The NFL Draft is a little more than three weeks away. Teams are finalizing their draft boards, and trying to figure out exactly what they want to do when Commissioner Roger Goodell puts them "on the clock." Teams all across the league are utilizing their 30 draft prospect visits to get a closer look at potential targets on Draft night, both for players they could select in the first round and for someone they could pick later in the selection process.
SB Nation has been tracking the visits of prospects to teams for all 32 franchises in the league. Their 2015 NFL Draft visit tracker is constantly updated, and is a good source for trying to see who is visiting with whom. This afternoon we use it to take a look at the Miami Dolphins visits thus far (* indicates private workout):
DE/OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson* - Pass rusher who is likely more of a 3-4 outside linebacker than a 4-3 defensive end at the NFL level. Beasley uses his speed to his advantage when getting after opposing quarterbacks, but he needs to develop a power move to keep offensive linemen honest.
LB Stephone Anthony, Clemson* - A solid tackler with the speed to go sideline to sideline, Anthony seems to have moved up draft boards this offseason. He has questionable instincts, though, finding himself reacting to plays rather than being in the right position to stop the play - especially when reacting to play-action passes. Should develop into a good NFL linebacker, but may not be ready to start from day one.
LB Jake Ryan, Michigan - He moved inside from the outside linebacker position this season, so his instincts are not quite right yet. He has the sideline-to-sideline speed to play middle linebacker in the NFL, but he can struggle shedding blocks - something playing behind Ndamukong Suh could solve.
WR DeVante Parker, Louisville* - Parker seems to be the go-to pick in the mock draft world for the Dolphins right now, and he could make a lot of sense for a team that shipped off four of their top five receivers this year (Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson, and Charles Clay). Parker seems ideally suited for a West Coast style offense and has exceptional hands and catching radius. He attacks the ball in the air, and adjusts his routes to the ball, but he is not the sharpest route runner.
ILB Ramik Wilson, Georgia - Likely an outside linebacker at the NFL level, Wilson has question marks when it comes to coverage ability. He can shed blocks well, and he tackles well, though he could continue to develop the ability. Could start his career as a reserve linebacker and a primary special teams contributor, developing into a potential starting linebacker.
CB Eric Rowe, Utah - A tall defensive back out of Utah, Rowe plays physically and likes to jam receivers. Similar to another tall defensive back out of Utah, Sean Smith, Rowe does not have elite speed, and will likely need help on deeper routes, but he has good instincts when the ball is in the air. He does not seem to be a potential safety conversion, but will likely find a home with a zone based defense.
DT Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma - Philips is built to be an NFL nose tackle, but the Dolphins could try to slide him into the defensive line next to Suh and make a formidable interior tandem. He has all of the ability to be a dominant player, but will disappear in games. Underwent back surgery in 2013, but was healthy for all 13 games for Oklahoma in 2014.
WR Phillip Dorsett, Miami (FL)* - A fan favorite target, keeping Dorsett in Miami would add another speed threat to the offense. Dorsett could play outside or slide inside, and he can run crossing routes with defenders trailing. He is not the best route runner, and his size could be a concern in the NFL once defenders start hitting him on slants and routes in the middle. Dorsett is likely high on draft boards, but could find his way back to Sun Life Stadium in the second round.