Sunday, June 20, 2010

Dolphins interested in ex-BYU running back Harvey Unga

April's draft has passed and the team has already signed a handful of undrafted free agents, but the Miami Dolphins might not be finished adding players from the college ranks just yet.

According to Rams sideline reporter Brian Stull of 101 ESPN in St. Louis, the Dolphins are reportedly one of the teams that is "very interested" in former BYU running back Harvey Unga.

Unga, who voluntarily withdrew from the university along with his girlfriend in April after an undisclosed violation of the school's strict honor code, will be available in this year's supplemental draft to be held July 15.

BYU's all-time leading rusher with 3,455 yards, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Unga is slated to work out for at least 14 NFL teams a week before the supplemental draft on July 8.

Despite being seemingly set at running back in 2010, it's not surprising the Dolphins have shown an interest in Unga.

Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are both slated for unrestricted free agency in 2011, while Patrick Cobbs is better suited for a situational role and Lex Hilliard is still largely unproven with questionable upside.

A bruising ball-carrier, Unga fits perfectly in the team's power rushing attack and could be utilized in a role similar to that of Marion Barber III in Dallas.

However, Unga could go as high as the fourth round in the supplemental draft, which is a fairly steep price to pay for a running back that has a lot of tread on his tires and a somewhat concerning injury history.

The supplemental draft, which began in 1977, worked like a silent auction and allows teams to bid on available prospects with draft picks in the following year's draft.

Typically, players in the draft have been declared academically ineligible or have been kicked off their college team for one reason or another.

The Dolphins have selected just one player in the 33-year history of the supplemental draft—USC defensive tackle Manuel Wright in 2005.

In a troubled two seasons with the Dolphins, Wright appeared in just three games and recorded four tackles and a sack before his release on May 1, 2007.


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