The Miami Dolphins are getting ready for the return of players next week as training camp opens on Thursday. Throughout the offseason and into training camp, we continue our annual 90-in-90 look at the Dolphins’ roster, breaking down each individual player. We take a look at what the player did in 2017, then look at reasons the player could either progress or regress in 2018, followed by the chances the player makes the 53-man regular season roster.
This year, we have already finished the reviews for wide receiver Leonte Carroo, punter Matt Haack, safety T.J. McDonald, running back Buddy Howell, wide receiver DeVante Parker, defensive end William Hayes, wide receiver Isaiah Ford, safety/cornerback Walt Aikens, defensive end Claudy Mathieu, linebacker Kiko Alonso, cornerback Xavien Howard, long snapper Lucas Gravelle, wide receiver Danny Amendola, tight end A.J. Derby, running back Frank Gore, defensive tackle Gabe Wright, wide receiver Kenny Stills, cornerback Tony Lippett, kicker Jason Sanders, kicker Greg Joseph, left tackle Laremy Tunsil, tight end Mike Gesicki, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, running back Kalen Ballage, wide receiver Jakeem Grant, tight end Durham Smythe, quarterback David Fales, wide receiver Albert Wilson, defensive tackle Akeem Spence, linebacker Chase Allen, defensive end Cameron Wake, running back Senorise Perry, and tight end MarQueis Gray, offensive lineman Ted Larsen, defensive end Andre Branch, running back Kenyan Drake, defensive end Quincy Redmon, quarterback Bryce Petty, wide receiver Francis Owusu, defensive end Jonathan Woodard, and defensive end Charles Harris. Now, our second player for today, we take a look at center Connor Hilland.
Hilland joins the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of William & Mary this season. The was a four-year starter at left guard in college, including 11 games as a senior. He had injury issues during his first three seasons at William & Mary, missing four games as a redshirt freshman, one his sophomore season, and two games as a junior.
Why he might progress
There is no pressure on Hilland, so he can absolutely just work on his technique and his play in shifting over to center with the Dolphins. NFL level coaching will help Hilland develop both on the field and in the film room.
Why he might regress
As an undrafted free agent coming out of William & Mary, the speed of the game and the potential change from left guard to center presents a huge learning curve for Hilland.
Chances of making the 53-man roster
Hilland is another player likely fighting for a practice squad position at best this year.