In addition to the team’s seven draft picks, the Miami Dolphins have added a handful of other rookies through free agency hoping to find a diamond in the rough.
Without further ado, here are the three of those players most likely to make the team for 2017:
De’Veon Smith, RB
The Miami Dolphins entered the 2017 NFL Draft hardly in need of a running back, but the recent holdout of Damien Williams has complicated things. Williams, once an undrafted free agent himself, is coming off a career-year in which he scored six touchdowns for Miami. With that said, Michigan rookie De’Veon Smith is a guy who could potentially fill that void. Smith is a big back at nearly 230 pounds, but averaged 4.7 yards per carry for the Wolverines last season Though it’s not his biggest strength, he also had 35 catches over his final two seasons in Ann Arbor.
Damore’ea Stringfellow, WR
Outside of Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills, the Dolphins got virtually no production from other wide receivers last year. Jakeem Grant was strictly a special teamer while Leonte Carroo did nothing as a rookie. The Dolphins drafted Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford who should make the team, but there are four other undrafted receivers that the team picked up in free agency. The best of them is former Ole Miss wideout Damore’ea Stringfellow. Stringfellow averaged nearly 16 yards per catch and scored six touchdowns for the Rebels last season and with a little fine-tuning could make his case for remaining in Miami.
Maurice Smith, S
Former Alabama and Georgia safety Maurice Smith has a huge learning curve in the NFL, but the Dolphins need safeties and his upside is very high. Last season, Miami had to deal with a depleted secondary and with questions arising at safety, a strong preseason could give Smith the opportunity to make a convincing case.
Mike Ferguson is a sports writer and reporter for several publications and the Pro Football Spot lead writer for the Miami Dolphins. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson