Breaking: Miami Dolphins select Southern Miss CB Cornell Armstrong in sixth round

Southern Miss cornerback Cornell Armstrong hits receiver Brandon Reilly of Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

DAVIE — After the Dolphins spent their first-round pick on a safety, they moved to add depth to the secondary by taking cornerback Cornell Amrstrong of Southern Miss in the sixth round.

Armstrong, 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, was taken with the 209th overall selection, the 35th pick of the sixth round, which Miami acquired in a trade with the Chiefs.

“I knew they had an interest in me,” he said.

Armstrong was named an All-Conference USA honorable mention in 2017 but didn’t appear as a prospect on several draft sites. NFL.com did not have a draft profile compiled on him.

Armstrong said he models his game after Bucs cornerback Brent Grimes, an ex-Dolphin.

“Not too big, just a feisty guy,” he said.

Armstrong had 22 tackles last season and 146 in his career, including 9.5 for loss. He had two interceptions for 46 yards in 10 games in 2017, including one for a touchdown. For his four-year career, Armstrong had five interceptions.

The pick followed a long wait for the Dolphins, who earlier in the afternoon picked Notre Dame tight end Durham Smythe with the 123rd pick and Arizona State Kalen Ballage at 131.

The Dolphins did not have a fifth-round pick because of last year’s trade for linebacker Stephone Anthony from the Saints.

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