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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:42 pm 
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### According to a UM source, the Dolphins have expressed interest in highly-athletic 6-5 UM basketball player Erik Swoope --- who has never played Pop Warner, high school or college football --– in the wake of the Denver Broncos working him out last week.

The Broncos called UM coach Jim Larranaga to express interest, and “I was completely shocked,” Swoope told Yahoo.com. “That was the last thing I expected Coach L to tell me.” Besides Miami and Denver, the Kansas City Chiefs also have inquired.

The Broncos believe he can make the transition from a basketball forward to a football tight end, like former UM and New Orleans Saints standout Jimmy Graham has.

It will be interesting to see how many teams offer Swoope a free agent contract after the draft, presuming he goes undrafted. Swoope has not hired an agent but has declared himself for the NFL Draft, opting to do that instead of playing basketball for a season at UM while attending graduate school.

Swoope, who has talked about the transition with Graham, avaraged 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds last season, and Larranaga has conceded that he wishes he had played him more early in the season. He showed a knack for dazzling dunks and for leaping over taller players for rebounds.

UM had some interest in Graham in the 2010 draft, but Tony Sparano loved John Jerry and Bill Parcells --- after consulting with Sparano and his scouts --- decided Jerry would be a better choice than Graham at No. 73. The Saints took Graham 95th, and Miami has regretted that decision ever since.

Of course, Swoope isn't the prospect Graham was. But it's certainly worth exploring the possibilities.


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Swoope has not hired an agent but has declared himself for the NFL Draft


So the guy has not thrown the cleats and pads on ONCE his entire life, and he can declare for the draft like the rest of the game's elite who have played their entire lives?

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Or we could have just drafted graham :hithead:


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So the guy has not thrown the cleats and pads on ONCE his entire life, and he can declare for the draft like the rest of the game's elite who have played their entire lives?


I seriously doubt this happens. Everyone wants the next Jimmy Graham (although he did play a season at TE in college) but we all ready have that type of a guy with football experience in Michael Egnew (6'5", 255#). The Dolphins must have kicked themselves for not drafting Graham and thought that Egnew would be that man. I'd like to see what Egnew can do with an opportunity to play more snaps. He was actually Miami's best pass and run blocking TE (according to PFF's stats), but all that says is that we do not have a blocking TE.

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I know a lot of teams missed out on Graham besides the Dolphins and it is always easier after the fact to say woulda, coulda, shoulda, but it is a bit comical that they mention Parcells/Sparano picking fat, slow John Jerry over Graham at that spot....


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