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D.J. Williams, good man, good tight end, good fit

The Dolphins have Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams on their draft radar.

There have been, in fact, reports that when the Dolphins went to Fayetteville, Arkansas and worked out both Williams and quarterback Ryan Mallett, that it was Williams who was more intriguing to the team. I don't exactly know if I buy that.

But I know the Dolphins can use an upgrade at tight end. And Williams would be one. And that's why Williams has been the focus of much Dolphins personnel work and attention.

On Tuesday, Williams spent some time with me on my Armando and the Amigo radio show in South Florida. I asked Williams if he's noticed extra attention from the Dolphins?

"I want to say yes, but I don't want to sit there on draft day and hear, "the Miami Dolphins select," and they don't pick me. So I'll just leave it there," Williams said. "They have shown me interest, I will say that. We had a good time and had lunch with [offensive coordinator Brian Daboll] and everyone else when they worked us out."

At one point during that private workout in Arkansas, Williams volunteered to play the piano at general manager Jeff Ireland's wedding anniversary party.

"I figured, why not?" he said.

Williams said Tampa Bay, the Vikings, and the Texans are among the other teams who have also shown a high amount of interest in him.

So what will an NFL team get from Williams?

"I'm going to try to be the best the NFL has seen," he said.

Williams fits the Miami mold. He's 6-2 and 250 pounds, he's productive, he comes with a resume of having played in the Southeastern Conference, and he's a good man. Remember last year the Dolphins showed they want to add solid citizens to the roster.

Williams is an inspiration. As a child his mom was involved in an abusive relationship with his father in Texas. It got so bad his mom had to move the family to a shelter in the same state. Not far enough away, apparently, from the abuser so she changed her plans and decided to leave the state.

"We were sitting there in Dallas and my mom wanted to move further away," Williams said. "She pulled out a map and told me, 'Where are we going?' I just put my finger on a spot. I was young at the time, I didn't know what I was doing. I put my finger on the map and it landed in Little Rock, Arkansas, so we packed up and left. We lived in a shelter there for a time and pretty much worked our way up from there. We're in a good spot now, living nice."

Williams freely recounts his tale. He says his experiences have colored the person he is today.

"I was young but you always have that feeling that something's not right. I witnessed a lot of stuff going down between my parents. Just tthe fear and all that in my mom's eyes, you just know something's not right.

"But I wouldn't change anything because it's made me who I am today and it's made my family stronger. In life and even in football, adversity is going to come and it's how you respond that matters. It's like sandpaper. It's going to rub on you, but if you stay in it, it'll get worn down but you're going to come out smooth."

We asked Williams for first-hand information on Mallett, the quarterback the Dolphins also have on their radar.

You can hear the entire Williams interview, including what he said about Mallett, on the Armando and the Amigo podcast right here.

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New Player we should take a LONG look at late in the draft Keith Darbut 6-4 229 DE from D3 baldwin wallace in Ohio

40 time- 4.38, 4.4 Bench- 26 reps
1.42 ten yrd split, best of any pass rusher in the combine
could be a great project a la Cameron Wake
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/20/draft-sleeper-baldwin-wallace-pass-rusher-keith-darbut/

Onew thing I'm not seeing discussed much is how little (if any) impact ANY of these rookies will make in 2011 due to the unresolved labor situation.

You can pretty much rule out all the QB's for starters. It's tough enough for them to play as rookies but since they won't be allowed ANY contact whatsoever (no practices, no meetings, not even a playbook) it's not a stretch to assume none will play or contribute.

I would guess only pass-rushers with great natural ability and running backs might contribute in some way this year, barring a settlement soon (which seems unlikely).

For the great majority, I don't see any realistic hope of them contributing much before the 2012 season.

Aloco....forget the Link....I'm gonna post what it says.....

Along with the Mallett reply....

The accusation:
Reports: Ryan Mallett skipped Panthers visit after late night out

Posted by Evan Silva on April 20, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

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Both Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer and Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune and NFP are reporting that Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett blew off his April 9 team-facility visit with the Carolina Panthers.

Biggs has the details.

Citing multiple sources, Biggs reports that Mallett met the Panthers on the evening of April 8 for dinner with club officials. The Razorbacks’ all-time passing leader was “seen out on the town late” following the meal, and reportedly called in sick the next day.

Biggs’ report acknowledges the mass amounts of pre-draft misinformation spread this time of year. But Biggs insists “there is no mistaking that Mallett called the Panthers (on April 9) and told them he was ill after a late night in Charlotte.”

Mallett, as you already know, has been the subject of character scrutiny due to a 2009 arrest for public intoxication, as well as countless pre-draft rumors that take his alleged consumption problems much further.

