Friday, May 13, 2011

Miami Dolphins Alumni Update: March/April 2011

These are all the pro football transactions involving for Miami Dolphins players in March and April of 2011:

  • March 4 — The Tampa Bay Storm (AFL) placed wide receiver Frank Murphy on the PUP list. Murphy spent the 2006 offseason with the Dolphins before being waived in August.
  • March 5 — The Arizona Rattlers (AFL) placed wide receiver Kerry Reed on the PUP list. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007, Reed spent most his rookie season on the Dolphins' practice squad and appeared in one game.
  • March 9 — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) re-signed wide receiver Maurice Mann to a contract. Mann spent part of the 2004 season with the Dolphins, but did not appear in a game.
  • March 9 — The Arizona Rattlers (AFL) activated wide receiver Kerry Reed from the PUP list.
  • March 9 — The Chicago Rush (AFL) placed wide receiver Todd Devoe on injured reserve. Devoe spent two weeks on the Dolphins' practice squad in Sept. 2004.
  • March 9 — The Tampa Bay Storm (AFL) activated wide receiver Frank Murphy from the PUP list and placed him on reassignment.
  • March 21 — The Calgary Stampeders (CFL) released linebacker Siddeeq Shabazz. Shabazz spent the 2006 offseason with the Dolphins before being waived in August.
  • March 21 — The Orlando Predators (AFL) activated wide receiver Bobby Sippio from league suspension. Sippio spent part of the 2004 season with the Dolphins on injured reserve, but never played in a game with the team.
  • March 22 —The Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) released defensive tackle Dario Romero. Romero spent three seasons with the Dolphins from 2002 to 2004, appearing in 22 games (two starts) and recording 18 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
  • April 1 — The Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL) signed defensive tackle Dario Romero.
  • April 14 — The Chicago Rush (AFL) activated wide receiver Todd Devoe from injured reserve. 
  • April 14 — The Orlando Predators (AFL) were assigned offensive lineman/defensive lineman Julius Wilson. Wilson signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2007 and spent the entire season on the practice squad. He was waived in July 2008 after failing his conditioning test.
  • April 20 — The Georgia Force (AFL) activated defensive back A. J. Wallace from the other league/exempt list and placed him on the refused to report list. Wallace signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2010, but left the team early in training camp.
  • April 21 — The Toronto Argonauts (CFL) re-signed wide receiver Todd Lowber to a contract. Lowber was signed to the Dolphins' practice squad in November 2008 and earned a future contract in 2009, but waived on June 1.
  • April 25 — The Georgia Force (AFL) placed defensive back A. J. Wallace on recallable reassignment.
  • April 27 — The Hartford Colonials (UFL) added safety Brannon Condren and cornerback Geoffrey Pope to their reserve/unsigned list. Condren spent nearly a month with the Dolphins between October and November 2008, appearing in four games and recording three special teams tackles before his release on Nov. 10.
  • April 27 — The Las Vegas Locomotives (UFL) added defensive tackle Montavious Stanley to their reserve/unsigned list. Stanley spent the 2010 offseason with the team and recorded three tackles in the preseason before being released during final cuts.
  • April 27 — The Sacramento Mountain Lions (UFL) added tight end Keith Heinrich and cornerback Will Poole to their reserve/unsigned list. Heinrich signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2006 but failed to make the team. Drafted by the Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft, Poole recorded 31 tackles, a sack, and five pass deflections in three seasons with the team.
  • April 27 — The Virginia Destroyers (UFL) added quarterback Pat White to their reserve/unsigned list. A second-round pick in 2009, White was 0-for-5 passing as a rookie with 81 rushing yards and one fumble on 21 carries. He was waived prior to the 2010 season.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Position for the Dolphins to target in undrafted free agency

As we sit here in NFL offseason limbo, the Dolphins' offseason roster consists of 56 players. Add to that six rookie draft picks that will need to be signed, at least four players with expiring contracts that will be back (Nate Garner, Lex Hilliard, Lydon Murtha, Kory Sheets), and any free agents once the NFL league year begins, and the team will probably be hovering around 70 players under contract.

That means the Dolphins could have around 8-10 spots on their 80-man offseason roster to fill with undrafted rookies. Like the rest of the league, players that went undrafted last month have no options when it comes to signing with NFL teams. Some may opt to head to Canada, the arena league, or the UFL, but many are going to wait out the lockout.

