After providing the first shocking development in the 2013 NFL Draft by trading up to the third overall selection, the Miami Dolphins have the makings of a solid draft class.
With names like Dion Jordan, Jamar Taylor and Dallas Thomas now calling south Florida home, the Fins added more talent to its pre-season roster with the signing of 16 rookie free agents.
2013 Undrafted Free Agents: Miami Dolphins:
Clay Belton, QB, Findlay
Eric Bergman, OL, Southern Illinois
Chad Bumphis, WR, Mississippi State
Chris Burnette, DL, Old Dominion
Michael Clay, LB, Oregon
Jasper Collins, WR, Mount Union
Chris Denton, WR, Mount Union
A.J. Francis, DT, Maryland
Alonzo Highsmith, LB, Arkansas
Keelan Johnson, S, Arizona State
Jordan Kovacs, S, Michigan
Cameron Marshall, RB, Arizona State
Rob McCabe, LB, Georgetown
Brandon Ogletree, LB, BYU
Taylor Stockemer, WR, Arkansas State
Of the players who will go to camp, I am interested to see how Highsmith pans out. The son of former University of Miami great by the same name is a player who could benefit this team greatly on special teams. Will he be able to handle the speed and size of NFL players older than him?
Chris Burnette may get a long look as a backup on the defensive line.
I am also interested to see how the two Mount Union receivers, Collins and Denton fare. With the recent success of both Cecil Shorts (Jaguars) and Pierre Garcon (Washington) has Mount Union become the new hotbed for producing receiving talent in college football? Both should bring a great amount of spedd to the team and help in coverage teams.
Clay could become one of those Izzo types that was a good college player, but for lack of size (6', 230 pounds) wasn't drafted. He should excel on special teams.