During February team interviews at the Combine, Mallett reportedly told NFL executives and coaching staffs that he did drugs at Arkansas.

While these issues say little about Mallett’s football future, they certainly threaten to torpedo his draft stock.

UPDATE: The Panthers and Mallett’s agents have responded to the report.

THERE'S BREAKING NEWS ON THE MALLET SAGA....POST IT ALSO KRIS..THANK YOU .

The Mallett Response:
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Agents, Panthers respond to Mallett report

Posted by Mike Florio on April 20, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

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Earlier today, a pair of reports emerged indicating that Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett had blown off a meeting with the Panthers after a night on the town.

Curiously, neither report indicated that an opportunity had been given to Mallett to respond.

Mallett has now responded, through his agents. In addition to the comments from J.R. Carroll to Adam Schefter, Mark Humenik of Athletes First has forwarded to PFT a written statement from Carroll and David Dunn. Here it is, in its entirety.

“There is absolutely no truth to the unfounded and irresponsible report that Ryan skipped his visit with the Carolina Panthers on April 9 because he was too sick after a late night out on the town the previous night. Rather, Ryan had dinner with club officials from the Panthers on the evening of April 8 and then returned to his hotel that evening along with Julio Jones. Ryan and Julio were together the entire time that evening until Ryan and Julio turned in for the night around 10:00 — 10:30 pm.

“Upon returning to his hotel room, Ryan became ill and was up most of the night and into the morning with flu-like symptoms. Keep in mind that this was Ryan’s fourth team visit in the previous week and that Ryan had crisscrossed the country with stops in Cincinnati, Fayetteville, Seattle, Fayetteville again and Minneapolis before Charlotte. Nevertheless, Ryan met with Panthers representatives on the morning of April 9 as scheduled and informed the club at that time that he was extremely sick. Carolina officials decided to send Ryan back to his hotel room for some medicine and additional rest in hopes that they could meet with Ryan later that morning. Ryan did as instructed and contacted Panther officials later that morning to resume his meetings with club officials. However, given that Ryan was still sick, Carolina officials decided to cancel the remainder of Ryan’s visit with the team.”

The Panthers have corroborated that version of the events, in an e-mail to PFT: “Ryan Mallett came for a visit to Charlotte two weeks ago. He had dinner with our coaches the evening he arrived and came down from his hotel room for a scheduled breakfast meeting the following morning upon which time he informed a staff member that he had been sick all night with nausea. We told Ryan that if he was ill to remain in his room as long as the nausea existed. We took him to the airport later that afternoon for his scheduled flight.”

Though we’ve got no reason to help or hurt Mallett’s draft stock, this story is a prime example of the extent to which the media can get sucked into potentially bogus or embellished draft rumors. While we appreciate the irony of a rumor site commenting on the very journalism principles that for years we have disregarded, this is more of a liability concern, and that’s a topic about which I’ve been sensitive from the day we launched. Any media outlet that disseminates inflammatory information about a player that could hurt his draft stock and cost him millions without first seeking a response from the player or his agent could get sued for defamation.

It’s also wrong, in our view, to participate blindly in the agenda-driven efforts by agents who represent rival players or teams that, ironically, want so badly to be able to draft the player that they’ll lie about him. Whether it’s trumped-up rumors about injuries or chatter about off-field behavior, folks who run with those nuggets could be stepping into a proverbial jackpot.

Though no one has been sued such a report, the key word to add to that is “yet.”

That said, if one or more people saw Mallett out that night and they go on the record to say so, that would be one hell of a story.

That took like 20 seconds.....

Let the Poster's decide.....

and thatresponse link was INSIDE of the accusation......

Trey, excellent point. We're talking about a lot of these guys as if they'll matter this year and the odds are they won't at all, not unless things are settled very soon.

It's depressing, but the truth. Thanks for the sad reminder!

BREAKING NEWS.... MALLET WAS OFFERED TO SEE A DOCTOR AND HE REFUSED .......................

Peter King has us taking Dalton at 15 which would be somewhat of a reach. Any thoughts on that?

In a perfect world wouldn't it great if:

Henne came around-wouldn't need a qb

Ronnie was resigned and returned to form

Garner, Incognito and Jerry gelled-no need for ol

Then we could focus on a TE and speed WR and depth

I SEA THAST KRIS HAS JOINED THE GANG OF DEFEAT, MAYBE HE SHOUKLD BY TICKETS TO THE APE CITY MONKEYS AND CHEER FOR OPRAH WHILE SHE WAERS BIKINI AND DRINK PINA COLADAS.THANK YOU KRISTINE FOR SHOWING YUOR TRUE COLORS, SHOLDNT ALL FARMERS BE IN BED BUY NOW?

