Liveblog: Miami Dolphins add assist after NFL Draft



Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier speaks during the introductory press conference for New Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel at the Baptist Health Training Complex at Hard Rock Stadium on Thursday, February 10, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Here’s our annual blog updating the Dolphins’ rookie free agent signings in the hours following the NFL Draft.

Please keep checking, with the most recent news to be posted above the older news:

10:20 p.m.: Illinois defensive end/outside linebacker Owen Carney has agreed to terms with the Dolphins, according to his agency, Milk and Honey Sports.

Carney, who weighs 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, had 44 tackles, including 7.5 for a loss, and six sacks last season.

He had 19 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks in five seasons for the Illini. Carney attended Miami Central High.

9:15 p.m. update: Nebraska defensive lineman Ben Stille is signing with the Dolphins, according to the Cornhuskers. He had 29.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks in five seasons at Nebraska.

Last season, the 6-foot-5, 295-pound Stille — who can play defensive end and defensive tackle — had 42 tackles, including six for loss, 1.5 sacks and three passes defended.

He’s good at fending off passes and defended seven passes at Nebraska.

9 p.m. update: Idaho State wide receiver Tanner Conner signs with Miami, according to his school.

He had 34 receptions for 685 yards and three touchdowns in just six games last season. He had 34 catches for 685 yards and three touchdowns in 2020.

He was a state high school hurdles champion in Washington.

8:45 p.m.: UM defensive end Deandre Johnson is signing with the Dolphins, according to one of his agents, Michael Celli.

Johnson, who attended Miami Southridge High, had 26 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in his lone season in Miami.

Prior to that, he played four seasons at Tennessee and had 10 sacks there.

He completed a “30” visit with Arizona and impressed the Dolphins on their local practice day.

8:35 p.m. update: Virginia Tech and Clemson defensive tackle Jordan Williams have agreed to terms with Miami, a source has confirmed.

Last season, he played in 11 games, making six starts at defensive tackle and had 28 tackles, including three for losses, and 1.5 sacks.

Prior to that, he played three seasons at Clemson and had 55 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, two pass breakups and one forced fumble.

8:25 am update: According to a source, the Dolphins are signing Louisiana Tech defensive back Elijah Hamilton, a cornerback/safety who played his first three seasons at Vanderbilt and his final season at Louisiana Tech.

Campbell, 6-2, has four passes defended and no interceptions in his career.

The Dolphins will start his career by focusing on safety.

8:20 am update: The Dolphins are signing Mississippi wide receiver Braylon Sanders, who caught 24 passes for 549 yards and four touchdowns last season.

8 p.m. update: The Dolphins added a center, agreeing to terms with Arkansas’ Ty Clary. He played right tackle, right guard and center last season.

In 2020, he made five starts at right guard and two at center.

7:50 p.m. update: The Dolphins are signing one of the draft’s intriguing small-school prospects, Texas A&M Commerce cornerback Kader Kohou, according to a source. The Dolphins would give him $130,000 guaranteed.

He ran a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash and was also on the trail team.

7:45 p.m. update: FIU punter Tommy Heatherly is signing with the Dolphins, he announced. Veteran Thomas Morstead is the favorite to be the Dolphins punter.

Heatherly averaged 46.4 yards per punt last season and 44.8 in three years at FIU.

7:30 am update: The Dolphins sign South Carolina running back Zaquandre White. He had 88 carries for 583 yards last season, averaging 6.6 per carry. He also caught 19 passes for 202 yards.

White played the 2018 season at Florida State and didn’t have a carry-over that season, then was traded to South Carolina, absent in the 2019 season. He had 16 carries for 59 yards in the 2020 season for Gamecocks.

7:28 update: The Dolphins sign cornerback from Oregon Verone McKliney III, according to his agents. He had 11 interceptions in four seasons, including six last season.

He is the second ball-peddling duck to be added by the Dolphins in the past two years, after safety Jevon Holland was selected last year in the second round.

McKliney had 77 tackles and one forced fumble last season.

7:10 p.m. update: The Dolphins are adding several offensive linemen, including Blaise Andries from Minnesota and Kellen Diesch from Arizona State.

Diesch was the top-rated tackle in the Pac-12 last season, according to Pro Football Focus. The previous year, he was the 18th-highest ranked tackle among Power Five schools and second in the Pac-12, according to this website.

Diesch is a two-year starter with 16 career starts at left tackle for Arizona State, which has put together a pro-style, intensive offensive program. He previously played at Texas A&M.

Andries has played in every position except at Minnesota Center. He had five starts at left tackle, 11 at left guard, 21 at right guard and nine at right tackle.

Miami has sued multiple centers (update: they signed Clary), but as of 7 p.m., he was not involved in the pursuit of Alec Lindstrom, who was playing for new Dolphins offensive line coach Matt Applebaum at Boston College. Lindstrom agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys.

This story was originally published April 30, 2022 7:14 p.m.

Barry Jackson has written for the Miami Herald since 1986 and has written the Florida Sports Buzz column since 2002.

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