The Miami Dolphins are making their final preparations for the NFL draft next week. Jeff Ireland and scouting his team are putting together their draft board….probably to take another lineman with their first round pick! While the Dolphins are focused on the draft, they’ve also signed a couple of free agents, adding more depth to the roster.
Guyton is a 6’4″, 245 lb linebacker who most recently played for the Patriots. Last year he started 6 games for the Pats, played in 13 games and registered 47 tackles and 1 interception. Guyton is a 4-3 outside linebacker who will add depth to the Dolphins linebacking corps. Signing Guyton takes one more need (depth at LB) off the table for the draft. On a side note, the Dolphins have said that they’ll decide after the draft if they will sign offensive guard, Jake Scott. Scott came to Miami for a visit last month, but left unsigned. He also met with a few other teams, but remains a free agent. Perhaps there is an injury concern we don’t know about? Or perhaps teams want to see how the draft plays out before making a commitment to Scott.
This weekend, the Dolphins also signed a player that wasn’t on many fans’ radar this offseason. Les Brown, 6’4″, 238 lbs and a former college basketball player, signed a 3 year deal with the Dolphins. Brown was offered nothing more than an opportunity to try to make the 53 man roster. Most likely, Brown will end up on the Dolphins practice squad. However, given the trend of NFL teams taking basketball players and turning them into tight ends, you never know. Brown is a tight end, but he hasn’t played football in 6 years. He did look impressive at BYU’s pro day last month, running a 4.43 40 yard dash. Here’s a video of his ‘highlights’ courtesy of YouTube:
Thus far in the draft process, the 2 quarterbacks the Dolphins have shown public interest in Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler. They brought both Tannehill and Osweiler to Miami for private workout sessions and attended both of their pro days. However, do not be surprised if the Dolphins select a QB that they have not shown as much public interest in. Two names that come to mind: Brandon Weeden and Kirk Cousins. The Dolphins haven’t had a private workout or visit with either of those two qb’s. And, if you were wondering, YES, the Dolphins have selected players in the past that they haven’t shown public interest in.