Despite his blazing 4.3 speed in the 40-yard dash, 48 tackles and two interceptions in his senior season at UNLV, Torry McTyer never heard his name called in the 2017 NFL draft. McTyer entered Miami Dolphins training camp as an undrafted free agent but it wasn’t long before he made his presence felt.
McTyer picked off two passes in one day during the second week of camp, and one of them would have been a pick six. Not only were his ball skills on full display, but his speed allowed him to run with the likes of Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker down the field on vertical routes. He also opened eyes during practices with his ability to return kicks. While Jakeem Grant and Kenyan Drake are viewed as the Dolphins’ return men McTyer might very well be viewed as the third option.
McTyer’s ability to come in and make enough plays to become a member of a talented Dolphins’ roster might lead one to question why teams overlooked him. In McTyer’s case, Gase wasn’t able to quantify why he went undrafted, much like other undrafted free agents before him.
“I can’t explain all that,” Gase said. “… I’ve had bad play calls, I’ve misevaluated guys before, I’ve misused guys before. In scouting sometimes – you think you see guys one way and he comes in and he’s a different guy, or he just shows something different, or he’s a better fit than he was in college – you just never know. I went through it in Denver with Chris Harris. He came in and all of a sudden I kept hearing them talk about him on special teams, then the next thing you know – he’s starting for us. How can you explain that one?”
In an interview with Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post, McTyer stated that he didn’t know what he’d be doing other than working for another opportunity in the NFL had he not made the team – and that’s exactly the mentality Gase likes about his undrafted free agents.
“It seems like most of the undrafted guys that make it – they’re playing for their lives. … They’re fighters, they wouldn’t be doing it if they didn’t love it, because no one else thought they were good enough, and you like that. That’s why I like those guys that we have. They got a different mindset.”