchdowns last year at Nevada and at 6-0 and 217 pounds he is a versatile athlete who can excel on special teams. He confirmed that he even played some free safety in high school so he’s not afraid to run the down the field on kickoffs and punts and make a hit.

During his two years at the college level he returned 48 punts for 551 yards and two touchdowns. He is looking forward to coming down to South Florida and joining the Dolphins and knows what his strengths and weaknesses are.

“I would say I have good ball skills and my ability to make plays after the catch I would say is excellent,” Matthews said. “I can play on any special teams and I also do punt returns so I can contribute in whatever way they want me to. As far as what I need to work on to improve my game, I would just say that I take pride in blocking so I can finish my blocks more. I believe I finish my blocks well now but I don’t like my guy getting in the pile so I want to improve on that.”

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