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    Miami Dolphins and undrafted rookie free agents: Offense

    The article list more, but these are the ones I like-plus those that are listed in my signature.
    QB
    -Patrick Devlin, 6-3/225, Deleware
    Some draft analysts thought Devlin would be a mid-round pick but he went undrafted. After transferring to Deleware from Penn State, Devlin excelled against I-AA competition. He completed 261-of-384 attempts for 22 touchdowns in 2010. He threw just three interceptions.
    -Jeff Van Camp, 6-5/218, Florida Atlantic
    According to the Pensacola News Journal, the Dolphins called Van Camp in the second round of the draft and told him they’d pick him in the sixth or seventh round if he was available. So Miami has shown some interest, it would seem. Van Camp completed 57.2 percent of his passes for 2,451 yards in 2010. He threw 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He’s got intangibles but physical attributes seem to be an issue.


    RB
    -Damien Berry, 5-10/211, Miami
    A former defensive back, Berry switched to running back midway through his career with the Hurricanes and immediately showed promise. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry his junior year, then ran for 899 yards and 5 touchdowns in his senior season. He didn’t receive a great draft grade and was viewed as a late-round pick at best, but Berry could have some upside given he’s relatively new to the position.
    -Derrick Locke, 5-8/188, Kentucky
    Locke would likely rank near the top of any list of undrafted players. That he wasn’t drafted came as a surprise given most analysts projected him as a mid-round pick at the latest. He ran a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and averaged 5.34 yards per carry during his senior season at Kentucky, where he ran for 887 yards.

    TE
    -Weslye Saunders, 6-5/270, South Carolina
    Saunders at one point seemed on track to becoming a high-round draft pick but a series of the off-the-field problems hurt his stock tremendously. For one, South Carolina dismissed him after he allegedly lied to NCAA investigators who were investigating an impermissible benefits case involving agents. Then he suffered a foot injury that precluded him from working out with teams. The talent is there, though.

    OL
    -Zach Hurd, 6-7/316, Connecticut
    One of many undrafted players who was probably very surprised he wasn’t drafted, Hurd was a tackle in college but might find his home at guard in the NFL. He has ideal size and good strength but sometimes was exposed against more athletic defensive ends.
    -Kristofer O’Dowd, 6-4/304, USC
    Seen as a lower-round center prospect, O’Dowd’s best traits might have been those that couldn’t be measured by a stopwatch or in a weight room. Intelligence and work ethic won’t be questioned but he’ll have to prove that he can physically handle the rigors of the NFL.
    -Jake Kirkpatrick, 6-3/305, TCU
    Kirkpatrick in 2010 received the Rimington Award – given annually to the nation’s best center – yet he seemed to be an afterthought during the NFL Draft. Even so, it’s probably safe to say there isn’t a shortage of teams that are interested in inviting him to their camps. He was one of the best lineman in the country throughout his collegiate career and could make teams regret on passing him in the draft.
    -David Mims, 6-8/331, Virginia Union
    Mims is a load physically and he’s versatile, too – he can play either guard or tackle. His stock appeared to be rising approaching the draft but he could be among the most pursued undrafted rookies.
    http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_football_dolphins/2011/07/miami-dolphins-and-undrafted-rookie-free-agents-offense.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sports%2FMiamiDolphinsweblog+%28Miami+Dolphins+|+Sun-Sentinel+Blogs%29
    "It happens all the time," Taylor said. "It's not an exact science and personnel guys aren't the end-all, be-all. " Jason Taylor,2011
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    While we are on the subject, here are some more worthy of a look:
    CB:
    Kevin Rutland 6'0" 190lbs. Missouri
    He is a versatile player that can play Man or Zone. He ran a 4.58 at the combine, but improved at his Pro Day with a 4.47.
    Buster Skrine 5'9" 185lbs. Tennessee-Chattanooga
    Three things will get a small-school player invited to the combine: speed, speed and more speed. And Skrine has all three! Indeed, the school claims he holds the school record in the 40 at 4.22; and while not overly big he's got excellent strength.

