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Previewing who the Dolphins might pick in the 2017 NFL Draft

The Dolphins have a ton of needs, but here's who Adam Beasley thinks the team might pick in this year's draft.
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The Dolphins have a ton of needs, but here's who Adam Beasley thinks the team might pick in this year's draft.

The Dolphins, more so than usual, tried to closely guard the identity of the maximum 30 non-local draft prospects that they’re permitted, by league rule, to invite to their headquarters. According to three sources, the Dolphins specifically asked the players and associates not to reveal they visited here.

But we were able to confirm 19 of the 30 players who received Dolphins invitations. I reported many of these names first; several were first reported by astute draftnik Simon Clancy and one by NFL Net’s Albert Breer.

Keep in mind that the Dolphins usually draft several players who visited but also, in past years, have taken some players who didn’t.

For example, the Dolphins this year told one high-end front seven defender that they didn’t need to use one of their 30 visits on him because they feel good about his ability without bringing him in.

With that in mind, the 19 confirmed invites, by position:

SAFETIES

Connecticut’s Obi Melifonwu

Texas A&M’s Justin Evans

NC State’s Josh Jones

UCF’s Shaquill Griffin

BYU’s Kai Nacua

UF safety Marcus Maye

CORNERBACKS

UF’s Jalen Tabor

Clemson’s Cordrea Tankersley

GUARD

Utah’s Isaac Asiata

Western Michigan’s Taylor Moton

LINEBACKER

UF’s Jarrad Davis

Houston’s Tyus Bowser

Southern Illinois’ Chase Allen

Mississippi State’s Johnathan Calvin

Missouri State’s Dylan Cole

Illinois’ Carroll Phillips (went to high school locally at Miami Central but had a more extensive visit than local prospects)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Michigan end Taco Charlton

Arkansas end Dietrich Wise Jr.

Oklahoma tackle Charles Walker

As for other names...

Waltercapfootball.com reported that Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster and Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan also visited, but I have no credible confirmation of Foster’s visit, and McMillan’s rep denied that he visited Miami.

Clancy reported three other visits: Temple linebacker Haason Reddick (we previously reported Miami had spent private time with him), Minnesota cornerback Jalen Myrick and LSU linebacker Kendall Beckwith. A very-much-involved source said Myrick had a private workout for the Dolphins but did not visit team headquarters.

Miami Dolphins GM Chris Grier talks about the upcoming draft and the importance of players being tough, competitive and loving football but character is just as important when they look for potential pick.

PAULINE’S TAKE

Draftnik Tony Pauline reported that “several people I’ve spoken with believe the Miami Dolphins are locked in on [Western Kentucky] guard Forrest Lamp in Round 1. If a highly rated pass rusher is still available at pick 22, they may pass on Lamb and look for a guard in the second round.

“The two names I’m hearing associated with the team in the second round are Dorian Johnson and Isaac Asiata [listed above]. If they land Lamp in the first round, sources tell me pass rusher becomes a priority on Day 2.”

• Though the Dolphins aren’t concerned, and say this was to be expected, the visual of Mike Pouncey with a cane on Monday – a photo taken at Aaron Hernandez’s funeral – was unsettling. And the Dolphins have spent significant time with centers through this pre-draft process, including Baylor’s Kyle Fuller. Ohio State’s Pat Elflein also has been linked to Miami.

The Dolphins remain committed to Pouncey and fully expect him to be their starting center on opening day. But protecting themselves is essential.

The ideal scenario would be drafting a guard who also can play center.

• McShay said Bowser, who the Dolphins really like, “is another player who will probably go earlier than the public perception. I was told from a high-ranking personnel exec that Bowser will be a first-round pick. Multiple teams picking near the bottom of Round 1 have a need at pass-rusher.”

• The Dolphins have spent a lot of time studying Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett and McShay reports he “is one of the most debated players within draft rooms right now. Those advocating for him point to his elite production, instincts and hand usage as pass-rusher, while others are holding his athletic limitations/tightness against him. He could come off the board as high as No. 9 overall to the Bengals, according to one person I spoke to. I feel good saying Barnett will end up being a top-20 pick when it's all said and done.”

Here are my Marlins notes tonight, including Hall of Famer Tom Glavine explaining his role in the Marlins sale.

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