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How many Miami Hurricanes could become Miami Dolphins?

Ari Russell



(USA Today - Jasen Vinlove)

The NFL Draft is just around the corner so of course why don’t we continue to speculate on who the Dolphins will end up drafting. There’s a possibility that quite a few Miami Hurricanes could indeed end up on the Dolphins roster because of the draft. How many former Hurricanes could stay put in South Florida? Let’s take a look.

DT RJ McIntosh

It’s easy to assume that the Dolphins are going to target some defensive line help after the release of Ndamukong Suh. Now Washington DT Vita Vea is high on their list however, but this will depend on what Miami does in the first round and who’s still available. Vea is going to be a high draft pick. Now if Vea isn’t drafted by Miami, they could target R.J. McIntosh who’s looking at being a second or maybe third round pick. McIntosh is a beast with a lot of potential, but not as polished as Vea. That said if he’s available he could be sticking around South Florida for quite some time.

RB Mark Walton

We know that the Dolphins picked up Frank Gore as a free agent, which gave them some depth at RB, but it’s only for one year. Does this mean that Miami will add another RB in the draft? It’s possible. One name that makes sense for the Dolphins to pick up is Mark Walton. Walton’s projections are all over the place. It looks like he could go anywhere from rounds 3-5. Walton is a good dual threat RB who would certainly be a nice fit for the Dolphins, It would also be intriguing because Frank Gore can take Walton and out him under his wing, which would be a pretty cool scenario having two Canes from different eras on the same team.

TE Chris Herndon IV

The Dolphins are in desperate need for a TE and the draft could be the place they look. Could former Hurricane Chris Herndon IV actually be a target for Miami. Right now he’s a projected fifth round pick, however he could be drafted earlier depending on certain team needs. What helps his case is the success Miami TEs have had in the NFL His season ending injury in the Pitt game certainly hurt his stock, but Herndon has big play ability and has a ton of talent.

CB Dee Delaney 

Now the Dolphins aren’t really in a market for a CB, however it never hurts getting some depth at a position that’s become so important of late. Delaney if he gets drafted will likely be on day 3. He came in as a transfer from the Citadel with much fanfare, but kind of had an up and down season. He’s still good enough to make an NFL roster and could be someone that’s on most teams radar for a later draft pick. He’s probably the least likely to be drafted by Miami on the list, but I still wanted to add him.

K Michael Badgley 

Drafting kickers is always iffy. Does a team want to spend a draft pick on a kicker or should they wait to pick one up in free agency? Badgley was a first team all conference player in the ACC which helps his cause. That said the Dolphins probably would rather pick him up in free agency than use a draft pick for a kicker.

Notice I left Chad Thomas and Braxton Berrios off the list. That’s because Thomas as a defensive end and Berrios as a WR are not positions of need at this point for the Dolphins. It will still be interesting to see where these players do get drafted.

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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