WE WILL BE THE ONLY TEAM IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL THAT HAVE A QB WITH RED HAIR .

So I post a link......give BOTH sides of the story....

and you immediatley come with MORE BS ALOCO....with NO PROOF.....

I say "good day to you sir"......incredible.......

Yes....

Tell both sides of the STORY......SHOW ALOCO TO BE A LIAR......

AND BLAMO.....

FREE ADMISSION INTO THE GANG OF DEFEET.....

Where do I SIGN UP!

Don't care if his hair is purple if he throws 10 TD passes to Marshall and another 15 to the other guys!!

I AM TIRED OF KRIS TACTICS .....LATER

MALLET SHOLD JOIN RICKY WILIAMS HOLESTIC CHURCH,MAYBE THEN KRISTINE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT HE HAS A SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEM.

Yeah.....the TRUTH IS A HORRIBLE TACTIC.....

Save your LIES for after I leave.....

KRIS YOU WILL NOW BEE TRIED WITH CUBEN MENECE AND DYING BRED AS A MEMBER OF THE GANG OF DEFEAT,ENJOY THEMISERY YOU FARMER.

KRIS,

I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER EVERY WORD YOU SAID UNTIL MALLET'S STORY CLEARS UP AND WE BOTH CAN SEE WHERE THE TRUTH LIES .

Tprice @ 6:55,
darbut is a guy that was on the list of players the team is looking at. he either already met with them or is to meet with them but i know he is on the list. can't see anyone putting much emphasis on it though because the guy would really need to shine to be the guy opposite wake.

Guys,

I have no reason to believe there is more to the Mallett story than what's being reported. I'm not a Mallett fan but that doesn't mean I'm ready to condemn him every time one of these stories comes up. I have more questions about his game than off field issues but is nobody else concerned about how there always seems to be 'drama' around this guy. I'm not saying he's a bad guy, I'm just wondering if people actually have it in for this kid. Is there a part of the media and the fan base who deliberately make stuff up about this guy and if so why? It's the same way I wonder if people don't go out of their way to bad mouth Jay Cutler. Why does it appear that Jay Cutler is so hated around the league and will this be the case with Mallett in his career. I can't see that any of this will be a good thing for the kid and I'm guessing he'll have to grow a thick skin soon, if he hasn't already.

fin4,

Earlier today you said you had a hunch we were going to be better than expected. Just wondering, did you have that same hunch last August?

I'll make you a gentlemans bet on that first game, and its a bet I hope I will lose, but believe I will win. Hennes very first game running a brand new offense for the first time after limited contact with the new OC I don't see being good enough to beat the one team that totally demoralized us most, a team far more in rhythm than ours.

0x80 | April 20, 2011 at 06:54 p.m.

I will not only take that bet, I`ll remind you that Henne in his 1st. ever NFL start vs. the Jets in 09 was rather spectacular. I tell you I believe that the whole Chad Pennington thing was bad for Henne. He never after that game got free reign on being the player I saw at Michigan.

If you remember Henne had Braylon Edwards and Mario Manningham as his WR while at Mich. I thought being a UM fan that it was shades of Steve Walsh and Ken Dorsey, until I remembered he could actually throw the ball further than 60 yds.

I will again take your bet because I believe with noddle arm Penny and Henning gone Henne won`t be so affraid to throw the DAMN BALL !!!

Let me get this straight. Mallett went out partying and NOBODY had a camera? Not even a cell phone? I think most phones have a camera these days. So, I wonder how Henne in the Bahamas got his pic taken but Mallett didn't in a fairly populous US city.

Anyone?

I WILL BET ANYBODY AND PUT UP MY REAL NAME AND LOSS OFF $500.00 ON US BEATING N.E. WEEK ONE, HOW IS THAT FOR ALL OF YOU FANS OUT THERE !!!!!!

BTW Men......

Its OK to call some one a LIAR when they are telling BLATANT LIES.....

I really expected more people than just Simon to come out and put in their two cents for the truth......

I'm not saying I'm right about Mallett....but I AM posting ALL sides to the argument...NOT just the one that fall in-line wioth my way of thinking.......

Stand for SOMETHING
or
Fall for ANYTHING

FIN4LIFE DONT BOTHERWITH 0X80,HES JUST ANOTHER UNEMPLOYED FARMER THAT IS AMEMBER OF THE GANG OF DEFEET.