    FB:
    Henry Hynoski 6'0" 257lbs. Pittsburgh
    Strong blocker, a traditional lead blocker who really packs a punch... Has a great frame for an NFL fullback. Can contribute as a receiver, runner, and blocker.

    LB:
    Mark Herzlich 6'4" 244lbs. Boston College
    I said that Herzlich would be a lower rd. pick or go undrafted and I was right. Recovering from cancer was just too great a risk. But if he continues to improve and regain his previous form, he would be a steal as a FA. He has a high football IQ. He has already been drafted by the UFL.

    OL:
    Richard Henry 6'3" 308lbs. Nebraska
    Big strong kid that was a leader on the UN OL. First team All Big-12
    Carl Johnson 6'4" 361lbs. Florida
    Does not have the feet to play OT, but has the nastiness and power to kick inside at OG. He is a road grader.

    RB:
    Mario Fannin 6'0" 231 Auburn
    Red flag on Fannin is his fumbling, but he has got all the other qualities of a hard tough nosed runner. He has the speed to brak out in the open field. Excellent pass blocker. Correct his fumbling problems and you will have a good back.

    TE:

    Schuylar Oordt 6'6" 261 Northern Iowa
    A good-looking athlete who is far from a finished product. Can run well for his size, get down the seam and has the potential to mature as a blocker and as a route runner.

    WR:
    Joe Morgan 6'1" 189lbs. Walsh
    Transferred from Illinois to Walsh. He is the indoor Long-Jump Champion and has speed(4.3)


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    And the rest of the prospects in my signature:
    Darian Barnes OLB 6'4" 245lbs. Tuskegee
    His athletic ability jumps out on film, but he is raw. He explodes off the snap with a great first step, keeps his feet moving on contact, and is fluid in changing direction. Barnes plays with a good degree of quickness, immediately alters his angle of attack and shows a burst of closing speed baring down on the play. On film, Barnes shows good spin, dip and swim moves when rushing the passer. He effectively uses his hands, plays with good knee bend and pad level. Breaks down well and gives a lot of effort hustling around the field. Barnes showed his pass rushing skills during the HBCU Bowl week getting the best against most of the selected offensive lineman in one-on-one drills and in team sessions. He stood out in the HBCU Bowl All-Star Game constantly getting pressure on the quarterback and registering two sacks. He did not run for scouts at the HBCU Bowl combine, but is reported to run in the mid 4.6s. Barnes did show his strength for scouts with 22 reps on the bench. In watching film on Barnes, it shows that he has a tendency to bite on play-action passes and get caught up the field and out of position. Sometimes Barnes gets easily blocked on plays away from the ball which leaves him lost in traffic during the play. Barnes primarily lined up in a three-point stance in college and was not asked to drop back in coverage, which is a concern for scouts in projecting his transition to fit as a LB in a 3-4 scheme. Barnes is the type of player that teams look to develop on practice squad and hope will contribute over time. He will also have to impress and contribute on special teams to increase his chances at the next level. Barnes offers a good degree of upside potential and is a solid developmental prospect for the next level.
    http://hbcunfldraftprospects.blogspo...an-barnes.html


    Josue Paul WR 5'11" 223lbs. Central Connecticut State
    Paul has been mainly used as a deep threat in a run oriented offense but there is no denying he has ability. Paul’s good body control only enhances his deep play ability, allowing him to be in good position to make plays. Paul boasts excellent athletic ability.
    http://nflmocks.com/2010/06/26/2011-...ntral-conn-st/


    Marc Schiechl DE/OLB 6'2" 252lbs Colo. School of the Mines
    2010 AP LITTLE ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM: DL-Marc Schiechl, senior, 6-3, 260, Colorado School of Mines, became the all-time NCAA Division II career leader in sacks (46.0) during the 2010 season and concluded his career at CSM ranked fourth in the NCAA Division II record book in career tackles for a loss (70.5). Schiechl led the RMAC and is currently tied for fifth in the nation in sacks (12.0). The RMAC leader in tackles for a loss this season (19.0), Schiechl finished atop the RMAC and is currently ranked third in the nation in forced fumbles (six). Schiechl, who concluded the year with 66 total tackles (34 solo), five quarterback hurries and two blocked kicks, is currently ranked third in the nation in forced fumbles per game (0.50) and sixth in the country in sacks per game (tied – 1.00).
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2011&genpos=DE


