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“All three had really good college careers,” FIU coach Butch Davis said on Monday. “I think all three have legitimate chances to make NFL rosters.”

Davis pointed to a pair of ex-FIU players who were not drafted in 2018 — linebacker Anthony Wint and tight end Pharoah McKever — but still scored invites to training camp and took advantage. Wint played two games for the New York Jets last year and is on this season’s depth chart as a backup. McKever is listed as a fourth-stringer for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

As for this year’s crop of undrafted free agents, perhaps Wilson can beat out veteran Matt Haack, who averaged 44.6 yards per punt for the Dolphins last year. Wilson averaged 44.2 yards for FIU, and now they could get matched up punt for punt in practices.

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“I told scouts that Stone might get cut a time or two, but he has the talent to stay in the league for six, eight, 10 years,” Davis said. “It’s tough because they only keep one punter.”

Also, the Dolphins are bringing in FIU punter Stone Wilson to challenge punter Matt Haack.

FIU ranked 21st in the nation in punting average last season at 44.0. Wilson had 423 punting yards against UM last season, an FIU record (and a testament both to Wilson and UM’s defense).

The Dolphins haven’t announced any of their signings, all of which were confirmed either by the players or league sources.

Undrafted UM linebacker Mike Smith – whom coach Manny Diaz has talked up in recent weeks – changed his mind and canceled plans to audition for the Dolphins at their rookie minicamp and instead accepted a similar tryout offer from the Buffalo Bills.

The 6-0 Rolle played seven games at corner as a freshman before moving to safety and has position versatility. He was used similarly to the way Alabama utilized Minkah Fitzpatrick in his final season in college.

“He had a draftable grade coming into the season but never really elevated his game,” Pauline said. “Very streaky. He’s OK.”

Among specialists, it was telling that the Dolphins gave FIU’s Stone Wilson a contract instead of simply a tryout at their rookie minicamp beginning May 10. He’s a legitimate candidate to beat out Matt Haack.

Walterfootball.com rated Wilson the fifth-best punter in this draft. Wilson averaged 44 yards per punt with a long of 63 yards; last year, he had a 71-yard punt.Davis gave the example of Phil Dawson, who was cut twice before finally sticking with the Cleveland Browns in 1999. Davis coached Dawson in Cleveland from 2001 to 2004, and the kicker went on to earn Pro Bowl status in 2012 and is still in the NFL at age 44.

Meanwhile, Worton is set up to get the chance to catch passes from Matt Ryan while learning from six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones.

It’s time we got to know punter Matt Haack a little bit better. I mean doesn’t he deserve a closer look after what he has done so far this season, the uncanny accuracy inside the 20 yard line, how he has been as consistently good as any player on this team and undoubtedly as reliable.

All of this from a player who was a receiver growing up, who didn’t even try to punt until late in his high school career and who actually didn’t even know the right way to punt until college. In fact, if not for a go-for-it moment his senior year of high school when Haack decided to take a chance at a national punting camp, he certainly wouldn’t be where he is today.

T.J. McDonald Jersey

The direction of the Dolphins’ organization has changed since last season. Thus, much of the roster has changed.

Safety T.J. McDonald has remained. Now 28 and in his seventh NFL season, McDonald is one of the team leaders.

He is not stressing about the team’s youth movement.One day after cornerback Xavien Howard was named Dolphins MVP for 2018, Head Coach Adam Gase offered one reason for Howard’s success: consistency. In answering a question about Bobby McCain’s performance this season, Gase said: “There’s nobody I can really say, ‘Hey, this guy was …’ Well, there’s one guy. He’s had consistently good games. He’s had a couple of rough ones, but I think it was like the fifth or sixth week (before that happened with) Xavien. For the most part, everybody has just had … There’s been good and then there’s been bad. On defense, it’s telling because you get exposed. Everybody knows that guy messed that up. Offensively, you might be able to screw up and get away with it and nobody will really notice.”

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“I play football,” McDonald said, via Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel. “I play defense. I play safety. I line up and play ball. Wherever they play ball, that’s where I play at.”

McDonald wouldn’t say whether he is working at linebacker, something new coach Brian Flores said in March could happen. McDonald, though, has dropped his weight 15 pounds to 215, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, which is a good sign McDonald will remain at safety.

