Undrafted Free Agents — What about Derrick Locke?

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When the lockout is finally over, the first order of business for Jeff Ireland and the Miami Dolphins will be fill out their roster with Undrafted Free Agents (UFA).  These are players who did not get drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft and, in a normal year, some would have gotten picked up by NFL teams in the hours following the draft.  I suggest that you should not ignore the significance of these pick-ups — please remember Dan Carpenter and Devone Bess were both UFAs.

In my first article about UFAs, I took a look at Pat Devlin, QB out of Delaware.  So, who are some of the other UFAs the Dolphins should be looking at?  What about Derrick Locke?  Locke is a RB out of the University of Kentucky.  He is a smallish scatback at 5’8″ and 188 pounds with relatively small arms at 28.75″ and hands at 9″.  At the Combine, he only showed below average upper body strength (16 reps in the bench) and lower body strength (118″ in the broad jump).  But, Locke showed excellent speed (4.4 sec in the 40 yard dash) and good quickness (6.98 sec in the 3 cone drill).  He is likely not a feature back in the NFL, but would make a good third back and special teams performer.

Let’s take a look at Derrick Locke in comparison to other RBs in the 2011 NFL Draft.  In the table below, I have compared Locke’s stats with the six second tier RBs who were actually selected in the draft.  Locke was actually projected by many to be a 5th round pick.

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  • rhlibman

    Get this lockout settled please..I am 82 and what ever time I have left I love to watch football..

  • rhlibman

    loved to see this lockout settled, when your 82 and you have to go thru this again it tough..for me, the player and the fans..

  • donny

    Locke signed with a CFL team.

    • corners

      proof?Because unless he was desperate i find it hard to believe anyone’s agent would let them do it knowing they might have a career in the NFL still.

      • stevehoffart

        Agreed, I’m in Canada and follow the CFL with every bit as much enthusiasm as I follow the NFL. Locke has not signed in the CFL.

  • thomas loy

    Brandon Saine and Mario Fannin are also undrafted free agents, along with TE oordt. Locke looks to be a good pickup.

  • http://aol.com rob

    I don’t know if anybody seen the senior bowl but Derrick Locke tore it up in that game.I’m not saying he scored a lot of touchdowns but he is a good hard nose running back that makes one cut and gets vertical.He hits the holes quick and moves chains.We would be lucky to have him on our roster.

  • Ian

    Locke got drafted in the UFL by Omaha and Mario Fannin got drafted by Las Vegas. Locke sent a tweet (minus the expletives) that he’s not joining the UFL. I think the Phins will draft Fannin…they had private workouts with him.