We are currently making our way through the Miami Dolphins' 90-man offseason roster, breaking down last season for each player, as well as what could happen this year. Today, we continue today with a look at linebacker David Hinds.
Hinds was the defensive leader with Florida Atlantic last year, helping the team switch from a 3-4 defense in 2011 to a 4-3 in 2012. Hinds is seen as an outside linebacker prospect in the Dolphins' defense.
He joined the Dolphins during their rookie minicamp on a tryout. His work during the three day camp impressed coaches to the point that they added him to the roster.
Why he could improve in 2013:
Hinds will be looking to continue to impress coaches during the preseason, playing both as a reserve linebacker and on special teams. He played in three different defensive systems in his final three years at FAU, switching back and forth between 3-4 formations and 4-3. He has shown he can quickly adjust his game and pick up a new system, which he will be asked to do again as he transitions to the Dolphins' defense.
Why he could regress in 2013:
An undrafted free agent who made the team as a tryout player, not as a priority signing after the draft, Hinds has a huge hill in front of him. If he doesn't make the team, or the practice squad, it really should not be seen as a regression - though it will be.
Odds he will make the 53-man roster:
The odds are not good for Hinds to be on the 53-man roster. The fact that he impressed the coaches enough to sign him out of the tryout at least gives him some favor with the staff. He is going to be playing for either the 53rd roster slot, or one of the practice squad positions this year, most likely.