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Dolphins Draft News: Interview With DraftBreakdown.com

With the 2010 Senior Bowl in the rearview mirror, many of the potential targets for the Dolphins 2010 Draft Board have either seen their stock rise or fall. This may either hurt the Dolphins, or help them, depending on if the certain players stock rises so far that they are out of the Dolphins reach come draft day.

We recently sat down with Draft Breakdown’s Will Spencer to see exactly who’s stock is rising, and if the Dolphins can manage to swipe some of the players that’s stock is falling into the 2nd round.

Brant Houghton: Who are some guys who are seeing their stock rise so far throughout the pre-draft workouts?

Will Spencer: Michigan DE Brandon Graham really helped himself at the Senior Bowl. He was far and away the most dominate pass rusher on the field and it showed through the practices and even into the game as he was named the game’s MVP. The biggest question for Graham will be exactly how fast he times. He’ll need to run in the low to mid 4.5’s to keep his stock as a top 20 pick, which I believe it is at this point. Graham isn’t the biggest guy, which will limit where he plays in the NFL. He’s best suited for a 3-4 rush linebacker, but does seem pretty strong at the point of attack. He needs to develop a few more pass rushing moves but flashed a nasty spin move during Senior Bowl practices that gave several offense linemen fits.

Mike Iupati has been shooting up draft boards after his Senior Bowl performance. With Illinois OG Jon Asamoah not being able to play at the Senior Bowl, Iupati took full advantage. It started for him at the weigh in where his arms measured at 35″, which is quite freakish. Iupati needs to develop his strength, but an NFL conditioning program will do that. During practices, he was moved all around the line, even playing both tackle positions. He doesn’t have the footwork to play left tackle but right tackle isn’t out of the question for him, especially with his 6’5″ 325 lbs build. As long as Iupati continues on this path, he just might find himself as a late first round draft pick.

BH: Who are some of the first round prospects who have seen their stock fall, perhaps into the 2nd round? Do you see the Dolphins picking up any of them?

WS: Jerry Hughes decided not to participate in the Senior Bowl and with the dominate performance of Brandon Graham, that really hurt Hughes’ stock. Hughes will be an ideal 3-4 rush linebacker and I’ve loved what I’ve seen on tape so far. TCU had Hughes dropping into coverage at times and he often rushed from a 2 point stance, so he’s already flashed the ability to play in a 3-4 defense. It’s not so much that Hughes has done anything to negatively affect his stock, it’s that other defensive lineman have helped themselves a lot. With several junior pass rushers that should go in the first round (Morgan, Pierre-Paul, Griffen, Dunlap), the odds of Hughes getting pushed to the top of round one are pretty good.

BH: What is your take on Florida State safety Myron Rolle? Is he a guy that interests the Dolphins, and what round do you expect him to go? Early, middle, or late?

WS: Rolle is a very interesting prospect. While he didn’t really shine at the Senior Bowl, he showed that he still has natural football ability. Rolle also showed that he’s in phenomenal shape, probably having the most impressive physique at the weigh in. A super-intelligent player, Rolle will flourish once he is in an NFL system and it may take him a year or two to really start to blossom. I think there’s a chance he could wind up in the bottom of round 2 with good combine workouts, but the top-middle of round 3 is a more likely landing spot. In my opinion, a team will get an absolute steal if they can grab Rolle there as he’s a can’t miss prospect in my eyes. He might not have an immediate impact, but he’ll be able to play special teams right away and will work himself into a starting spot with a little time. The Dolphins could look Rolle’s way if he’s available in the draft. Parcells did a great job adding youth to both corner spots in Sean Smith and Vontae Davis, who both had solid rookie seasons. Adding a young and overall solid safety like Myron Rolle to that group could set up the Dolphins with a formidable secondary for years to come.

BH: After being at the Senior Bowl, were there any players that the Dolphins took particular notice too?

WS: During a press conference, Coach Sparano spoke very highly of Alabama NT Terrence Cody. Cody does have a weight issue, but does exactly what you want in a nose tackle; he takes up two blockers on every play. I don’t see Cody landing in the first round but he could be someone to keep an eye on with Miami’s 2nd round selection. We all know the key to a successful 3-4 defense is a dominate nose tackle and Cody has the potential to fit that bill.

Another player that the Dolphins staff seemed to love was Ole Miss WR/RB Dexter McCluster. First, McCluster fits the Dolphins Wild Cat scheme to a tee with his versatility. Sparano even had McCluster line up in the Wild Cat formation during practices, and it kind of seemed like more of a try out for the team than installation of new plays for the South team. With injury concerns around Ronnie Brown and the retirement status of Ricky Williamsalways a question, adding a versatile playmaker like McCluster might be in the cards for the Dolphins. Let’s not forget that Miami’s wide receiver group hasn’t been the most productive, making the ability for McCluster to line up in the slot makes him even more desirable. McCluster even showed an ability to return kicks/punts and with the Dolphins possibly parting ways with Ted Ginn, the pick starts to make a lot of sense.

Keep an eye on some of the guys mentioned above, especially McCluster and Hughes, they could be key cogs in the Dolphins offensive and defensive systems next year if they were to be added to the Dolphins units.

We would like to thank Will for conducting this interview with us. Now go and check out his site for all of the information that you need to know what is going on on draft day!


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