Terrill Hanks Is a Miami Dolphin Now, But What Are His Chances?

While he did not get drafted this weekend, Terrill Hanks was still signed to a contract as an undrafted free agent with his hometown Miami Dolphins not long after the draft concluded.
As many who have followed the draft long enough will tell you, it is not necessary to get drafted in order to make it as a rostered regular in the NFL. Tony Romo, James Harrison and even recent ex-Dolphin Cameron Wake all went from undrafted to extremely valuable starter within the last 20 years.
Go back a little further back and you’ll find guys like Wes Welker, John Randle, Kurt Warner and Warren Moon who all went undrafted and now only Welker in that group isn’t a Hall of Famer but likely will be eventually.
You don’t need to be a draft pick in order to stick, and honestly, the line between sixth or seventh-round draft pick isn’t that significant. You just need a coaching staff that is right for you, and a franchise that has a need for what you are good at.
So, is Miami that place for Hanks?
Well, we can’t really speak to the coaching aspect because the Dolphins just turned over their entire coaching staff. We don’t know if they’ll stick with a base 4-3 or convert to a 3-4. I would vote for the latter since the Dolphins lost their only two competent pass rushers from last season, but we’ll see.
But they most certainly are in need of some linebackers. The Dolphins will need a minimum of 6-8 linebackers on their two-deep, which of course doesn’t include guys who don’t play LB outside of emergency or injury but do play on special teams.
The Dolphins’ current depth at linebacker is Kiko Alonso, Raekwon McMillan, Jerome Baker, Chase Allen and… a bunch of other dudes.
This could be a great opportunity for Hanks to stand out. He’s not undersized for the position, and he has great measurables outside of being average in his combine data. Yes, he ran a 4.98 40-yard dash but that was thanks to a hamstring pull.
Not only that, those of us who watched him for four seasons at New Mexico State are aware of what he can do. He’s a natural leader, he’s adept in space, he’s not about to get embarrassed by any RB or TE in coverage.
This could be a great fit for Hanks. He gets the comforts of playing in his hometown, for a team that has no expectations because of the new coaching staf and roster turnover, and for a team that has minimal established depth at his position.
As weird as it will be to see Hanks in teal and orange, I think he has a strong chance of sticking in his hometown for a while.

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