With the the East-West Shrine game being played this weekend and Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey being there, Dolphins fans should be watching for these players in the game on Saturday as they could potentially be on the Dolphins watch list. These players are just a few guys that Dolphins fans should keep their eyes on, and with the Senior Bowl coming up soon as well, there will be more players to watch for then as well.
WR Tre McBride | 6'1" 205 pounds | William & Mary
While his size isn't great, Tre McBride's speed (4.50 40 yard dash) combined with his quick feet and great knowledge of route running should make him a solid pick in the NFL draft in April. McBride is the best prospect at the game this weekend according to multiple scouts and should have a impact on the game. He caught 64 passes for 809 yards and four touchdowns this season with an average of 27.5 yards per kickoff return, which suggests he has a pretty good ability to make people miss and be decisive. He remind some people of Cody Latimer from last year's draft, who was taken in the second round by the Denver Broncos
While he is not the number on receiver that the Dolphins need, he could replace Brandon Gibson and/or Brian Hartline and save the Dolphins a lot of cap space in doing so.
WR Addison Richards | 6'5" 205 pounds | Regina
Addison Richard is a very raw prospect, but he has all the physical tools necessary to become a good NFL receiver. He is a rangy athlete with good hands and speed, but lacks quickness, which hinders his route running. If he can improve that portion of his game, then he could maybe turn himself into something. Coming out of Canada, the level of competition he has faced in worrisome, but with the way he has practiced in the East West Shrine shows that he could improve with good coaching.
Richards is another receiver that could help the Dolphins, especially with how big he is, but he is a very raw prospect and would probably take two to four years to develop into someone who could be a contributor for the offense.
WR/TE Darren Waller | 6'5" 240 pounds | Georgia Tech
While Darren Waller was a receiver in college, he could be viewed as a tight end in the NFL. With his huge body and great speed for someone his size, Waller, no matter which position he plays, looks as if he could be a touchdown machine in the NFL. He has great hands and uses his body well to shield off defenders on fade routes in the endzone. His huge size though makes it tough for him to run good routes, and combine that with that fact the Georgia Tech's triple option offense doesn't require an extensive knowledge of routes, he will have to improve on that if he is to be able to create separation in the NFL and get open.
Once again, Waller is a receiver who needs work but has the physical tools along with good hands to be able to make an impact in the NFL. Whether he is used as a tight end or a big receiver, his role will be to be a bug target in the endzone for Ryan Tannehill, which is something the Dolphins desperately need.
OG Bobby Hart | 6'4" 320 pounds | Florida State
While Bobby Hart played offensive tackle at Florida State, he is projected to play guard in the NFL. He is a very powerful guard who moves people in the running game. He has great strength in the lower half of his body and will win more often than not in running blocking. Where his struggles though is protection. He does not shuffle his feet very well and gets beat by speed rushers too often. The fact that he will be a guard in the NFL will help limit him getting beat by speed rushers, but his technique needs to improve in order for him to be a starter.
Hart probably wouldn't be a starter for the Dolphins, at least not in the first year or two, but he would be a solid backup and could be a good fill in for either guard position, and the Dolphins need solid depth on their offensive. Guys like Dallas Thomas and Shelley Smith were disappointing last season.
C B.J. Finney | 6'4" 303 pounds | Kansas State
Center B.J. Finney was a walk-on on Kansas State who started all four years though. He is a former wrestler though, who understand leverage and uses it to his advantage. He has functional NFL strength and does very well with defensive tackles who are supposedly more athletic than he is. Where he struggles is with long athletes who can get into him and push him pack into the pocket. Scouts compare him to Corey Linsley, who was a plug-and-play center for the Green Bay Packers this year.
Finney would allow the Dolphins to keep Mike Pouncey at guard and allow him to be a good pulling left guard and switch Billy Turner over to right guard, where he would excel in run blocking. If not, he still would be a good backup for the them, which is something that they still need.
This column was written by Seth Fisher. Follow him on Twitter: @SethAFisher13
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