The NFL Draft begins on Thursday, and it is the first round that will get the most attention. It is, of course, the later rounds and the undrafted free agents who could be more influential in the future of the franchise, which means teams have to spend the time preparing for those picks and signings just as much as they do the big, flashy name they will pick on Thursday night.
The Miami Dolphins appear to be doing just that. According to a source, the Dolphins have had several conversations this week with the Weber State coaching staff focusing on wide receiver and punt returner Shaydon Kehano. At the Utah State Pro Day, the 5-foot-10, 185 pound Kehano ran a 4.51-second 40-yard dash following a 2014 season in which he caught 82 passes for 976 yards with eight touchdowns. He also returned 26 punts for 243 yards.
Kehano is going to be a raw prospect, having missed nearly two seasons due to injuries, but when he was healthy last season, he returned to being the top receiving target for the Wildcats. Kehano is likely a priority free agent signing immediately following the draft, and he will take some time to develop, but he could make a roster as a punt or kick returner. He is a willing blocker, hitting people to spring teammates and he is not afraid of the middle of the field. He could be worth the attention the Dolphins are spending in looking into his potential.
Last year, the Dolphins proved they are not afraid of small school prospects. Kehano could be another small school pickup for Miami.