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A Pro Days update from around our great land

The first wave of free agency has come and gone and has left several players -- Julius Peppers, Dunta Robinson, and yes, Karlos Dansby -- awash in money.

Now the sprint turns into a marathon as teams jockey for good deals among the so-called bargain unrestricted players. We should also start to see some movement in the restricted market if there is going to be any. (Personally, with a fully stocked draft class, I don't see a lot of team giving up draft picks for restricted players.)

And having said all that, it seems like a good time to get back to the college players.

If you haven't figured it out by now, that is where the Dolphins must look to reap the most improvement from 2009 to 2010. If the Dolphins are going to rise from third place in the AFC East, the drafted players are the ones that must help them do that.

(If anything happens in free agency -- such as interest in ILB Andra Davis or OT Adam Terry -- we'll swing back to that, but work with me here.)

As Pro Days are already underway throughout our land let me catch you up on some of those with the help of aspiring scout Chris Cordero.

Sixty-one schools were scheduled to have their Pro Days by now.

The most impressive Pro Day so far, in my humble, was at Alabama where every NFL team was represented and the freakin' New York Jets came with coach Rex Ryan, GM Mike Tannenbaum, and former Dolphin and current defensive line coach Bryan Cox among others.Fat Cody 

A source tells me the Jets were there to take a close look at Terrence Cody. And he didn't disappoint, weighing in at 349 pounds, which is lower than he weighed at the Combine. Interestingly, Cody lifted only 22 bench-press reps of 225 pounds. That's amazing for you and me.

For an NFL nose tackle? Merely OK.

I nonetheless get the feeling the Jets are sizing up the Mount for a possible late first-round selection.

Rolando McClain also worked and his speed ranged from 4.69-4.74 depending on which scout's spotwatch you believed.

At the Baylor Pro Day, the report I get is that wide receiver David Gettis opened some eyes. He ran a 4.39 inthe 40 on some watches and that's pretty impressive considering the guy is 6-3 and 218 pounds.

At the Kansas Pro Day, WR Dezmon Briscoe ran a 4.51 in the 40 at 6-2 and 208. I'm told he look good, but not great in position drills, whatever that means.

Weatherspoon I'm told perhaps the most impressive Pro Day so far has been turned in by Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon. The 6-1, 239 pounder ran a 4.53 and 4.52 in the 40 which is blistering for an LB. And then he ripped off 35 reps on the bench press. Remember Cody had 22?

Weatherspoon, considered too small for a Bill Parcells prototype 3-4, is going to make someone a very good player as he's not just a workout warrior. He makes plays. I like this player. Noisey leader, to boot.

Quarterback Zac Robinson, another overachiever I like, was among 17 players to work at the Oklahoma State Pro Day. Robinson looked impressive in drills, I'm told. Russell Okung was obviously the star while WR Dez Bryant did not work, as I reported here two days ago.

Here is what Cordero says about Bryant: "No question he is the top WR talent in the draft - I think he is better than Michael Crabtree was last year. But being the best at your position shouldn't put you above working out and displaying your wares in front of decision-makers who will ultimately decide your fate and how much you will be paid. All I can say is, he'd better have an outstanding workout (and he'd better have a workout period) at the end of the month, or he could suffer a Randy Moss-like fall into the 20's despite having Top 5 talent."

The UAB Pro Day offered an interesting look at Joe Webb, a QB that is converting to WR for the pros.

"He appeared to be a very good athlete when I saw him at the Senior Bowl, but wow," Cordero said of the workout. "He is about 6-4 and 223 pounds and ran in the 4.5 range. He did 21 reps on the bench and 
posted a 42.5 inch vert, 11'6 broad jump, 6.55 3 cone, and 3.91 shuttle run - amazing numbers any way you slice them.

"He is very raw and for whatever reason reminds me of Matt Jones. He has great physical tools but will have to learn the nuances of the receiver position. He last played the position extensively in 2007. The Dolphins should have a good idea about him after coaching him in the Senior Bowl. I give him a 5th round grade."

From the Cincinnati Pro Day, Cordero reports:

Mardy "WR Mardy Gilyard improved his 40 time from the combine to the mid 4.4s. He also apparently looked more explosive in the other drills running in the 6.7s in the 3-cone and showing a 38.5 vertical leap. He has had great production throughout his career not just as a receiver but also as a return man. I give him a solid 3rd round grade.

"Potential 3-4 rush LB convert Alex Daniels showed off amazing athleticism with a 39-inch vertical and a 10'9 broad jump at 6-2 and 269 pounds. He is a late round sleeper who I give a 7th round grade. He had 8 sacks as a senior but will need to be coached up in his technique.

