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MIAMI’S UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS: WHO ARE THE POTENTIAL GEMS?

Andrew Mitchell

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October 21, 2017 - Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S. - Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) celebrates a fourth-quarter sack at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, October 22, 2017. Final score: Miami Dolphins 31, New York Jets 28 (Photo by Andres Leiva/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)

The Miami Dolphins 2018 NFL Draft is over but that didn’t mean the team was done acquiring young talent to compete for the upcoming season and attend the team’s training camp.

Miami over the last couple years has done well in unearthing gems from the undrafted pool of players to the likes of;

Cam Wake, DE – Mike Hull, LB – Damien Williams, RB – MarQueis Gray, TE – Michael Thomas, DB

As it stands now, Miami has signed 12 undrafted free agents and here we will take a closer look at some of these prospects and whether they have an actual shot to make the team. Below is the list of players the Dolphins have signed:

CAYSON COLLINS, LB, North Carolina, 6’1 230

JALEN DAVIS, CB, Utah St, 5’9 180

LUCAS GRAVELLE, LS, TCU, 6’0 224

CONNOR HILLAND, G, William & Mary, 6’4 300

BUDDY HOWELL, RB, FAU, 6’1 215

GREG JOSEPH, K, FAU, 6’0 210

CLAUDE MATHIEU, DE, Notre Dame College, 6’4 250

MIKE MCCRAY, LB, Michigan, 6’1 243

ANTHONY MOTEN, DT, Miami, 6’3 300

JAMIYUS PITTMAN, DT, Central Florida, 6’1 319

QUINCY REDMON, DE, Fairmount St, 6’4 253

DAVID STEINMETZ, T, Purdue, 6’7 321

Last season 5 players made the Dolphins roster after Training Camp finished.  That is either a nod to our scouting department and talent evaluators or the fact that our roster is so shaky that anyone can make the team. I hope it’s the former, of course. The point is the Dolphins organization has shown a greater willingness to bring on the unlikely rookie and try to develop them. Below I have listed 5 players that could have an impact on this Dolphins’ final 53-man roster.

  1. JAMIYUS PITTMAN – DT – UCF

Pittman was a productive player out of college. He was part of UCF team that went down as the only undefeated college program in 2017. The All-Conference DT with a very stout frame (6’0, 320lbs) projects to the NFL as a classic nose tackle. He isn’t the quickest but is a high motor guy. I listed him atop this list because he fits what the Dolphins need and a position they are weak at. They did not address DT with their draft selections and did not bring anyone through free agency, yet. Pittman has a very high chance of creating an opportunity for himself given the Dolphins current roster.

  1. MIKE MCCRAY – LB – MICHIGAN

McCray is a big inside linebacker that excels at disrupting the run game. He brings a sense of physicality to the position but also has trouble in coverage. The Dolphins struggled vs the pass this past season and McCray is not the man to help improve that. However, he could find a niche as a 2 down linebacker in short yardage situations. Look for him to challenge Chase Allen, a former Miami UDFA, as well as Mike Hull.

  1. JALEN DAVIS – CB – UTAH ST.

My favorite player that the Dolphins brought in is Jalen Davis, he’s a small corner but he makes plays. To be honest he resembles former Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. Davis is instinctive and possesses solid ball skills. In a league where you can never have too many defensive backs, watch out for Davis to beat someone out. His abilities on Special Teams will be crucial. Worst case, he may become a practice squad player for the 2018 season.

  1. GREG JOSEPH – K – FAU

HUH? A KICKER? Well, yeah. Look, Miami hadn’t addressed the position up until the seventh round when they took Jason Sanders out of New Mexico and you just never know. Two seasons ago it was Andrew Franks undrafted who had a decent season for the Dolphins. A lot of people wanted UF Kicker Eddy Piniero over Sanders but you have to give Rizzi the benefit of the doubt. Joseph was 57 of 82 in his 4-year career with the Owls, he makes this list on opportunity alone.

  1. ANTHONY MOTEN – DT – MIAMI

Moten makes this list as number 5 due to the fact there is such little depth behind at his position. Moten is 6’3 300lbs and provides the team with another run stuffing lineman. This wouldn’t be the first time a Miami lineman makes a name for himself while not being a featured player coming out of college. Moten will have to outperform Jamiyus Pittman and really show he can hang in the NFL. The X-Factor here is if Miami decides to pluck a veteran DT from free agency. They had prior interest in Jonathan Hankins, the performance in camp at DT may dictate whether that interest gets reignited.

Andrew is a lifelong Dolphins’ fan that has a deep passion for sports. He has a Multimedia Journalism Degree from Florida Atlantic University and also has interned for ESPN Radio. For all his opinions and articles you can follow him on Twitter: @mitchpr0

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