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Miami Dolphins sign second round pick Xavien Howard

The Miami Dolphins this evening signed second-round pick Xavien Howard, leaving three rookies yet to be signed from their eight-man 2016 draft class.

Howard follows the signing of first-rounder Laremy Tunsil, sixth-rounder Jakeem Grant, sixth-rounder Jordan Lucas, and seventh-rounder Brandon Doughty.

Howard is expected to compete for a starting job. He has said that. The team hopes that.

That is what he must do and quite quickly for the Dolphins to be any good. (Go ahead, debate me on that).

Third rounders Leonte Carroo and Kenyan Drake and seventh-rounder Thomas Duarte have yet to sign. The team is not concerned about getting all the deals done in time for training camp. Everybody signs these days.

Not an issue.

Despite not yet having deals, both Carroo and Drake have been in the team's strength and conditioning program because they signed insurance waivers to ward against injuries. Duarte is the lone rookie not at the team's offseason and conditioning program because UCLA is on the quarters system and thus the player's class has not yet graduated.

The NFL prohibits players from attending their new teams' offseason camps and programs until their classes graduate. UCLA's graduation is in June.