The Miami Dolphins will be holding their local draft day on Friday and have invited players such as RB Duke Johnson, ILB Denzel Perryman, CB D'Joun Smith and countless others who attended high school or college in South Florida. The names just listed and the names below come courtesy of Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Other names on the list include the following: WR Phillip Dorsett, QB Ryan Williams, QB Jake Heaps, OLB Thurston Armbrister, WR Rashad Greene, CB Charles Gaines, SAF Justin Halley, SAF Damian Parmes, WR Sterling Griffin, QB Michael Strauss, WR Tacoi Sumler, DE David Perry, LB Junior Sylvestre, DT Elkino Watson, DT Todd Chandler, TE Gabe Holmes, DE Kendall Montgomery, WR William Dukes, DL Keith Bowers, WR Quinton Dunbar, QB Rakeem Cato, WR Tommy Shuler, SAF Robenson Therezier, TE Jean Sifrin and LB/DE Lynden Trail.
The Dolphins do not disclose those who have visited with the team so this is an incomplete list but it gives us an idea of who and what they are looking at. To get full scouting reports on many of these players and more, you can order the PhinManiacs Draft Guide for only $5. Information on ordering and instant download is below after the story.
One of the most interesting names on that list is inside linebacker Denzel Perryman, who may be a target for the Dolphins in the second round. According to Jeff Hyde (Twitter: @Jeff__Hyde), analyst for the PhinManiacs Draft Guide, he has all the physical traits you are looking for in an NFL linebacker. He can lay the wood on any ball carrier or blocker at any moment and cause a game changing play. He is terrific at following the ball with his eyes, and pursuing the ball carrier until he’s flat on his back. His weaknesses include his lack of coverage skills and his inability to stay with the faster tight ends and other receivers that may come out of the backfield. Because of this, many don't expect Perryman to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Another interesting name and someone who will be likely considered in the second round if he's still on the draft board when the Dolphins pick is wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. According to Hyde, he is one of the fastest players in this year's draft class. He's also a guy that might not make every single play that comes his way, but you better believe that if he drops a pass, he’ll make up for the next one by taking a quick screen to the house. Hyde says that NFL teams will like his effortless speed, his quickness and tremendous route running, but what they’ll fall in love with is his infectious play style.
The NFL Draft is just a few weeks away so we'll find out sooner rather than later which direction the Dolphins go in. It will be interesting and exciting, especially with so many options that will be on the board in the first two rounds when the Dolphins are on the clock.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs
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