THE DAILY TAKE

The Daily Take will be posted every weekday at 3 p.m. and will offer our opinion on a pertinent topic involving the Dolphins. Today we discuss the crop of rookie free agents.

As is the custom every year, the Dolphins added to their draft by signing a dozen college free agents.

History has indicated that one or two of those guys could wind up making the team, and we'll tell you which guys to watch out for.

Looking at the list, the names that jump out at us are QB Josh Blankenship, LB Byron Hardmon and FB Josh Rue.

Here's why. There was some talk that Blankenship could be taken on the second day of the draft. He began his collegiate career at Tulsa before transferring to Eastern Washington, where he set 10 school records in his only season there.

Blankenship isn't particularly big or quick and he doesn't have a big arm, but he's very intelligent and has a nice touch.

If, for some reason, Sage Rosenfels struggles in camp, Blankenship could supplant him as the No. 3 guy.

That's a long shot, though.

A little more realistic is the odds of Hardmon making the team.

A second-team All-SEC selection at Florida last season, Hardmon has good athletic ability.

The most intriguing prospect, however, is Rue. He sat out last season at Duquesne after being declared academically ineligible, but showed great versatility before that.

He lined up at fullback, running back, tight end and defensive end for Duquesne. When Duquesne's starting running back had to miss the 2001 season finale, Rue stepped up and rushed for 317 yards and three touchdowns.

Rue will have to be impressive to overtake Deon Dyer as the backup to starting fullback Rob Konrad, but stranger things have happened.


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