Sunday, March 29, 2009

Britton, Allen, Skuta draw interest from Dolphins

Man will I be glad when the NFL Draft comes and goes so I can stop having to post updates on prospect workouts! Just kidding, I love you all.

Eben Britton

The Dolphins have held a private workout with Arizona offensive tackle Eben Britton, per Ed Thompson of

Britton headlines the second tier of tackles in this year's draft, just below the elites like Jason Smith, Eugene Monroe, Andre Smith and Michal Oher. Britton is a likely late first-round pick.

However, even with the 25th overall pick toward the end of Round 1, Britton is very unlikely to land with the Dolphins. Wide receiver, outside linebacker and cornerback are the team's top priotrities, while the team's two offensive tackles are set in Jake Long and Vernon Carey.

Russell Allen

Thompson also reported the Dolphins met privately with San Diego State linebacker Russell Allen.

An outside linebacker in college, Allen led the Aztecs with 107 tackles as a senior in 2008 while also adding 2.5 sacks.

Allen is a potential late-round selection in this year's draft, though in my experience decent college linebackers tend to be undervalued and players on Allen's level often go undrafted (a la Maryland's Erin Henderson and Illinois' J Leman last year).

Should Allen go undrafted, he's likely to be someone Miami would be interested in as an undrafted free agent. Were he to sign with Miami, Allen would play inside linebacker in the team's 3-4 scheme and compete on special teams.

Dan Skuta reported that the Dolphins showed interest in Grand Valley State defensive end Dan Skuta in January's Cactus Bowl, the NCAA Division II postseason all-star game.

Skuta finished his collegiate career with 57 tackles for a loss and 34 sacks, including 23 sacks during his final two seasons. The 6-2, 249-pound Skuta ran a 4.62 40-yard dash at GVSU's Pro Day.

Skuta's stock is on the rise but he is still likely go to undrafted in April's draft. However, Miami is sure to add a few pass rushers between the draft and undrafted free agency, and Skuta seems like a quality prospect. He would stand up and play outside linebacker in Miami's 3-4.