Brian Flores and GM Chris Grier talk about the Dolphins draft and Rosen trade
The Dolphins stocked their roster with a bunch on undrafted free agents after the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Among those who agreed to terms, per multiple league sources:
▪ Georgia defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter. He had 14.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in 36 games over four seasons.
The 6-4, 280 pound Ledbetter had his best season last year with 56 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, one sack and two forced fumbles.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein said Ledbetter is a “clear-cut “tweener” lacking the quickness and rush of a defensive end and the mass of an interior tackle. Ledbetter has an ability to win with skill, technique and effort over traits and twitch, but that will become much more challenging on the next level unless he continues to get bigger and stronger. He doesn’t offer rush value, but he plays hard and does his job. He should find work as a blue-collar backup defensive lineman with some flexibility between DE and DT, depending on scheme.”
▪ New Mexico State linebacker Terrill Hanks.
The Miami LaSalle High product was highly productive. In four years in college, he had 391 tackles, including 43.5 for loss, 11 sacks, eight interceptions, 14 passes defended, three fumble recoveries and seven forced fumbles.
Last season, the 6-3, 235-pounder had 101 tackles, including nine for loss, a sack and an interception.
Zierlein said Hanks is “a linebacker prospect with productive four-year resume to catch the attention of the scouting community. Hanks is active and plays downhill, but he can be overactive and inefficient in his flow to the ball, leading to missed run fits and tackles. He is an average athlete in space so he will need to improve his play strength and recognition quickness in order to be more than a backup and special teams contributor.”
▪ Stanford receiver Trenton Irwin. The 6-2 receiver, who took a “30” pre-draft visit to Miami, had 152 catches for 1738 yards (an 11.4 average) and five touchdowns in four seasons. He had 60 catches for 685 yards last season.
He also returned 22 punts for 230 yards in his career (a 10.5 average).
▪ Northwestern cornerback Montre Hartage. The 6-0 cornerback was second in the Big Ten with five interceptions in 2016 and had 172 tackles, nine interceptions and 26 passes defended in four years with the Wildcats.
Last season, he had 51 tackles, two interceptions and 11 passes defended.
▪ Colorado State receiver Preston Williams. In his one season at Colorado State after transferring from Tennessee, the 6-4 Williams had 96 catches for 1345 yards last season (he led the Mountain West in both categories) and scored 14 touchdowns.
In two seasons with Tennessee, he caught 16 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns before transferring.
▪ Mississippi State guard Deion Calhoun. He was second-team All SEC last season and started all 13 games at right guard the past two seasons.
Last season, he was part of an offensive line that helped MSU rank second in the SEC in both rushing yards per game (223.6) and yards per rush (5.7).
What’s more, he allowed only two sacks over 356 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus, and permitted just 12 pressures across 748 total snaps played. He’s nicknamed Shaq because he’s a skilled basketball player.
▪ Boston College offensive tackle Aaron Monteiro. He started 32 consecutive games at left tackle and was All-ACC third team last season.
▪ Wake Forest tackle/guard Ryan Anderson. He started 13 games at right tackle in 2016, 13 games at center in 2017 and started again at center last season.
▪ UTEP cornerback Nik Needham. He had 212 tackles (including 13.5 for loss), with 1.5 sacks, three interceptions and 33 passes defended in four seasons. He’s UTEP’s all time leader in passes defended.
Last year, he had 61 tackles (5.0 for loss), one interception and nine passes defended.
“I feel like I have been the underdog my entire career, even since high school; I was a 2 start recruit and only had one offer. So it hasn’t really bothered me because I’ve shown I can compete with the best,” Needham told insidethepylon.com.
▪ Maryland linebacker Tre Watson. This was a big pickup. He had 108 tackles and a Big Ten-leading five interceptions last season. Miami swooped in late, beating out the Redskins for him.
▪ Boise State cornerback Tyler Horton. Had five interceptions - including two returned for touchdowns - and 24 passes defended. The 5-11 corner had one interception last season, which he returned 99 yards for a touchdown. He also had four fumble recoveries last year, including two returned for a touchdown.
▪ Nevada long snapper Wes Farnsworth. This could be the year the Dolphins replace John Denney.
▪ Villanova safety Rob Rolle. A standout FCS player who tore an ACL in 2017 but came back strong last year.
DOLPHINS REACH OUT TO CANES
Also, three Hurricanes have accepted invitations to participate in the Dolphins rookie minicamp -- on a tryout basis - that begins May 10. Those three, per sources, are receiver Darrell Langham, linebacker Mike Smith and cornerback Jhavonte Dean.
Dean also will audition for the Cleveland Browns at their rookie minicamp next weekend.
This will continue to be updated with more signings. Please check back repeatedly.
Here’s my Saturday piece with analyst reaction to the Dolphins’ selection of Wisconsin linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel in the fifth round.
Here’s my Saturday piece explaining why Mel Kiper called Dolphins’ sixth-round pick Isaiah Prince an underachiever.