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Indianapolis Combine update: Golden Tate interviewing with Dolphins Friday evening

More in the latest-breaking updates from the Indianapolis Combine:

Aspiring scout Chris Cordero reports Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate will be interviewing with the Dolphins Friday night. He also has other nuggets.

From Cordero:

Tate mentioned that he will be speaking with the Dolphins tonight. Looks small but with a solid build -- reminds of Steve Smith and if he runs well will go in 1st round. Tate expects to run sub-4.5. If he were to fall to 2nd round would be a steal there.

He doesn't fit the mold of the big physical receiver the Dolphins supposedly want but is a playmaker as 
evidenced by outstanding stats in a pro-style offense.

Another receiver, underclassmen wideout Dezmon Briscoe from Kansas measured 6-2 and change and 
weighed in at 207. He expects to run in the 4.5 range. He says he has spoken to "many" of the WR-needy teams but wouldn't name them. He could be a nice 3rd-round pick for the Dolphins - but if he runs well he could go in the 2nd round.

Briscoe says he is friends and looks up to Dez Bryant and tries to take as much from him as possible since he is a great player.

Arrelious "Rejus" Benn of Illinois is meeting with Ravens. He is possibily their No. 1 pick. He says he's a good blocker.  If the Ravens take him, it knocks one possible Dolphins 2nd-rounder off the board. If he runs well, though, he's a 1st round lock.

Benn said he talks a lot to former teammate Vontae Davis.

Update 2:30:

Dez Bryant, who has 9 3/4 inch hands, talked the media and apologized for misleading the NCAA about going to Deion Sanders house during offseason training. The visit itself was not a violation, but the lie was and he was suspended for the entire season.

"I'm back on track and ready to go," he said.

Bryant said he didn't think the suspension would affect his draft status but added, "That's not my call. My biggest regret during that situation? My biggest regret is just not telling the truth."

Obviously, Bryant has been "coached" to say these things. But at least he followed the game plan.

Update 4:30:

Bryant has a hamstring injury and will not work out at the Combine.

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no big news here. Tate won't be the 12th pick though. I want to hear them talking to Eric Berry just in case Christmas comes in April.

I really think Briscoe is an intrguing prospect. Good size /speed ratio, and he was super productive in college.

Mark in Toronto - AGREED!! Christmas in April would be NICE!! If Berry drops out of top 5, what do you think the chacnes of Miami moving up at most 6 spots to greab him? Probably doubtful, but figured I would see what you thought?

I saw a fwe mock drafts hai=ving us taking the TCU OLB, thoughts??

*typo* having

Indiana, Hughes is my 2nd fav pass rush guy, but I have him in my 2nd round tier wishlist.

Indiana i have seen you mention multiple times about moving up in the draft... Teams that move up in the draft think that they are one player away from being a contender... We clearly are not sooo i would give the chance of moving up about a 0 percent chance...

Mark, Noone has been hoping for Earl Thomas more than me, though I doubt Berry will be there. Berry is MUCH better against the run, and only probably 1 notch below Thomas coverage wise. Berry could legitimately start day 1. Thomas might be able to do that, but I think he'd see the field more on passing downs initially.

Indiana, I wouldn't want the Dolphins to move up in the draft at the expense of giving up their 2nd pick. Eric berry would be awesome but who says Rolando McClain, Brandon Graham, Dez Bryant, or anyone else at 12 wouldn't be just as good an NFL player?

For Berry to get to us, he would have to pass through Seattle, Cleveland, and Denver. That's not likely to happen but Aaron Rodgers went 25th or thereabouts when he debated #1 for a long time so you never know.

Funny you mentione Jerry Hughes, I definitely have ZERO problem with him in the 2nd round. He looks every bit the terror that we need in an OLB. Very comparable to Graham skill wise.

I would give it more of a 0% buddy. My thoughts about moving up just a few spots if it would work out is only to get one of the best players out there...

I got a good friend who is a BIG Tenn fan and have talked to him recently about Berry. Yes he is biased some, but I am still impressed. I have heard he is the best player Tenn has seen since Manning??

