One year ago, I began writing here at PhinPhanatic
and thus began my career as an amateur scout. One player I was extremely high on and had been lobbying for was an Arkansas State
safety – how ironic, I must have a thing for Ark St. safeties..
Two months later, the NFL Draft
had come and gone and this specific player was still available as an undrafted free agent
. The Miami Dolphins
had shown interest in this little known safety and snatched him right up as many draft experts pegged McCray as a fourth to sixth round prospect.
While this player was indeed an undrafted free agent, he showed the coaching staff his potential during rookie mini-camps and training camp. That is, until his rookie season came to a halt after injuring his foot during the tail-end of July.
Miami then placed this player on IR leading many to believe if he had not gotten injured the team would have placed him upon it’s 53-man squad backing up incumbent starters Reshad Jones
and Chris Clemons
Who is this player?
This is Kelcie McCray
The 6’2”, 202 lbs. safety has been somewhat of a distant memory to some. Many were questioning why the team did not address the safety position early during last month’s NFL Draft. The reason? Kelcie McCray.
The coaching staff spoke highly of McCray when asked about his recovery and what to expect of the second-year safety. It also shows promise in what the team currently has on it’s roster at the safety position by not spending a draft selection on a safety when the team was clearly in line to grab one of the top players at the position.