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On to the information.
Yesterday our aspiring scout Chris Codero gave you the knowledge about the linebackers and how they worked at the Indianapolis Combine. The defensive linemen also worked so let's catch up with what happened to the nose tackles -- a position the Dolphins must somehow address this offseason.
Dan Williams disappointed a little with only 27 reps on the bench press but with his ideal short, squatty build for a NT, strong showing in the stack and shed drill with a strong punch and good knee bend, he did nothing to knock himself from being the third best DT in the draft. He will never be a great pass rusher; but he will absolutely be a great run stuffer. He showed enough in his senior season and Senior Bowl week to make me believe he could be a solid NT for the next 10 years. A first round lock in my eyes and, depending on who is available, could be the pick at #12. The Dolphins know what they are getting after the Senior Bowl and he came off as a player driven to succeed.
Terrence Cody's 40-yard dash time was terrible and he didn't lift, but who seriously expects Mount Cody to ever run 40 yards in one fell swoop anyway? By losing 16 pounds he has showed some commitment to improving himself and his draft stock. Some team could take a chance on him late in the first round due to the demand of his position - and if he continues to commit himself to improving his body and dedicate himself to the game, he could be a great NT for years to come as well. Would be a solid selection at No. 12 and again, the Dolphins should know more about him than most after having him at the Senior Bowl.
(Salguero interruption here: If the Dolphins pick Cody at No. 12, I would call it many things, but definitely not a "solid selection." To me it would a major reach. that pick would offer zero value because you don't want a two-down player that high in the draft. Sorry, Chris, but we don't agree. Back to your breakdown.)
My bad, I meant to say it would be a solid pick at No. 43 - no way do I take him at 12! I don't agree with myself drafting him at No. 12! I was tired.....
Cam Thomas continues to impress me. He might be one of the fittest looking 330+ pounders I have seen. He had an adequate broad jump of about 8 and a half feet, showing decent lower level explosion for someone so big. He also showed quick feet in the stack and shed drill and a strong punch - although he could work on his knee bend and have a quicker punch. Because he is nealry 6-4 this could be an issue as strong, short interior linemen could get inside his pads easier and out-leverage him. I have him in the 3rd round; but with the demand on the position, don't be surprised to see him go in the 2nd.
A couple of other NT prospects where fairly impressive as well:
Jeff Owens put up 44 reps on the bench; and also has that short, squatty build teams like in a NT. He also displays quick feet in the drills - his motor runs hot and cold though in film I have seen. Again, after having him at the Senior Bowl (and having a lot of alone time with defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers) this is another player the Dolphins should have a grasp of. I have him in the 5th-6th range and could be a decent value there.
Al Woods of LSU also showed explosiveness - displaying a 37-inch vertical leap. At one time he was a highly rated prospect and has all the physical tools to be a successful NT. But he is another guy who
doesn't always put forth 100 percent effort. I also have him in the 5th-6th round.
Linval Joseph and Torell Troup also impressed. with Joseph putting up 39 reps and Troup putting up 31. Each player has very good athleticism for their size, as evidenced by their quick feet in drills. Each
player should go in the 4th by my estimation. But I wouldn't be surprised if they went earlier due to the position they play. I am a fan of both players and think they could be successful in the league.
Come back later this afternoon for a Combine wrap plus other news, notes, analysis, and whatever else got this blog in the Top 100 nationwide.