2011 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins Pre-Draft Workout Roundup, Part III
That doesn't mean the names of players that have drawn interest from the Dolphins have stopped emerging, and in my third (and likely final) pre-draft workout round-up article before the draft begins Thursday, I look at five more such players.
Additionally, I've been keeping track of all the known players to have worked out for the team in my pre-draft interest tracker here.
Now, on to the newest five names added to that list...
Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and currently works for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins Web site, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.
TE Brett Brackett, Penn State
A lanky wide receiver/tight end at Penn State, Brackett was featured sparingly in the passing game during his first three seasons before catching 39 passes for 525 yards and five touchdowns as a senior. During his four-year career with the Nittany Lions, Brackett caught 56 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns.
Brackett is an intriguing prospect with good size at nearly 6'6" and 248 pounds with 4.6 speed and good athleticism, but he's pretty lean and not really much of a blocker. The Dolphins are looking for a speedy receiving threat at tight end to complement Anthony Fasano, but Brackett is more of a long-term project than an NFL-ready player.
Likely to go undrafted, Brackett will interest teams because of his physical tools, but he has a long way to go to be an NFL tight end and will probably have to make his mark on special teams to stick around.
FS Chris Culliver, South Carolina
Originally a wide receiver when he arrived at South Carolina in 2007, Culliver earned Sports News Freshman All-SEC honors in 2007 with 809 return yards. He became the team's starting free safety the following season and remained there until playing cornerback his senior year.
In three seasons on defense, Culliver totaled 156 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and three interceptions.
A second-team All-SEC selection as a junior, Culliver had his season end prematurely with a torn pectoral muscle. Now healthy, Culliver interests teams due to his good speed and versatility in the secondary as well as in the return game.
The Dolphins are pretty settled at free safety with a handful of prospects, so it seems unlikely the team will look to Culliver in the middle rounds unless they feel he can be a dynamic returner or that he's a better free safety than Chris Clemons or Reshad Jones.
And let's face it: How confusing would it be to have a safety group with a Chris Clemons, Tyrone Culver and Chris Culliver?
TE Richard Gordon, Miami (Fla.)
A reserve tight end and special-teamer as a true freshman in 2006, Gordon caught one pass for eight yards in 2007 and three passes for 24 yards as a third-year sophomore. After an arm injury cost him in 2009 season, Gordon returned as a senior to catch six passes for 30 yards in 13 games for the Hurricanes.
Gordon lacks ideal speed and athleticism and offers little as a receiver. He's a good student of the game and a willing blocker, but he will likely remain undrafted this coming weekend. The Dolphins could have interest in the local prospect as a camp body, but not much more.
OT Kevin Hughes, Southeastern Louisiana
After starting two games during his freshman seasons, Hughes became the team's starting right tackles in 2008 and earned an honorable mention All-Southland Conference selection.
He earned an honorable mention again in 2009 by starting 11 games at left tackle. Hughes capped off his career at Southeastern Louisiana with 11 more starts at left tackle, bringing his consecutive starts total to 35.
Hughes has the raw physical tools and athleticism to be an NFL tackle, but the level of competition he faced wasn't anything like what he'll see in the pros. He's a long-term project that is going to need a lot of coaching to refine his technique, but could draw interest from the Dolphins and other teams as a late-round tackle prospect.
WR Aldrick Robinson, Southern Methodist
Robinson caught 10 passes for 166 yards as a true freshman, and earned an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection as a sophomore with 57 catches for 1,047 yards and a school-record 11 touchdowns.
After catching 47 catches for 800 yards as a junior, Robinson posted a career-year during his senior campaign with 1,301 yards and 14 scores.
If it weren't for his poor route-running, lack of physicality and blocking, Robinson would be a much higher pick than he probably will be. A projected late-round selection, Robinson has the speed to be a playmaker at the next level. If he's developed properly, he could be exactly what the Dolphins' fairly slow receiving corps is looking for.