Miami Dolphins Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IApril 28, 2013

Miami Dolphins Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings

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    The Miami Dolphins continued their aggressive personnel strategy by trading up to No. 3 for Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan, but there's work to be done in improving the depth on the roster.

    That's where undrafted free agency comes in. 

    With that, the Dolphins will give several players who didn't hear their name called an opportunity to make an NFL roster.

    Which players do the Dolphins have their eyes on? Here's an updated tracker of all the Dolphins undrafted free-agent signings.

Michael Clay, LB, Oregon

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    Michael Clay made tackles all over the field for the Ducks over the past two years, racking up 203 total tackles (86 solo), 18.5 tackles for loss and six sacks over the past two seasons. 

    Was linebacker really a position of need for the Dolphins? No, especially not after adding two in the draft and two more in free agency.

    That being said, Clay provides valuable depth at a position that is clearly more important for the Dolphins than it ever has been in the past.

    The signing was announced by Clay via his official Twitter account.

Chris Burnette, DL, Old Dominion

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    Burnette was a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Conference selection at defensive tackle, logging 73 tackles, seven tackles for loss and four sacks (via Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun).

    The Dolphins don't have a pressing need for more top-end interior defensive linemen with Paul Soliai and Randy Starks already plugging the middle, but more depth is always welcome, especially after losing Tony McDaniel in free agency this offseason.

    The signing was announced by Burnette's official Twitter account, via Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post.

Jasper Collins, WR, Mount Union

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    The Dolphins have spent a lot of resources this offseason improving at wide receiver, and they gave a little more attention to the position in undrafted free-agent Jasper Collins.

    The addition makes sense after the team dealt wide receiver Davone Bess to the Cleveland Browns during the draft. Collins works well out of the slot and picks up yards after the catch. He is tough and runs hard, but has some quickness to his game.

    Joe Philbin has seen plenty of unheralded wide receivers turn into productive players in his time in Green Bay, and perhaps Collins is his first such player with the Dolphins.

    The signing was confirmed by Mount Union's official Twitter page.

Jordan Kovacs, S, Michigan

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    The Dolphins don't have a glaring need at safety with Chris Clemons and Reshad Jones filling the starting spots, but their depth at safety is shaky. 

    Kovacs was a walk-on for the Wolverines. He doesn't have elite speed, athleticism or foot quickness, but he has all the intangibles, and his leadership qualities are superb. 

    He may earn a spot on defense with time, so his best shot of making the roster is on special teams. He has some experience there, though, so this signing could prove fruitful in the long run.

    The signing was announced via Kovacs' official Twitter page.

Rob McCabe, LB, Georgetown

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    Rob McCabe was a team captain for Georgetown in 2012, and was ultimately named the 2012 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year after he finished the season with 159 tackles were 28 more than any other FCS player.

    At 6'2" and 234 pounds, he's a little small for a linebacker in the NFL, but he also has experience on special teams, which could help him make the roster.

    The signing was announced by the Hoyas' official Twitter account.

Clay Belton, QB, Findlay

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    Clay Belton has prototypical size for an NFL quarterback at 6'6" and 232 pounds. He will compete for the third quarterback spot with "teacher's pet" Pat Devlin.

    He started out at Miami (OH) University before transferring to the University of Maryland, and again transferred to Findlay. He threw for 2,339 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a senior. 

    The signing was first reported by Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post.

Cameron Marshall, RB, Arizona State

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    Marshall was ultra-productive in 2011, rushing for 1,050 yards and 18 touchdowns while adding 188 receiving yards on 24 catches. 

    He didn't have the senior year he, or many others, expected, and therefore his draft stock fell over the course of the 2012 season. He had a bum hamstring early in the season, which may have caused him to struggle.

    The Dolphins add valuable depth to the running back spot, and if he's healthy, Marshall could compete for a roster spot.

    The signing was announced by Marshall on Twitter, via Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post.

Keelan Johnson, S, Arizona State

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    Johnson was a first team All-Pac-12 selection in 2012 after finishing second on the team in tackles with 88 (65 solo) and first on the team (11th in the nation) with five interceptions and 13 pass break-ups. He also helped the Sun Devils rank third in the nation against the pass, giving up 167.9 yards per game.

    The Dolphins make another addition to replenish their depth at safety, which was lacking prior to the draft.

    The signing was reported by Doug Haller of

Terrell Sinkfield, WR, Northern Iowa

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    Sinkfield caught 76 passes for 1,097 yards and 10 touchdowns in his four-year career at Northern Iowa, but the stats are hardly what impressed scouts about Sinkfield.

    If it's long speed you want, Sinkfield has it. He ran a 4.19-second 40-yard dash at Minnesota's Pro Day on March 5.  

    The signing was announced by Sinkfield via his official Twitter account.

