Aikens to Dolphins first among FCS picks on Day 3

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Updated: 5/10/2014 4:09 pm

New York, NY ( - The majority of FCS selections taken in the NFL Draft occur on the third and final day, and the Miami Dolphins selected the first one on Saturday, Liberty cornerback Walt Aikens in the fourth round.

Aikens was picked 125th overall.

He had emerged since the end of his senior season with a strong Senior Bowl and pro day.

The emerging press cornerback has good size (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) and plays with physicality. He played his freshman season at Illinois before being dismissed and transferring to Liberty for his final three seasons.

As a senior last year, Aikens intercepted three passes and tied for the team high with 62 tackles.

"I'm a big, aggressive corner - 6-1, 205," Aikens told The Finsiders draft radiocast. "I can play press, I can play zone, I can pretty much do everything. I'm very versatile and I've got a passion for the game, so I hate losing. And my will to win overpowers all."

Also in the fourth round, the New York Jets selected Furman guard Dakota Dozier at No. 137 and the Baltimore Ravens took Coastal Carolina running back/fullback Lorenzo Taliaferro one pick later.


Day 1 - Thursday (Round 1)

No FCS selections

Day 2 - Friday (Rounds 2-3)

New England Patriots (2nd round, 62nd overall selection) - Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois, 6-2, 226

Miami Dolphins (3rd, 67) - Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State, 6-5, 315

Cleveland Browns (3rd, 94) - Terrance West, RB, Towson, 5-9, 225

Minnesota Vikings (3rd, 96) - Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern, 5-9, 209

Day 3 - Saturday (Rounds 4-7)

Miami Dolphins (4th, 125) - Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty, 6-2, 205

New York Jets (4th, 137) - Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman, 6-4, 313

Baltimore Ravens (4th, 138) - Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB/FB, Coastal Carolina, 6-0, 229

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5th, 143) - Kadeem Edwards, OG, Tennessee State, 6-4, 313

Detroit Lions (5th, 158) - Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton, 6-2, 305

Miami Dolphins (5th, 171) - Jordan Tripp, OLB, Montana, 6-3, 234

Minnesota Vikings (6th, 184) - Kendall James, CB, Maine, 5-10, 180

Miami Dolphins (6th, 190) - Matt Hazel, WR, Coastal Carolina, 6-1, 198

Arizona Cardinals (6th, 196) - Walter Powell, WR, Murray State, 5-11, 189

St. Louis Rams (7th, 226) - Mitchell Van Dyk, OT, Portland State, 6-7, 313

Miami Dolphins (7th, 234) - Terrence Fede, DE, Marist, 6-4, 267

Oakland Raiders (7th, 235) - Shelby Harris, DT, Illinois State, 6-2, 288

St. Louis Rams (7th, 250) - Demetrius Rhaney, C, Tennessee State, 6-2, 301

Cincinnati Bengals (7th, 252) - Lavelle Westbrooks, CB, Georgia Southern, 5-11, 186

Atlanta Falcons (7th, 255) - Tyler Starr, OLB, South Dakota, 6-4, 250


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