Something I find a little weird on the QB issue is that you never hear much about Locker. On here, other sites, or the talking heads on tv. Yet every other mock draft has him going to Vikings at 12. Is there some connection there? I am not suggesting him for us. Just find it strange.

One thing about Mallett. If he was truly sick the day he was to meet with the Panthers it would be tough to defend with all these critics. Especially when your under microscope to begin with.

ALoco,

Welcome to my country. I'm happy you found work in my country. I'm happy to hear you even got a raise recently. I'm happy for you that your life is better in my country.

Its only a shame you show no respect for the hard working citizens of this country that have helped it remain such a wonderful place for you.

DoLFan Rick,

I don`t know who gave Locker advise but he should be thinking of kicking his butt !!!! He would have been #1 last year and that guy (Bradford) got a 6 year 80 million dollar deal. In this draft you can mark there will be an NFL rookie wadge scale and a fair one to boot !!!

There talking that the 1st. overall pick has to be put on a scale of no more than 4 million a season. No more of these stupid rookie deals and so all of you know it`s probably the only thing the League and players agree on !!!!

OX80, I WORK MORE IN A DAY THEN YOU WORK IN A WEAK.YOU ONLY WORK ON THE FARM FROM 5AM to 8 AM AND THEN ITS OFF TO THE BAR EVERYONE KNOWS THATS WHAT YOU FARMERS DO,THATS WAY YOUR ASLEEP AT 5PM EVERY DAY.

ALoco,

If that is really you and not one of the six thousand fake alocos, then I can only say you are one very sad case of a human being. Not even worth acknowledging.

What country are you from and why don't you go back there if you think so little of the people here?

LMAO..Jeff Ireland is speaking with the press tomorrow and the new beat writer on ss asked fans what questions to ask..lol

You know what the first one said..lol

fin4, I wish thats all they had to agree on so we could start spending Ross's money!

0x80,


to TAKE IT TO A PERSONAL LEVEL AS YOU DID ,IT'S SHAME,WE ALWAYS PLAY WITH EACH OTHER AND TEASE EACH OTHER AND TO BRING UP ME BEING IN THIS COUNTRY AS WAY TO PUT ME IN THE DEFENSE ISN'T APPRCHIATED ...... ONLY KRIS WHO HAS A PROBLEM WITH ME AND YOU OF LATE SINCE I DON'T AGREE YOU LATELY .......


PS...YOU TAKE SHOTS EVERY DAY AT HENNE ,I NEVER SAY ANY THING RE YOUR PERSONAL LIFE BUT I NEVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD SHOW A RACIST SIDE IN YOU ,FOR I DID LOVE YOUR WORDS .

dm1dolphan @7:17
thanks for the info i wasent aware the dolphins were meeting with him.
I think you missed my point though the guy would be a project who would play 3 years down the road. Call me AL Davis but that speed at that size is something you rarely ever see and easily worth a flier.
Also one of my buddies plays with Keith at BW and said the kid has an unbelievable motor and is a very high character guy.
I'll take that any day

0X80.... IF YOU THINK IT'S ME WHO TALKS ABOUT APE CITY AND DEFEET ,YOU MUST BE 2 YEARS OLD.IN THAT CASE ,YOU R VERY SAD CASE OF HUMAN BEING .

0x80, bravo. Been wondering that myself.

0X80,

DID YOU NOTICE KRIS/MR SIMON OR YOU CHOOSE TO IGNORE HIM SIGNING WITH 2 NAMES B/C HE AGREES WITH YOU ALL THE TIME ....

Crack cocaine is a very powerful addiction. Can be cured, though, specially in motivated, young persons.

Bravo aloco.it's an eye opening .

Aloco,

As always your reading and comprehension skills are severely limited. I've said nothing racist because nobody is less of a rascist than me, that would be impossible.

You should take a moment to read your own derogatory words, accusing intelligent hardworking people of being drunks or unemployed or putting down farmers. You are the racist. And I notice how you totally avoid all my questions. Why are you here if you think so little of the very people who have given you work?

Seriously Aloco, I am suprised anybody on this blog even responds to you, even in fun. All jokes aside, you are consistenly the most disrespectful blogger here.

now we know what 0x80 thinks, really thinks.lol

0x80,

I am very thankful to be an American born citizen, it means that with the exception of Iraq, Cuba and Afganistan I can travel anywere in the world without a visa, to cool !! Aloco speaks not for all, while I imagine he thinks he`s being cute !! My post earlier today should tell you what I think of our great Nation.

I do have a question for you ? If China were to ask the U.S. to pay off it`s foriegn debt. do you believe it would be a bluff or not ? If they went that road isn`t it mutual suicide. I also read were some brainiac said that India was passing the U.S. as a world power, only if your telephone operator constituted a world power, talking about Ballywoods debt they owe us for nearly 60 years since WW 2 !!!!!