Bootang, I love Earl Thomas too. Have had discussions with NJ about the guy going back to the fall. He would be worthy of the 12th pick overall. However, I do think Berry is the better player right now - he's everywhere where Thomas is more of a pure centre (yes, I spelled that right) fielder.

If Eric Berry falls to 12 then God himself must be a dolphins fan because that would be a miracle...

Since teams are allowed 60 interviews during the combine, I hope to know exactly who all we do interview. Obviously, not every interview we will know, but it's still nice to hear the names we do interview.

Just to burn time, I was looking at one particular mock draft that had our first three picks as McClain, Jerry Hughes, and Terrel Troup.

I could live with that.

WVAF, agreed, it would be a gift.

Bootang, I would like that list too. Obvioulsy, we would only get MAX 7 of those players, I'd like to get a better idea of who they are targeting.

WVA and Bootang,

Any negatives to adding yet another Strong Safety when Free Safety is our crying need??

I thought Bell did a yeomans job and did get a Pro Bowl spot (although backing in).

You both heading after Berry to solidify and because you think he is special talent or ???

Cheers,

Mark I agree. I said the other day if Berry is there at 12, it should not take more than 6 seconds to get the pick the commish.

If he is gone, I am down to 2 guys personally. I am torn between Dan Williams and Earl Thomas. I am leaning towards Thomas, I want to see his combine. I am not sure of you've seen me mention it, but I can't help but imagine him combining with Davis and Smith.

Rob, Berry is a FS but if he's better suited to strong, it's still a good pick because YB is near the end. he has one more good year, max.

Rob, Berry played both in college, and given his only being 205 lbs or so, I think most people see him as a FS. The guy is super versatile.

Bootang, I'm with you on Thomas and Williams although for some reason I am warming up to the idea of Dez Bryant recently (I still think Denver could go NT). But only Dez if they sign Dansby and believe that another late round NT can do the job.

I LIKE BENN ALOT I THINK HE HIS FORTY TIME WILL IMPROVE AND WILL SHOW UP THIS COMBINE

GOLDENT TATE HAS GREAT HANDS HAVENT SEEN TO MUCH HIGHLIGHTS OF HIM CATCHING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD BUT DOES REMIND ME OF STEVE SMITH AND EVEN THO SHORT HE CAN BE A PLAYMAKER LIKE DESEAN JACSKON

IF HE SLIPS TO THE SECOND HED BE A GOOD PICK UP

DEZ BRISCOE FITS THE PROFILE WE'RE LOOKING FOR I THINK HE'LL TAKE A LITTLE TO DEVELOPE

BUT IF IT WERE UP TO ME ID BE DRAFTING FOR THE D FIRST AND 2ND AND GO WIDE OUT IN THE 3RD

I think after the combine, Bryant will not fall out of the top 10. He might, but I think the aforementioned interviews are the key for him, he only has to convince 1 team he is not as bad as many think.

LOL, everyone is a 1st or 2ndr rounder if they run well? Come on Chris.....
I hope everyone takes receivers so we can draft great OLB and S, NT in the 3, 4, 5 round

Eric Berry wont pass the bucs. Keep Dreaming.
I might add him to my list of non-fins for 2010

Mark in Toronto,

This website seems pretty comprehensive and reflects that Eric Berry is SS... The smaller Janzen Jackson played FS.

http://tennessee.rivals.com/cdepthtext.asp

I hear ya Bootang as he played both in showing different looks.

He may very well be suited for FS in the NFL due to his coverage ability. He is a bit smallish but seems solid vs run as well.

Being small has not hurt Sanders or Delmas in getting jobs as safeties (staying healthy is a dif story)

Cheers,

Not saying you're wrong waterboy, but only 4 DBs taken in the first 3 picks in the last 40 years. If DT goes 1,2 then Berry will be the pick. I would think if that doesn't happen, TB picks the best DT on their board. IMO

I am saying berry because he is a stud... If top five talent ever falls as far as 12 i dont care what you got at that position you take that player... You only get a chance to steal a guy like that once. He would play FS until YB retires and then by then he would have his full NFL body on and be ready to make the switch if needed. I think berry is the best player in the draft. Sad to say but waterboy your right hes not going to fall but dang if he did.

