Two undrafted free agents from SEC schools — Georgia defensive back Maurice Smith and Arkansas wide receiver Drew Morgan — have drawn praise for their work with the Miami Dolphins.
Maurice Smith INT of Matt Moore. Smith and Drew Morgan the two most impressive UDFA's through 12 Miami Dolphins practices.
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) June 14, 2017
While they have been impressive, both will have to overcome long odds to make the roster.
The Dolphins return their top three wide receivers from last season, plus have two draft picks from 2016 on the roster. In addition, Miami drafted Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford in the seventh round this year and signed three other undrafted receivers, including Ole Miss’ Damore’ea Stringfellow. Morgan, though, seemingly has a chance to nab a spot as an inside receiver, especially if he shows he can handle special teams duty.
Smith can play cornerback, nickelback and safety, and needs to hope that fourth-year pro Walt Aikens struggles in his move from corner to safety. Smith showing he can be comfortable at safety is vital, as there aren’t many snaps available at corner.
One positive for Smith: He has experience of having to learn on the fly from his quick transition to the Bulldogs’ defense midway through fall camp in 2016 after transferring from Alabama. Morgan had 128 catches for 1,582 yards and 13 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Razorbacks. He was the team leader in receptions in those two seasons.
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