TWO PROJECTS IN SIXTH ROUND

The Dolphins went for a couple of projects in the sixth round, including a safety from Eastern Kentucky who sat out all of last season because of a knee injury.

Yeremiah Bell tore his left patella tendon last summer playing basketball and decided to enter the draft after petitioning the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility.

Bell ran a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash before the injury and the Dolphins expect him to be able to run about 4.55 after he's fully recovered from the injury.

That might not happen until close to training camp. Dolphins director of college scouting Ron Labadie said Bell probably wouldn't be ready for minicamp and might not be able to participate in any of the quarterback schools.

But the upside is that Bell is a playmaker, having recorded six interceptions in 2001.

Labadie said Bell probably would have been a fourth-round pick had he not been injured and continued his normal progression.

The Dolphins' first sixth-round pick was San Jose State tackle Tim Provost, a very intelligent guy who has been described as an "All-America kid."

Where Provost is lacking is in the same strength department and in terms of pass protection.

Labadie said Provost is a right tackle who eventually could move to guard, if need be.

Provost started four years at right tackle for San Jose State after arriving at the school as a 230-pound defensive end.


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