Chris Barker, G, Nevada

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    The Dolphins continue to add depth to their zone-blocking offensive line with Barker, who started all 40 games of his collegiate career for Nevada.

    The 6'4", 305 put up 29 bench press reps at the combine, but doesn't have great functional strength. Still, he's considered a fluid athlete and moves well laterally, which could make him a good fit with the Dolphins. They desperately need a guard that pulls well in space. 

    The signing was reported by Brian Samudio of NBC in Reno, Nevada.

A.J. Francis, DT, Maryland

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    A.J. Francis started all 12 games for the Terps at defensive end, and finished the 2012 season with 43 tackles, nine for loss and four sacks.

    At 6'5" and 305 pounds, he has prototypical size for an NFL defensive tackle. With Tony McDaniel gone in free-agency, the Dolphins felt it necessary to provide more depth for a training camp battle at the position.

    The signing was first reported by Maryland head coach Randy Edsall via Twitter.

Emeka Onyenekwu, DE, Louisiana-Lafayette

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    Emeka Onyenekwu started every game at defensive end, logging a career-high 42 tackles, 14 for loss and 6.5 sacks.  

    At 6'4" and 251 pounds, he is a little small for a true 4-3 defensive end, but that is likely to be where he will compete for playing time. The Dolphins have created a bit of a battle between Onyenekwu and Olivier Vernon. 

    The signing was reported by Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.

Alonzo Highsmith, OLB, Arkansas

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    Alonzo Highsmith is the son of the NFL running back by the same name, formerly of the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Football is in his blood. That being said, he only played for two years at Arkansas, and had his best year as a junior with 80 tackles, 12.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks. He also had an interception, two pass-deflection, and returned a fumble recovery 47 yards for a touchdown.

    He was on pace to outdo all those numbers, but he suffered a foot injured in early October and missed the remainder of the season. If he gets back to full health, he could be a solid addition for the Dolphins.

    The signing was reported by Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post.

Chad Bumphis, WR, Mississippi State

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    At 5'10" and 196 pounds, Chad Bumphis figures to compete for a spot as a slot receiver. He may be small, and he's not brimming with athleticism (4.55-second 40-yard dash, 34" vertical jump, 17 bench press reps at his pro day according to

    All that said, he was productive at Mississippi State, with 159 receptions, 2,273 yards and 24 touchdowns in his career (51 games, 35 starts). 

    The signing was made official by the team on Friday.

Ina Liaina, FB, San Jose State

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    Ina Liaina rushed 33 times for 98 yards and a touchdowns this year, and recorded 10 receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns as well.

    The Dolphins are likely just searching for depth at fullback with this signing. He is a strong fullback, putting up 22 reps at his pro day according to

    The signing was made official by the team on Friday.

Tristan Okpalaugo, DE, Fresno State

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    Tristan Okpalaugo is used to working his way up from the bottom. He was a walk-on for Fresno State in 2009, but he worked his way up to a starting role. He won the 2011 Don Duncan Over Achiever award and even earned a scholarship by the end of his junior season. 

    As a senior, he played in all 13 games for the Bulldogs and made nine starts as a pass-rushing outside linebacker. He logged 51 tackles, 11.5 for loss and four sacks, while also recording a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown.

    As yet another pass-rusher, Okpalaugo provides nice depth to the shaky situation at defensive end.

    The signing was made official by the team on Friday.

Taylor Stockemer, WR, Arkansas State

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    At 6'4" and 215 pounds, Taylor Stockemer gives the Dolphins another big-bodied presence on the outside for their training camp battle at X (outside) receiver.

    Stockemer showed a lot of talent to get downfield in his career, totaling 129 receptions for 2,146 yards (16.6 YPR) and 16 touchdowns in his four-year career. He maxed out in his junior season with 48 receptions, 756 yards and seven touchdowns.

    He performed well at his pro day, and showed that he has some long speed (4.5-second 40-yard dash) and leaping ability (39" vertical jump) according to

    The signing was made official by the team on Friday.

Patrick Ward, OT, Northwestern

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    Patrick Ward moved to left tackle in 2012 after spending the two previous seasons on the right side, and was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by media and coaches. At 6'7" and 310 pounds, he certainly has NFL size. 

    He will provide another depth option for the Dolphins at left tackle, where the situation was (and still is) looking rather dire. 

    The signing was made official by the team on Friday.

Sam Brenner, C, Utah

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    Brenner fits the profile of an NFL offensive linemen at 6'4" and 305 pounds. He's certainly durable, having played four years and missing just one game in that time. He worked his way up from a special teams role and eventually became a key reserve, playing a combination of both guard and tackle spots.

    After starting all 12 games for Utah—playing right guard for the first two and left tackle for the final 10—Brenner was voted second-team All-Pac 12.

    The signing was made official by the team on Friday.