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Dolphins Select Cordrea Tankersley In Third Round
April 29, 2017 03:12 AM | Alain Poupart
The Dolphins picked a third consecutive defensive player in the 2017 NFL draft when they selected Clemson cornerback Cordrea Tankersley with the 97th overall pick.

This was the first of three compensatory picks the Dolphins were awarded by the NFL earlier in the offseason.

Tankersley (6-1, 199) had nine interceptions over the past two seasons, including four last season when Clemson won the national title. He earned third-team AP All-American honors in 2016.

Tankersley was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and the Bednarik Award last season and he had six tackles and a pass breakup in Clemson's victory against Alabama in the BCS title game.

"That was greatest thing in my life," Tankersley said, "to cap my senior season with a national championship and just use that momentum and bring it to the next team."

Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier said Tankersley fit the mold of cornerback the team prefers.

"He's a guy that's still learning the corner position," Grier said. "He's got a lot of traits we like. He's long, he's got length, he's got speed. He has ball skills. He's got a lot of stuff that we like. We think there's a tremendous upside still. We really like the kid. He'll be a contributor on special teams as well. This is a player we're very high on. We're excited to add him."
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