Miami Dolphins: 5 Late-Round Prospects That Would Be a Perfect Match
The Dolphins also have five late-round selections, two in Round 5 (146,166) and three in Round 7 (217,224,250).
In an already fruitful offseason general manager Jeff Ireland could put the finishing touches on a solid contender by finding gems in the late rounds. Ireland struck gold in 2010, when he drafted a University of Georgia defensive back named Reshad Jones in the fifth round.
Let's examine some draft sleepers that could end up being contributors to Miami's quest for the playoffs.
Zac Stacy: RB, Vanderbilt
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Zac Stacy is a workhorse, carrying the ball over 200 times and surpassing the 1,100-yard mark in each of his final two seasons as a Commodore. During that span, Stacy scored 24 touchdowns in the very competitive Southeastern Conference.
The 5'8", 216 pound running back is not a burner (4.55 40-yard dash), but he is a bull—benching 27 repetitions of 225 pounds at the combine, which tied the prized offensive tackle prospects, Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher.
CBS Sports claimed, there is "not a lot of flash and sizzle to his game," but Stacy did break a 90-yard touchdown run against Wake Forest in the regular season finale.
Stacy is not flashy, just effective.
The second-team all-SEC performer could still be available at the end of Round 5.
If he slides like Lamar Miller in 2012, he would provide incredible value as a seventh-rounder.
Will Davis: CB, Utah State
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Will Davis possesses the skills to be a starting cornerback in the NFL.
The Utah State standout has good size (5'11",186), good speed (4.43), is a fluid athlete and has great defensive awareness. In 2012, Davis broke up 22 passes, intercepting five and returning one for a touchdown.
The 22 passes defended led the nation and tied Davis with the top cornerback in the 2013 class, Alabama's Dee Milliner.
Davis is projected to be a late-round pick because he has not proven his worth against a high level of competition. The all-WAC first-team performer started only 18 games for Utah State and has also been criticized for not being physical.
Davis will likely be available for one of the Dolphins selections in Round 5.
Dominick LeGrande: S, Marshall
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Dominick LeGrande led all the defensive backs in the nation with 132 total tackles in 2012.
After graduating from Boston College, LeGrande used his final year of eligibility at Marshall.
If a safety leads your team in tackling, your defense has issues.
Marshall allowed 43.1 points per game last year.
The Thundering Herd did lead the nation in passing yards per game (365.1), so teams had to keep up. You can also argue that their defense was so porous that they were forced to pass.
As always, the truth is somewhere in between.
Regardless, LeGrande can tackle. At 6'1", 213 pounds, LeGrande projects to be a strong safety in the NFL. He could provide the Dolphins with depth and also could be a special teams ace.
Tyler McMullen of PhinPhanatic described LeGrande as a "mix between Adrian Wilson and Bernard Pollard."
The Marshall standout can provide unexpected dividends as a seventh-rounder.
Michael Williams: TE, Alabama
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Michael Williams is one of the biggest tight ends in the nation (6'6", 278). As expected, the Alabama product is not quick or fast (5.20 40-yard dash) but excels at blocking.
As a senior, Williams caught four touchdown passes. While he may struggle as a receiver at times, he is perfect in the red zone because of his size.
The Miami Dolphins need a solid blocking tight end and as a seventh-rounder, his price is right.
Jeff Baca: G, UCLA
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NFL.com stated that Jeff Baca "attacks with a venom."
The UCLA second-team all-Pac 12 guard has the nastiness all NFL teams want from their lineman.
The 6'4", 302-pounder is versatile, playing every offensive line position while with the Bruins.
Baca's mobility also says something positive about his football IQ.
Regardless, Baca is a true NFL guard based on his size and athleticism. He benched the 225-pound standard 28 times during UCLA's pro day, showing decent strength.
The Miami Dolphins would surely love to add a nasty lineman with smarts like his in the late-rounds.