When that time comes, here are some positions I expect the Dolphins to target, along with some of the better players they could look at for each position.


Quarterback

The Dolphins failed to address the position in the draft, so any long-term replacement for Chad Henne won't be added this year. The team will likely add a veteran via free agency or trade to at least compete with Henne.

Beyond that, it wouldn't surprise me if the Dolphins added an undrafted rookie at quarterback. With Tyler Thigpen likely out of the picture, Tom Brandstater because the de facto third-stringer. Unless the Dolphins are completely sold on him in that role, it makes sense to bring in some competition.

Pat Devlin (Delaware), Adam Froman (Louisville) and Scott Tolzien (Wisconsin) are probably the best of the bunch, and all would present adequate competition for Brandstater. Other options include Josh Portis (California (Pa.)), who could be appealing from a wildcat standpoint, or local prospect Jeff Van Camp (Florida Atlantic).


Running Back

The Dolphins likely landed their feature back in the second round in Daniel Thomas, but they still have no players at the position under contract and are going to need to completely restock their depth chart.

I'd expect a complementary back a la Darren Sproles through free agency, and exclusive-rights free agents Lex Hilliard should be back as well, but neither has shown much at the NFL level and they aren't locks to make the roster, let alone serve as the third and fourth running backs.

Undersized by dynamic backs like Derrick Locke (Kentucky) and Noel Devine (West Virginia) could be appealing, but's unclear just how many backs of that type the Dolphins would want to bring to camp if they already have Sheets and add a similar one through free agency.

For your standard, unflashy ball-carrier, prospects like Damien Berry and Graig Cooper (Miami (Fla.)) and Darren Evans (Virginia Tech) could draw interest, although they would need to shine on special teams more than anything else.
 

Tight End

The Dolphins tired an failed repeatedly to find a No. 2 tight end to play alongside Anthony Fasano in 2010, as indicated by the Dolphins' unproductive running game and the fact that Mickey Shuler was the only other Dolphins tight end to catch a pass at all (which came in Week 17).

While sixth-round fullback/tight end Charles Clay may help fill the void his exact role remains unclear and it wouldn't surprise me to see him in the backfield often. In that event, the Dolphins will need to find someone else to line up on the line.

Still recovering from a foot injury, Weslye Saunders (South Carolina) is the best of the bunch with huge size, good blocking ability, and soft hands. Cameron Graham (Louisville), Charlie Gantt (Michigan State), Mike McNeill (Nebraska) and Brett Brackett (Penn State) would also be suitable options to compete for a reserve job in camp.


Offensive Line

You can never have enough offensive line depth, and considering that three of the Dolphins' five starting spots on the line were problematic last year (four, when you consider Vernon Carey's injury) it's as important as ever to groom good linemen.

The Dolphins already have a handful of camp bodies, but guys like Allen Barbre and James Marten have been in the league long enough to pretty safely establish that they aren't going to develop into much more than they are. Guys like Ray Feinga and Matt Kopa certainly aren't indispensable, either.

I could realistically see the Dolphins adding at least two, maybe even three, undrafted linemen. A former college tackle with potential at guard would be nice, and you can't rule out center either with Joe Berger a strong candidate to be released and Richie Incognito possibly starting at guard again.

Guys like Josh Davis (UGA), Zach Hurd (Connecticut), and Willie Smith (East Carolina) all have the potential to stay outside, but also profile as guards. They'd all be strong candidates for the practice squad and could even land a job as a reserve on the active roster.

There are also a few quality center prospects out there, including Alex Linnenkohl (Oregon State), Ryan Bartholomew (Syracuse), and Kristofer O'Dowd (USC). Bartholomew, while undersized, is an impressive specimen who led his position in both the forty and bench press in pre-draft workouts.


Outside Linebacker

The Dolphins failed to address outside linebacker, and thus it appears Koa Misi will go largely unchallenged for the starting job opposite Cameron Wake. With Quentin Moses unlikely (hopefully) to return and Ikaika Alama-Francis largely unproven, the Dolphins certainly need more depth at the position behind their Pro Bowler.

The best pass rusher still available is probably Ugo Chinasa (Oklahoma State), who certainly has the talent to be a backup and potentially develop into a role player on defense. Other options include Kentrell Lockett (Ole Miss), Eddie Jones (Texas), Mario Addison (Troy), and numerous small school prospects.


