Talks about who the Dolphins will be bringing in to visit in the next few weeks.
WEDNESDAY BUZZ COLUMN
The Dolphins have begun summoning draft prospects that intrigue them to team headquarters, and there’s an emphasis on three need areas: receiver, linebacker and defensive back.
According to a team source, Louisville receiver DeVante Parker, Auburn receiver Sammy Coates and Southern California receiver George Farmer are among the maximum-permitted 30 non-local players being flown to South Florida to meet with coaches and executives in Davie.
Parker, a possibility for Miami’s No. 14 overall pick in the first round, caught 43 passes for 855 yards and five touchdowns last season. Coates, a potential second-rounder, caught 34 for 741 and four TDs and combines excellent speed with good size (6-1). Farmer, an early entrant and potential later round pick or free agent, caught 25 passes for 314 yards and four TDs in 2014.
The Dolphins also have invited UM’s Phillip Dorsett (36, 871, 10 TDs) and FSU’s Reshad Greene (99, 1365, 7 TDs) to audition for them and meet with coaches on their local day April 10.
The Dolphins like several other receivers, too, and keep in mind that Miami typically drafts players who visit (such as right tackle Ja’Wuan James last year) and others that don’t visit.
Among linebackers, the Dolphins booked visits with Clemson outside linebacker Vic Beasley, Georgia inside linebacker Ramik Wilson (according to walterfootball.com) and Michigan inside linebacker Jake Ryan (confirmed by a source; first reported by ESPN’s James Walker). Beasley (13 and 12 sacks the past two seasons) could be an option at No. 14 if he surprisingly slides.
Wilson, a potential mid-round pick, averaged 122 tackles and three sacks the past two seasons. Ryan, a potential mid-rounder, had 112 tackles last season.
Among the draft’s top handful of middle linebackers, Miami plans to audition UM’s Denzel Perryman later this month and sent linebackers coach Mark Duffner to Clemson to work out and dine with potential second-rounder Stephone Anthony.
The Dolphins have been closely studying a bunch of cornerbacks and safeties.
Among defensive backs scheduled for Dolphins visits, at least three are potential second-to-fourth-rounders: Utah’s Eric Rowe (can play safety or corner); Louisville safety and Miami Southridge alum Gerod Holliman (a second- or third-rounder with 14 interceptions last season) and Louisville cornerback Charles Gaines (a Miami Central alum with seven picks over the past two years).
Also booked: Minnesota safety Cedric Thompson, a potential late-rounder or free agent who wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine but was productive in college and impressive at his Pro Day.
The Dolphins don't announce draft visits, by the way.
### FSU potential mid-round tight end Nick O’Leary (17 touchdown catches, 14.0 average catch in FSU career) won’t attend UM’s local day (he has schedule conflict) but the Dolphins like him and invited him to meet with their coaches and executives April 9 at their headquarters. (He accepted.)
### Running back Steven Ridlay left his Dolphins visit today without a contract... Linebacker Jason Trusnik, whom the Dolphins showed no interest in keeping, signed with Carolina.