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Dolphins close the week with Draft invites with local ties

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Trevor Ruszkowski)

The Miami Dolphins on Friday have a long list of invites that have South Florida local ties. In that mix are a bunch of names that folks not only in region are familiar with but also some big national names as well.

ESPN reported that Lamar Jackson is expected to work out for the Dolphins this week, so perhaps Friday is the day? Not sure, but we do know that Miami has been interested in looking at QBs. Jackson of course attended Boynton Beach high school.

Another big name is former Georgia RB Sony Michel, who attended Plantation American Heritage. Now the Dolphins already saw Michel at the Georgia Pro Day. His workout on Friday will be the second time they see him in a similar setting. Right now Michel is a projected second round pick. With the team picking up veteran Frank Gore already, getting another solid RB option in the early rounds may be a smart move. Considering this is the second time they will see Michel maybe they are serious about picking him up if he’s available where they place him. We shall see.

Obviously the Dolphins will get to look at a few former Miami Hurricanes. RB Mark Walton and DTs Kendrick Norton and RJ McIntosh will also work out. But wait what about Braxton Berrios and Chad Thomas? Apparently according to the Miami Herald, they feel comfortable with their WR options at the moment as well as DE. 

Chris Herndon IV has already visited the Dolphins back in March. He’s with the Ravens on Friday and won’t be able to make the Dolphins Pro Day. That said he still is a target.

A few other players with local ties of note are FSU LB Matthew Thomas, South Carolina LB Skai Morre, South Carolina DE Chris Lammons, Wisconsin CB Derrick Tindall and Arkansas safety De’Andre Coley.

Also expect FIU LB Treyvon Williams to be at the Dolphins facility. Williams was FIU’s leading tackler this past season.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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