Dolphins sign fifth-round pick Mike Gillislee

5/20/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Miami Dolphins continue to make their way up in signing their 2013 draft picks after officially striking a deal with running back Mike Gillislee. His four-year rookie contract is expected to be worth $2.322 million, with a $162,800 signing bonus.
Gillislee was selected 104th overall in the fifth-round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Dolphins. The former University of Florida product joins a young Dolphins running back group that features Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas, Marcus Thigpen, Jonas Gray and undrafted free agent Cameron Marshall. Gillislee impressed during rookie minicamp and needs to continue that trend if he wishes to compete with backup Daniel Thomas (2011 second-round pick) for playing time in the Dolphins’ backfield. The Dolphins’ 2012 fourth-round pick Lamar Miller is projected to be the starter in the 2013 season.
After last month’s draft, Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said he expects Gillislee to be capable of handling himself in the pass rush. If that holds true, that skill could help Gillislee in OTA practices this upcoming week and training camp this July to help push him into a third-down role on the Dolphins’ offense for the 2013 season.
As a senior at Florida, Gillislee ran for 1,152 yards on 244 attempts for a 4.7-yard average and garnered 10 touchdowns for the Gators in 2012.
With Gillislee in the folds, the Dolphins have signed five of their nine draft picks from the 2013 class. Tight end Dion Sims (fourth-round), linebacker Jelani Jenkins (fourth-round), kicker Caleb Sturgis (fifth-round) and cornerback Don Jones (seventh-round) all signed their rookie contracts last week.
The only draft picks that remain unsigned by the Dolphins are defensive end Dion Jordan (first-round), cornerback Jamar Taylor (second-round) as well as third round picks Dallas Thomas (offensive lineman) and Will Davis (cornerback).
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