Dolphins checking out small school prospects

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    BAMAPHIN 22 FinHeaven Elite

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    The blue-chip guys get most of the media attention before the draft, but the Dolphins are also checking out plenty of small school guys to take in the late rounds or sign as undrafted free agents.One small school guy who had a workout with the Dolphins is Matt Blanchard, a quarterback from Wisconsin-Whitewater, a Division III school. Blanchard stands 6-3, 225 pounds and went 25-0 in two years as the Warhawks’ starting quarterback, with 44 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Of course, he played against D-III competition, but Blanchard has the measurables to at least earn a training camp invite somewhere.Another small school guy that the Dolphins checked out, among many at their Local Prospect Day on April 5, was Bethune-Cookman linebacker Ryan Lewis. Jeff Ireland spent a little time personally checking out Lewis, but not as a linebacker. The Dolphins potentially want Lewis, who stands 6-1 and 245 pounds, to switch to fullback.The Dolphins are clearly still looking for fullbacks despite signing Jerome Messam from the CFL. In addition to Lewis, the Dolphins have tried out at least two other fullbacks, both on Wednesday – former Titans fullback Ahmard Hall (a former Marine), and street free agent Jeff Link, a former fullback at Robert Morris (2011 draft class) who stands at 6-1, 252 pounds and is known for his blocking ability.Among other small school players, don’t be shocked to see the Dolphins draft Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson in the second or third round. The Dolphins need another defensive back, he has a high draft grade and in recent years they’ve tapped the Montana well several times – Lex Hilliard, Jimmy Wilson and Dan Carpenter.

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