Following the conclusion of the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon, teams got busy trying to recruit and sign the best available players. Despite the 7 rounds which had taken place over the weekend, some exciting prospects went undrafted for a variety of reasons. Whether it be off the field concerns, medical questions, or a lower level of competition faced in college, many would still be given an opportunity to join an NFL roster and compete for a spot.
The Dolphins have found success in the past adding talent here, most recently in Wide Receiver Preston Williams. Williams has blossomed into a potential long term weapon for the Dolphins and the front office hopes to find another hit just like it. Here are the players the Dolphins have signed:
Benito Jones, DT, Ole Miss
Donnell Staley, G, South Carolina
Tyshun Redner, DE, Middle Tennessee State
Ray Lima, DL, Iowa State
Nick Kaltmayer, T, Kansas State
Kirk Merritt, WR, Arkansas State
Matt Cole, WR, McKendree University
Bryce Sterk, DE, Montana State
The theme of bolstering the trenches continues here with the addition of players on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. However, the team did add 2 skill position players. The name that sticks out is Arkansas State’s Kirk Merritt.
Merritt is an athletic freak, and he enters the league a full grown man at the age of 24. He has had a long journey to the NFL, and some may recognize the name from his stint with East Mississippi Community College of “Last Chance U” fame. He will be given a shot to compete in an already packed wideout room, but his traits do separate him from others on the Dolphins roster.
At 6’0 and 210 pounds, Merritt is an ideal fit as a true slot receiver. He is shifty and has strong hands, he attacks the ball in the air and can play in the return game. Despite some issues off the field, he is going to be given a fresh start with Brian Flores and the coaching staff allowing him to let his talent do the talking.
It will be tough for these players to land a spot on the final 55 (no longer 53 since the approval of the new CBA). However, it will be exciting to see if any of them can make a splash in camp or pop in the preseason.