What UFAs Should be on the Radar?

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What about Pat Devlin? 

Pat Devlin is a 6′ 3″ and 225 pound QB out of the University of Delaware.  This is the same second tier FCS school that produced the Ravens’ Joe Flacco.  Devlin has an arm length of 32 inches and hand size of 9 7/8 inches.  At the NFL Combine, he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.86 seconds and the three cone drill in 7.08 seconds.  He had a vertical leap of 33 inches and a broad jump of 116 inches.  It should be noted that all these measureables are a little below average amongst other QBs in the year’s draft.  Let’s take a look at Pat Devlin in comparison to other QBs actually selected in the 2011 NFL Draft. In the table below, I have compared Devlin’s 2010 stats with the top six QBs selected.  Devlin looks pretty good on paper, but the teams he played against are not top rate college teams.

The Dolphins already have Chad Henne and Tom Brandstater currently on the roster with Tyler Thigpen in limbo as a restricted free agent.  And, the rumors are flying that the Dolphins will pick up a veteran free agent.  But, how about checking out Pat Devlin who was supposed to go in the middle rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft?

What about Justin Boren?

Justin Boren is an offensive left guard (LG) out of the Ohio State University.  He has average size of 6’3″ and 309 pounds with below average arm length of 32″ — take note for comparison that Mike Pouncey is 6’5″ and 303 pounds with 32.25″ arm length.  At the Combine, Boren showed above average upper body strength (28 reps in the bench press) and average lower body strength (96″ in the broad jump) along with good quickness (7.57 seconds in the three cone drill). Let’s take a look at Justin Boren in comparison to other guards in the 2011 NFL Draft. In the table below, I have compared Boren’s 2010 stats with six top guards selected. Boren was projected to be a 6-7 round draft pick.

The Dolphins currently have Richie Incognito and John Jerry slotted to start at the guard positions along with Pouncey at center.  However, both Incognito and Jerry are natural right guards. The Dolphins also have Ray Feinga, Joe Berger, Pat McQuistan and Matt Kopa as back-ups.  Guard postion was and still is one of the weakest offensive positions on the Dolphins.  There are rumors flying around that they may bring in a veteran to help bulster the position.  But, what about Justin Boren?  And, by the way, Boren is a pure left guard starting at that position all four years in college.  Please note he began is college career at University of Michigan playing two years next to Jake Long.  I personally like Boren’s nasty streak he is known for.

What about Derrick Locke?

Derrick 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 projected by many to be a 5th round pick.

The Dolphins currently have Lex Hilliard and Kory Sheets as RBs on the roster.  They drafted Daniel Thomas out of Kansas State in the second round of this year’s draft.  Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, and Partick Cobbs are all unrestricted free agents and may not return.  And, the rumors are flying that the Dolphins will pick up a veteran free agent like DeAngelo Williams (Carolina Panthers).  But, what about Derrick Locke, if he is not already playing in Canada?

 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.

The Dolphins are currently filled to the gills on the roster with WRs — including veterens Brandon Marshall, Brian Hartline, and Devone Bess.  Although, it is worth pointing out that the big man (Marshall) has recently had some off-the-field issues.  They drafted Edmund Gates out of Abilene Christian in the fourth round of this year’s draft to add to team speed.  And, some rumors have the Dolphins maybe picking up a veteran free agent — although, I don’t think this will happen.  But, how about doubling down with Andre Holmes?  He kind of reminds me of Marcus Colston of the Saint — who also came out of a small school.  I think you can never have too many good WRs in camp, especially considering the lockout may result in a few WR injuries (like hamstring pulls) due to lack of preparation.

So … do you think the Dolphins should sign any of these UFAs to bolster the offense?  Or, is there another UFA that catches your eye?

 

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