With two games today to kick off the bowl season, the Dolphins shouldn’t waste time evaluating a handful of mid round talents in the New Mexico Bowl (Arizona vs. Nevada at 1pm EST) and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Utah State vs. Toledo, 4pm EST). With a focus on receivers and defensive backs, these games feature four players combine the Miami fans and potentially evaluators should watch closely today.
Dan Buckner, WR, Arizona – #4
It’s no secret that the Dolphins need receiver help, probably meaning they take more than one receiver in the upcoming draft. The big-bodied, physical, more of a west coast offense fit at receiver, Buckner could develop into an outside receiver in time. But also, keep in mind how well Joe Philbin used the Packers receivers two seasons ago, and utilizing West Coast-receivers is something Philbin would relish the opportunity to do. Buckner is viewed as of now as a mid to late round pick.
Duke Williams, SS, Nevada – #5
A versatile safety who has experience in multiple sets, Williams shows great burst to close down in the run game, and shows good feet and hips to turn and run in the short area. With his zone coverage experience, ability to finish plays in the run game, and versatility as a safety, he’d be a worthwhile Dolphins pickup in the mid to later rounds, if he’s available.
Will Davis, CB, Utah State – #17
One of the more talked about defensive players from the non-BCS schools, Davis was a surprise Senior Bowl invite and has since begun to move up boards. An athletic, quick to the ball, and upside for a cornerback could have teams excited, but he’s still very raw in his turn and run timing, hand usage down the field, and overall nuances of the position. Still, if he’s available past the top four rounds (according to reports, unlikely for now), he may be a worthwhile project.
Chuck Jacobs, WR, Utah State – #10
A future slot receiver prospect, Jacobs does a great job of finding holes in the defense, catches away from his body well, and shows the ability to make plays after the catch as a runner. While the Dolphins may not need a slot receiver at this point, a reliable pass catcher who can get separation is something the Dolphins shouldn’t necessarily look over in this game.
Others to Watch:
Matt Scott, QB, Arizona – #10
Jeff Nady, OT, Nevada – #78
Zach Sudfeld, TE, Nevada – #44
Brandon Wimberly, WR, Nevada – #4
Kahlid Wooten, DB, Nevada – #2
Stefphon Jefferson, RB, Nevada – #25 (JR)
Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State – #25
Jermaine Robinson, S, Toledo – #29
Matt Austin, WR, Utah State – #4
Al Lapuaho, DE, Utah State – #90
Dan Molls, ILB, Toledo – #32