The Dolphins’ offseason purge has created needs at every position except tight end (still hoping for Mike Gesicki to develop and that Dwayne Allen can hold it down) and safety (unless Miami trades Reshad Jones or T.J. McDonald this offseason).

General manager Chris Grier said Reshad Jones won’t be traded and is in Miami’s long-term plans. Problem is, the past two seasons have taught us that Jones and T.J. McDonald don’t play well together because of their comparable skill-set. Minkah Fitzpatrick would complement either strong safety because of his range and intelligence, but his best position might be nickel cornerback, which puts him close to the line of scrimmage. Depth at this position should be bolstered because Maurice Smith and Walt Aikens are mainly viewed as special teams contributors.

Safety T.J. McDonald was recognized Thursday as the Dolphins winner of the 2018 Good Guy Award.

Selected by those who cover the team on a regular basis, the Good Guy Award is given to the player who best demonstrates the spirit of cooperation with the media.

“I’m definitely thankful,” McDonald said. “For me, you’ve got to be able to stand up in hard times, just like the good times, just be a man about your business and with the media be a pro. That’s how I’ve always attacked it, through the good games, through the bad games. I know you guys are going to be in here, you’ve guys got a job to do. For me, it’s just being a pro about it and going about it in a professional way.”

McDonald follows guard Jermon Bushrod in winning the award, which first was given out in 2001 when it was given to linebacker Zach Thomas. The three winners before Bushrod were DT Jared Odrick, C Mike Pouncey and S Michael Thomas.

McDonald said his approach to dealing with the media came in part from his father, Tim, who was a six-time Pro Bowl selection during his 13-year NFL career with the Cardinals and 49ers.

“Good game or bad game, you gotta treat them both the same,” T.J. McDonald said. “I know you guys got a job to do as well. I see you guys all the time. You just want to get an environment, you want to be able to bring good energy to your teammates and stuff like that and trying to keep the locker room together.”

Myles Gaskin Jersey

In today’s installment of our Washington Huskies NFL Draft profiles, we turn our eyes to UW’s featured running back for the last four years. Myles Gaskin was a remarkably steady force for the Dawgs during his career, in which he became the program’s all-time leader in rushing yards (5,323) and total touchdowns (62). In 2015, Gaskin was named a freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, and in 2016, he was named to the Pac-12’s all-conference first-team. In 2017 and 2018, he was recognized as an all-conference second-teamer.

Myles Gaskin was born and raised in Lynwood, WA and attended O’Dea High School. He was a two-sport star dominating both football and track and field. As a junior, Gaskin rushed for over 2,000 yards and earned all-state honors while being named League offensive player of the year. The running back followed that up with an even more impressive senior year, rushing for 1,567 yards, 25 touchdowns, an average of 14.4 yards per carry and also handled kickoff return and safety duties. Gaskin was named the league’s kick returner of the year, was named first team all-state at running back and first team all-league at safety.

Gaskin participated in six different track and field events and won the 2015 3A state title in the 100 meters with a time of 11.02. He took second in the 4×100 relay race, the 200 meters and the shot put competitions at the state finals. Gaskin was a three-star recruit, according to 247 sports, but only received two scholarship offers. The running back chose the Huskies over Washington State due to the connection he had with coach Chris Petersen.

Gaskin was good enough to start as a true freshman for the Huskies and became the first ever true freshman to rush for 1,000 or more yards in program history. He also set the program record for most rushing touchdowns as a true freshman (14) and his 1,302 rushing yards was good enough to earn freshman All-American first-team honors. 2016 was a special year for Gaskin and the Huskies. The running back rushed for 1,373 yards, nine touchdowns and was named first-team all-Pac-12 at the end of the season. Gaskin, along with Jake Browning and a stout Washington defense, led the team to the College Football Playoff semi-finals, where they eventually lost to Alabama 24-7.

A true senior, Washington running back Myles Gaskin was extremely productive in his time with the Huskies. He rushed for no fewer than 1,268 yards in any of his four seasons as the primary back, and it all began with an All-American honor as a true freshman in 2015.

He was Washington’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player winner that year, and Gaskin followed it up with a first-team all-conference selection after his sophomore campaign.

A nose for the end zone and sustained ground success, Gaskin was tremendously successful in college. There’s a major question to be answered regarding how well his game will translate into the pros. His style of running looks upright at times but is mostly due to a long torso and shorter lower body.

