Miami Dolphins: 2010 Rookie Predictions, Part Two

Robert HoffmanCorrespondent IMay 21, 2010

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 11:  Reshad Jones #9 of the Georgia Bulldogs gets ready on field during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium on October 11, 2008 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Here is the second part of a two-part series predicting which Miami Dolphin rookies will make the 53-man roster, which will start, and if any will make a significant impact.  

Once again, any of the following predictions are predicated on the player getting into training camp on time and staying healthy.

One more thing to keep in mind is that the Miami Dolphins roster is deeper than it has been in years, meaning that there aren't a lot of roster spots up for grabs.

Nolan Carroll

Many fans were so excited when Miami took safety Reshad Jones, who slid into the fifth round that they forgot that the Dolphins selected Carroll before Jones.

Carroll faces a tough situation. The first three corner backs are set with Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, and Will Allen.

This combined with the fact Carroll is coming off a broken leg makes him about a 25 percent chance to make the roster. Barring injuries to the other three players he has no shot to start.    

His size and speed numbers are intriguing, but he will have to shine on special teams.  No impact. 

Reshad Jones

The hardest hitting safety from Georgia fell in the draft because he gets beat too frequently and doesn't make enough plays for his ability. Ouch.

The weakness at the free safety position for Miami makes him a 50 percent shot to make the team, but I put him at just 10 percent to start because I think experience counts at the safety position. I predict that Miami will have Tyrone Culver as the starter on opening day with Chris Clemons the primary back-up. Jones makes a minimal impact unless he starts then his impact would be moderate.

Chris McCoy

McCoy had pretty gaudy statistics for Middle Tennessee State. He racked up 59 tackles, seven sacks, and 20 tackles for a loss. I have a sneaky feeling this might be the late-round pick that will open some eyes. However, I think he is only 10 percent to make the active roster this season. My bet is that Miami will try to stash him on the practice squad. No impact unless he makes the active roster. Limited impact if he makes the team as a situational pass rusher.   

Austin Spitler

The Dolphins view him as a special teams possibility and were linked with him in the pre-draft process.

He was selected with a compensatory pick near the end of the seventh round so the expectations for him are about the same as an undrafted free agent.

Figure about a five percent chance to make the roster, no chance to start, and no measurable impact except possibly on special teams. 

Travis Ivey

While not drafted, Ivey is an intriguing prospect. His size of 6'3", 340 pounds is prototypical for a modern nose tackle.

Until Jason Ferguson returns from his eight-game suspension, Paul Solai is the only other true (not a converted defensive end or 4-3 defensive tackle) nose tackle the Dolphins have.

Ivey is extremely raw and certainly not conditioned for the NFL game, but he should get plenty of reps during training camp.

I put his odds at making the Dolphins at about five percent. If he makes the Dolphins, he could have a minimal to moderate impact because he could see five to 10 snaps per game. 

None of the remaining undrafted free agents really stick out to me as possibilities to make the 53-man roster, but current Dolphin players and once undrafted free agents Davone Bess and Dan Carpenter shows us that Miami can unearth a diamond in the rough. 




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