Inside Linebacker

The Dolphins are also always in the market for more competition at the backup inside linebacker spots, so don't be surprised if the team adds a body to compete with the likes of Austin Spitler and Mike Rivera.

Mark Herzlich (Boston College) headlines the bunch, although his prospects are far less certain after his well-documented health issues robbed him of his elite range and athleticism. He certainly makes for a good story though and has the talent and drive to be an impact special teams player at the least.

Guys like Nick Bellore (Central Michigan) and Scott Lutrus (Connecticut) are also appealing, although it's important to remember that any player added here will have to really shine on special teams to make the roster.

Other players of note
  • WR Darvin Adams (Auburn) — Adams left school early due to a spread-option offense ill-suited to showcase his receiving ability. He doesn't have great size and sometimes drops the easy ball, but he has the talent to be a starting NFL receiver.
  • DE Brandon Bair (Oregon) — A great run stuffer for the Ducks, Bair profiles as a 3-4 defensive end and could certainly compete for a backup job.
  • WR Tori Gurley (South Carolina) — Gurley has excellent size (6-4, 216) and could be an impact player on special teams before developing into a backup receiver.
  • K Kai Forbath (UCLA) — Despite a down year, the 2009 Lou Groza Award winner was one of the top kicking prospects in the draft and should be doing it in the pros very soon.
  • SS Joe Lefeged (Rutgers) — A quality safety with nice athleticism and ball skills that could be a special teams monster and even develop into a defensive starter.
  • WR Ricardo Lockette (Fort Valley State) — An extremely raw prospect, Lockette has a track background and has blazing speed that can't be taught.
  • SS DeAndre McDaniel (Clemson) — Character concerns knocked him down from a potential second-day selection, but he's a talented ball-hawk worth taking a flier on.
  • WR Dane Sanzenbacher (Ohio State) — His physical tools don't pop out at you, but he's a tough, sure-handed receiver that could be highly productive in the slot in the right situation.
  • WR Terrence Toliver (LSU) — A solid all-around receiver with big school experience, Toliver is a relatively safer prospect that could be developed into a strong backup.
  • NT Ian Williams (Notre Dame) — Widely regarded as a potential mid-round selection, Williams is a monster in the middle with the bulk to be a 3-4 nose tackle despite his lack of height.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Watch Your Back: Current Dolphins That Should Be Worried Following the Draft

The 2011 NFL Draft is on the books, and the Miami Dolphins came away with six new players, including four on the offensive side of the ball.

Some of these players, like second-round running back Daniel Thomas, will be filling a void left by the team's upcoming free agents. Others, like seventh-rounders Frank Kearse and Jimmy Wilson, will have to be battle just to make the team as they are no locks themselves.

That being said, a few of the Dolphins' draft picks should have an immediate impact, and that could come at the expense of some veterans currently on the team in the form of playing time or even a roster spot.

Here are a few notable players currently on the Dolphins' roster that should be sweating a little after the team's selections last week:


C Joe Berger

After replacing an injured Jake Grove during the 2009 season and impressing, Berger maintained the role in 2010 due in large part to Grove's bloated contract and durability concerns. Berger was unable to repeat his past year's success, however, and was the weakest link on a dismal running game in 2010.

With former starting left guard Richie Incognito re-signed with the intention of starting at center and the selection of Mike Pouncey in the first round of the draft, it appears Berger's time with the Dolphins might be up entirely.

Berger is certainly a capable backup, and his starting experience and background at guard are positives as well. However, Incognito is younger and the better player, which means Berger could lose the primary backup center job behind Pouncey and may be cut before the season begins.


WR Brian Hartline

Hartline proved to be a strong deep threat as a rookie, far outperforming the failure that was Patrick Turner, who was selected a round before Hartline. But while his numbers improved during his sophomore season due to extended playing time, Hartline had some early drops and also finished the year with a broken hand, failing to secure a firm grasp (pun intended) on the No. 2 receiver job opposite Brandon Marshall.

While Davone Bess' role as the team's slot receiver is pretty sure, the pressure will be on Hartline to fend off fourth-rounder Edmond Gates, who has the size-speed-hands combo to be another version of the Steelers' Mike Wallace.

