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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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LMFAO @ LMFAO --- Nice name!!

I am out guys. Very good football discussion today. Very little name calling. It was fun.

OK Guy the cuban has arrived....

Cuban, High 5 To you.

1. Dez Bryant
2. Cj Spiller
3. Mike Iupati
4. Sean Weatherspoon
5. Dan Williams
7. Earl Thomas
8. Rolando McClain
9. Sergio Kindle
10 Brandon Graham
I'd rather have all these guys with our first over Brandon Marshall

I'm thinking now, we should draft (Spiller) with the 12th pick.

Greg, Nose Tackle buddy......

6 is JPP

Cuban, Yeah, i see that.But Ronnie brown is starting to get fragile.And Rickie Williams is going to retire after this year.Spiller could be are guy.

Anybody know anything about NT Jared Odrick?

Greg, Look for Greg Cooper coming out next year from the "U", Fast as my Girl and tough as five dollar steak from IHOP.....

Hey guys,

Why do i get the feeling Parcells is'nt picking Dan Williams or any other NT early in the Draft?

Think about it guys,if Parcells was really high on Williams and knowing he would be our starting NT next season,why resign Ferguson?

You could argue the fact that Fergie would be a great mentor for the guy but i just aint buying it.

Parcells knows that the chances of him finding a starting FS,NT,an elite WR and an OLB/ILB in Free Agency and the Draft is incredibly hard so i think he's already priorities everything.

I think he's gonna go with Soliai for the 1st 8 games then possibly put in Fergie when his suspension ends.

Dont get me wrong,i think we will draft a NT,just not in the 1st 4 rounds

Hey g.z, whats up man?
About J.O, he is a great tackler inside because of his strengh and length at the point of atack. Solid choice at number 12. If Dan Williams is gone

I say that Parcells & Co trade down. There is not much value at the 12 spot. Everone thAt is worth it will be gone. Players that will be available are not worth the 12th pick. Hopefully they can target another teams desired guy, bluff and trade down and get an extra 3rd rounder. Dan Williams should be available late teens. We'll see.

1. Eric Berry 2. Earl Thomas 3. Dan Williams 4. Sean Wetherspoon 5. Not C.J Spiller..(to many needs atm, we can address that next season.)

The SMF is here and his word is final.

Hello Cuban Menace. How goes it? I hope we don't hear LT signs with Jets today... I like that they cut the AFC's leading rusher and are in danger of losing Leon Washington, I don't want them to get LT...

Real funny story by Vic Carucci on NFL.com regarding all of the quality receivers that have been signed this week and quoting Jeff Ireland from the combine: "As Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland told reporters during the NFL Scouting Combine, "Every offense needs big playmakers."

Mark, I still think the phins are going NT at the 12th pick.There will be pretty good talent (NT) by the time its are time to chose.


g.z, With all do respect man, SPILLER will not be are first pick.

Go Dolphins?

It's funny because as it turns out Ireland was the only one not able to accomplish the feat.

What a moron.

Diaspan, High 5 man, Go Dolphins.

I agree Mark only way I see him going for Williams is if we trade down a bit, we can get a good NT to develop later on seeing we would have to work on Williams anyway.. The tuna is going to draft a starter in the first and I'd like to see any of the top 2 FS taken. I like the OLBs in the first but there some good ones in the second too, as for S... Berry and or Thomas are our best bet.

To his defense, Ireland can't sign anyone Bill Parcells wouldn't deem worthy of dating his daughter. Apparently that means no wideout

Sean#, Hows it going you beast?

I would like to hope L.T. had enough class to stay away from the Jests, but I just remembered his music video from last year... it might be a done deal...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5sDXBOEsi4

worst ever

Thanks Sean! Go Phins, bottom line!

Same old stuff carlito, LT dosnt bother me going to the jets, would LOVE to see washington depart gang green.....

All three are a bunch of morons. Parcells builds .500 teams. That's it. That's his history for 30 years.
Sometimes the team will get lucky and find itself with a Lawrence Taylor and be able to ride him all the way.
Other than that its .500.

Dishpan, What about Cammarello????Nice looking Gringo kid....Perfect for bill's daughter....

No, i don't think we are going to take Dez with the 12th pick. The TUNA loves defense.

Which also explains why they drafted brian Hartline, Another good looking Gringo kid......

