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.