It’s not easy to be the all-time leader in both rushing yards and total touchdowns, especially when you play at a program like Washington.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Myles Gaskin is capable of.

A do-it-all back who is pound-for-pound one of the best runners in the 2019 NFL draft class, Gaskin recently spoke exclusively with Draft Wire about his incredible career with the Huskies, his experience at the NFL Scouting Combine, and what kind of impact he’ll make at the next level.

I’ll always look back at it as a blessing. I had a lot of fun at Washington. I’m really thankful to have had the opportunity to attend Washington. I’m thankful for the great coaching staff that I had in my time there. That community had my back for the past four years. I’m just really thankful.

Absolutely. I had more than just my closest friends and family in my corner. There were so many people in those stands who came to watch me score touchdowns every week. I’ve had people watching me in that area since I was seven years old. There are some people that have been with me since I played my very first football game. That community feeling, it’s special.

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The Dolphins, who poached Brian Flores from New England to be their coach and Chad O’Shea to be their offensive coordinator — want exactly that from Chandler Cox, the Auburn fullback they took in the seventh round Sunday.Chandler Cox has the James Develin feel to him, and I think he will end up being a solid contributor, as well.

The Miami Dolphins also made some really nifty UDFA signings, such as Terrill Hanks, Nik Needham, and Preston Williams. I think those three will all end up making the final roster.

As I said, this isn’t the flashiest draft class in the world. But it was meticulous, well-thought-out, and was done with a purpose. The players were selected for a rebuilding team that needed certain roles filled, and that’s what they achieved. I’m giving the Dolphins a round of applause for what they did during the 2019 Draft.

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The Chilton Auburn Club honored former Tiger H-back Chandler Cox during its 53rd annual Unsung Hero banquet on April 30.

The idea behind the Unsung Hero banquet is to honor someone tied to Auburn University who has been an integral member of a group but may not have been highlighted as much as warranted.

Cox was a four-year starter at Auburn from 2015-2018. His roles as both fullback and H-back meant he spent more time blocking for teammates than amassing his own numbers.

Seventh round draft picks are hard to predict when it comes to successful NFL careers but for the Dolphins, the running back situation was needing depth and the 7th round was the perfect place to find that depth.

Clicking on the Miami Dolphins roster you will see that only three runners are listed. Kenyan Drake, Kalen Ballage, and Kenneth Farrow. The two new runners have yet to be signed. There is an obvious depth issue and this is where Myles Gaskin comes in.

The quick runner should have gone much higher in the draft. Some speculated as high as the 5th round. His falling was nothing more than teams lack of need at running back and some minor hiccups in his game. Gaskin tends to jump around too much before hitting the holes but he doesn’t fumble often and is really good creating space once he is through the line.

While not a traditional running back, Chandler Cox will assume the role of fullback. A position the Dolphins have not had in a long time. Cox is a bruising front line blocker who can also pick up the tough yards. Think of Lousaka Polite with a little more polish.The draftnetwork.com said he’s an “economical runner who maximizes what’s available to him. Has great hands working out of the backfield and from the slot; runs a bevy of routes for a running back.” On the flip side, that web site said Laird “has no open-field speed and can be chased down by all 11 defenders. Not particularly effective as a pass protector. Lacks a positive pro projection.”

Though Farrow has the most experience of the three, he hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016, when he averaged 3.2 yards on 60 carries for the Chargers.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins filled their need for a fullback with Auburn’s Chandler Cox. Miami didn’t use one under Adam Gase but will at times in this new offensive system.

“I love the position,” Cox said Saturday. “I know it’s a dying breed but I want to be one of those guys to bring it back because it’s one of those things that teams need a guy that can be physical and do a lot of things and just help the energy of the team. That’s why I love playing it so much.”

At Auburn, Cox ran only 11 times for 18 yards (1.6 per game) with three touchdowns but caught 26 passes for 237 yards (9.1 average) and a touchdown. He also threw two passes as a WildcatDraftanalyst.com said Cox is “explosive at the point, keeps his head on a swivel and always looks for someone to hit. Does enough to get a pad on defenders and disrupt their angles of attack. Stays with assignments, sees the blitz and squares into defenders. Effective pass catcher out of the backfield who snatches the ball away from his frame with his hands and turns it upfield to pick up extra yardage.”