Winning takes bold moves, it takes risk.
Look at the moves that fat f u c k Ryan is making in NY.
Look at what they're doing in B'more.
Look at Houston.
Those are the three teams standing between us and the wildcard.

Lol Cuban...this nonsense of going after "his guys" is getting ridiculous. All that means is, "would I let my daughter shower with him?"

I cosign everything SMF has said today

Parcells is married? He has a daughter? Didn't Jeremy Shockey call him h0m0 6 or 7 years ago?
I have never seen Parcells linked with a women ever.

LMAO @ Dishpan........

g.z, doing good man, starting to get in the grove of the DRAFT.

This team has to be the most unambitious and boring in the league. We stand by and do nothing whilst other teams sign players who would have improved this team, Boldin, Bryant, Watson no doubt Sharper will be next and finally Marshall shall be gone.
Karlos Dansby will be a tremendous signing but he aint taking us back to the AFC East champions on his own, bold moves put butts in seats, trade for Marshall and watch season tickets soar not to mention the fins offense.

SMF sounds strangly like our wild-cat hating Price master.......

The SMF, Great Post, (BOLD MOVES)

Just no more Pat Whites - got to be the biggest waisted high round pick ever, and not just by the Dolpins, but by all teams. What were they thinking, what did they see in him? Can't afford anymore picks like that, we needed difference makers with that pick.

So what if Brandon Marshall is a diva?
The top heart surgeon is a diva.
The top lawyer is a diva.
Bill Gates is a diva.
Marshall complains when he's not getting paid a fair amount.
If we can give Pennington $2.5mil to rehab at our facility we can pay Marshall.
We're never going to meet him or hang out with him so what do we care if complains to Mando at post game buffet table.

to BE OR NOT TO BE , THAT'S THE QUESTION .DONKEYS

PriceMaster is a smart mother f u ck e r but TheSMF is THE SMART MOTHER F U C K E R

We simply need to spend more MONEY.

THE SMF........................................WHERE YOUR MOTHER NOW ?

Just no more Pat Whites - got to be the biggest waisted high round pick ever, and not just by the Dolpins, but by all teams. What were they thinking, what did they see in him? Can't afford anymore picks like that, we needed difference makers with that pick.

Posted by: phinphanmt | March 12, 2010 at 05:49 PM

Phinphananmt,The fins drafts through out the past has been a lot of head scrachers, you win somwe, you lose some....

Trade for Marshall, watch season tickets soar, watch more women get beat, watch Brandon Marshall do time, watch everyone on the blog wonder why we signed s skumbag

greg z talking to himself as sean# is freaking hilarious. he even confused himself in his post at 5:45 pm. " g.z doing good man ...." posted by geg z at 5:45 pm. this was a response intended to himself as SEAN #. What a freaking jackazzzzzzzzzzzz

CUBAN IS THE MAN WHEN THERE'S NO MEN LEFT , HE'S A NICE LITTLE BOY WHO NEEDS SPANKING ONCE IN A WHILE .

Pat White's issue is one of being very raw. Has talent for days, which flies in college, but not the pros. He prolly reminded parcells of quicy carter, whom parcells would certainly allow to shower with his daughter. Pat will develop.

The most I'd pay for Marshall is a 2nd and Bess or Ginn. Fins are not trading a 1st for someone elses headache...

Sean#, you and sherri still coming over saturday? (COOK OUT). Give me a call later tonight.

Aloco has arrived.......

bootang, you still here???

Your wrong about Kindle in your post @ 4:37pm

Kindle DID play OLB & DE.
Texas moved him around a lot, especially after Orakpo was gone,he was mostly DE.
Kindle is the only college player to ever be a finalist for both the Butkus & Hendricks awards in the same year.
Kindle I think is among one of the most ready to start picks we could have at the 12 spot.
That is what you want to have from your 1st pick, an immediate contributor.

Spoon and Hughes, maybe even Graham Id also consider in the ready to contribute/start right away category.

Trade 1st + Camarillo to Broncos for Marshall. Boom. Roster spot opened.
What's the problem?

GREG Z,

ok , i hope we spend a fun time together .

g.z, call you later, its already starting to get CRAZY.

Trade 1st + Camarillo to Broncos for Marshall. Boom. Roster spot opened.
What's the problem?

Posted by: TheSMF | March 12, 2010 at 05:58
But Who'll will shower with Bill's daughter???

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