The Miami Dolphins have not completely signed their 2016 draft class but they got closer over the weekend when they agreed to terms with two more of the draftees.
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The Dolphins announced the signing of wide-receiver and third round pick Leonte Carroo and 7th round receiver/tight-end Thomas Duarte. Both signed four year deals.
Carroo is a special talent that claims to play like Marvin Harrison but has the work ethic of current Dolphins slot receiver Jarvis Landry. Miami is hoping that Carroo will have the same early success that Landry has had in his first two seasons.
Carroo is fast but more importantly he is physical and he will compete for playing time instead of simply playing for a roster spot. The Dolphins view Carroo as both and outside and inside option in their offense.
The Dolphins were very high on Carroo who viewed him as a 2nd round talent. On day two of the draft, the team opted to trade back into round three to draft the Rutgers product. Miami also added receiver/returner Jakeem Grant later in the draft.
Duarte is going to find himself competing for a roster spot. Another physical player who played both tight end and receiver at UCLA will try and compete to stay on the club as either the teams 5th receiver option or as back-up tight end.
In both cases the Dolphins added players to an already full group. Carroo joins a receiver group that includes Landry, De’Vante Parker (the teams 1st round pick in 2015), Kenny Stills, and Matt Hazel. Carroo should have little problem jumping ahead of Hazel this off-season and Grant should also find a spot on the roster as a returner or challenge Hazel for the 5th receiver spot.
Duarte joins a unit that has Jordan Cameron, Dion Sims, and a talented yet inexperienced Jake Stoneburner. It’s possible that Duarte ends up on the teams practice squad this year.
The signing of the teams two draft picks leaves only third rounder Kenyan Drake, a running back from Alabama, left unsigned. The Dolphins will likely have him under contract this week.