Isaiah Prince Jersey

The NFL draft has one more round to go as the sixth round is coming to an end. The Dolphins have added tackle, Isaiah Prince out of Ohio State.

The team needed to add some offensive line depth and maybe Prince can replace Ja’Wuan James at right tackle. Prince has played his whole career on the right side of line and it is something the Dolphins sorely needed.With the second to last pick, the Big Blue View community decided to address the New York Giants offensive line one more time by selecting OT Isaiah Prince out of Ohio State with the 232nd overall pick.

Prince is a long tackle at 6-foot 6 inches and with 35 1⁄2 inch arms, as well as plenty of experience blocking at Ohio State. He is not a natural knee bender and might always have to work around issues with leverage. However, if he can get those sorted out, he has some physical traits which could be worth developing. He played well at Ohio State and should get a chance to prove he can do the same at the NFL level.

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The Dolphins are likely to turn to the veteran offensive line market as well, Jackson writes, adding only four players — Laremy Tunsil, Daniel Kilgore, fellow starter Jesse Davis and third-round pick Michael Deiter — are true locks to make the roster. Although Jackson adds that sixth-round pick Isaiah Prince and UFA signing Chris Reed will likely make the Dolphins as well, he notes that Miami appears ready to explore some additional help. Jared Veldheer, Donald Penn, Jermey Parnell, Mike Remmers, Andy Levitre and Stefen Wisniewski are some of the notable vets available.

Giants’ sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine did not show for their rookie minicamp this weekend. Big Blue wants the recent gunshot victim to stay in Kansas and be with family, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano (on Twitter). The Washburn-developed cornerback is expected to make a full recovery and attempt to make Big Blue’s 53-man roster — one without many surefire answers at corner.

In case you missed it, the 2019 NFL Draft is less than a week away. From an Ohio State perspective, defensive end Nick Bosa looks like an all-but lock as a top-five pick, while rumors continue to fly about quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ draft position which should, regardless, still place him as the highest Buckeye quarterback taken since Art Schlichter.

However, 10 former Buckeyes in total have entered the 2019 NFL Draft. Beyond Haskins and Bosa, last season’s favorite trio of wide receivers — Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon — are all on the board. And if any more offensive weapons needed to be in the fray, running back Mike Weber is also in the mix. Defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, who anchored the defensive line after Bosa’s season-ending injury against TCU last season, looks to be an early-round pick himself, while defensive back Kendall Sheffield hopes to get picked up and bring his super-speed to the next level.

Rounding out the group of potential draftees are two offensive linemen who have started continuously for the past three seasons: Michael Jordan and Isaiah Prince. Ohio State is losing most of its line due to graduation and the draft, but the biggest loss looks to be Jordan, who moved from right guard to center this past season. Jordan is foregoing his final season of eligibility with the Buckeyes, which makes sense given that he looks to be the fourth-best guard in the draft according to ESPN.

The simplest answer is no. Unfortunately the Miami Dolphins did not do enough to improve their offensive line but that may not have been the immediate goal from this years draft.

The addition of Michael Dieter and Isaiah Prince are both solid additions with Dieter likely to be a day one starter. He will need to improve for the next level but he has the tools and the athleticism to be a solid guard.
For now he will be penciled in to play the left side but he has experience at both guard positions and at center. A physical player with a lot of upside, Dieter just needs to take the next step and he should under good coaching.

Isaiah Prince on the other hand has a lot of work to do to get to an NFL level at right tackle. He has serious problems in his game from balance and leverage issues but he has the talent to be good once he gets coached up and learns the NFL level.

For the Dolphins, aside from a couple of undrafted free agent signings, the offensive line is going to be pieced together in 2019. Jesse Davis will anchor the right side and while he has a lot of potential, he needs to be more consistent. The Dolphins believe he can handle the right side and if he can, the problem on the right side could be solved.

The Dolphins are rebuilding and the draft didn’t exactly lay out the way it could have for the team. The addition of Josh Rosen took up a draft selection spot that could have been used on an offensive lineman but passing on the value that Rosen could give the team was hard to do.

