Miami Dolphins 2018 undrafted free agents: 2 highest-touted players

Utah State cornerback Jalen Davis had 11 interceptions and 4 touchdowns at Utah State, where he was Walter Camp first-team All America this season. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins have secured commitments from at least 12 undrafted free agents, though they are unannounced and always subject to change.

But don’t underestimate the impact an undrafted player can make. And remember that last season, five undrafted players made the Dolphins roster out of training camp (Mo Smith, Chase Allen, Eric Smith, Matt Haack and Torry McTyer).

The Dolphins also have a history of success with undrafted players, including: Damien Williams (Oklahoma), Michael Thomas (Stanford), MarQueis Gray (Minnesota), Matt Darr (Tennessee), John Denney (BYU), Andrew Franks (RPI), Neville Hewitt (Marshall) and Mike Hull (Penn State).

And we shall never forget that, somehow, Dolphins great Cameron Wake was undrafted out of Penn State. Wake’s long, successful journey is surely inspirational to all the players whose phone didn’t ring for the three days in their life when they wanted it to ring most.

Here is some information about the two players from Miami’s free-agent class that were rated highest by ESPN:

• Mike McCray, LB, Michigan, 6-1, 243 (ESPN: 257th best overall player) 

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ESPN Scouting Report: “McCray is a disciplined run defender who flashes the ability to beat blockers to the point of attack and disrupt plays on the backfield. He’s an above-average tackler who flashes good stopping power and masks his athletic limitations by playing with sound body control. McCray projects as an above-average backup inside linebacker with the potential to develop into a core special teams contributor and starter in time. He projects as an early Day 3 pick if he checks out medically.”

NFL.com Scouting Report: “Son of former Ohio State linebacker captain… McCray is a big, physical inside linebacker who plays with most of the characteristics evaluators want from an inside linebacker, but his limited range could hurt his draft stock. McCray could be a consideration for 3-4 teams looking to pair a big body next an athlete at inside linebacker, but he’ll need to come off the field on passing downs. If healthy, McCray could become a backup linebacker with a chance to work himself into starting contention down the road.”

Pro Football Focus Commentary: “Excellent run-defense grades over the past two seasons for Michigan, but his coverage fell off in 2017 and he had some very ugly games on his tape.”

• Jalen Davis, CB, Utah State, 5-9, 180 (ESPN: 271st best overall player)

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ESPN Scouting Report: “Davis is an instinctive playmaker who reads quarterbacks, plays the ball not the man and has above average ball skills. But he doesn’t play quite as fast as his timed top-end speed — he ran a 4.44 40 at his pro day — and his short shuttle time (4.50) is a red flag for a corner.”

NFL.com Commentary: “Davis is blowing up this year, but if no one’s watching the Aggies, is there a sound? Scouts think so. I loved Davis’ game coming into the year, and now he’s tied for the FBS lead with 5 interceptions, returning 3 to the house, in 6 games. The four-year starter is a tough player and a ball hawk. I believe he’ll be a starting nickelback in the NFL.”

Pro Football Focus Commentary: “Davis was a combine snub largely due to his lack of size, but he showed well athletically at his pro day with a 36-inch vertical and 40-yard dash times in the 4.4s. On the field, Davis is a ball hawk who looks to make plays on the ball and has excellent ball skills when he gets there, as proven by his five interceptions along with his 12 passes broken up in 2017. Opposing quarterbacks didn’t have much success targeting Davis in 2017 and his 30.5 passer rating when targeted ranked third among all draft-eligible cornerbacks.”

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