Now that rookie mini camp is wrapped up, we can look at some the undrafted free agents who were signed to camp to that may make the team. Here are all the undrafted players who were picked up by Miami:
Akil Blount, LB, Florida A&M
James Burgess, LB, Louisville
Ruben Carter, OL, Florida State
Ryan Di Salvo, LS, San Jose State
Tyler Gray, LB, Boise State
Gabe Hughes, TE, Florida Tech
Farrington Huguenin, DL, Kentucky
Marshall Koehn, K, Iowa
Lafayette Pitts, CB, Pittsburgh
Rashawn Scott, WR, Miami
Brandon Shippen, DB, Temple
Some may just be camp bodies or alternates. The Dolphins currently have around 80 players on the roster including the players listed above. We know that the total has to be knocked down to 53 and there will still be more players signed as the summer continues. So the competition is steep for everyone at almost every position but a few. Linebacker and Corner are where rookies have the best shot at making the team along with special teams as always. As you may have heard the Dolphins opted to go for the “Classroom” approach to mini camp, so we do not know where the players stand with on the field play. So just going of need, I would say the player with the best chance of making the roster from above is Akil Blount. He is my early prediction for “undrafted player to make the 53.” Really, because he checks all the boxes, decent sized at 6’2″ an 243lbs. A local talent from FAMU, with a solid last year. Lead team in tackles with 72, to go with seven tackles for 22 yards in losses, plus 1.5 quarterback sacks, an interception, three pass breakups and one blocked field goal. Not bad for an undrafted guy. Still its is a long shot as the Phins have Alonso, Misi, Jenkins, and Paysinger at the position. Blount and everyone else will have to carve out a role on special teams.
Another camp battle to keep an eye on is at running back position. As of now the roster stands with the following backs.
- Jay Ajayi 2. Kenyan Drake 3. Damien Williams 4. Daniel Thomas 5. Isiah Pead
We know that Ajayi and Drake are safe, but the third spot is really up for grabs. I expect only 3 backs to make the roster. Right now Damien Williams may still have the edge because he was on the team last year, but with a new coach who knows. We also cannot rule out Miami signing a veteran RB, like Arian Foster, to stabilize the backfield. It will be tricky to rely on the youngsters in Ajayi and Drake. I do feel that Drake has a chance to win the starting job but he will have a lot to prove. Durability and blocking being among them.
Expect more updates on the Dolphins roster coming soon. I analyze the new (and improved?) D-line including the looming return of Dion Jordan in my next update. Remember to follow me on twitter.