"Aaron Webster, a S, has also showed very well - running a 4.48, putting up 21 reps, and turning in a 10'3 broad jump at 6'1 1/2 and 207 pounds. He has played some CB but is mostly looked at as a SS right now. He had 6 ints throughout his career. I give him a 7th round grade and should be a ready-made special team standout."Brandon graham

Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and Penn State are among the schools that conduct Pro Days next week. Michigan will conduct its Pro Day today. You think I'll have a midday update on what Brandon Graham did if he participates?

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This is the real Alfy....im 1st...lol

Hey guys ignore all that other stuff...thanks mando...great review

Really like the SPOON and B Graham... a lot...

I would go Graham...then Spoon

Followed by Cam Thomas

Then Demayrius Thomas and a safety...

We also need a STUD Tight End....fasano and especially haynos are very very poor

This draft is loaded I think the Big tuna will trade down and get use some more pick. Let stick to the plan and become a power house for years and not just a one year wonder.

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I like spoon and graham on my rugby team, they'll look good in shorts

The Pro Days are when the scouting gets down to buisness. The Combine is for the Coaches, and G.M.s to hit up ST. Elmos for a steak, a few single malts, and a nice bottle of Bordeaux
(Petrus if Belechick is buying)

Brandon LaFell and Linval Joesph are the 2 players i hope we manage to come out of this draft with.

I like Spoon, he's a beast.. This draft is really deep at LB.. Hopefully we can trade down and acquire more picks I don't see that happening though..

Actually the scouts got down to business during the college season and after the season reviewing game tape on how productive they were not some king of workout on their home turf. Mcclain running in the 4.69 - 4.71 area at 6-4 258 pounds is impressive to go along with his college production.

Should Dez Bryant take a fall, which could very well likely happen, whichever team decides to take that risk better think it through. With character issues already in the mix, let's also not forget who his agent is. After Michael Crabtree took a surprising fall in last year's draft, Eugene Parker was demanding a contract greater than Heyward-Bey's because that's where he and his client felt he should have been drafted...it could end up being deja vu all over again.

DOLFANS I LIKE THIS GUY DERRICK MORGAN FROM GEORGIA!!!!!

To bad he's from georgia tech. You don't even know him.

DAMN...TERRENCE CODY WITHOUT A SHIRT IS THE UGLIEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!

That pic of Cody looks like that chick that won an Oscar.

Here's a guy to look for on March 29th...Kelton Tindal WR Newberry. He's been clocked sub 4.2...lowest on record is 4.16.
He's appx 6'2" 200

Read this interview done on April 2, 2009

http://www.nfldraftbible.com/Draft-Bible-Q-A/qa_kelton_tindal_wr_newberry_4209.html

Mando,

You will have no new information on Brandon Graham until early April, that is when he will be doing his workout.

I am going on record that Dezmon Briscoe will be a great Wr in thr NFL. He has all the qualities it takes , highly competitive physical and will not be denied getting to the end zone. Most important he's not a diva! He will get chunk yards and give us an elite offense we haven't had since Dan the Man. I have watched him play a lot and believe he is the missing part to an explosive offense.

For the LaGarret Blount fans of a mid to late round pick.

Blount was a no show for his pro day at Oregon today.
1st the sucker punch , then the slowest 40 (4.73) among RB's at the combine, and now blowing off the Pro Day with NFL scouts in attendance.
What a tool, he must hate money....lol

Sooo, in other words, don't count on Tuna signing him in any round.

As for Spoon, I have really liked this kid, if not for his size, he would definitely be top 15.
Hell, he has opened some eyes and may still go mid 1st round.
I wouldn't be surprised if Nolan leans on Tuna to step a lil outside of his box and take this kid at the 12 spot.
He has the frame to add another 10-12 lbs in Miami's offseason conditioning program and not suffer a big drop in speed.

Nolan can move him and Dansby around a lot, keeping Offensive Cooridinators up late at night all season...lol.
I also like Kindle to be moved around in Nolan's D.
Kindle has played both DE & OLB at Texas.

Either one of these two has the talent to start within their 1st rookie year.
That's what you want with any 1st round pick...IMO!

Has anyone seen what Wilfork look like with a uniform on...GEEZ.

Cody is the guy that kept the guards off McClain so he could do his job.

