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This week, draftnik Simon Clancy and his cohorts at UniversalDraft.com , Richard Lines and Chris Kouffman, break down the receiver position from a Dolphins perspective. WR, S and LB are the positions they see the greatest need in and will look at the other two positions in the a great n they do the first of a three-week breakdown on the positions they think the Dolphins should t serwea first break down the receiver position for the Dolphins.
Today, break down the three positions they think the Dolphins lack - WR, S and LB. Notably missing is NT Dan Williams, whom they consider overrated.:
1. Miami's current WRs situation.a. What is a #1? What does that mean?
b. How many real #1's are out there?
c. Is there anyone on Miami's roster with that kind of ability?
Player Visits: Let’s have a quick look at some of the players we know the Dolphins have scouted over the past seven days and no better place to start than with those receivers. And Miami are showing a lot of interest in the aforementioned UCONN wideout Marcus Easley. He’s a former walk on who had four career catches going into his senior season, but flashed enormous big play potential as a senior and should figure in the middle rounds. He’s raw in his route running but has good hands, 4.4 speed and is a solid blocker.
Dolphins receivers coach Karl Dorrell joined his counterparts from the Bengals, Jets, Patriots and Browns in keeping Illinois wideout Arrelious Benn through an extra 90 minute session after his pro day. At the workout, the 6’1, 218 pounder ran a 4.43 forty and his stock is rising into that late 1st area.
Architect of the great victory over Michigan two seasons ago, QB turned receiver Armanti Edwards will also work out for the Dolphins in the coming days. At his pro day, the former Appalachian State standout was 5’11, 182 and ran in the 4.4 range.
As reported here many weeks ago, the Dolphins have previously spent time with Taylor Price. He too is coming for a private workout.
As is Kansas receiver Dezmon Briscoe who we touched upon in our roundtable. He’s a hard working, big play guy who plays faster than he times, but he has some off field issues which would be a concern.
The Dolphins made a stop off at the Bowling Green pro day to see Biletnikoff finalist and NCAA record holder Freddie Barnes and his QB Tyler Sheehan. Barnes is a pass catching machine with terrific hands although I think he can be a somewhat lazy route runner. That said, he was streets ahead of anyone else at the Shrine practices in every aspect of his game. We’re hoping to interview Barnes in the coming days. Sheehan is an underrated passer with good feet and the ability to fire strikes. As Chris says, he also knows how to manage the offense very well.
A tight end we like a good deal is Illinois’ Jeff Cumberland, who at 6’4, 249 ran a 4.45 forty. He has genuine receiver skills and a much better ability to block defensive ends than we first thought. He needs work with his routes but the comparison to David Martin is fascinating. He was another getting the scouts eye view from the Dolphins.
The Dolphins tailback situation is perhaps a little tenuous and it’s something we’ve alluded to in the past. Suffice to say that it was interesting to see Miami paying very close attention to factor back Ryan Mathews at the Fresno State pro day. A solid first round pick, surely he’s the darkest of dark horses for 12.
Some of the most interesting news comes from Idaho with big LG Mike Iupati due to come to Davie for a visit. Why is this interesting? Well with the news that Justin Smiley is on the trade block, Iupati makes for a very interesting potential replacement. He’s a good player who needs some small technique refinement, especially in pass pro where he can play a little high, but as a run blocker, he can be absolutely devastating.
Miami were at the Missouri pro day watching amongst others Sean Weatherspoon. But they also spoke to 3 year starter at right tackle Kurtis Gregory who was 6’4 and 305lbs at the Combine and who will probably kick inside to guard if need be. He’s a little stiff and is best suited in that phone booth area, but he’s very bright and understands angles very well.
Yesterday the Dolphins hosted Cincinnati left tackle Jeff Linkenbach for a private workout. He’s played both the spread and the power O in his time as a Bearcat and is a pretty interesting guy. He played George Selvie the way that Anthony Davis played him, which was to lock him down and whilst he’s not overly athletic and can be a little cumbersome in space, he uses his hands well and will redirect underneath to keep his QB upright.
Defensively, the Dolphins will host Jeff Owens on April 9th. A few weeks back I spoke to the former Georgia Bulldog and he confirmed Miami’s interest. It’s likely that his team mate Geno Atkins will be in Davie on the same day as I confirmed that he too will be coming for a visit. Atkins is a 3-4 end who we all like a lot.
Another player coming to town will be Middle Tennessee State’s Chris McCoy who is a convert 34 OLB. Now I haven’t seen the Blue Raiders play this season past but McCoy was apparently very smooth in drills and rattled off a 4.7 forty at 6033, 261lbs. He’s the reigning Sun Belt conference defensive player of the year.
Adrian Tracy is a guy that we’ve talked about before. He was the class of the field at the Texas vs. the Nation practices and moving back from end to linebacker he looked very pure in his movement and very strong in space. At 6'2.5 and 248, he's a player that the Dolphins interviewed in Indianapolis about playing OLB after playing end in college. He had 12 sacks last season at end and 63.5 TFL in his career and he's got good quickness. He ran a very impressive 4.68 at the Combine and looked terrific in the drills, breaking down really well in space. He had a private workout with the Dolphins last week. He could figure in that fourth/fifth round area when all’s said and done.
In the secondary and Miami spent time with Georgia Tech’s Morgan Burnett at the Yellow Jackets pro day. Burnett is a guy we really liked as a sophomore but he hit a bit of a wall as a junior. He’s versatile enough to line up at corner and has excellent pass rush skills although he was let down a little in the run game. However, he looks a good 2nd round type if they pass on Earl Thomas.
I reported many weeks ago that Miami liked Virginia CB/safety tweener Chris Cook who they interviewed in Mobile. It’s clear they’d like to add guys with that sort of versatility because Vandy’s Myron Lewis is another on his way to Davie. Lewis had a terrific Combine and looked very smooth in drills. He has very long arms and may well end up at safety but his stock is rising/
On Thursday, Maryland’s Nolan Carroll will work out for the Dolphins. He’s a pretty good player with an injury history – broken right tibia in 2009 forced him to miss all but one game and an ankle injury in 2008 led to him missing 3 more. But at 6 feet, 209lbs with reported 4.37 speed and good special teams ability, he bears watching.
It’s also worth noting that Mike Nolan was at the Florida Gator pro day last week. Dolphins scouts were also represented at the Tennessee pro day.