The Miami Dolphins made a few big investments in the linebacker corps this offseason, extending Kiko Alonso's contract, signing veteran Lawrence Timmons, and drafting young standout Raekwon McMillan out of Ohio State in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft.
With all the new blood in the locker room, a more familiar face has suddenly been thrust into the role of both student and teacher, as 25-year old Mike Hull now has the opportunity to learn from Timmons, as well as teach what he's learned to the 20-year old rookie McMillan.
"It's great," Hull said at the Hook and Tackle party for Fins Weekend on Friday night. "I learn from Lawrence Timmons on a daily basis, it's good to see a guy that's come from a successful organization like the Steelers and see how he operates every day. As far as Raekwon, it's really trying to bring him along, teach him everything that I know, and just kinda get him to make the next level jump."
While he fully intends to help McMillan make the transition from college to the NFL, the former undrafted free agent out of Penn State hasn't lost sight of his own personal goals, and he too intends to make the next jump in his game after getting more playing time last season, making 33 tackles and even catching an interception in 2016.
"I'm trying to make a jump in my career too," Hull said. "The most improvement's always from the first year on the field to the second, so I'm hoping I can build off of last season and just keep going from there."
Hull has proven himself to be a sure tackler and a special teams ace in his time with Miami. Now, he intends to take what he's already learned and pass it on to others, as well as learn from those more knowledgeable than him. It's that kind of team-oriented mindset that will help the Dolphins reach the playoffs once more and get them to improve on last season's results.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
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