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Dolphins Showing Interest in Multiple Cornerbacks


The Miami Dolphins have been wasting no time in making an attempt to add on a couple of cornerbacks to their staff after the Buffalo Bills signing of star receiver Terrell Owens.

There have been multiple reports that the Dolphins are looking to add both through free agency and the draft. The Dolphins have been looking at corners Bryant McFadden and Eric Green early in the free agency period, and now they are looking at the possible draft prospects that will still be on the board when they go on the clock.

Uconn’s Darius Butler is drawing some serious interest from the Phins brass, and also Sean Smith, from Utah has been speaking with the Dolphins this off-season. Butler is a little undersized, but makes up for it with a tremendous 43-inch vertical leap. He sometimes gets afraid to get physical with receivers, but is a good prospect for the Dolphins to consider.

Also, Smith, who is 6’ 3, interests the Dolphins because of his size. Parcells has been known to draft based on size, and this could be the reason that the Dolphins pass over on Butler in favor of another cornerback such as Smith, because of size.

Despite the importance of an addition to the cornerback staff, the Dolphins also have to fill other voids such as wide receiver, and also a pass rusher.

The Dolphins have a busy workload ahead of them before the draft, and it will be interesting how it plays out, but the Dolphins, judging by what the reports say, will add multiple cornerbacks to aid Will Allen.

There are also some pretty promising prospects that the Dolphins would be passing up in the 1st round to take Butler. Since The Dolphins are looking to add a receiver through the draft, it might be a reach to add a quality corner in the second round, but on the other end, there are several wide receiver prospects that are expected to be their when the Dolphins go on the clock.

The Dolphins are probably going to be looking for an intimidating force that can go up and grab the ball out of the air like Hakeem Nicks and Darius Heyward-Bey, but Heyward-Bey is expected to be gone by the 2nd round, and Nicks should be as well.

There is an interesting twist though, with a physical specimen, Ramses Barden, who is 6’ 6, is expected to still be there in the 3rd round. Whether the Dolphins decide to go the project route and wait until the 3rd round to pick up Barden remains to be seen, but there will likely be more options at wide receiver in the later rounds of the first day.

If the Dolphins would select Barden, he might take a little longer to develop than a guy like Nicks, or Heyward-Bey would but if a guy is 6′ 6, and is still there in the 3rd round, you have to think that Bill Parcells would drool all over the draft room when the Dolphins go on the clock and this kid is still on the board.

The Dolphins front office could make this all a little bit easier on all of us fans by just picking up a cornerback through free agency instead of just waiting to pick one upon in the draft.

By picking up a cornerback in free agency and in the draft, it would also add tremendous depth all of a sudden to a secondary, that with the loss of one starting corner, now has to hurry to add quality players before the season starts.

The possibilities are there, and will continue to nag at every Dolphins Phan in the country until draft day, but are the answers for the voids there in this year’s draft and free agency class?

UPDATE: Bryant McFadden has signed a 2 year $10 million dollar deal with the Arizona Cardinals.


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