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Nose tackle search might focus on Owens

The Dolphins' need at nose tackle is clear to anyone with eyes but while much of the attention has centered around bigger-name prospects such as Dan Williams and Cam Thomas, a source tells me the Dolphins are looking in a different direction.

Think Jeff Owens of Georgia.

The Dolphins' coaching staff liked him in the Senior Bowl, interviewed him during the Indianapolis Combine and has now scheduled a visit to Davie in the coming weeks, the source said.

Owens is a typical refrigerator-bodied nose tackle type -- 6-1 1/4 and 305 pounds -- with superhuman strength. He benched 225 pounds an impressive 44 times at the Combine with one witness saying he looked like an engine piston raising the weight fast and easy early on in the process.

During the University of Georgia Pro Day on Tuesday Owens ran a 4.83 in the 40-yard dash. 

Owens is not a first-round type. He's probably more a fifth-rounder type, maybe later.

That doesn't matter to Bill Parcells. In 1997 Parcells selected a little-known Georgia nose tackle in the seventh-round (229th overall) and has been very happy with him since. The draftee's name?

Jason Ferguson.

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A source ? You mean his agent ?

Mando's right when he says:
"The Dolphins' need at nose tackle is clear to anyone with eyes"

But apparently that group does not include many of today's commenters, who argued below, presumably seriously, that Paul Soliai is the answer.

He's only the answer if the question is "Who on the Fins bench is clearly not ready to take over from Fergie?"

Owens sound interesting.........what do the draftniks have to say about him?

Great story ... makes perfect sense.

Correct . fergie was a 295 DT at Georgia before he became a 315 NT. Owens is the type of NT the tuna craves. He like them lighter and more athletic and he also likes them in the later round ala fergie and jay ratliff . Owens is astong possiblity. The tuna can also take a NT earlier and just double down with owens. I like owens alot.

great highlight package the kid looks awesome

a strong **

impressive--mando

I hope they look at 5-7rounder for NT, b/c after dan williams and Cody---using a 2,3---is just bad value---its a reach to fill a need---this isnt the last draft of all-time--its ok not to pick out of dire need---we need good value players that can stay on our team

Jeff darlington is reporting that incognito is staying overnight.

Seer , owens is very quick in the small space area and freaking strong as an ox. He has a great motor. He needs to use his hands better and needs to work on some pass rush moves. he's a run stopper . if he were 6-3 . he'd go higher. he wont get past the 5th round.

Cool facts Haloti Ngata of the Ravens had 37 reps at the combine in 06 and was drafted 12th overall.

Fwiw Russ Lande of the Sporting News, a former NFL scout, disagrees w/ you having Owens going No 31 overall to the Colts in the 1st Round:

http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/article/2010-03-14/prospect-profile-jeff-owens-georgia-dt

1st round pick will be a rush OLB - mark it down unless Eric Berry makes it to 12 in which case I will need a change of boxers......

LMFAO @ Sarcasm

gracias NJ----keep on keeping this blog for real. I know how exasperated you must get at times (not referring to anyone or anything on this thread-----yet, anyway).

I'll guarantee you owens doesn't go to the colts at 31 !! :)

Eerily this guy looks a lot like Terrance Cody. They could pass for brothers, the hair, the face, body types of course. He has a cool blog at the link below. He is from Ft. Lauderdale which would be convenient and his favorite team...........Miami Dolphins.

http://jeffowens95.blogspot.com/2009/02/all-about-jeff-owens.html

Incognito will be a dolphin. it just a matter of when, Tommorrow ???

Starting at right guard for your 2010 Miami Dolphins (and proceeding to headbutt Bart Scott on the opening Monday night of the season) Richie Incognito - no doubt this guy will be a Miami Dolphin - let's take bets - I say be 6pm tomorrow he is under contract

LOL @ SEER. I know exactly who and what you mean. You just have to roll your eyes , ignore some of them or keep them informed. I will keep on keeping this blog real. Don't worry about that !! .

