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Two meetings with potential draftees that truly interest

I'll admit it, I used to get caught up in the hype about which college players the Dolphins would meet privately or workout this time of year. I used to be interested in what players the team would bring to town in its top 30 visits or what local prospects made the cut to visit the facility.

This was a big deal back in the Jimmy Johnson era. Basically, if a player was coming to Davie to meet with the Dolphins the chances of him being drafted by the team were quite high.

Lately, the truth is a majority of the players the Dolphins bring to town don't end up getting drafted by Miami. Many are borderline guys the coaching staff needs to meet up close to gauge. Many are simply priority free agent types for after the draft.

So the process is not as interesting to me except, well, when it's interesting to me.

This is interesting to me:

This week the Dolphins are bringing in their local prospects and according to a league source, one of the players the Dolphins are expected to host is a defensive lineman named Jose Jose.

I'm not kidding. Jose Jose.

Jose is a Miami kid. He was All-Dade at Central High twice. He was recruited by Miami, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia and Rutgers before accepting a full scholarship from the University of Central Florida.

And then things went terribly wrong.

In March 2010, one month after signing his national letter of intent, Jose was arrested in Miami-Dade for carrying a concealed firearm without a permit and aggravated assault with a firearm.

UCF cut him loose but Jose was not convicted. He was sentenced to a six-month administrative probation. So Jose went the JUCO route. The following January he was again offered a scholarship at UCF.

And for 14 months things went smoothly. Until March of 2012.

After making a transition from offensive line to defensive line and battling weight issues, Jose apparently got into a heated argument with head coach George O'Leary.

And the argument escalated.

And O'Leary kicked Jose off the team.

"Really it wasn't, well ... yeah it was an argument," Jose told the Orlando Sentinel. "I do not really want to get into what was said in the argument, and I said some things that I probably shouldn’t have said. He took action and did what he had to do and that's just kind of how it is. I can’t really take back what I said."

Indeed, Jose now is trying to get himself either drafted or picked up as a priority free agent after the draft. Because he's from Miami, the Dolphins can host him along with other local products.

I'd love to know how that conversation with Joe Philbin goes.

Among the Top 30 players scheduled to visit with the Dolphins is former Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson.

Wilson is a 6-4 and 198 pound receiver with good speed and solid albeit not spectacular production in college. So why does he interest me?

Wilson, if you can remember, quit the WSU football team last November and then alleged abuse by coach Mike Leach before eventually recanting the allegations. And then when all seemed settled, in February Wilson recanted the recant of the allegations while he was at the Indianapolis Combine.

Wild, right?

Wilson actually released a letter to the media claiming he was the victim of "physical, emotional and mental abuse" at the hands of Leach and the WSU coaching staff. Wilson timed the letter's release on the day WSU played a nationally ranked UCLA in a nationally telecast game.

The PAC-12 and WSU conducted an investigation and cleared the coaches.

And that left Wilson off a team and looking at expecting hard questions from NFL suitors, including the Dolphins now.

The likely questions?

Why did you quit?

Can you be expected to quit when any situation turns difficult?

Have you turned on any other people you know?

If you come here, would you do the same here that you did at WSU?

Why should we trust you to keep problems in-house?

It's an intriguing situation because Wilson was expected to be a second-round caliber receiver before he left the team. Now, nobody knows where he'll be drafted if at all.

Obviously, the Dolphins are doing their due diligence. They're seriously beating the weeds here in hopes of landing a bargain player.

Me, I'd love to be a fly on the wall on the Jose Jose and Marquess Wilson meetings with the Dolphins.

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Are u sure they are going to move Martin to LT. Philbin said anything is possible according to one of Armando's posts. He also sounded like Martin would stay at RT and they would evaluate talent for the LT pos.

NO WAY JOSE JOSE

MANDO, THIS IS THE NFL....WE WANT PROFESSIONALS....

Eifert, Anash, Vacarro or Allen. Those are my 4 that I would be looking to pick at 12. I am pretty much set. I realize we MAY need a LT, but that is up to the coaches. Martin only played LT half a year so it's hard to grade out. I am against trading up or trading a pick for another LT. Jake Long was supposed to be our LT for a decade, where is he now?? Want to see something "different and intriguing" at this years draft, and I believe we will get it.
1. Eifert. He is THE Tight end in this draft. We have gone cheap year after year in this position. Keller is on a one year deal. Eifert can play slot 2 for the year or play behind Keller. WCO needs that big TE. Almost as big as the WR
2. Vacarro. Don't want to hear about his speed. The guy knows where the ball is and can lay the wood. Him and Rashad would solidify the safety positions.
3. Anash. Can you say Pierre Paul?? Wake coming around one end, Anash on the other side?? Ireland has made it clear by adding new linebackers he wants more QB pressure. My only question is Oliver Vernon. Is he ready to step up in that role??
4. Allen we are going to draft another receiver. In my mind, Wallace is really on a 2 year deal unless he is spectacular. Time to groom another guy is right now and I like Allen.

Allen will be a first rd'er and at 12 no way we pick Allen. Justin Hunter or Robert Woods will be available in the second and both will be just as good as Allen.

EIFERT
VACARRO

IF WE PICK AT PICK 12

I HAVE THE FEELING WE WILL NOT BE PICKING AT 12. WE WILL EITHER MOVE UP TO 6 OR TRADE BACK TO 16.

AT 6 MILLINER BECOME A REAL POSSIBILTY

AT 16 WE COULD STILL GET EIFERT, MAYBE VACARRO WOULD BE THERE AS WELL.

