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Has Ireland Found any acorns?
There were some good undrafted pick ups by the Dolphins too, as Jeff Ireland looks to find the next Davone Bess in Miami, but I will not grade this side of affairs, as it's impossible to know what they will deliver.
Instead, here’s some information on the additions.
The best of the selections were Notre Dame running back Jonas Gray, Missouri defensive end Jacquies Smith, Utah defensive end Derrick Shelby, Arkansas State safety Kelcie McCray, and receivers Derek Moye from Penn State, and Jeff Fuller from Texas A&M.
Former Miami Hurricanes’ quarterback Jacory Harris is also having a try-out in Miami, before also working out for Arizona and Kansas City. He is practice-squad material, but has some upside and could beat out Pat Devlin.
The chances of these players making the roster are slim, but some could make the practice squad if they impress pre-season.
Of the undrafted free agents, Jeff Fuller arguably has the best chance of making the roster.
He was one of the reasons for Ryan Tannehill’s low college completion rate due to a number of drops, but he will have an advantage over the other receivers having played under Sherman at Texas A&M, as he will know the offense.
Moye is 6'4" and 209 lbs with 4.4 speed, and was seen by some as a mid-round pick. He totalled 144 catches for 2,395 yards and 18 TDs in college, and was a good undrafted FA addition.
Derrick Shelby (6'3," 266 lbs) is another promising talent, who registered five sacks, nine TFLs, seven pass breakups and scored two touchdowns (one interception return and one fumble return).
Jacquies Smith (6'3," 253 lbs) has a good motor and the versatility for the 4-3 and 3-4 as a pass rusher who deserve practice squad consideration, providing he is over his 2011 injury troubles.
Safety, McCray, has good speed and size and was considered a fourth or sixth-round pick. He pulled in four interceptions last year, but is practice squad material.
Jonas Gray, from the Fighting Irish, ran for 791 yards and 12 TDs in 11 games before a torn ACL last year and could have gone as high as the third round if he stayed healthy.
He ran a 4.58 at the combine coming off the injury, but if he can find the speed he lost while injured, could be a good find by Ireland and should remain on the practice squad.