Live blog: Miami Dolphins add help after the draft

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As usual, the Miami Dolphins are supplementing their seven-player draft class with undrafted rookies.

But the class will be light this year; with a roster already 80-plus deep, the Dolphins don’t have room to add a lot of undrafted rookies and stay under the 90-player maximum.

We’ll update those Dolphins signings in this blog throughout the evening:

11 p.m.: Former Georgia Tech cornerback and special teams standout Jaytlin Askew signed with the Dolphins, former Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson discloses this evening.

Askew had only two tackles last season but played a key role on special teams as the Yellow Jackets’ gunner.

He made five starts at cornerback in 2018 but has played mostly special teams the past two seasons.

He had 32 tackles and one fumble recovery in his career.

The Dolphins now have multiple players with “gunner” experience on their roster, including receivers Mack Hollins and Robert Foster.

10:30 p.m.: The Dolphins signed Alabama fullback/tight end Carl Tucker.

Tucker was primarily a tight end at North Carolina before transferring to Alabama, where he worked as a tight end and as a fullback.

“Tough, tough player and embraced the role of special teams, which coach [Brian] Flores puts premium on,” his agent, Sean Stellato, said.

Tucker, 6-2 and 248 pounds, spent his first five seasons at North Carolina, catching 36 passes for 549 yards (a 15.3 average) and four touchdowns.

He transferred to Alabama last season and appeared in seven games, including four starts, working often in a fullback type role when the Crimson Tide deployed heavy personnel.

Against Mississippi last season, he returned a short kickoff by the Rebels for a 23-yard gain to set up an eventual Tide touchdown. He also helped block for the Tide rushing group that racked up 306 yards on the ground.

He joins a roster which already had six tight ends but no natural fullbacks. Tight end Cethan Carter, Miami’s first free agent signing this offseason, can play an H-back type role.

7:25 p.m.: Middle Tennessee State guard/tackle Robert Jones agrees to a deal with Miami, according to a league source and then announced by his school.

He began his collegiate career at Highland Community College, where he started 13 games at guard in two years. At Middle Tennessee, he played 12 games at right tackle with 11 starts and then started eight of nine games at right tackle last season.

According to a source, the Dolphins were so determined to sign him that they guaranteed him $130,000 -- which is a very high amount for an undrafted rookie.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: “Jones is a two-year starter at right tackle who will transition inside to guard due to a lack of athleticism at tackle. His wide frame can be a challenge to navigate and there is potential for improvement by making the proper adjustments with hand placement.

“However, his inability to bend and drop his pad level will make it even tougher to create leverage and sustain blocks as an interior player. Sub-package rushers might be too quick for him to handle in protection with his lack of body control.”

7:20 p.m.: Indiana defensive tackle Jerome Johnson signs with Miami, per source.

The 6-3, 304-pounder was named Indiana’s Outstanding Lineman of the Year in 2018 and 219, leading the team with 3.5 sacks in 2018 (32 tackles, 5.5 for loss in 12 games, nine starts) and tying for the team lead with five sacks in 2019 (43 tackles, 7.5 for loss in 13 starts).

In 2020, he was second-team all-conference in 2020 and had 18 tackles, 4.5 for loss with four sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt in eight games.

He’s the first Indiana defensive tackle since Hurvin McCormack in 1993 to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors.

Zierlein’s take: “Long-limbed 3-technique who plays with an active secondary motor that keeps him working toward the play. He’s high-cut and leggy and his body control is very average, so he tends to get bounced around by contact as a run blocker and pass rusher.

“His reps as a run defender can be very feast-or-famine, depending on the game and matchup, but his loose upper body finds ways to slide off the block and get back into the play. He combines foot quickness and pure effort to help pressure the pocket and could offer late-Day 3 value as a potential three-down backup in a one-gapping front.”

Here’s my Saturday piece with more analysis reaction on the Dolphins’ selection of tight end Hunter Long and safety Javon Holland.

Here’s my Saturday piece with evaluator analysis on the Dolphins’ selection of offensive tackle Larnel Coleman and running back Gerrid Doaks.