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Miami Dolphins 2017 NFL Draft: Late Round Sleepers

Eric Roddy examines some late round sleepers for the Miami Dolphins in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Who will be the next Antonio Brown, Zach Thomas, Reshad Jones or Tom Brady in this year's NFL Draft?

While most players take in the first 3-4 rounds will be the most talked about after the draft, it is often the late-round picks who turn into stars that are remembered forever. 

The Miami Dolphins are gearing up to make their selections, and currently have three 5th round picks, a 6th round pick, and a 7th round pick.

Here are a few potential late-round sleepers that could make an impact sooner rather than later for the 'Phins this year. 

1. Keionta Davis, DE, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Davis is not high on many team's radars, partially because of the depth at his position in this year's draft. However, Davis as the ability and the upside to not only make an NFL roster, but to work into the rotation early in his career. He has great size at 6-foot-3, 273 pounds, and is only so low on draft boards because of his lack of experience against top Division 1 programs. That being said, Davis would be a value pick in the sixth or seventh round, and could help an aging defensive end rotation for the Dolphins. 

2. Samson Ebukam, OLB, Eastern Washington

Known for his ability to get to the quarterback, Ebukam would enter the NFL either as an undersized DE, or an oversized LB. The Dolphins could use his athletic ability, especially on situational pass rushing downs. If Ebukam could become more polished at the outside linebacker position, he could become a valuable player after his rookie season. Ebukam could also make an immediate impact on special teams. CBS Sports calls his play-style as "tasmanian devil."

3. Chad Kelly, QB Mississippi Rebels

Before I even start, let me say this. Ryan Tannehill is the QB of the Miami Dolphins. Period. End of discussion. However, Matt Moore will not be able to play forever, and the Dolphins could use a new backup to learn behind Ryan Tannehill and Adam Gase. Chad Kelly might be the QB in the NFL Draft with the most talent and upside. His off the field issues, which have been national news more than once, are the reason he will go so late in this draft. If Chad Kelly is still their in the 7th round, the Dolphins should consider using a pick to draft him. 

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