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Despite only playing two seasons in Madison, Andrew Van Ginkel definitely made his presence felt for the Wisconsin Badgers’ defense. He recovered a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown against Ohio State in the 2017 Big Ten Championship game. He then followed up that performance with an interception against Miami in an Orange Bowl victory.

One of the very rare junior college products that end up at Wisconsin, Van Ginkel began his collegiate career at South Dakota before transferring to Iowa Western Community College. When T.J. Watt declared early for the NFL Draft, Van Ginkel was given the opportunity to make an immediate impact for the Badgers. The outside linebacker, who looks and sounds more like the lead singer of a Alice in Chains cover band than he does coming off of the edge to attack quarterbacks, took full advantage.

The Pittsburgh Steelers concluded the predraft visit process Wednesday by hosting a linebacker who has a knack for getting after the quarterback.The Steelers hosted Wisconsin’s Andrew Van Ginkel, who projects as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

The 6-foot-3, 241-pound Van Ginkel played at three schools. He started at South Dakota, where he redshirted as a freshman. After two years there, he transferred to Iowa Western for a season. He finished with two seasons at Wisconsin, where he made 10 starts in 27 games with the Badgers.

In his two years playing in the Big Ten, Van Ginkel had 99 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He also forced four fumbles, broke up five passes and had two interceptions.

Van Ginkel is projected as a late-round draft pick.The Steelers used their allotment of 30 official visits, plus they hosted three local players who didn’t count against that total.The 2019 NFL Draft is now behind us. Wisconsin had four players — Michael Deiter (Miami Dolphins), Ryan Connelly (New York Giants), David Edwards (Los Angeles Rams), and Andrew Van Ginkel (Miami Dolphins) selected while Chris James (Chicago Bears), Taiwan Deal (Washington Redskins), Alec Ingold (Oakland Raiders), T.J. Edwards (Philadelphia Eagles), and Beau Benzschawel (Detroit Lions) were all picked up after the draft.

Of the 33 players the Steelers hosted, they met with eight linebackers, seven running backs, six cornerbacks, four wide receivers, three safeties, three tight ends, one defensive end and one offensive lineman.The interviews are over, the final 40-yard dashes have been timed, and the next visit all these NFL hopefuls make to teams will be to pick up their uniforms.

Thursday, April 25, the pre-Draft process ends and the actual selections begin, and a group of former Badgers shed that “prospect” label and become real life NFL players. But until the clock strikes 7 p.m., and that transition starts happening for real, we still have about 24 more hours to talk in hypotheticals.

Former Badgers Beau Benzschawel, Michael Deiter, David Edwards, T.J. Edwards, Olive Sagapolu, D’Cota Dixon, Alec Ingold, Ryan Connelly, Andrew Van Ginkel, and Taiwan Deal are all hoping to take the next step and make a career for themselves in the NFL. It won’t happen for all, heck, it may not happen for any, but draft analysts and experts project at least a chance for several.

Coming off an 8-5 campaign in 2018, Wisconsin should have a busy weekend when the 2020 NFL Draft arrives next April. Offensively, the Badgers return five starters off one of the nation’s most lethal rushing attacks last season. UW also returns six starters on defense, many of which are multi-year starters.

Michael Deiter Jersey

The Miami Dolphins have selected former Wisconsin guard Michael Deiter with the 78th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Deiter (6-5, 309 pounds) is the latest in a long line of Wisconsin blockers to land in the NFL after a successful college career. He won all-conference honors in each of his first four seasons, capped by earning first-team All-American accolades and claiming the Rimington-Pace Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year Award as a senior.

With 54 starts, only former Ohio State center Billy Price (55) started more in Big Ten history. He started every game of his career, including 24 starts at left guard, 16 at center and 14 at left tackle. After starting at left tackle as a junior, he moved to left guard as a senior.

Deiter has position versatility and has played well in a pro-style scheme that routinely cranks out ready-made blockers. Power or zone, Deiter should fit. In the run game, he helped power one of college football elite backs in Jonathan Taylor. Deiter is an elite run blocker, with the ability to get to linebackers and punish them. In the passing game, he allowed one sack and nine total pressures with an immobile, slumping quarterback. A four-year starter, he’s played almost 3,800 snaps.

