DOLPHINS: Combine report
ldouglas at gmail.com
Sun Feb 28 05:00:46 GMT 2010
Do linemen combine/workout warriors ever translate? Thinking of Dorsey, the USC dude the Jets got, OLman Alberts from Virginia.
What do you think about going after Sproles if he can be had at a good price. Good 3rd down back and special teamer. Can't fathom why SD would release him.
Wrt Boldin we could always trade 2011 picks.
From: Patrick McLaughlin <pluvlaw at hotmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 27, 2010 6:32 PM
To: dolphins-disc at phins.com
Subject: DOLPHINS: Combine report
So, nursing a hangover, I have sat here and pretty much just watched the NFL Combine (and news reports from Chile and Hawaii) all day.
Here's my take on the buzz:
-LT Bruce Campbell (MD) blew it out. The 6'6" 314 lb fella looks like a beast. He ran a 4.85 official 40 (4.78 unofficial was what the NFL Network crew had at the time) and rocked 34 reps of 225 lbs. Not sure what he got on the vertical, but it was pretty damn high. The NFLN guys were thinking he may have beat the record for OL (I just looked on the website and it says 32", which I think the NFLN guys said record was 34" for an OL). He looked fluid in the drills, but as Mayock pointed out, you don't see this translate on the game tape. He came up and spoke with the NFLN crew. I thought he was pretty weak when Davis asked him how he responded to being called "boom or bust." I find it hard to believe he was not coached some on his lack of production at the college level would be an issue and he should have been able to handle that question better than claiming not to have heard that (which Davis quickly retorted by telling him "well...you heard it just now, I'm telling!
you") then giving some lame answer about everyone coming in with a blank slate now. He's gonna go high b/c he is a physical freak. Seriously, if this guy has any hands at all, he'd be an unbelievable TE.
-Pitts TE/WR/H-back Dorin Dickerson also blew it out. 6'4" 226 lb Panther is really more like a WR and it showed as he ran an official 4.40 40.
-OT Russell Okung of OSU was impressive. Dude looks extremely fluid for such a big guy.
-Trindon Holliday ran an official 4.34 40. Schefter tweeted it as 4.22 which would be faster than Chris Johnson's 4.24 from two years ago. In all candor, these 40 "times" are crazy. Uh...how can a human being start/stop a stopwatch accurately down to those fractions? They can't.
Overall, I have to say the OT and TE class looks really good. I think the TE class is particularly good for us. I think we could pick up a really good prospect late and I think there will two or three undrafted FAs that contribute in the league this year. With the depth at OT, I'd like to see us grab a prospect late to groom and add depth. Charlie Casserly was saying the consensus among the league is that, overall, this is the best draft class in three decades. The amount of legit first round talent is considered especially deep. What does this mean for us? I think it means a trade for Boldin is even less likely to occur. With the way the Trifecta values draft picks, I don't see them trading away any in a class considered this rich in talent. If anything, I think it increases the odds that someone thought to go high drops and the Trifecta tries to wheel and deal down to pick up more picks. It's starting to feel like we have a good chance of not drafting at #12.
Patrick, getting down verbally...
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