Saturday, March 28, 2009

More draft prospect workout updates

With the 2009 NFL Draft now less than a month away, the Dolphins are hard at work scouting and workout out potential prospects. Here are some of the recent news items I've seen regarding the Dolphins' workouts, along with some info and analysis:

WR Percy Harvin, WR Louis Murphy and TE Cornelius Ingram (Florida)

Per the Miami Herald, the Dolphins worked out wide receivers Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy along with tight end Cornelius Ingram while visiting the University of Florida.

The explosive Harvin is pretty much a lock to be selected in the first round, possibly before Miami even goes in the clock. However, he's more of a speedster anyway and not really an ideal fit for the Dolphins.

The 6-2, 200-pound Murphy seems a more likely fit for the Dolphins and is someone they'll strongly consider in the second and third rounds.

Ingram, who missed his senior year with a torn ACL, has regained his athleticism and is likely to be seleted in the first three rounds. Though tight end isn't an immediate need for Miami, starter Anthony Fasano and backup David Martin are both entering contract years so drafting a tight end may be more likely than you'd expect.

Also of note from this article is the fact that Dolphins backup quarterback Chad Henne accompanied team officials on the trip and threw to the draft prospects. The Dolphins likely want to see Henne throw as much as possible, as any players the Dolphins draft this year will likely be catching passes from Henne as a starter in 2010.

WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Brooks Foster, TE Richard Quinn and SS Trimane Goddard (North Carolina)

Per a Palm Beach Post blog entry, Bill Parcells and Tony Sparano spent the weekend at UNC working out these four players.

Nicks is a potential late first-rounder, though a recent weight gain (16 pounds since the Combine) has some teams concerned. A potential mid-rounder, Foster is the second of three Tar Heels wideouts (along with Nicks and Brandon Tate) who will likely be draft this April.

Meanwhile, Goddard is a potential late-round sleeper, and Quinn will be lucky to be drafted.

CB Darius Butler (Connecticut)

According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Dolphins will hold a private workout with Connecticut cornerback Darius Butler.

Regarded as a top-five player at his position in this year's draft, Butler is a potential late first-round pick after posting a 4.38 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. He's a strong possibility for Miami should they decide to go corner in Round 1.

FS Louis Delmas (Western Michigan)

The top safety in this year's draft, Delmas will reportedly conduct a private workout with the Dolphins.

A likely second-round pick and one of my favorite players in this year's draft, Delmas was a guy I really wanted Miami to get before they signed Gibril Wilson. Although drafting Delmas is still possible and would be a good pickup, Wilson's presence makes it far less likely to happen.

LBs Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga and Clay Matthews (Southern California)

Per Scout.com, the Dolphins worked out the three Trojan 'backers this past week.

All three are potential first-round picks, though Cushing and Matthews make more sense for Miami due to their ability to play outside, which is the team's greater need. I expect Cushing to go in the first half of Round 1 with Rey Maualuga close behind. Matthews is the most likely of the three to land in Miami in my opinion.

LB David Veikune (Hawaii)

While on the west coast scouting the above USC linebackers, the Dolphins also worked out Hawaii defensive end David Veikune.

The originally expected to go in the mid-to-late rounds, Veikune has seen his stock rise and could potentially go in the first three rounds of the draft. He would stand up and play outside linebacker in Miami's 3-4.

LB Connor Barwin (Cincinnati)

Per PFT, Barwin has already worked out for the Miami Dolphins.

An NFL prospect as a 4-3 defensive end, 3-4 outside linebacker and tight end, Barwin is one of this year's fastest rising players and is a potential second-round pick. Barwin, who ran a 4.5 40-yard dash this offseason, is a strong possibility for the Dolphins in Round 2 as the team looks to upgrade it's pass rush.

CB Don Carey (Norfolk State)

According to PFT, Dolphins secondary coach Todd Bowles traveled to Carey's Pro Day a day early to meet with the cornerback propect. Bowles also reportedly ran Carey's workout the following day.

Carey ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. He is a potential mid-to-late-round pick in April's draft and is someone the Dolphins will definitely keep an eye on.

CB Greg Toler (St. Paul)

The Dolphins held a private workout with St. Paul cornerback Greg Toler last week.

A potential mid-to-late-round pick, Toler is regarded as a top sleeper in this year's draft. He's definitely someone the Dolphins will consider given their need at the cornerback position.