IF WE GET GOLDEN TATE GINN IS FOR SURE OUT THE DOOR

CUZ GOLDEN TATE HAS GREAT RETURN SKILLS AND IS 10 TIMES MORE AGGRESSIVE WHEN THE BALL IS IN HIS HANDS

AND WE WONT REALLY NEED BOLDIN EITHER SIMILAR STYLE

Rob, size is of little consequence to me apparently, as I am banging the drum for E Thomas, who I'll be surprised if he weighs in much more than 195. Part of why I think Thomas fits us so well, he and Y Bell are perfect compliments to each other. Bell would have more freedom to attack the LOS, his strength, and not have to cover, his weakness. And Thomas could roam, his strength, and not have to attack the LOS, his weakness.

Mark in Toronto - I agree it wouldn't be worth a 2nd rounder, but the reason I would ask is I'm uncertain what it would take to move up just a few spots. What did the jets have to pay to get Dirty Sanchez last year?

Mark in Toronto, WVF, Bootang,

I hear a lot of early safety and WR chat from you all lately.

What will your starting POST FA and Draft 4 OLB/ILB's be?

Curious...

Cheers,

TED Ginn is the biggest WR weapon we have... He aint going nowhere....
He has no balls and cant catch the easy balls, but he is the only guy that can stretch the field.

Indiana, they gave their 1,2 and a few role players. But Mangini was familiar with them, ie also the Braylon Edwards deal. So I am not sure if that is legit as what it would cost to move up, especially since it was 12 picks up in the draft.

rob didnt get that question???

I am of the ilk that thinks "snowballs chance" we trade up... just sayin.

Cheers,

I THINK EVERY TEAM IN THE NFL WILL TAKE THE RISK CONSIDERING THERES A BIG CHANCE HE WONT CATCH IT..

PLEASE LETS NOT BOTHER GETTING INTO IT ON THE GINN DEAL

ITS YOU AND LIKE 2 OTHER PEOPLE AGAINST THE PHIN WORLD!

PFT had a story the other day saying 5/10 of the top 10 draft teams are looking to trade down.. I don't think it would make sense at all to trade UP when there is so much depth at what we NEED in this draft...

Rob, I answered this the other night I think. But I'll try again. ILBs will be Crowder and Dansby/Foote hopefully with M Johnson drafted, and either Ayodele or Torbor. OLBs will be Taylor/Wake, paired with either a J Hughes/C Sheffield splitting time with Charlie Anderson, and look for us to sign veteran depth at the spot to. We have differing views on what is important in defense, I believe it starts up the middle, with a good NT, ILB, FS. I want not just 2 good OLBs, I want depth where we can continually bring pressure. I will find the LB stats for Denver last year, Nolan played a lot of them. I like B Graham, and if he was the pick, I'm happy. I just think NT and FS are bigger needs than OLB.

Bootang,

You should pay attention at least some to size as these are full grown HGH style men in the NFL.

One of the reasons Ireland and BP are said to like "bigger" players is they feel it helps longevity. The mighty might guys can nicked up more often. I think time, maturity and growth from the NFL muscle on programs would add some weight to Berry and E. Thomas... I wonder if it's enough as they are hovering near or below 200lbs which is small by NFL standards.

I worry that you can get the Pat White effect where you have a player who's mind is perfectly willing but the body mass and physics swallow that up in certain situations.

Cheers,

Again, we are back to talking about a safety, which I don't think we need (Clemons) and a WR which can be dealt with thru trade or later rounds

I dont know how to answer that question rob because the depth at OLB in the draft is huge... We could have people on our radar that we havent mentioned yet here... I would say it is goign to be either Foote or Dansby paired with Crowder in the middle though...

Waterboy, TB is not drafting Berry. They've zeroed in on a DT since day one. They will most likely end up with Gerald McCoy who would be a nice player for them. A 4-3 DT who can get after the passer. I watched an OU game earlier in the year and I swear he was in the backfield on every play. Don't think he could play either DE or NT in a 3-4 though.

WVA and others...

With the talk of getting Berry or E Thomas and/ or a WR early...