Hartline should maintain a significant role in the passing game in 2011 barring an unlikely free agent addition, but he'll need to step up his game in the long run with Gates waiting in the winnings.


C/G Richie Incognito

Incognito is much safer than Joe Berger is, primarily because he's younger, was better last season, and possesses more upside. However, Incognito may not have a clear path to a starting job now that the draft has taken place.

The Dolphins have said first-rounder Mike Pouncey will work at center, and the good money is for him to start as a rookie given his talent level and the investment in him. That means Incognito may be relegated to his old role of starting left guard, where he struggled in 2010.

That is, of course, if the Dolphins don't land a high-priced starting guard in free agency, which I really expect them to consider doing. Adding someone like Justin Blalock (Falcons) or Davin Joseph (Buccaneers) would go a long way in solidifying the Dolphins' running game, but it would also force Incognito to enter a three-man competition with Nate Garner and John Jerry for other starting guard job.

I don't expect Incognito to be out of the starting lineup entirely unless the Dolphins both land a big-time free agent guard and get Jerry to really develop quickly, but his job is much less guaranteed after the Dolphins' first-round pick of Pouncey.


WR Marlon Moore and WR Roberto Wallace

To be perfectly honest, neither of these guys was really safe anyway. There was little chance the Dolphins were going to roll with Moore and Wallace as their fourth and fifth receivers for much longer, with neither showing much progression on offense was undrafted rookies.

So while there really isn't much playing time for them to lose here, one of them could very well be without a roster spot at all come September. The Dolphins rarely keep more than five receivers, as only four are usually active on game days and just three of those offensive contributors.

The addition of Edmond Gates, who I would consider a near-lock to make the roster as a high-upside fourth-round pick, means that the Dolphins will probably only have one spot available on the roster after the top four receivers.

Wallace would have to be considered the favorite right now due to his special teams ability, but neither one was safe heading into 2011 and things just got a whole lot tighter.


FB Lousaka Polite

A year ago, you never would've found Polite on this list. He took over as the team's starting fullback midway through the 2008 season, and had a Pro Bowl-worthy year in 2009 as the best blocking fullback in football and an excellent short-yardage back.

However, just as Polite quickly replaced Boomer Grigsby and Casey Cramer (who?) as the team's starting fullback in 2008, Polite could surprisingly be replaced by sixth-round rookie Charles Clay as early as this season.

Polite struggled as a run blocker in 2010, although the offense line certainly didn't help matters. But the traditional fullback position in the NFL is heading toward extinction entirely, and Polite offers little as a ball carrier or receiver.

Clay, meanwhile, has a background at running back at Tulsa, showing skill as a short-yardage runner in between the tackles. He also lit things up as a receiver, as indicated by his 1,000 receiving yards as a true freshman.

The Dolphins only keep one fullback on the roster, and if Clay can master the offense to the point where he can be a contributor on third-and-shorts and as a receiver in the flat, don't be surprised if you see Polite's name on the final cuts last this summer.


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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Breaking down the Dolphins' 2011 draft class

A year after using seven of their eight draft picks on defense, the Dolphins went all offense during the first two days of the 2011 NFL Draft, coming away with four players on that side of the ball in six total selections.

Selected in the first round was Mike Pouncey, who is expected to push for the starting center job as a rookie. The Dolphins traded up from the third round into the second to land Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas, who appears poised to be the feature back in Miami's overhauled backfield.

Speedy small-school receiver Edmond Gates was nabbed in the fourth round, while versatile fullback/tight end Charles Clay was chosen in the second round. Only Gates' roster spot is practically assured, but both will have a chance to earn significant playing time as rookies.

The Dolphins finally went for some defensive depth in the draft's seventh and final round, selecting Alabama A&M nose tackle Frank Kearse and defensive back Jimmy Wilson.


No quarterback competition (yet)

One thing the Dolphins did not do that many expected them to was draft a quarterback to compete with and potentially replace up-and-down starter Chad Henne. That is not to say the team was not willing to do so, but the board apparently did not fall the right way for that to happen.

The Dolphins were reportedly interested in Christan Ponder had the Vikings not taken him 12th. The team also reportedly considered a trade up for Ryan Mallett, who eventually went to the Patriots in the third round.

