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Safety Reyna Thompson, a track star with a limited football

July 17, 1986

MIAMI (AP) _ Safety Reyna Thompson, a track star with a limited football background, signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins Thursday, leaving only four of the team’s draft picks unsigned.

Thompson played sparingly at Baylor in 1984 and 1985, making only 48 tackles in the two years. But the Dolphins picked him in the ninth round of the draft because of his raw talent and speed.

Thompson ran a 13.3 in the high hurdles last spring to break the Southwest Conference record and was a member of his school’s 400-meter relay team which came in third in the NCAA Championships.

″He’s a guy that’s played a little bit of football and we knew he had a lot of athletic ability,″ said Dolphins Coach Don Shula. ″You also see he has the willingness to work.″

The last track standout the Dolphins drafted was wide receiver Mark Duper, who has gone on to become an All-Pro.

When contact drills began Thursday afternoon, the Dolphins still hadn’t signed four of their 11 draft picks. Still unsigned were the top three picks - linebacker John Offerdahl of Western Michigan, defensive tackle T.J. Turner of Houston and wide receiver James Pruitt of Cal State-Fullerton - and sixth- round pick Brent Sowell, a defensive tackle from Alabama.

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