Written by Luis Sung | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
The Miami Dolphins are apparently looking for depth at the linebacker position as they recently worked out five different linebackers. Zac Diles, Brandon Hepburn, Terrell Manning, Etienne Sabino and Kelvin Sheppard all got a chance to make a case for a roster spot.
Diles was drafted in the seventh round by the Houston Texans during the 2007 NFL Draft and for his rookie year he contributed mostly on special teams. During the next couple years he got several starts as both the weakside and strong-side linebacker. After his stint with the Texans, he was bounced around the league, getting stints with the Rams, Buccaneers, Colts, Titans, Chiefs, and most recently the Cleveland Browns this preseason before getting cut again.
Hepburn was drafted last season by the Detroit Lions last year in the seventh round, but was cut by the team during the final round of cuts. During his time at Florida A&M, he worked his way up until having his best season in his senior year when he accumulated 86 tackles, 5.5 sacks, seven passes deflected and a forced fumble.
Manning is a former fifth round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers from the 2012 NFL draft, but he was released one year later after failing to impress. He has also had chances with the San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants.
Sabino was an undrafted free agent last year who was signed by the New York Giants, but was cut a few months later. He then worked out for the Cincinnati Bengals but wasn't signed. One year later he was signed by the St. Louis Rams but got waived during final cuts.
Sheppard was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft, and was traded to the Indianapolis Colts last season where he accumulated twenty solo tackles and 26 assisted ones along with one sack and one deflected pass.
For the sake of depth any of these linebackers would do well, but based on their past reputations, none of them would be likely threats to the jobs of any of the current Dolphins starters.
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