Saturday, May 1, 2010

A look at the Dolphins' tryout players

The Miami Dolphins' first rookie minicamp of the offseason began Friday, with young veterans, drafted and undrafted rookies, and tryout players all participating in the activities.

Reports from Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald and Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post create an incomplete list of all the participants. In fact, Salguero merely lists the players he's observed and suggest you "google them," but why do that when I can break them down for you?

On a side note, rookie fourth-rounder A. J. Edds as apparently been re-assigned no. 49 after initially receiving No. 54 from the team. It looks like someone finally came to their senses and realized that giving out Dolphins great Zach Thomas' number as not a good idea.

Meanwhile, it appears some reports of the Dolphins' undrafted signings were incorrect, and that three players—tight end Dan Beaudin, guard Andy Leavine, and DE Vince Oghobaase—were just offered tryouts.

Here is a look at the 14 players taking part in the Dolphins' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis:

RB/FB James Aldridge, Notre Dame — 6'1", 225 lb. ... rushed for 979 yards and three touchdowns in four seasons with the Fighting Irish, but just 17 yards as a senior in 2009 ... undrafted and unsigned in 2010

TE Dan Beaudin, Montana
— 6'4", 256 lb. ... three-time honorable mention All-Big Sky selection ... a three-time Academic All-Big Sky selection ... career totals of 63 receptions, 676 yards, and six touchdowns ... undrafted and unsigned in 2010

QB Casey Dick, Arkansas — 6'2", 215 lb. ... a four-year player for the Razorbacks from 2005 to 2008 ... finished collegiate career with 5,856 yards and 47 touchdowns ... undrafted in 2009 and participated in New York Jets' minicamp on a tryout basis ... out of football in 2009

PK Parker Douglass, South Dakota State — 5'8", 175 lb. ... Three-time All-Great West selection at SDSU, kicking for same school as NFLer Adam Vinatieri ... undrafted out of South Dakota State in 2008 ... played for Sioux Falls Storm of the Indoor Football League in 2009 ... spent offseason time with the Cleveland Browns in 2009 and the preseason with the New York Jets ... played for California Redwoods (UFL) in Fall 2009, converting 7-of-10 field goals and all 12 extra points ... worked out for the Dallas Cowboys last December

OT Kris Doura, Charleston — 6'6", 310 lb. ... undrafted and unsigned in 2010

DE Alex Field, Virginia — 6'7", 270 lb. ... played under Bill Parcells' colleague Al Groh at Virginia ... appeared in 42 games for the Cavaliers and totaled 71 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, and two fumble recoveries ... undrafted in 2009 and signed by the New York Giants, only to be waived in June ... signed by Arizona Cardinals in August and spent time on their practice squad before his release in October

LS Andy Huffman, Purdue — 6'3", 277 lb. ... a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection ... snapped in 34 straight contests before an injury his junior season ... undrafted and unsigned in 2010

OG/LS Andy Leavine, Florida International — 6'5", 292 lb. ... appeared in 43 games for the Panthers, including 41 starts ... primarily a tackle in college ... undrafted and unsigned in 2010

DE Vince Oghobaase, Duke — 6'5", 305 lb. ... a Sporting News Freshman All-ACC pick in 2006 ... an honorable mention All-ACC selection his final two seasons ... 160 tackles and 13 sacks in four seasons with the Blue Devils ... undrafted and unsigned in 2010

P Aaron Perez, UCLA — An honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection in 2007 and a first-team All-Pac-10 as a senior in 2008 ... undrafted in 2009 and spent that May with the New England Patriots

OT Dan Ryan, Connecticut — 6'8", 316 lb. ... a three-year teammate with Dolphins guard Donald Thomas at UConn .... an offensive tackle that also saw time at tight end for the Huskies ... undrafted and unsigned in 2010

QB Jameel Sewell, Virginia — 6'3", 225 lb. ... throws left-handed ... played under Bill Parcells' colleague Al Groh at Virginia ... played three seasons for the Cavaliers (2006-2007, 2009) while sitting out the 2008 season due to academic problems ... finished career with 5,366 yards and 24 touchdowns against 22 interceptions ... added 646 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground ... ran the forty in 4.64 seconds ... undrafted and unsigned in 2010

FB Mickey Turner, Wisconsin — 6'4", 250 lb. ... played two seasons for the Badgers as a tight end, catching 10 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown ... undrafted and unsigned in 2010

WR Isaiah Williams, Maryland — 6'3", 200 lb. ... caught 64 passes for 902 yards and five touchdowns in four seasons with the Terrapins ... his college receivers coach once said Williams had more God-given talent that teammate Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was drafted seventh overall by the Oakland Raiders in 2009 ... ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at Maryland's Pro Day ... undrafted in 2009 ... signed by the Baltimore Ravens in April but waived in July

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