On the Dolphins' radar, part 4

In the final week leading up to the NFL draft, we offer a list -- as compiled by Scout.com -- and examine the prospects who either visited or worked out for the Dolphins. This is the last of a four-part series.

Player: ANTONIO CROMARTIE

Position: Cornerback

School: Florida State

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "A junior who entered the season with high grades before his knee injury, Cromartie offers terrific upside for the next level. Will see playing time as a rookie if given a clean bill of health."

Draft projection: First or second round

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: Cromartie's great combination of size (6-2) and speed (4.4) makes him a very intriguing prospect, but he doesn't have a ton of experience, so picking him 16th overall is a little risky. It's difficult to see the Dolphins drafting Cromartie, unless they trade down inn the first round and acquire other picks.

Player: ANTONIO MALONE

Position: Cornerback

School: Toledo

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "Coming off a disappointing senior campaign, Malone is a solid athlete who will be developed on a practice squad."

Draft projection: Fifth or sixth round

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: At this point, the Dolphins don't have a fifth- or sixth-round pick, which would make it difficult to draft Malone. But if he's available in the seventh, he certainly would merit consideration.

Player: JOSH LAY

Position: Cornerback

School: Pittsburgh

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "Possessing solid size and an aggressive style, Lay is best backed off the line of scrimmage or in a zone system. Could develop into a starter at the next level if he continues to progress."

Draft projection: Third or fourth round

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: At 6 feet, 195, Lay has the type of size Nick Saban likes in his cornerback. He would merit consideration in the third or fourth round.

Player: JASON ALLEN

Position: Defensive back

School: Tennessee

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "Productive the past three seasons, Allen has a polished game and offers starting possibilities at several positions. A first-round prospect until his injury last year, Allen is a quality player who will be a steal in round two."

Draft projection: First or second round

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: Actually, Allen might not last until Round 2 because of his versatility. Some teams consider him too much of a medical risk because of his 2005 hip injury, but there's no questioning his talent. The Dolphins obviously would consider him since they need help at both safety and cornerback, but their current lack of first-day picks will make it difficult to pull off.

Player: MICHAEL HUFF

Position: Defensive back

School: Texas

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "An early first-round pick with the ability to impact a team at any number of spots in the defensive secondary."

Draft projection: First round

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: Huff will be long gone off the board by the time pick No. 16 rolls around, so unless the Dolphins unexpectedly make a trade to move up, they won't have the chance to get Huff.

Player: DARREN WILLIAMS

Position: Safety

School: Jacksonville State

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "A prospect who does not stand out in any single aspect. Williams' best chance to make an NFL roster is on special teams.

Draft projection: Seventh round or free agent

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: Maybe the Dolphins spend one of their seventh-round picks on him, maybe they bring him in as an undrafted rookie free agent.

Player: DANIEL BULLOCKS

Position: Safety

School: Nebraska

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "A consistent player at Nebraska, Bullocks turned in outstanding performances at the Senior Bowl and the combine. Offers a good degree of upside and could be a first-team player in the NFL."

Draft projection: Second or third round

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: He probably won't be around by the Dolphins' third-round pick and it's way too early to pick him at No. 16. So, like with so many other guys, the only way they'll get him is by acquiring one or more picks.

Player: DANIEAL MANNING

Position: Defensive back

School: Abilene Christian

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "A versatile defensive back who can be used at free safety or cornerback, Manning is a solid developmental prospect. The ability to break games open as a return specialist could help him sneak into the draft's first day.

Draft projection: Third or fourth round

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: It's more than likely the Dolphins would have to use their third-round pick to get Manning, who certainly is a very intriguing prospect. Don't count Manning out as a possibility.

Player: KAMERION WIMBLEY

Position: Defensive end

School: Florida State

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "Flashing big-time abilities the past two seasons, Wimbles comes off a tremendous Senior Bowl where he significantly improved his draft stock. Must add strength and stay injury-free, yet offers terrific upside for the next level."

Draft projection: First round

Likelihood of being picked by the Dolphins: Wimbley represents the type of defensive end/outside linebacker Nick Saban wants to pair up with Jason Taylor. The only problem is that Wimbley is a hot prospect and he might not be there when the 16th pick arrives. Wimbley is projected to go anywhere between 12 and 18, but if he's there at No. 16, he will be awfully tempting for the Dolphins.

Player: KO SIMPSON

Position: Safety

School: South Carolina

TFY Draft Preview player analysis: "An imposing defender at free safety, Simpson offers terrific upside for the next level. Should be a productive starter in the NFL once he improves the details of his game.

Draft projection: Second round

Likelihood of being drafted by the Dolphins: This, as many other things, depends on whether the Dolphins trade down from the 16th overall pick. That spot is too high for Simpson, who also won't be around by the Dolphins' currently scheduled third-round pick. If the Dolphins make a move and acquire more picks, Simpson's upside certainly would earn him some consideration.


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