Draft weekend has come and gone, and so the construction of the 2015 Dolphins is all but done.
Beginning this week, however, the building of the team will truly begin.
That’s because the Dolphins’ seven draft picks — plus a slew of rookie free agents — will join the veterans at team headquarters.
The established players will report for Week 3 of the offseason training program, and the rookies will gather for their first pro minicamp.
Which means top pick DeVante Parker will meet new wide receiver mates Greg Jennings, Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills.
Fourth-round pick Jamil Douglas will, for the first time, size up his competition at left guard.
And second-rounder Jordan Phillips will get his first bit of advice from defensive line mates Earl Mitchell, A.J. Francis and Anthony Johnson.
Wait ... who’s missing from the defensive tackle room?
Perhaps Ndamukong Suh, the $114 million man.
After reporting Week 1 of the voluntary workouts to much fanfare, Suh has been conspicuously absent since.
It’s unclear if he will rejoin the team Monday, when the rebuilt Dolphins are allowed to conduct on-field workouts for the first time.
Suh isn’t the only Dolphins player to come and go over the past week, but he’s certainly the highest paid — and most relevant. During his time in Detroit, Suh regularly skipped the voluntary workouts, which didn’t sit well with some coaches and players.
Dolphins decision-makers were delighted when Suh not only showed up for the first voluntary workout of his Dolphins tenure but also did so before 6 a.m.
And they made sure to get the word out: The organization distributed a picture of Suh in team headquarters via social media.
Of course, it’s only May, and no one doubts Suh will be around the building often, particularly when the practices become mandatory in the coming weeks.
Whenever he does return, Suh will have to maneuver a locker room that is both more talented and far more crowded than it was just two weeks ago.
The Dolphins’ draft class — which addressed every need but linebacker — has been well-received by the national media.
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com gave general manager Dennis Hickey a B-plus, the highest mark of any AFC East team. Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated awarded the Dolphins an A-minus, saying Miami “essentially would up landing two first-round talents” in Parker and Phillips.
And they did so without taking a player with significant personal red flags. Although Douglas and running back Jay Ajayi had minor run-ins with the law early in their college careers, neither has gotten into trouble since.
“We judge each player and each situation on an individual basis,” Hickey said. “All of our scouts do such an amazing job with extensive research, equipping us with all the knowledge that we need, and the interaction with the player in the live interview or maybe on a visit. Weigh all those things in and then you make judgments on each player, and it’s the same way with the medical with all the injury situations for every player.
“We base all of the decision on the information that we have and that they have, and we talk it out, and we put a value on them.”
And put simply, there just isn’t enough information for any team to make a decision on Louisiana State lineman La’El Collins.
A projected first-round pick, Collins went undrafted because police haven’t yet cleared him in the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Collins is set to meet with authorities this week. If exonerated, Collins would sign as a rookie free agent with the team of his choosing.
The Dolphins, who still have questions on their offensive line, would be a logical fit for many reasons — not the least of which, he would make more in Florida than most anywhere else because there is no state income tax.
It’s unclear if the Dolphins would be interested, however.
Stephen Ross has endured a string of embarrassments as owner, the latest being Dion Jordan’s year-long suspension following a third violation of the league’s drug policy.