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A Closer Look at The Undrafted Free Agents That Can Make the Miami Dolphins Roster

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Miami Dolphins football team head coach Mike McDaniel, speaks at a coaches press availability during the NFL owner’s meeting, Monday, March 28, 2022, at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

After delivering one of the best on-paper offseason’s in Miami Dolphins history, GM Chris Grier and Mike McDaniel deserve more praise than criticism.

The executives did their part and now it’s time for the coaches and players to deliver.

New Head Coach Mike McDaniel will spend the next couple of months, coaching, adapting, and putting his players in the best positions to win. From veterans to draft picks to undrafted players, roles and depth charts will fill out much sooner than later.

With a limited amount of picks after the Tyreek Hill trade, Miami drafted the following players in the 2022 NFL Draft:

Round 3, No. 102 overall: Channing Tindall, ILB, Georgia

Round 4, No. 125 overall: Erik Ezukanma, WR, Texas Tech

Round 7, No. 224 overall: Cameron Goode, OLB, Cal

Round 7, No. 224 overall: Skylar Thompson, QB, Kansas State

While Tindell could be on the quickest track to inherit a starting role or see playing time, the WRs behind Cedrick Wilson are thin and beatable.

Miami’s 4th round pick, Ezukanma can make the team if he can stay healthy and use his power and size to his advantage.

But let’s take a closer look at the undrafted free agents that have a steeper hill to climb but could be a part of the Dolphins 52-man roster.

1. ZaQuandre White- RB-South Carolina.

White was CBS Sports’ 18th best running back coming into the NFL Draft.

The  6’0 and 215 lb. bruiser  could be the short yard/goal line specialist that the Dolphins need on the roster.

As a former LB for FSU, White is used to delivering punishment and considering McDaniel’s love for a RBBC approach, the former Gamecock could be a sneaky surprise after averaging 6.3 YPC on 88 carries.

2.Kellen Diesch T- Arizona St

It was very surprising that the sixth-year senior was elected in the NFL Draft.

Multiple outlets had Diesch going in the third round. According to ProFootballFocus,

Last season he had three games where he graded 87.8 or higher and had his best career game against Stanford at 95.3

While he has short arms for a tackle, The Dolphins brass were instantly impressed with his footwork and athleticism.

After signing  3x Pro Bowler Terron Armstead to a multi-year deal,  Miami is expected to have a position battle at RT so the Diesch addition comes at the perfect opportunity.

 

3.Verone McKinley III – Safety- Oregon

My personal favorite undrafted player signing is Verone McKinley III. McKinley will be reuniting with Jevon Holland as the two were a strong safety tandem at Oregon.

“A consensus All-American and Thorpe Award finalist, McKinley had 77 tackles, with six for loss, and a nation-leading six interceptions last season.

In 38 career games, McKinley had 167 tackles, 21 pass breakups and 11 interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.” -NFL.com

This could be a huge steal as the former Ducks both have the chemistry and McKinley could make the team as a backup to Brandon Jones.

Miami Dolphins also managed to add competition at the center and punter positions. They signed punter Tommy Heatherly from FIU to challenge veteran Thomas Morestead and center Ty Clary from Arkansas to add some depth behind Michael Dieter.

 

With Miami Dolphins training camp looming and something in the air with the recent success of all South Florida sports teams,

I guess there’s only one thing to ask:

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?