It was passing on Mallett (with the pick acquired to land Daniel Thomas) that really disappointed me. I'm not blind to the fact that Mallett fell to the third round for some reason, and considering his pure talent that means many teams were very concerned about him for something.

That being said, Mallett has the physical tools of an elite NFL quarterback and a football IQ as good as any prospect in this class. Those are things I can work with, regardless of whatever immaturity issues he's had in the past. The right kind of coaching can make the guy a star.

It's not that I've given up on Henne--I feel the organization is down on him more than I am. But I yearn for the Dolphins to have one of those reliable, elite quarterbacks that some teams have, and Mallett was simply a guy I felt could become that.

I have no problem with the Dolphins not taking a quarterback like Ricky Stanzi or T. J. Yates on the third day--I like both as long-term projects, but it was not vital to draft a quarterback in 2011 that was not going to push Henne for the job this season.


Help for Henne


While the Dolphins did not land a new quarterback in this year's draft, they did just about everything they could to help their current one. Chad Henne appears poised for a make or break season in 2011, with the fates of Tony Sparano, Jeff Ireland, and rest of the staff potentially tied to it, so it's no surprise the Dolphins did everything they could to get Henne some help this season.

With every running back the Dolphins used last season a free agent, and potentially all three unlikely to return, the Thomas grabbed a workhorse back in Daniel Thomas. While I wasn't thrilled with the trade up to grab him, there's no doubt he can carry the load and be a productive NFL starter.

A strong running back, which Henne lacked in 2010, is not simply built on the running back, however. To that end, the Dolphins selected Florida center/guard Mike Pouncey. While not as talented as Pro Bowler brother Maurkice in Pittsburgh, Mike Pouncey was a safe pick for the Dolphins that should pay immediate dividends by becoming a reliable starter from day one.

The Dolphins also added some much needed speed to the team's receiving corps with Edmond Gates from Abilene Christian in the fourth round. A tougher version of Ted Ginn, Jr., Gates is raw but has the speed to be a dynamic playmaker. He's been compared to highly-productive Steelers receiver Mike Wallace and will have the opportunity for significant time on offense as a rookie.

And finally on the offensive side of the ball, the Dolphins took former Tulsa running back/fullback/tight end Charles Clay. A big, strong, athletic player, Clay was a tremendous receiver for the Golden Hurricane while lined up in the backfield, at tight end, or split out wide.



A changing offense

What's interesting to note about this draft is how the Dolphins' offense will potentially change under Brian Daboll, who replaced Dan Henning after a horrendous offensive showing in 2010.

While a continued commitment to the running game remains likely as long as Sparano is in charge, the Dolphins are clearly taking measures to add new elements to their passing game in order to help Henne's development.

The two picks that highlight this the most are Gates and Clay. The addition of Gates looks to add a consistent deep threat to a receiving corps that, while talented, is significantly lacking in the ability to stretch the field. The Dolphins' fastest receiver before the addition of Gates was almost certainly Brian Hartline, but he struggled with drops at times in 2010 and ended the season on injured reserve.

Clay gives Henne a weapon that he really has not had since he arrived in Miami, and that is both a speedy receiving threat at tight end and potentially from the fullback position. As good as Lousaka Polite has been as a lead blocker and short-yardage back, Clay appears to have all those abilities with the added feature of a legitimate receiver.

It will be interesting to see how the offense changes under Daboll with these new pieces in place, and if the marriage of Henne play and Daboll's play-calling can give the Dolphins and their fans


More work to do

The Dolphins' offense is certainly not ready to go in 2011. Primary needs remaining that must be filled in free agency include a "scat back" or receiving threat out of the backfield to complement Thomas (think Darren Sproles or Jerious Norwood) and at least one starting guard, such as Justin Blalock of the Falcons and Davin Joseph of the Buccaneers.

Assuming the Dolphins only land one starting interior lineman via free agency, it seems likely that the team will indeed start the rookie Pouncey at center and let Richie Incognito, Nate Garner, and John Jerry battle it out for the vacant guard spot. In that case, the Sparano and offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo will need to get better play out of the starter than they did in 2010.

If they can fill these holes, the work the Dolphins have done to upgrade the offense around Chad Henne may just work, calling off a potential coaching (and subsequently, quarterback) search in 2012.


