There will be some Golden Panthers swimming with Dolphins on Wednesday as
Antwan Barnes, Chandler Williams and Alexander Bostic workout for the Miami Dolphins at the Fins training facility in Davie.
As far all the draft experts go, and I'm sure you all have read the predictions and yada, yada, yada from the Mel Kipers of the world.....Antwan is expected to be drafted anywhere from the second round to the fifth. According to the "experts" all other FIU players are either late round picks or free agent signees.
But let's digress for a moment and think of the needs of our hometown professional football team. As far as linebackers go the Fins are loaded with Zach, free agent signee Joey Porter and Channing Crowder, but a young Antwan would sport the aqua and orange pretty nicely and be a pass rushing force, especially with Zach getting long in the tooth. Antwan -- also known as "El Monstro" as nicknamed by FIU spanish radio broadcasters Jerry Del Castillo and Pepe Campos, for his ability to terrorize opposing quarterbacks -- would likely do the same on Sundays this year. I think the NFL took notice after his monster NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February. By the way, El Monstro is Spanish for The Monster.
With Chandler the Dolphins would be getting a taller and faster Wes Welker, who by the way now has his "caar, paark by the Haarvaard yaard in Boston" with the Pats. Current Miami backup receivers Derek Hagan, Az Hakim and Marcus Vick are not exactly making reservations for Honolulu and the Pro Bowl.
In Bostic, the Fins could get a guy who can play both linebacker and safety. At FIU's NFL Day last month, NFL scouts were talking about Bostic as a safety -- a position he played out of necessity at the end of last season after the suspensions were handed out for the dirty dancing with um. Bostic showed some skills playing safety, especially against Alabama last season. The Dolphins current defensive backfield -- outside of Yeremiah Bell and when he's healthy Travis Daniels -- does not really make Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and co. shudder.
Now I'm not saying these Golden Panthers are ready to start in the NFL, but all 3 and even more like Keyonvis Bouie should all get a look in an NFL training camp come July. It would be a nice story if that training camp was in Davie.