You have probably never heard of Rocky Mountain College’s WR Jonathan Aiken. And I hadn’t either, until yesterday when a PhinPhanatic reader commented on a previous post I wrote regarding Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman. My “inside man” (if he is reading this feel free to shout out, “It was me!”) informed me that Aiken is one of many WR’s working out for the Miami Dolphins at their Rookie Minicamps right now.
If there is one thing that automatically draws me to Jonathan Aiken, it is his NFL size. The small school wide out is anything but small. He is 6 foot 3, 225 pounds, which is shorter than Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman. However, on top of that size and physical appearance, Aiken runs a sub 4.4 forty-yard dash. That’s right, Aiken is a speedster on top of being a big wide receiver.
What Aiken does not have is a ton of experience. His path to the Dolphins Minicamp has been rough. He was originally set to play football at Florida State, until academic issues sent the wide receiver to junior college in Iowa, and then to the University of Wyoming. Further academic troubles caused Aiken to end up at Rocky Mountain College. That being said, Aiken’s skill set and potential are enough for NFL scouts to take a chance on him.
Aiken’s size alone (he would easily be the one of the largest wide receiver on the Dolphins’ roster) is enough for me to want him on the practice squad. Not to mention the fact that he would also be one of Miami’s fastest receivers as well. With a lot of hard work and time, Aiken could turn out to be the gem Miami passed on by not corralling Brandon Coleman.
Aiken’s workout tape and story can be seen here.