A bunch of notes on a Wednesday night:
### In our last post, we mentioned some of the receivers that the Dolphins have asked to visit team headquarters in Davie.
This morning, we confirmed a fourth: UCF receiver Breshad Perriman.
My understanding is that the Dolphins like Perriman and will consider him, Louisville’s DeVante Parker, and several other players, with the 14th pick of the draft.
Receivers Amari Cooper (Alabama) and Kevin White (West Virginia) obviously would warrant consideration if either slips to 14, which isn’t expected.
A few cornerbacks and a linebacker or two will also warrant consideration at 14. LSU offensive tackle La’El Collins also is a possibility; if Miami drafted him, he would move to guard. And I can't rule out Georgia running back Todd Gurley at 14.
Perriman ran a 4.25 in the 40 at UCF’s Pro Day last week, and his stock has risen. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock told me that drafting Perriman at 14 would be completely justified.
Perriman averaged 20.9 yards per catch last season, with 50 for 1044, and nine touchdowns. He had some dropped passes at UCF, but his speed, size (6-2) and skill set are tantalizing.
### If the Dolphins wait until the 47th pick, UM’s Phillip Dorsett very well could be off the board. Mayock said he sees him as a late first or early-to-mid second round pick.
“If I’m there [at 47], I hope they do take me because they’re not going to at 14,” Dorsett said. “I was a Dolphins fan growing up. Playing for the Dolphins would be a dream come true.”
### Here was Mayock’s assessment, some of which he shared with me when I spoke to him after UM’s Pro Day and some of which aired on NFL Network’s Path to The Draft tonight:
“Love Dorsett today. Typically when a guy has a big performance at the Combine, they rest on those numbers. So I was really surprised he was going to do a full workout. He did a 4.25 on my [stopwatch]. The fact he did everything he did today when he didn’t have to was amazing. He really helped himself. At the end of the day, as good a receiver class is, he could be a late one. He’s a phenomenal player.
“I watched Ereck Flowers go through positional drills. He’s so raw and so young but he’s so gifted. He’s big, he’s long, great feet. He’s a potential Pro Bowl right tackle. A lot of technique he will have to clean up. He will go somewhere in the first round.
“Perryman ran a 4.68 before he pulled his hamstring. He’s a very active linebacker. I think he will go in the second or third round. Some questions about whether he can cover people.
“Duke Johnson dropped his 40 a tenth. A solid second round pick.”
### Four NFL head coaches were in attendance: Joe Philbin, Sean Payton, Mike Tomlin and Todd Bowles. Payton and Saints officials dined with Denzel Perryman, Clive Walford and Phillip Dorsett on Tuesday night.... All 32 teams were represented today... Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey praised UM's talent level.
### Denzel Perryman, by the way, said he has gotten a “great feeling from the Dolphins” and was told they really like him. He could be a possibility at pick 47.
### This is the one day of the year when UM and Dolphins people publicly interact. Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor had a long talk with Al Golden, and UM offensive coordinator James Coley had a long talk with Hickey.
### Though the Heat didn’t rule him out for the playoffs, Shabazz Napier’s disappointing rookie season is likely over after undergoing sport hernia surgery.
He finished averaging 5.1 points, 2.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 51 games and has played sparingly the past few weeks. His game needs a lot of work.
He’s shooting 38.2 percent, which is 69th of 96 point guards. His 1.6-to-1 assist to turnover ratio ranks 85th, though it improved the past two months.
Sports hernias can be difficult to work through. UM’s Deon Bush and the Dolphins’ Jamar Taylor both needed a long time to feel comfortable after their sports hernia procedures.
### UM’s second game of the season (at FAU) was moved up a day, to Friday, Sept. 11, to accommodate the Conference USA TV deal. The game will start at 8 p.m.
FAU declined UM’s suggestion to move the game to Sun Life. UM opens Sept. 5 against Bethune Cookman.
### Random stuff: Jason Taylor and Jonathan Vilma were at UM’s Pro Day as reporters for NBCSN…. Amazing that even though the Canes haven’t had a first-rounder since 2008, they still have produced the most first rounders of any school since 2000 (25) --– six more than any other team. FSU and Ohio State are tied for second with 19…. With Marv Albert dealing with a throat issue, TNT summoned Ian Eagle to call Thursday’s Heat-Cavaliers game with Chris Webber.
### Twitter: @flasportsbuzz... Please see the last post for a lot of Dolphins, Canes and Heat, plus Marlins, if you missed it.