Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dorell Scott drawing interest from Dolphins

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times (via KFFL.com) reports that Clemson defensive tackle Dorell Scott has visited with the Miami Dolphins.

A three-year starter at Clemson, Scott played in 47 career games for the Tigers and recorded 161 tackles (18.5 for a loss) and 9.0 sacks. He played on the defensive line with Dolphins' 2008 second-rounder Phillip Merling for three seasons.

Draft Countdown has Scott ranked as the 21st best defensive tackle in this year's draft, directly behind another nose tackle prospect in Stillman's Sammie Lee Hill. Meanwhile, NFL Draft Scout ranks Scott the 100th overall prospect in the draft and projects him to be selected in the third or fourth round.

He's not an enormous nose tackle in the mold of a Vince Wilfork, but Scott certainly has the bulk to play the position in Miami's 3-4 scheme. While I suspect he has the size and athleticism to play end in the scheme as well, nose tackle is Miami's bigger need and Scott has room to add bulk to his already 315-pound frame.

Look for Miami to consider Scott in in the middle rounds of the draft, as nose tackle is a looming need for the team even if it's not an immediate one. Jason Ferguson is still serviceable, but at 34 doesn't have many years left ahead of him.

Oregon lineman Mark Lewis to visit

Also on the Dolphins' radar is Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Mark Lewis, who will reportedly visit with the Dolphins per KFFL.com.

A 2008 honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection, Lewis teamed with potential 2009 first-round pick Max Unger to help the Ducks to the second-best rushing attack in college football. Lewis began his career at tackle before finishing at guard, appearing in 35 games over four seasons.

That being the case, Lewis is perceived as a very borderline prospect and is not really a candidate to be drafted. If he is to continue his career, he'll have to latch on somewhere as an undrafted free agent.