Friday, April 30, 2010

Dolphins sign undrafted TE Dan Beaudin

A few days after reports surfaced of the Miami Dolphins signing eight undrafted rookie free agents, the team has apparently signed a ninth by adding Montana tight end Dan Beaudin.

Initial reports were unclear as to whether Beaudin was actually being signed by the Dolphins or merely trying out at the team's upcoming minicamp, but Missoulian reporter Fritz Neighbor has confirmed to me via email that Beaudin was in fact signed.

Beaudin's addition gives the Dolphins 75 players on their 80-man active roster. The team will need to clear five roster spots to make room for their to unsigned restricted free agents (Ronnie Brown and Anthony Fasano) as well as their eight unsigned draft picks.

Background

A Montana native, Beaudin was a letterman in basketball, football, and track at Noxon High School. He went on to letter in all three sports at Montana as well.

After redshirting at Montana and earning Outstanding Scout Team Player of the Year honors in 2005, Beaudin moved into a starting role with the Grizzlies in 2006 and caught 12 passes for 150 yards and two scores.

Beaudin split time as a starter with Steve Pfahler in 2007, opening six of 12 contests and catching six passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. He was named an honorable mention All-Big Sky selection and was earned Academic All-Big Sky honors.

A Big Sky and Academic All-Big Sky selection again in 2008, Beaudin caught 13 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown in 13 games.

Beaudin posted his best numbers as a senior in 2009, setting career highs in receptions (31), receiving yards (342) and receiving touchdowns (three) in 15 games on his way to honorable mention All-Big Sky honors for the third consecutive season.

The 6-foot-4, 256-pound Beaudin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.99 seconds and went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was offered a tryout at a Minnesota Vikings minicamp before receiving a contract offer from the Dolphins.

Analysis

It's not surprise to see Beaudin signed, as the team's rookie minicamp is coming up and the team has no such tight ends on the roster.

It's also not a surprise to see another Montana Grizzly signed by the Dolphins, as the team has developed somewhat of a pipeline to the school with running back Lex Hilliard and Pro Bowl placekicker Dan Carpenter.

Beaudin doesn't possess great speed or receiving skills and is really a blocking prospect at the next level. He is an extreme long shot to make the Dolphins' final roster ahead of John Nalbone or Kory Sperry, and will really battle just to make it to training camp in July.

Meanwhile, I've updated my projected Dolphins depth chart as of April 30, which you can view and download here.


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