2011 NFL Draft: 10 Undrafted Free Agents Who the Miami Dolphins Should Sign

Mark LeskoCorrespondent IIMay 2, 2011

2011 NFL Draft: 10 Undrafted Free Agents Who the Miami Dolphins Should Sign

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Scott Tolzien #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers looks to pass the ball against the TCU Horned Frogs in the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    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

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    BOISE, ID - NOVEMBER 28:  Jeron Johnson #23 of the Boise State Broncos leads his team onto the field before their game against the Fresno State Bulldogs on November 28, 2008 at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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    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

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    EAST HARTFORD, CT - OCTOBER 31:  Joe Lefeged #26 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights returns a punt in the second half against the Connecticut Huskies on October 31, 2009 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Rutgers defeated Connecticut 28-24.  (
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    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

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Running back Derrick Locke #20 of the Kentucky Wildcats is brought down by safety Ahmad Black #35 of the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty
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    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

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    LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 20:  Noel Devine #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates after runing for a touchdown during the Big East Conference game against the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Louisville
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    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

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Scott Tolzien #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers looks to hand the ball off to running back John Clay #32 against the TCU Horned Frogs in the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff
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    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

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 25: Quarterback Pat Devlin #7 of the Penn State Nittany Lions hands off the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 25, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    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

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    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

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    IOWA CITY, IA - OCTOBER 30: Wide reciver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos #15 of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes runs the ball past defensive end Colin Neely #89 of the Michigan State Spartans during the first half of play at Kinnick Stadium on October 30, 2010
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    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

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    CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Thomas Claiborne #78 of the Boston College Eagles leads the team out on the field before the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies on September 25, 2010 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/
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    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

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 15:  Offensive lineman Jarriel King #76 the South Carolina Gamecocks tries to protect his quarterback Stephen Garcia #5 from defensive end Carlos Dunlap #8 of the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 15, 2008 i
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    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.