Friday, May 30, 2008

Rookie G Shawn Murphy signs

According to KFFL.com, fourth-round draft pick Shawn Murphy has signed with the Dolphins.

Murphy is the sixth drafted pick to sign with the Dolphins so far, and the first in the top four rounds after first overall pick Jake Long. His signing leaves only second-rounders Phillip Merling and Chad Henne and third-rounder Kendall Langford unsigned.

I have to say, I'm really pleasantly surprised with how quickly we've gotten our rookies under contract. In my experience following the league this is quite early in the offseason to have so many draft picks signed, and looking around the league this is quite apparent. By my count looking at the 31 other teams, only three other draft picks have signed. If I'm not mistaken, that means the Dolphins have twice as many draft picks under contract than the rest of the league put together.

As for Murphy, the signing of Steve McKinney takes pressure off him to start from Week 1. I would prefer a veteran to fill the open guard spot for now and I think McKinney can handle the job, so if he's healthy he should be the guy. Murphy probably isn't far away from really pushing for a starting job however, and if he doesn't crack the lineup in 2008 he will have a good shot at it in 2009.