Recently hired inside linebacker coach Bill Sheridan was at the Arizona State Pro Day Friday (wow, that's a lot of consecutive capitalized words) and a source tells me he was there primarily to lay eyes on ILB Travis Goethel.
Goethel is 6-2 1/2 and 238-to-240 pounds. Although originally believed to be a late-round type of player, Dolphins In Depth aspiring scout Chris Cordero tells me he has him graded in the fifth round.
The ASU Pro Day took place outdoors on grass, and Goethel ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 and 4.62 seconds unofficially. He had a 9-2 on the broad jump, a 4.22-second short shuttle, a 6.71-second three-cone drill. He also did positional drills but there is no report on how he looked.
This is what Cordero thinks of Goethel:
"He is a solid tackler who can deliver some big hits. He has very good instincts and good read and react ability. Does a nice job in pass coverage as well. Has also been very durable and is a team leader. The only thing keeping him from being a high draft pick is average athleticisim and his lack of elite size -- although he did some work to dispel some of those athletic doubts at the Pro Day. I give him a high 5th round grade."
Yesterday was also Pro Day at The U.
If you don't know what The U is, well, I got nothin' for you.
Tight end Jimmy Graham is Miami's most impressive draftable player. He stood on his 4.53 Combine time in the 40-yard dash. He did catch the ball for scouts. The Dolphins were represented at the workout but apparently not by a coach or GM Jeff Ireland.
How my boys have fallen. Used to be every single team would send a head coach or a general manager or both to watch the six or so first or second rounders Miami would put on display at its Pro Day.
By the way, if you're interested to find out why O.J. Atogwe hasn't gotten much play in restricted free agency, check this out. It could explain some things.