Tprice,
i would say just by looking at him that he has a non-stop motor but with 10.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss in d3 he would be a project; like you said. i could see him being brought in if there is free agency this year and they can get a good look at him with the team. he does some nice stuff on the field and what's interesting is that he caught a td pass. i guess when you have that type of speed you can do something like that in d3 football. anyway, it is inspiring to see that ireland is really looking at a lot of different options and leaving no acorn unturned.

ox80,

GOOD TRY BUT FAILED,EVERY ONE KNOWS I JOKE ALL THE TIME BUT LATELY SINCE I DON'T AGREE WITH YOU R SHOWING YOUR REAL SELF WHICH I AM THANKFUL FOR.


PS....DID YOU NOTICE KRIS/SIMON.....THEY WERE 1 AND NO ONE SAID A WORD ...WE ALL KNOW DEEP WHO SIGNS WITH MULTI NAMES .

Aloco is the only person I have encountered that takes my criticism of Henne as a personal attack. He must truly be in love. Bloggers love to criticize, critique, debate. There is nothing more American than that.

THE FAKES ARE OUT IN FORCE ,IF NOT THE name ,THE WAY I WRITE .

0x80....

Its because tommrow or even tonote this ALOCO charater will write in ALL CAPS....and broken english.....tell a few posters' that their words are beautiful....and they are the SMARTEST bloggers hes has ever read......and finally he will finish with how much he learned.....
and

BLAMO......

Aloco is back in the good graces as the Villiage Idiot.....Slow and Lovable.....

This Act is played and tired.....

fin4,

That would be mutual suicide, and if anything worse for China. They are totally dependent on our economy. They suffered worse in many areas during the recent crises. If the world's biggest economy isn't buying all their products, they've lost their largest customer, a customer that they desperately need to keep rolling.

I forgot......he will claim many people are faking him......

How could I forget that well known tactic......

Well....that about runs the gambit......

ox80 is using language with RACIST UNDERTONE ... I DON'T LIKE TO BE THE RECEIVING END OF IT MR BACALA .


i miss simon ,WHERE'S SIMON ?

0x80,

Thanks for the response on foriegn affairs but what about your bet ? I will re-post with my answer and friend I enjoy our back and forth !

I was watching the Mark Ingram replays and, rare combination of football speed, balance, power and desire. Grab him, quick!

Lil Aloco is like the family cousin nobody talks about...

YOUR FEEDBACK 0X80 PLEASE !

fin4,

Earlier today you said you had a hunch we were going to be better than expected. Just wondering, did you have that same hunch last August?

I'll make you a gentlemans bet on that first game, and its a bet I hope I will lose, but believe I will win. Hennes very first game running a brand new offense for the first time after limited contact with the new OC I don't see being good enough to beat the one team that totally demoralized us most, a team far more in rhythm than ours.

0x80 | April 20, 2011 at 06:54 p.m.

I will not only take that bet, I`ll remind you that Henne in his 1st. ever NFL start vs. the Jets in 09 was rather spectacular. I tell you I believe that the whole Chad Pennington thing was bad for Henne. He never after that game got free reign on being the player I saw at Michigan.

If you remember Henne had Braylon Edwards and Mario Manningham as his WR while at Mich. I thought being a UM fan that it was shades of Steve Walsh and Ken Dorsey, until I remembered he could actually throw the ball further than 60 yds.

I will again take your bet because I believe with noddle arm Penny and Henning gone Henne won`t be so affraid to throw the DAMN BALL !!!

fin4life | April 20, 2011 at 07:22 PM

ALoco,

If you read the blogs you would know that many bloggers that I engage with quite enjoyably don't agree with me too often...fin4, dc, craig m, rob, several others...but they are civil and honorable and don't accuse everyone that doesn't agree with them of being a drunk or worse. Joking is fine, but when you joke too much its no longer a joke.

I will leave you with this my friend, there is nothing you will ever ever be able to teach me about hard work, ever. For many years I worked two or three jobs. For six years, I worked two jobs while working my way through college. I have done in my life every kind of labor imaginable, restaurant work, manual labor, technical and financial professions.

My whole life I have had seriously stinking rich friends and seriously stinking poor friends. I've lived in the best neighborhoods in some of the best cities in the country, and I've lived in poor remote towns in 3rd world countries you wouldn't even find on a map. I respect those who treat me kindly equally, whether they be maids, cab drivers, fruit pickers, engineers, doctors or lawyers, and I in return treat them with the same respect.

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