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With a new head coach in Brian Flores, the Miami Dolphins are in the middle of a rebuilding mode. Former first-round pick Ryan Tannehill is no longer the quarterback, and veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick is now leading the offense into 2019. That being said, Fitzmagic has been inconsistent throughout his career, so it’s unclear how long he will last in the starting rotation.

For the rest of the offense, this team could use another player to pair with Kenyan Drake in the rushing attack, and the Dolphins need a true top-tier tight end. The offensive line could also use some more competitors. There are plenty of needs that must be addressed all over this roster.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Dolphins need to continue building up the secondary in an effort to slow down Josh Allen and the Bills, Tom Brady and the Patriots, and Sam Darnold and the Jets. Miami ranked 21st against the pass and 29th in total yards allowed, and this team needs to find some top-tier talent to address these issues. Fortunately, defensive tackle Christian Wilkins may just be the man for the job. The former Clemson defender landed with the Dolphins at 13th overall, and he will be expected to make a major impact in his first season.

With the Patriots leading the division and two other rising teams in the Bills and Jets, the road back to the playoffs won’t be easy, but the Dolphins have faith that Flores is the man to lead the charge into the future. Although the draft haul will play a major role in the future success.

If there has been one constant for the Wisconsin Badgers football program since Paul Chryst took over in 2015, it has been Michael Deiter. The four-year starter has maybe the most well-rounded playing experience of any offensive lineman in this draft class.

Starting at left guard for most of his redshirt freshman year, he ended the season at center due to the injury to Dan Voltz. In 2016, he started at center and left guard. In 2017, he took one for the team and started all 14 games at left tackle, but last season he moved back to left guard for all 13 games. Wow.

The first Wisconsin player came off the board 23 picks later when the Miami Dolphins took offensive lineman Michael Deiter with the 14th pick of the third round.

Deiter started a school-record 54 games at UW, showing his durability. But versatility is also an asset. Deiter started 24 games at left guard, 16 at center and 14 at left tackle.

Four quality starters left this offseason, and three are set to be selected in this week’s NFL Draft, which runs Thursday-Saturday in Nashville.

Guards Michael Deiter and Beau Benzschawel and tackle David Edwards started a combined 134 games for the Badgers over the past four years, and by week’s end they could prove to make up the most impressive draft class of offensive linemen at a program renowned for churning out NFL-caliber players at the position.

“I think they’re in that second-, third-round discussion,” ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper said in February. “I think all those kids are going to go high. Wisconsin’s offensive line history speaks for itself.”

That history, as rich as it is, hasn’t included what Kiper and others believe could be possible over the next two days.

The Badgers have never placed three offensive linemen in the first three rounds of the same draft. While odds remain quite high that at least one slips into Day 3 (Rounds 4-7), Deiter, Benzschawel and Edwards will almost certainly become the first trio of UW offensive linemen to be drafted in the same year since 2011.

Christian Wilkins Jersey

It didn’t take long for Clemson’s three defensive linemen that were potential high NFL Draft picks to hear their names called during the first round Thursday night. The Tigers made history in the process.

The Oakland Raiders selected Clelin Ferrell No. 4 overall. Christian Wilkins went to the Miami Dolphins with the No. 13 pick. The New York Giants drafted Dexter Lawrence at No. 17.

It was the first time Clemson produced three first-round picks in a single draft.

Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins, left, is a big guy — with a big personality. The latter was on display Wednesday ahead of the NFL Draft in Nashville.

Wilkins was the only one of the three at the actual draft in Nashville, Tennessee. His emotional on-stage celebration nearly knocked over commissioner Roger Goodell.

Wilkins will be reunited with former Clemson defensive line coach Marion Hobby in Miami. Hobby is the defensive line coach for the Dolphins. He served as the defensive line coach at Clemson from 2011-16.

“It’s everything I imagined. I just can’t wait to be a part of this league and be an ambassador for this league,” Wilkins told ESPN. “This game is so special. I love it so much. It deserves to be played the right way. I’m going to do that in the league. The Dolphins are going to get everything out of me.”

Wilkins won the Campbell Trophy, which is also known as the Academic Heisman, as a senior for the Tigers.
Clemson won the ACC and reached the College Football Playoff in all four seasons Wilkins played for the Tigers. He helped Clemson to two national titles.

Wilkins had 14.5 tackles for loss and six sacks as a senior. He was also a permanent team captain and arguably Clemson’s most important leader. He was named a unanimous first-team All-American.

