Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dolphins add LB K. C. Asiodu to practice squad

The Miami Dolphins made a minor practice squad transaction this week, releasing second-year linebacker Danny Lansanah and signing rookie linebacker K. C. Asiodu.

Lansanah began the 2009 season on the Dolphins' practice squad after spending his 2008 rookie season and the 2009 preseason with the Green Bay Packers.

Asiodu was recently released from the St. Louis Rams' practice squad.

Background

Born Ekennemchukwu Dennis Asiodu, "K. C." grew up in Chino Hills, California and went on to play college football for the UNLV Rebels.

After red-shirting in 2004, Asiodu played in 10 games for the Rebels as a true freshman, recording 26 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and a blocked punt.

Asiodu started six games at linebacker for the Rebels as a redshirt sophomore in 2006, finishing the season with 35 tackles, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.

After sitting out the 2007 season while transferring to Division II Central Oklahoma, Asiodu played in 11 games for the Bronchos in 2007. He earned first-team All-LSC honors after recording 74 tackles (12.5 for a loss), 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and three interceptions.

After going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, Asiodu signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent. He appeared in all four of the team's preseason games in 2009, recording six tackles and a pass deflection.

The Rams waived Asiodu during final cuts on Sept. 5 and re-signed him to the practice squad. He was released from the practice squad on Sept. 17 when the team signed defensive tackle Leger Douzable.

Analysis

It was a nice story with Lansanah joining the Dolphins, as he happened to the person that discovered and convinced current starting guard Donald Thomas to join the UConn Huskies' football team.

However, it's not surprising to see Lansanah released here, as he was just auditioning for a role with the special teams unit. He reportedly had an offer to join Green Bay's practice squad after they waived him, so it's possible he could land back there.

Though listed at 6-3, 240 in college, NFL.com lists Asiodu at 6-2, 225, which is probably closer to reality as college measurables are often inflated. He has reportedly run the 40-yard dash in the mid-4.5 range, but primarily runs in the 4.6s.

Asiodu is purely a special teams prospect in the NFL. If he were to be activated, he'd fill the "William Kershaw" role for the Dolphins as the fourth inside linebacker and a special teams player.

The Dolphins obviously didn't see enough in Lansanah to keep him around, so now they are moving on to the next prospect. He could stick around and end up being activated, or he could be replaced in a week by someone else. Either way, his ceiling isn't too high and this is really nothing more than just a look-see.