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Who is Miami Dolphins sixth-round pick Cornell Armstrong?

Wide receiver Brandon Reilly, No. 87 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, catches a ball over defensive back Cornell Armstrong, No. 3 of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 26, 2015, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Wide receiver Brandon Reilly, No. 87 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, catches a ball over defensive back Cornell Armstrong, No. 3 of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 26, 2015, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Getty Images

How much playing time Cornell Armstrong has with the Miami Dolphins in his first season is yet to be determined.

But his selection does mark a rarity for this Dolphins' regime.

When the Dolphins selected Armstrong with the 209th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, he became just the second non-Power 5 player during the three draft classes overseen by the current Dolphins front office. The other: quarterback Brandon Doughty, who was taken in the seventh round in 2016.

Armstrong, 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, played for four years at Southern Miss and recorded five interceptions and defended 29 passes in 44 career games.

Armstrong, who took a pre-draft visit to the Dolphins, can play either outside corner or nickel.

"[I'm] just a physical, competitive guy, hardworking," Armstrong said, adding that he models his game after Brent Grimes. "An underdog who's ready to get to the top."

He joins Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki, Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker, Notre Dame tight end Durham Smythe and Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage in the Dolphins' draft class.

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