Dudes seriously we need to draft an explosive offensive player at ANY position. Our WRS are all 3rd stringers on most other teams, our best TE is fasano who cant stretch the field and is not imposing target over the middle either, and the running backs are too slow to outrun anyone. You guys know why every freakin drive was a 10 minute adventure is because the only player on this team with speed at the first sight of contact runs out of bounds fumbles or falls down. Unless its Berry we need CJ Spiller first pick.

Oh God , here we go . On that note , i'm out . Good night phin fans.

How can you guarantee that NJ Phin Fan? Are you Bill Polian?

I'd pass unless he is there with one of the 6th-7 round picks.
Sure he has a strong upper body, but he is also a project and a half.
Georgia's run D also wasn't good.

I'd rather see us get Torell Troup in the 4th if he doesn't go earlier. He is a quick NT prospect, just the type size the Tuna likes.
He was a heckuva anchor on UCF's run D.

Watch out for Houston....has the size, speed and enough strength to play NT.

I also gave incognito and owens a blow job. tossed their salad too

If any of you guys out their want one to , let me know .

I'll take one.

The Dolphins do have a very serious need at NT but given the available choices at no. 12, I'd take Earl Thomas over Dan Williams every time. Free safety is also a position of need and while safety is a deep position in the draft, I would argue that Earl Thomas would be more of a playmaker at safety than Dan Williams will be at NT. I think there's more of a drop-off following Earl Thomas and Eric Berry at safety than there is following Dan Williams at NT. To me, Dan Williams isn't that much better than say, Cam Thomas, Terrence Cody, or a couple other guys that would warrant the Dolphins spending their high first round pick on him. Yes, sometimes you draft for need over talent, but considering free safety is also a need (and an increasingly important position in today's pass-happy NFL) it's best to take the higher-rated player.

Lmfao

Just Because,

Incognito head butting Bart Scott would the highlight of my week.......

Nice news piece Mando. This was worth getting up for.

This draft figures to be a screem. The first three rounds will be wild as the house hold names get sorted out but the draft will be won by teams spotting gem unknowns in thr 5th - 7th and UDFA.

Bobby Bethard was the best and he always dug deep in the draft to provide some of the Dolphins bigggest surprises.

Hope we get Incognito, what's to lose.

Agree with NJDolphin, andothers, in hoping we double up on NTs. And, Thunderbolt, you better check in at the nearest battery charger. Your cells are certainly going dead.

Dude you got jizzz all over it!

y'all are sick

There are at least 5 great players who will be there at the 12 spot .. and they all fill important needs. I would like to see us trade down to 20 in the first round and pick up an extra 3rd round pick .... maybe even 2nd round.

One of those great prospects will still be there at 20 .... such as Earl Thomas, Dan Williams, Graham,OLB, Dez Bryant, C.J.Spiller

Parcel likes everybody in the later rounds because he is too cheap to pay top dollar for good players.

This kid seems pretty good... but as we all know the draft never goes as planned. I just want the Fins to draft Spiller.

Yeah Jeff tweeted that Incognito is here, and the Dolphins are meeting with his agent to wheel and deal. If the price is right, he'll be a Dolphin. If not, they'll pass. Jeff says they like him. But it depends if Incognito wants to still shop around or not.

Sheesh.

Sometimes...bigger is better.

I've read from some of you in a recent post that your confidence has gone up surrounding "Big Mount Cody." This makes my heart glad (lol). I personally never lost mine, even if he is kinda sloppy. Hey... there are slimmer, muscular NTs and there are very big sloppy ones too. Raven ex coach Brian Billick was quoted at the recent combine as saying, "he likes his big and sloppy." Remember...their main goal is to stop the run and to occupy two OL. Which "this manchild" can definitely do with good rotation help.

Also... if anyone can improve his strength and conditioning its a Bill Parcels run staff. His contract can also have incentives clauses put in. Its very rare to find an athletic behemoth like Cody period...let alone getting a DT in the late rounds which is usually a crap shoot and typically a development project. Excluding Suh and Mccoy (who will go top 3) no one else is an immovable object like Cody. No...not even Dan Williams who I have seen tape of him struggling with double teams. He's not a dominator.