“It’s just feeling great. I’m just ready to tear this league up and become a part of something bigger than myself,” Wilkins said. “Be accountable for everything and just make the Dolphins a better organization.”

Ferrell was selected No. 4 overall by the Raiders after being projected to be a mid-to-late first round pick leading up to the draft. He won two national titles during his time at Clemson, leading the Tigers in tackles for loss with 19.5 and sacks with 11.5 in 2018. He won the Ted Hendricks Award presented to the nation’s top defensive end this past season. Ferrell was a finalist for the award in 2017.

Lawrence left Clemson early for the NFL draft after recording 44 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks during his junior season. He helped the Tigers to the national title in 2016 and 2018, although he missed the College Football Playoff in 2018 after testing positive for the banned substance ostarine leading up to the playoff.

Christian Wilkins had never gone speed dating, or gone on a blind date, or experienced anything quite like the frenzy of intimate interactions in a fast-paced environment he did on Wednesday, a day before he expected to hear his name called in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 315-pound defensive tackle from Clemson continually captivated his audience. Guided by his agent, Austin Lyman of Athletes First, he moved from table to table, mingling with executives from high-end companies during an ultra-productive two hours. And he never flinched.

“This type of stuff is pretty easy for me,” he said with a smile, “just interacting with people, talking to people. It’s just what I love to do.”

That made him a complete hit Wednesday evening at Nashville Underground on lower Broadway, where Wilkins was among 25 top college prospects – including Kyler Murray, Quinnen Williams and Greedy Williams — who attended CHOSEN, an exclusive networking and brand-building event hosted by The Marketing Arm, a marketing and promotion agency.

Akeem Spence Jersey

Akeem Spence spent the first four years of his NFL Career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before a year in Detroit and then being traded to the Dolphins. Spence started all 16 games for the Fins last season.

The projections for Willis are consistent. FanSided’s Joe Romano has the highest projection of the four seven-round NFL Mock drafts we examined. Romano has Willis going to the Cowboys in the third round with the 91st overall selection. CBS Sports also had Willis going to Dallas, but with the 136th overall selection.

Willis would be an interesting selection for Dallas. The Cowboys were exceptional against the run last season. Dallas allowed 3.8 yards per carry. That was fourth in the NFL. They were only 17th in sacks. Willis could give them a consistent pass rush up the middle.

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Willis to the Cowboys would be reminiscent of Russell Maryland playing on three Super Bowl winning teams with Dallas in the 1990s. The Cowboys selected Maryland with the first overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft.

In his NFL Draft 400 scouting reports, Miller had Willis listed as a mid-round prospect and compared him to current Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Akeem Spence, who has 10.5 sacks in his six-year career that began with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“As a 3-technique prospect, he’s intriguing as a middle-round prospect who could hit and become a starter of at least contribute as a rotational pass-rusher,” Miller said about Willis’ NFL potential.

The Dolphins are a perfect place for Willis. After firing Adam Gase for former Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores, the Dolphins will likely play a lot of both the 4-3 and 3-4 defensive schemes. In the 4 defensive linemen scheme, Willis will have a chance to start alongside Davon Godchaux on the rebuilding Miami Dolphins defensive line.

What you’re going to see out there this year is a team that’s smart, a team that’s disciplined, a team that’s fundamentally sound and a team that’s violent, tough and aggressive,” Flores said in a recent speech to high school and youth coaches. “That’s kind of who I am and I want our team to reflect that.”

Players respect that Flores is a former player who flourished in life despite growing up in a very tough neighborhood. Players respect what he accomplished as a Patriots assistant, calling defensive plays in a Super Bowl victory. And they respect that he is dead serious about his approach.

“He leads by example, man,” veteran defensive tackle Akeem Spence said. “So we follow. He’s been great so far. Great coach. Great leader. And our guys are excited to play for him. He says something one time, and guys follow. Usually guys might have to repeat themselves here and there. It hasn’t been that.”

Spence cited an interesting specific example. Spence said some players in the past have parked in handicapped spots in front of the team facility before meetings or a practice.

“He told us don’t park in the handicap spot up front,” Spence said. “I haven’t seen one guy park up there yet. It’s that simple.”

