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Dolphins draft prospects 2017: Private workouts being scheduled

NCAA Football: UCLA at Texas A&M Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

As part of the NFL’s preparations for their annual Draft, the league allows each of the 32 franchises to host up to 30 draft prospects at their facility for private workouts, giving the team a chance to sit down for an extended interview and conduct timing and position drills. The teams are also allowed to hold a “local pro day,” inviting players who either live in the area near the team or attended college in the area, without those visits counting toward the 30 prospect private workout limit.

Last week, two of the Miami Dolphins’ private workout prospects were reported, with Mississippi State defensive end Jonathan Calvin and North Carolina State safety Josh Jones both scheduled to meet with the team. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, who also confirms the Jones visit, Miami will also be visiting with Texas A&M safety Justin Evans.

According to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, the Dolphins also have a meeting set up with Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton. Walter Football also has Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan listed as having a private workout with the Dolphins.

The private workouts are typically not officially announced, and teams could use the visits as a way to smokescreen their real targets during the three-day selection process, or they could use it as a chance to better refine their draft board.