This should be the draft! Drade ronnie brown for a 2nd and ted guinn and greg c. for a package 5th.
1st-C.J. Spiller,RB, Clemson
2nda-Cam Thomas,NT, North Carolina
2ndb-Ricky Sapp,SOLB, Clemson
3rd-Carlton Mitchell,WR, South Florida
4th-Ed Dickson,TE, Oregon
5th-Robert Johnson, FS, Utah
6tha-O'Brien Schofield,WOLB Wisconsin- give him a year to recover from injury if Cam Wake don;t develope.
6thb-Crezdon Butler,CB, Clemson O and D line depth after

Good point fishy.

The best part of McClain is his brain. The skull & bones are his crohns.

Blount will workout on the 18th, Oregons second pro-day. But who really cares, I don't know who, or why the Phins, or anyone for that matter would want Blount. I hear the Montreal Allouets have him high on their board.

fishypete,
sounds like the Newberry kid got the benefit of the hometown stopwatch or got his speed from chasing greased pigs there in S.Carolina.
But can he get off the line and can he catch :)

Where was Cody in mclain's freshman year when he had 74 tackles and 2 int's while earning SEC Rookie of the year and First team SEC all freshman ? . OH Yeah . Cody wasn't on the team and was playing JUCO ball .

Good point Nick saban !!

LMAO

Good point suck,

Just blow me.

Fishypete got punked liked a stinkyfishpete.

Good point suck . why don't you get your boyfriend fishypete to take care of that where's my beef ?

D Briscoe WR KAN is going to shock the world!!

You sucks my beef and where's is the fishy's-Petes'es of my life... I believe that momma of yours has the secks with the horses. No senses you Stupids americans make. Idiots.

Morphs yet again.

Oye meng, anyjuan no where I can get some cibra? Ahm hungry meng.

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*** CODY LOOKS LIKE ***
***** A BIG THICK **********
******* HOOKER *************
**** ON CRAIG'S LIST!!! ***
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Imagine....

The EPIC
National Geographic special;

Cody
&
Rex Ryan
AT DINNER!
.
.

I def want JPP or Morgan but i will say----

I wouldnt be mad at all if i heard Spoon named called----u guys tell me he doesnt remind you of patrick willis-----Nolan drafted him---Willis is 6"1 245---i just love this lb from mizzo---even though i know we have dansby--and parcells likes them bigger -----im just in the business of taking a great player---to me he is a lock----so for all you spiller fans--which i am tooo-----i rather go Spoon be4 spiller

That's a scary thought, Yazzi. Put those two in a Buffet and they'll bust your joint out!

Buddy Ryan's Fat kid & side kick NT "Shamu" Chapter 11 Golden Coral Restaurant... Film at 11....

Spoon going to be a player but he really is a 4-3 olb---on the weakside---his weakness is sheading blocks in the run game---which is axactly what a 3-4 ilb has to do---

When you here that kid spoon talk--he just sounds like a player

Armando, At 6'1 239 and having 4:53 speed, I can see where Weatherspoon could very easily end up as a Free Safety type instead of a Linebacker. That kind of speed on that size frame is impressive. You say he's a "Noisy Leader" that fit the bill in the Safety position also. My thinking is not for Miami here, but as a NFL draft choice as a whole.

Mando-
Who are the Jets going to trade to get a late first round pick for the Mount? Didn't they lose their first and second from the Sanchez and Edwards deals? I hate that entire franchise, hope they all follow the owners daughter's lead.
I think the Dolphins draft will be defensive- we're trying to go back to the 90's. Strong/sometimes dominant defense, mediorce/ lackluster offense.

Thanks Mando.

I am with you about Weatherspoon. I have liked him more than McClain since the start.

We shall see.

I DON't THINK WE SHOULD GET A NT THIS YEAR.

YOU CAN't JUST LOOK AT 40s and BENCH REPS. TO MANY WORK OUT WARRIORS.

SOMETIMES IN FOOTBALL EVEN NUMBERS LIE.
THAT's WHY MOST PEOPLE UP HERE KEEP SWITCHING FROM PLAYER TO PLAYER.

YOU WATCH THIS AND READ THAT AND NOW YOU WANT CODY. UNTIL HE PUT UP 22 REPS. THE FUNNY THING IS HE WILL NOT BE LIFTING ON THE FIELD.

4.2 IS ONLY GREAT FOR TRACK.

RICE WASN't FAST EMMIT SMITH WAS't FAST MICCHAEL IRVIN WASN't FAST.

DESMOND HOWARD WAS FAST. CHARLES RODGERS WAS FAST BUT IT GOT THEM NOWHERE.

MY POINT IS I READ MOST OF YOU JUMP ON WHAT ARMANDO SAY. SOME OF YOU DO RESEARCH AND COME UP WITH YOUR CONCLUSIONS.