The question is:

Name your starting 4 LB's for the Fins if you get say Berry or Thomas in the 1st round?

Cheers,

Rob, I think I tried to explain how I would use him, more as a guy roaming the middle of the field. Nowhere else in any players you will hear me say about an undersized guy. Notice I had nothing to say about G Tate, but i commented on D Briscoe and how I like his size/speed ratio. If Thomas wasn't a supreme ballhawk, who could line up with many WRs in man, I would not be talking about him at all. But he is those things.

I like earl thomas but my thoughts about Berry are that if he slides to 12 you absolutely do not let him slide any further. Or you find the team behind you that wants him bad enough to give us exactly what we want in return. I believe that could be green bay or arizona if rolle is not brought back.

Rob, if Berry is better suited to be a SS like Polamalu, then so be it, wouldn't change my mind at all. I would want him for the same reason I would want Suh. I don't think the Dolphins need another DE either but those are the two players whose skill level transcend the need vs best player available argument.

WVAF said the same thing too.

What does our WR Corp look like this year?? Ireland said Turner has to step up, and if we trade/draft for WR, who goes??? Camarillo, Bess, Ginn and Hartline, what two do you get rid of???

I believe Berry is the best player in this draft. You could have a pro bowler at the spot and if he falls into your lap at 12 you take him or you get exactly what you want out of someone in a trade back.Take him and then deal him to show those teams who think your bluffing about taking him and think he will slip more.

Mark, if it's not news to you why didn't you "report it" on the previous blog first?

Give me a break, you're starting to sound more and more like NJ Phin Fan every day.

ISNT EARL THOMAS INJURED??

COULDNT THAT AFFECT HIS DRAFT STATUS?

IF HE SLIDES TO THE SECOND THEN WE SHOULD PICK HIM UP

jacksonville won the coin toss and will pick 10th and denver 11th. Tenn will pick 16th.

God, Golden Tate is only 5:10, we don't need another small guy

Rob,

as far as my post free agency and draft LB corps goes,

Hughes, Dansby, Crowder, Wake

looks good to me.

Hughes is built and plays a lot like Graham wo i think the 2 are interchangeable. He would project as a SSOLB. If it's Graham that falls to round 2, that would be my equivalent pick. An "either or" situation. If Weatherspoon falls to round 2, he is my pick over everyone but I don't think he gets that far and you could play him either at ILB or SSOLB.

Dansby being the free agent pick means that the Dolphins have their first pick avalable to pick the best player available in the draft as it should be. Whether it be Bryant, Thomas, Williams, etc.


I think Crowder is serviceable, he's cheap and seems to be popular with his teammates.

Wake's promotion means that the team frees up another draft pick (3rd round) to either trade for Bolding or pick a NT, or pick a TE (I like Ed Dickson of Oregon by the way)

I think the TE Dickerson from Pitt has some late value...

NJ - You made it on here today. Nice to see you on. What thoughts you have?

fishheavenblows, this isn't news because the Dolphins will interview at least 5 or 6 WRs and Tate is projected as the #2 WR on a lot of boards. It would be bad management if they didn't interview the 2nd best player at a position of need.

Would it be news if the Dolphins interviewed Dan Williams?

Eric berry can play both safety positions . He was use differently in kiffen's defense this year and was asked to play closer to the line of scrimmage, The year before berry was used more like a playmaking ball hawk ( ala reed ) in center field.

Ok Bootang,

So I am very clear seeing Your plan is...

FA Dansby

DRAFT :

1.) S Eric Berry but most likely S E. Thomas

2.) OLB Hughes or WR Briscoe?

3.) ILB Micah Johnson

4.) NT??

Is that right? If you can would you fill in the question marks in the 2nd and 4rth if they are right please?

If that is correct I think ILB is VERY nicely covered with Dansby and MJ!

Who mans NT? Soliai and ?

Again, I am trying to clarify not knock your picks...

Cheers,

Just happened to look through this draft and there is no way Berry gets drafted after our pick. Kindle over Berry...no way!!

http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d8166b4a7&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

nj if berry is there at 12 is it a no brainer?????

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