Dolphins Reporters Omar Kelly and Chris Perkins talk NFL Draft 2014 and how GM Dennis Hickey filled this year's draft class with small school players.

Every year since 2007 an undrafted rookie has made the Miami Dolphins 53-man roster.

Last year it was defensive tackle A.J. Francis, who returned to the team late in the season after being claimed by the Patriots, Sam Brenner ended up being a starter for the Dolphins, and former Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs, who split time between the 53-man roster and the practice squad.

In the past undrafted rookies like Dan Carpenter, Davone Bess, Derrick Shelby, Jonathan Freeny, Marlon Moore, Josh Samuda, etc. have become significant contributors on offense, defense and special teams. So the odds one or two players from this group of undrafted players makes the team - and that includes the practice squad - are pretty high.

Here's a look at the players the Dolphins have reportedly signed, or will possibly bring in for a tryout during rookie camp. Keep in mind the Dolphins still need to get their roster to 90 players. At this point it is difficult to tell the actual signees from the tryout guys because the Dolphins have not announced them.


LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson

Johnson was rated the sixth best defensive tackle in the 2014 NFL draft. The only players rated better than him were Aaron Donald, Ra'Shede Hageman, Louis Nix, Timmy Jernigan and Daniel McCullers. But a medical redflag, and a failed drug test at the NFL combine tanked his draft stock. This former Parade All-American, and Lousiana Gatorade Player of the Year plays tall, and has short arms. But he's athletic. He should be a good project for defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers.

Hurricanes defensive end Shayon Green

Green, who is 6-foot-3, 264 pounds, has contributed 143 tackles and three sacks in his four seasons with the Hurricanes. He concluded his career with 25 consecutive starts on a Hurricanes defensive line that was perceived as the team's biggest weakness.

Hurricanes defensive tackle Curtis Porter

Porter, a 6-foot-1, 325 pound defensive tackle, has been slowed by injuries most of his UM career. He played in all 13 games in 2013, making nine starts along the defensive line. Finished with 25 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery last season.

South Florida defensive end Tevin Mims

Mims, a former junior college standout who is 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, was USF's defensive MVP in 2013 after posting 40 tackles, six tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 10 games (eight starts).

Georgia defensive tackle Garrison Smith

Smith, who is 6-foot-1, 310 pounds, helped anchor a Georgia defensive line for three seasons, making 23 collegiate starts. He contributed 63 tackles and six sacks as a senior.


North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen

Jensen (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) threw for 2,793 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior. He led his team to three FCS national titles. Jensen went 47-5 as a starter and totaled 48 career wins.

Oklahoma tailback Damien Williams

Williams, who is 5-foot-11, 222 pounds, is a former NJCAA All-American who led the Sooners in rushing in 2012 when he gained 946 rushing yards and scored 11 touchdowns that season, despite splitting carries. In 2013 Williams was limited by an ankle injury, but gained 553 rushing yards and scored seven touchdowns in the nine games he played. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry and caught nine passes for 90 yards. But he was dismissed from the team.