How much do the Chiefs want for Albert?
Is it just a matter of buying out his contract?
Does Albert want the same or more than what Long was asking for?

Fins should get Albert IF they can get him for what they offered Long (or less).

Losing Long would then be a WASH.

Then get a top DE to finally complement Wake.

I hope Pat White does well with the Redskins and proves that Ireland and Sparano were wrong in cutting him after just one year.

I believe his success will be due to him playing other positions as well (punt returns, etc.)

Mace bite this white boy ,say no to Austin we got way to many other needs


These are not coach philbins type of players, philbin likes good character guys !! Guys you build and win super bowls with !! A guy like K.Allen in rd.1 then trade both #2's back into the 1.st rd and pick a S.Lacey now your offense has the potential to be unstoppable !!

Posted by: mace taggart | April 03, 2013 at 07:05 AM

Who's going to block?!

Much like picking "value" stocks, the potential upside is acquired cheaply. The discount is due to the downside risk that these players will be unable to handle the pressure of the nfl.

Given that these players can be acquired cheaply with late round picks or free agent contracts, I applaud the Ireland and his staff for doing their due diligence.

Hopefully, they hit on a few that can become starters, capable backups or special teams players.

According to the Arizona Republic, the Cardinals were "not impressed" with free agent RT Eric Winston's tape.
It appears most of the league isn't, as Winston has made just two visits since the start of free agency, and couldn't land deals with tackle-needy Miami and San Diego. Winston held his own for the Chiefs last season, but has been released each of the past two offseasons. He may have to wait until after the draft to find a new home.

NICE JEFF!! I KNEW WINSTON WAS S H I T!!!

Anybody who watches video of both and thinks Tavon is as ready for the NFL as newbie Cordarelle already is can't even tell the difference between a high-schoolish and a pro-syle offense... or a high-schoolish and a pro-style player. Tavon is being puffed up by teams who are hoping Cordarelle will fall to them. And I hope Miami's one of them.

San Fran will Hav a great team this yr but look for the pistol offense to go no where defenses will Hav plenty of tape and a whole yr to shut that simple down.

Why do my white boy retorts toward mace keep getting erased when you continue to let him post his wise cracks

BANE NO C'MON MAN TRUE FIN FANS DO NOT CARE WHAT RACE THE RECEIVER IS AS LONG AS HE IS GOOD AND HELPS THE TEAM. I CAN SEE WHY YOU MADE THAT STATEMENT BECAUSE A LOT OF OUR REGULAR BLOGGERS ARE QUICK TO BASH AUSTIN ABOUT SIZE BUT PRAISE SWOPE . BOTH ARE GOOD RECEIVERS THAT CAN EVENTUALLY REPLACE BESS BUT I LIKE AUSTIN BECAUSE HIS STATS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES AS ALL AROUND PLAYMAKING ABILITY. AT #12 YES! HELL YEAH! BUT ONLY IF OTHER NEEDS CAN BE MET LATER. IF NOT THAN NO WAY! AS FOR SWOPE I WOULD GET HIM AS WELL ASAP BUT ONLY AFTER OTHER NEED POSITIONS HAVE BEEN MET. BELIEVE IT OR NOT THERE ARE A LOT OF COACHES THAT DO SELECT THEIR STARTERS BASED ON HOW MANY DIFFERENT RACES ARE ON THE FIELD. THAT IS STUPID AND RACIST BUT IT HAPPENS IN ALL LEVEL OF SPORTS. THE BEST PLAYERS SHOULD START BUT IF YOU DO NOT PRODUCE YOU SHOULD BE REPLACED!! PERIOD! AND IF YOU REGAIN YOUR SPOT AND STILL DO NOT PRODUCE IN GAMES YOU SHOULD BE CUT!! DON'T JUST PERFORM WELL IN PRACTICE AND THEN NOT IN THE GAMES!! GOOD COACHES DO NOT PUT UP WITH CONTINUED POOR PERFORMANCES. MY FAVORITE COACHES OF ALL TIME (LOMBARDI,SHULA,JIMMY JOHNSON) ALL BELIEVED IN HARD WORK IN PRACTICE AND YOU BETTER PERFORM IN GAMES WHETHER YOU'RE BLACK PLAYER OR WHITE.!

TK,

I don't care about it. I was responding to an early post.

Jose Jose? How bout Hell no Hell no!

THROWING CRAP AT THE WALL TO SEE WHAT STICKS INSTEAD OF DOING DUE DILIGENCE ON ACTUAL DRAFT PICK POSSIBILITIES.

CIRCUS MUSIC PLEASE...LOOKS AS IF THE MONKIES ARE F.....G A FOOTBALL AGAIN.

Hey Ray, you need a job? How about changing bed sheets at at Hotel, maybe mowing lawns, better yet, I can give you the names of several produce growers in Homestead, you can pick strawberries or tomatoes..oh no, I forgot, a Latin name is a requirement for those type of jobs....sorry. hey, maybe you can change your name to Jerk, oops, sorry again, that IS your last name. Ray Jerk. How about, Rayco El Jerko?

Why does Ireland even bother with these guys. There's quality into the late rounds of this draft with guys like Vince Williams, Michael Clay, Levine Toilolo and Ja'Gared Davis and he's wasting time with players like that. Glad to see, however, that Kemal Ishmael met with the team earlier this week during the local prospects visit. Hard-hitting strong safety who would add great depth to the position.

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