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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
The work that leads to the 2015 NFL Draft continues for NFL teams with Pro Days and individual workouts for NFL Propsects and teams. There is also free agency going on still and teams looking to makes trades.
The Philadelphia Eagles are supposedly interested in trading OG Evan Mathis, who will be turning 34 years old soon and coming off a season where he missed 7 games due to injury. Going back to 2009, the most games he had missed until then was 3 games. From 2011-2014 he has been ranked either 1 or 2 in Pro Football Focus rankings for guards. There was initial talk a few weeks ago about Miami being interested, but that was eventually shot down. Now the Eagles have put it out they they are looking to trade Mathis, and word is they may eventually cut him. If this does happen, I expect Miami to be interested. While he is getting up in age, he is still performing at an elite level, and would IMMEDIATELY upgrade the OL for the Dolphins. It would also allow Miami to look later in the draft in regards to drafting an OG. This is something to keep an eye on along with New England FA OG Dan Connolly, who Miami has shown interest in as well.
Omar Kelly came out earlier this week and tweeted that the Dolphins could be interested in trading for a CB or S, specifically a Philadelphia CB or S. The rumors continue to persist that OLB/DE Dion Jordan could be traded, and Philadelphia was very interested in trading for Jordan in 2014. Could this be the case again, time will tell. CB Brandon Boykin is a player that would interest me in a trade. Seems like a lot is going on with the Dolphins and Eagles.
Now to some draft related news, I have read several tweets from Simon Clancy, who among other responsibilities, is a contributing writer for the Sun-Sentinel, that the Dolphins have shown continued interest in Washington CB Marcus Peters, who has had numerous issues with the new coaching staff from Washington before eventully being kicked off the team. Very talented kid, considered by some to be perhaps the most talented CB in the draft, but issues with a coaching staff that lead to you being kicked off the team are issues that need to be investigated throughly, and the Dolphins are doing that. Some names to keep an eye on from the CB position besides Peters are Utah CB/S Eric Rowe, who will be in for a visit, FSU CB Ronald Darby, Louisville CB Charles Gaines and UConn CB Byron Jones.
Clancy goes on to mention that Miami has worked out Washington State DT Xavier Cooper and have shown interest in Arizona State explosive DT Marcus Hardison. Fresno State DT Tyler Davison is another prospect that Miami put thru a workout and have shown interest in.
A couple of names that Clancy mentioned in regards to possible QB draftees are Tyler Heinicke of Old Dominion and Washington State QB Connor Halliday, who could be looked at as developmental QB's.
Clancy also mentioned at the WR position, some names that have came up are Maine's WR DeMarr Aultman and Central Michigan Tyler Davis. Davis is said to be a very good route runner, something that has caught the Dolphins interest. The Dolphins worked out Aultman, who has very nice size at 5'11, 195 lbs. He also is quick and explosive, as he ran a 4.4 40 and had a 41" vertical.
We know the Dolphins have interest in ILB. Even though the Dolphins are saying they are happy with ILB Koa Misi, Mason Foster, the FA linebacker from Tampa Bay that recently signed with the Bears said Miami came in 2nd for his services. The Dolphins have shown interest in Clemson ILB Stephone Anthony and Miami ILB Denzel Perryman. Miami also has shown interest in Michigan ILB Jake Ryan and will have him in for a visit. Clancy once again mentions in his tweets about the Dolphins interest in BYU LB Alani Fua has recently caught there attention, as he ran a 4.49 at the BYU Pro Day. Georgia LB Ramik Wilson is another name to keep an eye on as well. A very interesting name that Clancy mentioned in one of his tweets that caught my attention was OLB/DE Lynden Trail of Norfolk State. He will be visiting the Davie complex on April 9-10. One last name to add is Utah State ILB Zach Vigil
Finally, a TE prospect to keep your eye on is Iowa State TE E.J Bibbs. He is looked at in the hybrid FB/TE mode like Charles Clay. All of this information in regards to who Miami has interest in or have been working out came from Mr. Clancy. You can follow him on Twitter, as his handle is Simon Clancy @SiClancy.
The process continues.