One draft scenario could be to trade down in the 1st, just enough to get an extra 2nd rounder from another team. Then you grab Cody, spending less money on him while justifying his value with a later 1st rd selection. The extra 2 "would be huge" freeing us up to get any combination of two 2nd round talents ie., WR, Safety or LBer.

ALL RIGHT GUYS THERE GOES YOUR NT.

LET's TRADE 1 FOR MARSHALL.

AND YEAH DUPER and CLAYTON WAS 2s
WITH THE BEST QB TO EVER PLAY THE GAME.

LOOK AT STATS UR FUNNY I'm NOT GOOGLEING SHI+ I LOVE FOOTBALL AND IF YOU WATCH FOOTBALL YOU CAN SEE GREAT PLAYES AND O.K PLAYERS.

YATIL GREEN LOOKED GREAT CATCHING PASSES FROM # 13. SO DID GADSEN. BUT WHEN THEY LEFT WHAT DID THEY DO.

EMMIT SMITH IS THE BEST RB OF ALL TIME?


JIMMY JIMMY JIMMY YOU NEED TO START WATHCING FOOTBALL and STOP GOOGLEING.

I LOVE THE MARKS BUT YEAH GREAT #2s

44 reps on the bench? My goodness that's a big boy

Parcells just paid44 mill to dansby he isn't cheap when the quality of player is obvious

Universal Draft reported Miami's interest in Owens on the Sun Sentinel using quotes from Owens himself 7 weeks ago. Talk about being late to the party.

IM JUSTIN CREDIBLY-STUPID, I TYPE IN ALL CAPS CUZ I 15 YR OLD WAANA BE THUG WITH ZERO BRAIN CELL...BRANDON MAESHALL MY DADDY, BRING HIM HOME TO BEAT MOMMY MR. PARCELLS PLZ

what about dan williams from tennessee or cal thomas from unc!

SMOKESCREEN!!!!!

I don't care if he is a projected 5th rounder.

Let me tell you a story.


I once knew a guy who could've been
a great nose tackle. Could've gone pro.

All he needed was a little time
and some practice.

He decided to go to college instead.

He went for four years. Did pretty well.

At the end of his four years,
his last semester, he was kicked out.

You know what for?

He was lifting free weights.
Just lifting at night...

...with the 16-year-old daughter
of the Dean.

You know who that guy was?

No of course you don't.

Take one good guess.

Bob Hope?

No, that guy was Mitch Cumstein.

Whoever Parcells likes is fine with me, I just want the position sorted out.

LMAO @ CK

Watch out for the next blog when we get breaking news of the Incognito signing for 2.5 mill with 200k signing bonus.

@ Mark...
I agree, I dont want crazy picks that dont plug holes (carlito, smile) ei: QB, CB, RB, OL

NT search isn't focused on Owens. It's just the Fish doing their homework. All the potential NT prospects that the dolphins like probably have met with the dolphins be it recently, at the combine, senior bowl, somewhere in between.

I still haven't heard anyone give me a decent answer why Brian Price can't be drafted to become a NT???

Bing Bing Bing

Sign him up

Well we shall see what Mr. Tebow does today. The weather is decent. A good crowd.

We Have Playmakers, Price will be a very good player in the 4-3 defense..quick off the ball, explosive but too small for a NT...sounds funny but 300 pds is to light compared to the others, his big knock is he struggles against double teams and a NT s job in the 3-4 is to take up space and take on those double teams...like I said he will be a good player in a team with a 4-3 but he is definitley not a NT candidate in the 3-4

CJ spiller fans out in full force today where are the brandon marshall buffoons???? Haha whats up guys

Bootang25, glad weather is good there, suks in Miami today rain rain rain

WestVafins, pls don't bring up Marshall, it's been a couple good days

Well it's calling for rain, and it has drizzled sporadically. You know how it rains in Florida.

sunshine in WV today heck yeah... Bobby you know i am not a Marshall supporter but what would a day be like with no marshall or spiller talk. WONDERFUL!!!!!

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