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phinatic1399
03-30-2012, 08:13 AM
The Dolphins do not announce the draft prospects that are summoned to team headquarters, but sources say Miami’s list of upcoming visits includes North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples (an option at pick No. 8), Mississippi offensive tackle Bobby Massie (ESPN’s Todd McShay has Miami picking him at No. 41) and West Virginia linebacker Bruce Irvin (combined 22.5 sacks the past two years).

Among others booked for visits: guards Brandon Brooks (Miami of Ohio) and Desmond Wynn (Rutgers) and Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson (a potential second-or third-rounder). The Dolphins drafted Johnson’s former defensive back teammate, Jimmy Wilson, after he visited last year.
Teams can bring no more than 30 non-local players to their facilities. Among players with local ties, Miami invited all the notable UM and FIU prospects, plus others including Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David (5.5 sacks), Wisconsin All-Big 10 cornerback Antonio Fenelus and Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley.


The Dolphins want to spend time with Coples, considered the draft’s best 4-3 end, and reconcile the widely-held perception that he didn’t always play as hard as he could last year.
Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, also in the mix at No. 8, had dinner with Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin on Wednesday, then had an impressive throwing session in front of 21 teams (including Miami) on Thursday. Linebacker Melvin Ingram, another option at No. 8, met with a Miami coach privately before South Carolina’s Pro Day.
As for Massie, he has “great upside but he's unpolished,” Sports Illustrated’s Tony Pauline said. Philbin wants to upgrade the offensive line. But if the Dolphins take some combination of a lineman, pass rusher and Tannehill with their first two picks, they would urgently need to address receiver with picks No. 72 and/or 73.


Sometimes, teams book visits with players that are very talented but have had off-field issues. For example, Montana's Johnson -- who has very good top-end speed -- pleaded not guilty last year to obstructing an officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Irvin, who ran an impressive 4.5 in the 40, was charged last month with destruction of property after breaking a sign at a sandwich shop. But Irvin overcame a tough background to thrive at West Virginia. He dropped out of high school, earned a GED and has impressed teams in interviews.
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### The Dolphins have several players entering the last year of their contracts, and doing extensions with Jake Long and Cameron Wake is the team's priority, according to a club source. Talks with Wake have not started, but are expected to begin soon. Long is due to earn $11.2 million next season. Wake is a bargain at $565,000 but would make significantly more in a new deal.
Though Long and Wake are the priorities, the Dolphins also would like to extend the contracts of Randy Starks and Brian Hartline, among others.
### The Dolphins are considering whether to leave Wilson at cornerback or shift him to safety, where he has some experience.…. Linebacker Philip Wheeler visited Oakland after meeting with Miami on Saturday. He tweeted, "Which team would be a better fit for me this season? This is a tuff career choice.'' Then he offered this after his Bay Area visit: "Raider nation showed Love. Preciate that. Legendary place.''
### Consultant Carl Peterson, the former Chiefs president and owner Stephen Ross’ buddy, no longer has an active role on the Dolphins’ football side after assuming a big one during the coach search. Peterson, who met with all the candidates, did a lot of background work on Philbin, calling Packers coach Mike McCarthy, general manager Ted Thompson and others. Peterson said this week that even though Philbin didn’t call the plays in Green Bay, “McCarthy told me that on first and second down, he asked Joe, ‘What do you think?’ Joe has a great capacity to communicate with everyone at all levels. He’s impressive.”
### Former Dolphins majority owner Wayne Huizenga, who owns five percent of the team and knows what it’s like to be bashed by fans, can commiserate with Ross. “I feel for Steve that it’s not going the way he wants it to go,” said Huizenga, who cracked that he came to the owners meetings for free drinks. “I don’t think Steve is doing a bad job.”
### Ross got plenty of moral support from other owners this week. The Jets’ Woody Johnson (a Dolphins fan growing up) and the Giants’ John Mara stressed how “smart” Ross is and have “no doubt” he will win. “Giants fans, in 1978, marched and burned tickets,” Mara reminded me, referencing the Dolphins’ fan protest last week. “The good thing is [Dolphins fans] are showing they care. The worst thing you can have is silence. People have to show some patience.”
Rams coach Jeff Fisher was effusive about Ross this week – “very, very impressed with Steve as an owner, his enthusiasm, his passion.” But 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, asked Wednesday about his impressions of Ross after meeting with him in January 2011, said only that Ross is “professional” and had nothing more to say.
### Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt was genuinely “disappointed” to lose cornerback Richard Marshall to Miami and raved about his competitiveness and versatility. “He was an outstanding player, one that we wanted back. Very good feel for the game.”


