Miami Dolphins Sign Four Undrafted Rookies (So Far)

Chris J. NelsonSenior Writer IApril 27, 2009

Jared Bronson

The first report of an undrafted rookie signing by Miami has come out, and the player is Central Washington tight end Jared Bronson.

The 6-4, 250-pound Bronson finished his collegiate career with 63 catches for 979 yards and eight touchdowns in 22 games.

He was ranked the 14th tight end prospect in the draft by Draft Countdown, who projected him as a late-round pick or undrafted free agent.

Bronson becomes the fifth tight end on Miami's roster and the second rookie added today, joining fifth-round pick John Nalbone from Monmouth.

Bronson faces an uphill battle to make the team as a reserve tight end, but will be a candidate for the practice squad.

Mark Lewis

The Miami Dolphins have signed undrafted free agent guard Mark Lewis (Oregon), per KFFL.com. As you may recall, Lewis worked out for the Dolphins earlier this month.

Lewis (6-4, 300) played in 35 games for the Ducks over four seasons, initially playing offensive tackle before sliding into guard.

Lewis will compete with Ike Ndukwe, Joe Berger and Shawn Murphy for a backup right guard job, but has an extremely uphill battle to make the team.

Ryan Baker

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The Dolphins have added their third undrafted free agent of the 2009 offseason, inking Purdue defensive end Ryan Baker to a contract.

A perennial Academic All-Big Ten selection, Baker (6-4, 295) appeared in 51 games over five seasons for the Boilermakers and amassed 88 tackles and eight sacks.

Baker is a prototypical 3-4 end and will attempt to earn a reserve spot ahead of guys like Lionel Dotson, Tony McDaniel and Rodrique Wright.

Orion Martin

KFFL.com reports the Miami Dolphins have signed undrafted fee agent linebacker Orion Martin (Virginia Tech).

A college defensive end, Martin appeared in 54 games for the Hokies and recorded 166 tackles, 26.5 tackles for a loss and 15.5. He set career highs in both TFL (13) and sacks (7.5) as a senior in 2008.

Martin will play outside linebacker in the Dolphins' 3-4 scheme. Of the four undrafted free agents signed by Miami thus far, I'd say Martin has the best chance to make the team based purely on talent. However, he'll have to beat out a handful of guys for a job, including but not limited to Quentin Moses, Erik Walden and Tearrius George.

Chris Nelson is a journalism major at Georgia State University. He operates his own Miami Dolphins blog, which can be found here.