2011 NFL Draft: 10 Undrafted Free Agents Who the Miami Dolphins Should Sign
The Miami Dolphins success in the undrafted free agent market came when they brought in and developed WR Devone Bess after the 2009 NFL Draft.
After the 2010 NFL Draft, the Dolphins found some guys that contributed such as S Jonathon Amaya, WR Roberto Wallace, and WR Marlon Moore.
Granted, who knows when teams will be able to sign the free agents but here is a look at some prospects that could be brought in to provide depth and a little competition for roster spots.
S Jeron Johnson, Boise State
I liked Johnson as a late-round pick going into the draft and was surprised when he was not drafted.
He has good speed and strength to make it as a SS in the NFL.
He lacks some size for the reckless way he likes to play, much like how Bob Sanders plays. So injuries are a concern.
He could be brought in to push Chris Clemons and Reshad Jones.
S Joe Lefeged, Rutgers
There were a lot of good safeties not taken in the Draft and Lefeged is one of them.
He is a very hard hitter and is a great special teams player. He became the first player in Big East history to win both defensive and special teams player of the week.
He is very raw at the safety position due to lack of experience because he had to sit behind some talented guys at Rutgers (Devin and Jason McCourty).
RB Derrick Locke, Kentucky
The Dolphins would bring Locke in as a possible situational speed back.
He is small and not very strong, but is very fast (4.37 40-yard dash). He has also had a lot of injury concerns.
He could move to become a slot WR in the NFL to better protect himself from injury.
It never hurts to bring in fast guys.
RB Noel Devine, West Virginia
Devine is a step slower than Locke, but brings a lot more strength to the table (had 24 reps at the combine).
Injury and size concerns are the reasons he was not drafted. However, with his strength he may have a better shot at surviving in the NFL than other small RBs.
He would be keeping with the Dolphins theme of bringing in more speed and explosiveness.
QB Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
Tolzien showed improvement from his junior to his senior year. He dropped his INTs from 11 in his junior year to just six in his senior season.
His major issue is his arm strength but he could develop into a good "dink and dunk" type QB.
He probably could be a candidate to become a solid number three QB in the NFL.
I have a feeling the Dolphins will be bringing in as much QB competition as they can.
QB Pat Devlin, Delaware
Obviously, he is easily compared to Joe Flacco but mainly because he was at a big school and transferred to Delaware.
Devlin does not have the arm strength that Flacco has.
He is pretty accurate which is always a nice quality to have, but he did play in a passer-friendly system at Delaware.
I was not as high on him as many others were, but I definitely like the Dolphins bringing him in as a free agent.
TE Brad Taylor, Baylor
Taylor is a very raw player.
He came to Baylor as a QB and moved to TE/WR.
The Dolphins selected Charles Clay in the sixth round and Taylor is just a less experienced version of Clay.
Taylor just never got the playing time at Baylor and in his last game (Baylor's bowl game) he finally got the time and had five catches for 81 yards.
Taylor has great speed (4.59 40-yard dash) for the TE position, but lacks the strength to be a good blocking TE.
He would be a project, but with that speed and the cheap price he could find a spot on the Dolphins roster.
WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa
Johnson-Koulianos is super talented. He has great hands and is very strong (24 bench reps).
He is a great kick returner as well, including an Iowa record 99-yard KO return for a TD against Ohio State.
The bad part of Johnson-Koulianos is his character issues. He has plead guilty to drug charges that got him suspended for Iowa's bowl game.
He has said all the right things about how that is not who he is and he made a mistake.
He is a risk, but his talent level is probably the best of all the WR undrafted free agents.
OG Thomas Claiborne, Boston College
Claiborne is a good character guy who could become a nice depth guy on the OL.
He is only 6'2" but weighs 332 pounds, which is not a very good height to weight ratio.
He was solid at BC and is probably best in pass protection.
Even when teams are set at OL, everyone always brings in as many OL as possible.
OT Jarriel King, South Carolina
I will be honest, I am a little biased with this pick. I am a South Carolina graduate, but King was a solid OL for the Gamecocks.
He took some time to develop and went through some growing pains. He still is a little raw since he was moved around to many different positions.
He has the perfect size to play RT in the NFL. He has long arms and good frame.
He is just not very technically sound. He also has some character concerns because of some run-ins with the law.