Saturday, January 9, 2010

Dolphins agree to terms with CFL All-Star Dimitri Tsoumpas

The Miami Dolphins continue their raid of the Canadian Football League, and have reportedly agreed to terms with Calgary Stampeders offensive guard Dimitri Tsoumpas.

Although the signing has not yet been reported by the media, a Stampeders teammate of Tsoumpas has informed me about the deal, agreed upon yesterday.

Tsoumpas, who originally worked out for the Dolphins on Dec. 22, is the third player to leave the Great White North for sunny South Florida in the past week.

The Dolphins have already signed two BC Lions in wide receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen and fullback Rolly Lumbala.

A second-team All-Big Sky selection as a senior in 2007 and teammate of Dolphins linebacker J. D. Folsom at Weber State, Tsoumpas was drafted second overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Tsoumpas started all 20 games for the Stamps as a rookie, winning the club's Most Outstanding Rookie award and helping the team to a Grey Cup victory.

During his sophomore campaign in 2009, Tsoumpas was named a Western Division All-Star while helping running back Joffrey Reynolds lead the CFL in rushing for the second straight season.

Analysis

Of the three CFL players signed by the Dolphins this offseason, Tsoumpas is surely the most talented and intriguing.

Grice-Mullen is a slot receiver prospect with no real stand-out measurables, and Lumbala is purely a special teamer.

Meanwhile, Tsoumpas, 24, is one of the fastest rising offensive lineman in the CFL and has already gained plenty of experience and accolades in two pro seasons.

Obviously the CFL is a significant drop-off in talent, but Tsoumpas (6-4, 315) certainly has the size for the NFL. Although he needs to work on his footwork and technique, he has the talent to play at the next level.

Tsoumpas also plays a position (right guard) that doesn't have a clear-cut starter in Miami. 2008 sixth-rounder Donald Thomas was supposed to be the guy, but his play dropped off a bit and landed him on the bench midseason.

Thomas' replacement, Nate Garner, found a home at right guard and played well down the stretch. However, his versatility to play all five line positions makes him quite valuable as a sixth offensive lineman.

I'm not saying Tsoumpas will come in an win the starting right guard job, or even that he'll be able to give Thomas and Garner legitimate competition, but he is a talented and intriguing prospect that definitely has the talent to earn a roster spot in the NFL.

That is why I'll go out on a bit of a limb right now and say that Tsoumpas will indeed make the Dolphins' roster out of camp as a reserve lineman.