    Ron Parker SS 6'0" 204lbs. Newberry
    Size-speed Division II prospect and developmental cover-2 safety with starter-caliber measurables and athletic ability who totaled 22 passes defended (11 interceptions) his final two seasons. However, he is raw and instincts and eye placement are lacking. Covers ground in a straight line but does not always arrive under control, turns down some contact and tackling technique needs work.
    http://www.profootballweekly.com/pro.../ron-parker-8/
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    Chase Reynolds 5'11" 195lbs. Montana
    Biography
    Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his sophomore and junior seasons, as well as being named as an All-American after the 2009 campaign. Senior rushing totals included 191/982/8, when he also led the team in receiving with 40/333/4. Junior ground totals included 1501 yards rushing with 22 scores. Posted a career-best 1583 yards on the ground as a sophomore and added 22 touchdowns.
    Positives
    Productive small school runner with average size/speed numbers for the next level. Displays vision, runs with good lean, and keeps his feet driving forwards. Smart ball carrier who patiently waits for blocks to develop and shows a good initial burst through the hole. Keeps his feet moving off initial contact, breaks tackles, and falls forward for the extra yardage. Tough and grinds it out on the inside.
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/foo...ers/54204.html
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    I thought we're gonna look at that kid from Calif who played QB for Louisville. His name escapes me but he sounds promising.






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    Adam Froman, Louisville (6-4, 219) Froman didn’t really become a passing quarterback until he went to a junior college in Santa Rosa, Calif. He developed into an efficient junior-college passer and carried that 60 percent-plus completion rate to his next two seasons at Louisville.
    There are other numbers that are even more impressive at this time of year: 4.55 and 4.08. These times in the 40 yards and the 20-yard shuttle are among the best of any QB in a class loaded with impressive athletes like Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker and Tyrod Taylor.
    However, these numbers merely support the potential Froman shows on the field. I’m really impressed with Froman’s ability to make controlled movements in the pocket as he feels the pocket change; he can still scan the three to four quadrants of the field to find an open receiver. I’ve seen him do this with and without pressure in the pocket, which is uncommon among prospects even at this level.

    Froman has a good internal clock for pressure, and he consistently gets rid of the ball before it becomes a threat. He has the height to throw the ball over the line, and he is willing to take a hit to deliver the ball.
    His arm strength and accuracy are starter quality. Froman has nice velocity and excellent accuracy. He has a solid over-the-shoulder delivery, and he throws with good mechanics on the move.
    Because Froman has missed stretches with a variety of injuries, his game isn’t as known a quantity to scouts. That will make him a late-round pick, and he’ll be deemed a developmental project.
    However, Froman’s physical skills, sound fundamentals and passing talent make him too promising to rank in the middle of the pack. He’s a fluid player who already integrates his skills more effectively than far more heralded prospects. I was tempted to rank him higher. The only reason I didn’t is that he is a less-proven commodity.
    Froman’s projected status as a late-round pick could place him in a situation where he’s designated as a player to groom as a backup (Matt Schaub and Tony Romo) as opposed to a starter-in-waiting. I think Froman will be considered a bargain three to four years from now.
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    Marc Schiechl DE/OLB 6'2" 252lbs Colo. School of the Mines
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2011&genpos=DE
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    I thought we're gonna look at that kid from Calif who played QB for Louisville. His name escapes me but he sounds promising.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DKphin View Post
    While we are on the subject, here are some more worthy of a look:
    CB:
    Buster Skrine 5'9" 185lbs. Tennessee-Chattanooga
    Three things will get a small-school player invited to the combine: speed, speed and more speed. And Skrine has all three! Indeed, the school claims he holds the school record in the 40 at 4.22; and while not overly big he's got excellent strength.
    Skrine was drafted by the Browns in the 5th round, the 137 overall pick.
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