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ryanosaur2000
03-30-2012, 09:04 AM
Good info. Thanks mate.

Kdawg954
03-30-2012, 09:43 AM
Bobbie Massie is an interesting prospect. He is talented enough to be solid in a ZBS on the right side as well as eventually start on the left side if need be. Hard worker and I think under an OC like Sherman could really elevate on the next level. I remember when the U recruited him out of Hargrave.

I don't know how much emphasis is on RT as I know they like Murtha, but I'd think he has a chance to hear his name called as a Miami Dolphin.

hooshoops
03-30-2012, 10:11 AM
watch out for bobbie massie at #42...i tried to tell welcomeback in the draft forum that kids not sniffing the 4th round...lots of momentum with massie and round 2...i like the list of players we are bringing in although tremaine johnson looks like a fs to me more than a boundary cb...looks like another sean smith at cb to me

lavonte david i flat out love...will make a great 43 will backer...instinctual can cover and run and more physical than one would expect for his size...pick #42 i love him

like brandon brooks and jayron hosley both in round 3...

rent this space
03-30-2012, 10:43 AM
For all those who brush off positive comments about Ireland and Ross by saying "what are they going to say?" or "no one says anything bad in the press", see the Harbaugh comment. That's what they say when they don't like someone. When Jeff Fisher or Jason Garrett go into depth with compliments, it's because they want to- not just for courtesy

Mogwai
03-30-2012, 11:07 AM
For all those who brush off positive comments about Ireland and Ross by saying "what are they going to say?" or "no one says anything bad in the press", see the Harbaugh comment. That's what they say when they don't like someone. When Jeff Fisher or Jason Garrett go into depth with compliments, it's because they want to- not just for courtesyFisher would effusively praise Vince Young as a player and I think we all know that wasn't the most accurate portrayal of his real feelings. Harbaugh has quickly established himself as a rarity in the league and a pretty disinterested bull****ter. I think it's odder that this is such a national story that someone like Mara is being asked about it. Weird. Ireland is not the first GM to be under fire.

Irvin is such a ridiculous athlete. What our hybrid D is going to look like is still enough of a mystery that it's hard to gauge who would fit in where.

Mcganiel
03-30-2012, 11:11 AM
For all those who brush off positive comments about Ireland and Ross by saying "what are they going to say?" or "no one says anything bad in the press", see the Harbaugh comment. That's what they say when they don't like someone. When Jeff Fisher or Jason Garrett go into depth with compliments, it's because they want to- not just for courtesy

All assumptions..

j-off-her-doll
03-30-2012, 11:37 AM
If Irvin falls to the 3rd, I'd try to do what the Broncos did with Von Miller; of course, that'd mean Dansby would play MLB.

MiamiDolphin618
03-30-2012, 11:58 AM
Im very interested in Irvin as a 3rd down specialist. Kid is explosive. Also interesting to hear they are considering moving Jimmy Wilson to FS. He is physical, and seems to be around the ball alot...could be an interesting move

rent this space
03-30-2012, 01:02 PM
All assumptions..or experience...

j-off-her-doll
03-30-2012, 01:11 PM
If he's willing - which seems to be in question, wtf? - I'd like Irvin in a situation similar to Von Miller.