It’s early July but the NFL is about to hold a supplemental draft, where players who weren’t eligible for the draft in April. And there are a couple of intriguing names from the defensive backfield that several teams may be interested in taking next week.
Apparently, count the Dolphins in on that.
The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson wrote earlier in the week that Miami is one of the teams looking at the cast of supplemental players:
From PM: Dolphins reach out to these supplemental draft prospects: https://t.co/eHwdMj9mi5
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) July 5, 2018
In particular, Jackson had in his item that Western Michigan DB Sam Beal appears to be a legitimate prospect and that all 32 teams were interested enough to be at his Pro Day workout last week. The 6’1 Beal was ruled academically ineligible in May for the 2018 college season, and successfully petitioned the NFL to get into the supplemental draft.
Miami is also apparently intrigued by the size and experience of Virginia Tech DB Adonis Alexander. Alexander is 6’3 and a three year player from the Hokies. Like Beal, he was also ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming college season.
All of interest in corners has us wondering if Coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Matt Burke are completely happy with their depth?
While DB’s Xavien Howard, Cordrea Tankersley and Bobby McCain (above) are solid coming off 2018, but none of them is considered a top line cover corner. And even with Tony Lippett back off his season ending Achilles injury last year, Miami is apparently at least considering whom else can help them?
There are also a couple of veteran free agents in Bashaud Breeland late of the Redskins and Dominigue Rodgers-Cromartie who played for the Giants in 2017, that Miami could also place a phone call to if needed.
Bottom line is that there’s a belief that it’s a 50/50 chance that the Dolphins will gamble on one of the supplemental rookies if they are there, and probably by the fourth round or so.
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