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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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power running game and a kick arse Defense wins football games. Sean #1 commented on 'A Pro Days update from around our great land'

2010-03-12 20:38:37 -0500. In the 80's.

bootang,
I love Hughes, but agreed he may not be a 12th pick due to his size, but defintely gone by 43 too.
Maybe the Phins will love him as a OLB, who knows.

Yes Kindle did benefit from the pro style schemes and Muschamp, who I think is a decent defensive mind.
I think you will like what you research on Kindle.

The thing with Kindle is that he even draws some comparisons to his former teammate Orakpo.
Some even say he is more veratile then Orakpo.
Orakpo looked very good his rookie year, pro bowl reserve or alterante, from being on a Deadskins team :)

Sean#1, do you see me shooting you my middle finger? Well I'am.

No a s s h o l e.
What I'm saying is that teams that make big moves have a possibility for big results.

Parcells never makes big moves.
In 30 years he never has.
He builds teams that are consistently .500.
That's it.

Dansby will need NT help to get our money's worth

BOBBY 12

LAST TIME I LOOKED THE FINS HAD A LOT OF NEEDS.

FS OLB WR NT ILB RG

WE DO HAVE A NT BEHIND FERGI WHO HAS AT THE VERY LEAST PLAYED NT.

WE DON't HAVE A WR (OH YEAH GINN MY BAD).
WE DON't HAVE A OLB (OH MY BAD WAKE).
WE DON't HAVE A FS (MY BAD AGAIN CLEMONS).

PLUS LAST TIME I CHECKED IT TOOK A whole TEAM TO WIN GAMES.

A NT DON't STOP THE DEEP PASS.
OR FOR THE MOST PART SCORE TDs.

WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT ANY OF THESE GUYS CAN HOLD THEIR GROUND AGINST DOUBLE TEAMS.

LOOK AT RON BRACE. HE CAME FROM A 40 FRONT AND PLAYED WELL IN SCHOOL AND COULDN't GET ON THE FIELD.

THAT's ONE THING THAT WORRIES ME ABOUT DANSBY. HE NEVER PLAYED IN A 3-4.

VILMA A VERY GOOD MLB BUT COULDN't PLAY IN THAT SYSTEM.

POINT IS EVERYTHING IS NOT FOR EVERBODY.

LEARN NOT FROM JUST YOUR MISTAKES BUT THE MISTAKES OF OTHERS.

YOU're WILLING TO TAKE THE 3rd or 4th BEST PLAYER AT NT THAN THE BEST OLB or BEST WR.

SORRY IF I DON't AGREE.

IT JUST SOUNDS STUPID.

Look here Sean# I have been on this site for 2 yrs now and I have always gone by Sean but someone else has been using it to smear people and I do not want to be confused as that prick so I went to Sean #1 so piss off.

OLBs are deep this yr so get 1 in the 2nd because the value will still be high.

KINDLE CROWDER DANSBY WAKE

Justin Credible, that would be a feared LB core, and if JT is resigned it would really make him effective to be just a situational matchups player, also extends his career with the rest.

Sean#123, i got no beef with you, I'm now shooting my finger at YOU. Get a life.

I know Morgan is a popular pick for some, I would steer clear of him. Yes he has good size (6'3 266), good speed (4.78), good stats (55 tackles, 12 sacks and was AAC defensive player of the year...BUT, this kid doesn't play with heart. He gets blocked...often. He'll have a good play in the second quarter, then you never hear his name again in the game.

He refused to participate in the bench press at the combine. He did not participate in the media interviews (like nearly every single player invited to the combine).

I have nothing personal against this kid. I watched him in every GT game this year. He might end up being a good pro, but early first round is way to high for him IMO.

Menace, I agree that "if" Dan Williams is as good as many of the scouts are saying, the Dolphins should take him at 12. The NT (why is it nose tackle...when I was a kid it was nose guard...anyway), the NT is the most important component of the 3-4 against the run. When J Ferguson was healthy, the Fin's D was stout against the run. Top in the league if I remember...at least for a few weeks. Without him we were mediocre at best.

I know its not flashy, but pick the Williams kid and he an above average NT for the next 10 years.

in with the old, out with the new. Dan Marino is coming back to play QB and he's bringing Duper and Clayton with him!!!!

Lefel is over rated. Kid is slow and non-explosive. If we take a slow possession wr who isn't close to being complete I will start to wonder about Parcells. IF he goes the slow big guy route we should not draft a wr this year and have some faith in Patrick Turner.

No more plodding slow power backs that can't bust a run longer than 15yds even with great blocking. Spiller would be a gift at 12. He will be Chris Johnson all over again. Hope he doesn't land in N.E. or Buffalo.

I want to know if anyone thinks our 12th pick should be used on brandon Marshall? I mean, I know it will never happen but hear me out! Like Zach Thomas said, get him now!! He is amazing! Miami would be looked at completly different by teams! He is proven, he is extremly young, would solve that issue for 6-7 years! Even ireland said that you have to balance the talent vs the ego! And Marshall is a top 5 WR! And if he was on the board at 12, would Miami not pick him? Even knowing everything now? Bryant has to much to make up for!! And so does any other WR in the draft! Someone send a email to the trifecta !!!! Ok that's what I think......

I still say, we should trade down towards the 21st-22nd picks. Pick-up an extra second or third round draft pick. Draft Brandon Graham DE/OLB from Michigan with the first pick (if not, New England will) Demarious Thomas WR from G.Tech who recently broke his foot in the second, D.THOMAS WILL BE THE STEAL OF THE DRAFT, Cam Thomas NT with the other 2nd or third and from there-on everything will be icing on the cake.
Brandon Graham will be a very special player in the NFL, but he's not a good pick at the twelve position, that is why we must trade down and get extra picks.

still no activity for the dolphins.

Joe Webb is interesting, could replace Pat white in the wildcst wouldn't you say?

The kid from Newberry,Kelton Tindal, was not the beneficiary of a hometown stopwatch. His time of 4.22 was recorded by NFL scouts at his Junior ProDay. On March 29th, he will blow up by running a sub 4.2 40.

1st pick- Rolando MCclain n move him to Outside. MCclain/Dansby/Crowder our 3 linebackers will be nasty.
2nd pick- Terrance Cody at NT
3rd pick- Major Wright from UF
4th pick - Jacoby Ford hes going to be a steal.
5th pick- Arenas from Alabama

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