YOU CAN't MEASURE HEART.

LOOK AT BARRY HE WAS't FAST BUT HE HAD THE BIGGEST HEART BY ALL MEANS HE WASN't SLOW BUT HIS HEART and DETERMINATION UNMATCHED.

35 reps and 4.5 speed and he isn't a workout warrior? We need to spread that gene pool into future dolphins. At 239 he is going to hurt a lot of people.

My hopes are Dez Bryant, Ricky Sapp and Can Thomas.

Just like ZThomas said, get Marshall, pay him and he'll be fine. Not for this years first but next years. It will open up the draft big time.

the N.Y. fagssssssssss are trying to load up. LT visiting and they are talking with darren sharper, while the dolphins are doing nothing. they will be at the bottom again this year.

Is parcells letting that chic make the decisions or what?

I would trade Ginn, Ronnie Brown, Pat White, and Phillip Merling along with any extra backups. Try to get a trade for Marshal with Ginn and Merling and a second for Ronnie. Pat White may have some Value to any of the west coast team offenses. We may get a fourth combined with one of our backup.

Take Spiller with #1. Grab Marshall with trade. Offense will only need a TE and to solidify one more lineman.
With the 2 second round picks get a Backer and a NT. Third get your safety and 4th get your tight end.Or if yu take a safety in round 2 you can get Joseph NT in 3. Bundle the last 5 or 6 picks to try to get 2 more players in the 4th or 5th. We need quality now not any more quantity. We needed quantity in 08 and 09. Now we need 4 or 5 key game changing starters. I would be ok with only 6 picks if they were all in the first 4 rounds. Bring in plenty of FA as well to find 1 or 2 more diamonds in the rough.

Justin, ur right, we shouldn't worry about the "most important position" on the defense NT, we should just let teams score in us at will like last year...and we should all type in ALL CAPS to show people we have no clue...

Our first pick is going to be Dan Williams without a doubt. The Ferguson suspension leaves us with no other options. There are no decent free agent NTs left and you know how the trifecta feels about building up the lines of scrimmage.

Look for our free safety need to be filled by Atogwe or Sharper in the next two weeks. Both guys are better cover safeties than Clark was anyways. Sharper had 9 picks last year, one of which got returned for a TD and beat the Dolphins as I remember.

That will leave our second round pick as the best available between Jerry Hughes, Ricky Sapp, Demaryius Thomas, or Golden Tate. You can also expect us to resign Jason Taylor as insurance. We can't afford to lose him as thin as we are at OLB.

Ben Watson to browns

Mando,

You gotta take it easy on this Brandon Graham obsession. He doesn't fit Bill Parcells' size requirement for the position.

Ben Watson was a guy I really hoped we looked at. And his contract was very easy, 3 years, 12 million. But as I say when they don't sign a player I don't think fits, they know what they are doing.

What Zach failed to mention was that Marshall will be fine until the next free agency period comes around, and some douche bag receiver gets paid more money than Marshall due to a desperate teams need to outbid everyone else. Then, miraculously, Marshall's thong is riding too high because now he's feeling financially undervalued...I think we know what plays out then...Marshall throws a fit, batting down passes in practice, punting balls rather than handing them to assistants, demanding trades, etc., etc. Yeah, let's give our 12th pick for him...sounds like a great idea!

I am tired of my ford - so next year, am trading it for a BMW - because a BMW would be preferable and better suit my needs. I am also going to trade my old underwear for a 3 piece suit. I have new underwear, so figure a 3piece suit would be better value to me - its coming back in style! Finally, I am going to trade that old tube TV in my garage for a 40in flat screen. I mean, 40in flat screens are getting older now so am sure someone would make the trade.

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That is how crazy some of you sound! I mean, really! It is not one of you, it is way too many of you.

Let's make a deal - whenever you suggest making a trade, take a moment to think about what the other team will gain and how much they will value that pick or player we are shipping them. Think about what needs they might have. Heck, how about you suggest a team that might actually make one of the trades with us.

It is easy to say "TRADE DOWN" or "TRADE GINN for a 3rd", etc., but a LOT harder to pull off with someone else on the other side trying to maximize their value and address their needs, specially when you only suggest trading away our scrubs!

/endrant

By the way - "I get it now!" is my new revelation handle ;)

lol

All I know is jets r gonna be the afc champs. Boy is that gonna piss me off. But hey there getting what they need. While we just do nothing. Yes the draft will help but not no guaruntee. We need a wr and a safty.

Smells like Tuna,

That's some of the smartest most logical thinking I've seen on here for awhile. Makes a lot of sense to me.

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