Dolphins sign three draft picks; add USC center
The Dolphins signed three of this year's late-round draft picks, and added another undrafted college offensive linemen just days before beginning the team's first organized activity on Wednesday.
Running backs Jalen Parmele and Lex Hilliard and defensive lineman Lionel Dotson were signed to multi-years deals. The length of each player's contract, and the amount of their signing bonus was not disclosed.
Parmele and Hilliard were two of the Dolphins' three sixth-round draft picks. They will compete with each other for the role as the backups to Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.
Dotson was the team's lone seventh-round selection and likely will be worked as one of the interior linemen.
Also signed was center Matt Spanos, a one-year starter at Southern California who has played every position on the Trojans' offensive line. Spanos is 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, but had an injury-plagued college career, which was also interrupted because of academic troubles.
Pair Spanos with Monday's signing of veteran guard Steve McKinney, who has experience playing both guard and center throughout his 10 NFL seasons, veterans Trey Darilek and Ikechuku Ndukwe, and the Dolphins now enter training camp with four possible backups to center Samson Satele, the projected starter.
Since the Dolphins signed offensive tackle Jake Long before selecting him as the draft's top pick, the signing of Parmele, Hilliard and Dotson means the Dolphins have signed four of its nine players selected in the 2008 draft.
The only players that remain unsigned are defensive end Phillip Merling, who is represented by Jimmy Sexton, the same agent that represents vice president Bill Parcells and coach Tony Sparano, quarterback Chad Henne, defensive end Kendall Langford, and offensive guards Shawn Murphy and Donald Thomas.
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