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 (UFAs). These are players who did not get drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft and, in a normal year, some would have been 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 previous articles about UFAs, I took a look at Pat Devlin, (QB out of Delaware), Derrick Locke (RB out of Kentucky) and Justin Boren (OG out of Ohio State). So, who are some of the other UFAs the Dolphins should be looking at? What about Andre Holmes? Holmes is a big wide receiver (WR) out of small Hillsdale College. He is 6’4″ and 210 pounds with a long arm length of 34″ and below average size hand size of 8.75″ — this guy has Brandon Marshall size and speed. At the Combine, Holmes showed average WR speed running 4.53 seconds in the 40 yards dash, but clocked a 4.45 seconds at his pro day. He has above average upper body strength (19 reps in the bench press) and leaping ability (34″ in the vertical jump) to add to his 6’4″ frame along with fairly good quickness (7.04 seconds in the three cone drill).
Let’s take a look at Andre Holmes in comparison to other WRs in the 2011 NFL Draft. In the table below, I have compared Holmes’ stats with the five second tier WRs who were actually selected in the draft and two others who were not drafted. Holmes was actually projected by many to be a 6th or 7th round pick.