Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross welcomes Michigan LB Mike McCray

Stephen Ross personally reached out to Mike McCray when the Dolphins signed him. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — The Dolphins have an expansive and thorough team of scouts, and owner Stephen Ross might have been part of that operation this year.

He didn’t use a clipboard and a stopwatch, but Ross thought highly of Michigan linebacker Mike McCray and that couldn’t have hurt when McCray was looking for a team after going undrafted. It’s always nice for a job applicant when the owner of the company went to the same school, and Ross is one of Michigan’s most notable alums.

“It’s that Michigan connection,” McCray said this afternoon. “We’ve all got that certain connection.”

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McCray is one of 21 players in town this weekend for rookie minicamp, but it’s likely few — if any — of his peers got a phone call from Ross after they landed with the Dolphins. McCray said he told him congratulations and advised him to be ready for a challenge.

“He told me when I come here, just come to work,” McCray said. “That’s what I’m gonna do.”

Ross graduated from Michigan in 1962 before going into law and becoming a real estate developer. He is the biggest donor in the history of the university, with a $50 million gift last year pushing his total contribution to $378 million, according to the Detroit Free-Press.

Ross remains highly attached to the football program, and McCray said they’d met multiple times while he was in college.

“We didn’t really talk a lot because he’d come to visit and be in and out, but just kinda being able to talk to him and learning what he knows,” he said. “He’s a really smart guy and he’s one of the richest people in the world. Just coming in and building that connection, maybe in the long term it’ll help me out.”

That’s not the only reason Miami snatched up McCray. Not even close. He’s a 6-foot-4, 242-pounder who made the all-Big Ten team honorable mention list after piling up 79 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble last season. He also had 73 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions and six pass breakups as a junior.

That was a strong comeback by McCray, who missed all of the 2015 season after having shoulder surgery and battling other injuries. The Dolphins saw potential there, and he’ll get a real chance to make the roster.

The top two linebackers are Raekwon McMillan and Kiko Alonso, and third-round pick Jerome Baker figures to be one of the top candidates for the third starting job. Beyond that, McCray is one of 10 players vying for what will probably be three or four additional spots.

“I really don’t know anything like that,” he said. “But I’m gonna come in and try to earn my keep.”

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