After practice on Wednesday, Flores could be seen putting his arm around offensive lineman Isaac Asiata. Earlier in the day, Asiata had revealed on social media that his wife had recently lost a pregnancy.

“The hardship that has followed has absolutely broken me,” Asiata wrote. “But I have seen the lords hands in our life and have never felt him leave our side.”

Flores is going to create a bond with his players. He’s going to take the time to learn about who they are where they’re from and how they’re feeling.

But Flores is also going to exhibit tough love. He believes he knows what it takes to win. And the players appear to buying in — quickly.

“That’s the culture he’s creating, so we’re just going to follow his lead,” linebacker Jerome Baker said. “He’s about his business. That’s the name of this game. This is a business. And we come out here to win. So that just shows us he’s about his business. You better go hard.”

At the conclusion of the 2018 NFL draft, the Dolphins found themselves still in the market for a player who could round out their group of defensive tackles.

Akeem Spence was just that player.

The Dolphins already had talented young players Jordan Phillips, Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor at the position, but they really wanted four quality defensive tackles to implement a rotation where all would play about 50 percent of the snaps.

If they could get somebody with some NFL experience, that would be great. Check.

If they could get somebody with experience in the attacking scheme preferred by new defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, even better. Check.

And, of course, the idea was to get somebody who would mesh well with his new teammates on and off the field. Check.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed gratitude and appreciation for the decorated careers of former Packers guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang. Both retired this offseason.

Sitton and Lang developed into the NFL’s premier guard duo in front of Rodgers during the early part of the decade.

“I’m proud to say I got to play and be protected by these two warriors TJ Lang and Josh Sitton,” Rodgers wrote. “No one had more fun, or made even the longest days more fun, than these two. Great teammates, great players and great men. Enjoy retirement my friends, thanks for always taking care of me!”

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For the first nine seasons of Rodgers’ starting career in Green Bay, he had either Sitton or Lang starting along the Packers offensive line.

Both were tough and reliable. Both made Pro Bowls in Green Bay and both made Pro Bowls after leaving Green Bay.

Sitton, a fourth-round pick in 2008, played in 121 games and made 112 starts for the Packers between 2008 and 2015. He played two seasons with the Chicago Bears and one final season in Miami.

Lang, a fourth-round pick a year later, played 119 games and made 94 starts for the Packers between 2009 and 2016. He played his final two seasons in Detroit.

Sitton started at guard during the Packers’ Super Bowl win in 2010. Sitton and Lang were both starters during Rodgers’ MVP seasons in 2011 and 2014. Between 2011 and 2015, Sitton and Lang started all but four of the Packers’ regular season games.

Two former Green Bay Packers, TJ Lang and Josh Sitton recently announced their retirement from the NFL. And when Aaron Rodgers heard the news, he had to say a proper goodbye to them.

Rodgers went to Instagram and shared of photo of Lang and Sitton sitting together. Rodgers relied on both players to protect him over the years so he wanted to show his appreciation with this message.

“I’m proud to say I got to play and be protected by these two warriors TJ Lang and Josh Sitton,” Rodgers said on Instagram. “No one had more fun, or made even the longest days more fun, than these two. Great teammates, great players and great men. Enjoy retirement my friends, thanks for always taking care of me!”

Linebacker Julius Peppers, fullback John Kuhn, receiver Jordy Nelson and guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton all decided to depart the game over the last two months.

Cody Whitehair has been as steady as they come for the Bears. He played left tackle collegiately at Kansas State before the Bears planned on using him at left guard his rookie season. Josh Sitton suddenly became available and that forced Whitehair into the center position. Since then, Whitehair has started every game for the Bears.

He has been used primarily at center with a couple of starts sprinkled in at a guard position because of injuries to others. He went to the Pro Bowl this offseason as a replacement player and stands to be a key part of Chicago’s offense for the foreseeable future.

On Thursday, four-time Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton announced during an interview on ESPN Wisconsin that he is retiring.

A fourth-round pick of the Packers in 2008, Sitton played in 121 games over the next eight seasons. He began as the team’s starting right guard, then stepped in at left guard after a few years, and was a Pro Bowl at both spots.

Sitton spent 2016-17 with the rival Chicago Bears, then signed with the Miami Dolphins last year. He started the season opener but missed the rest of the season with a torn rotator cuff.