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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Dolphins go defense in final round, add NT Frank Kearse, CB Jimmy Wilson

After using all four of their picks during the draft's first six rounds on the offensive side of the ball, the Miami Dolphins went all defense in round seven by selecting nose tackle Frank Kearse and cornerback Jimmy Wilson.

Kearse, who attended Alabama A&M, was chosen with the 231st overall pick, while Montana alum Wilson was picked four spots later at No. 235.

The pair joins first-round center Mike Pouncey, second-round running back Daniel Thomas, fourth-round wide receiver Edmond Gates, and fullback Charles Clay in comprising the Dolphins' 2011 draft class.

The action will probably die down almost entirely, as the lockout will prevent the drafted rookies from having contact or negotiating with the team. The Dolphins will also not be allowed to pursue undrafted free agents until the new league year begins.


Frank Kearse

Originally from Savannah, Ga., Kearse action as a freshman at Alabama A&M in 2007, totaling nine tackles, half a sack, and a fumble recovery. He recorded 30 tackles (3.5 for a loss), one sack, two interceptions, and a pass deflection as a sophomore in 2008.

Kearse earned second-team All-SWAC honors following his junior season after posting 33 tackles (12 for a loss), 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He followed that up with a career-high 57 tackles (14 for a loss), one sack, and two forced fumbles on his way to another second-team all-conference selection.

Drawing interest from at least 15 NFL teams (the Dolphins interestingly not among them) at his Pro Day, putting up 22 bench reps and a 30-inch vertical while running a 5.2-second forty. He measured in at
6-foot-3 and 309 pounds.


Jimmy Wilson

A standout basketball and football star at Point Loma High School in San Diego, Wilson appeared in all 15 games as a true freshman, leading the team with nine pass deflections and recording 45 tackles. He started six of 12 games played as a sophomore in 2005, recording 44 tackles and earning an honorable mention All-Big Sky selection with 10 pass deflections.

Wilson graduated to a second-team all-conference selection as a junior in 2006, recording 51 tackles in 14 starts while intercepting three passes. It was after that season that his life derailed.

He spent two years in jail on a first-degree murder charge and later a voluntary manslaughter charge, all stemming from a 2007 altercation with the abusive spouse of his aunt that ended with the man accidentally shot dead with his own rifle. (You can read about the situation in more detail here.)

After a hung jury with an 11-1 vote to acquit resulted in a mistrial, Wilson was eventually acquitted on both charges by a new jury in July 2009. He petitioned the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility, which he was granted in 2010.

Returning to the Grizzlies last season, Wilson was converted from cornerback to safety and earned an honorable mention All-Big Sky selection with 50 tackles, two sacks, an interception, and 11 passes defensed.

Despite his checkered past, Wilson drew interest nine teams at his Pro Day and has impressed scouts with his physicality. He stands 5-foot-11 and 193 pounds and runs the forty between 4.4 and 4.5 seconds.


Analysis

I'll have more overall thoughts on the Dolphins' 2011 draft in the coming days, but for now I'm going to focus solely on Kearse and Wilson, and how they potentially fit in with the Dolphins this season.

A naturally strong lineman with all the size you look for, Kearse can certainly push the pile and clog up the middle against the run. The level of competition he faced at Alabama A&M is an issue, as is the fact that he's fairly raw in terms of technique.

Kearse is intriguing for a small school nose tackle, but he certainly has a long way to go. As a seventh-rounder, he's not guaranteed a roster spot and could just as easily be the next Louis Ellis, i.e. a camp body nose tackle that is never heard from again after final cuts.

As for Wilson, it certainly speaks volumes how much NFL teams like the guy if he can still draw such interest after the murder charges against him and jail time in his past. Even if you believe he was innocent (and it certainly seems like he may have been), guys have been slapped with "character concern" labels for a fraction of what Wilson has in his history.

If you assume that Wilson has his life in order, he's a solid football player from a program that has already given the Dolphins running back Lex Hilliard and Dan Carpenter. He's strong, physical, and has pretty good ball skills.

His advanced age for a rookie (he'll be 25 in July) isn't ideal, and being a solid cornerback at the I-FCS level certainly doesn't mean he's got what it takes to make it in the NFL. Realistically, he'll compete for a gig on special teams and possibly a spot on the practice squad as a rookie.

As always, check out the updated projected depth chart reflecting these transactions here.


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