2008 Draft: Defensive End on the Radar

The Dolphins will have a lot of ammunition in this year's draft, although they're keeping a low profile and it's difficult to know what their strategy will be. We do, however, know that they've shown some interest in a defensive end who is long on talent, if not national recognition.

According to Viking Update, the Dolphins already have set up a visit from Hampton's Kendall Langford, an intriguing prospect who figures to get drafted in the second or third round.

Hampton's agent, Adisa P. Bakari, told Viking Update that his client is scheduled to visit with Minnesota on March 27.

Langford also has a visit set up with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and had private workouts with the Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams. In addition, Bakari told Viking Update that 16 teams attended Langford's Pro Day last week, including eight defensive line coaches.

"Kendall is a guy that most casual football fans may not have heard of, similar to his former teammate, Justin Durant," Bakari said. "As you may recall, Durant was the 48th overall pick in last year's draft. Kendall will likely be picked around the same area."

Durant went on to have a solid rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, as the outside linebacker played in 13 games, starting eight, and registered 49 tackles.

In addition to having great size at 6-6, 280, Langford possesses the versatility to be able to play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.

The issue with Langford entering the offseason was likely the quality of opponents he faced and how that might translate into the NFL. In 2007 with Division I-AA Hampton, he had 12 quarterback pressures, six sacks and 13 tackles-for-loss. That was done over an 11-game period, and he has started every game since the beginning of his sophomore season.

Bakari told Viking Update he believes Langford has answered those questions with his performances at the all-star games.

"Kendall proved in the East West and Senior Bowl games that ‘level of competition' is not a concern," he said. "Because of the dearth of 3-4 defensive ends, and 4-3 power ends in this draft, he won't stick around long."

Tom Marino, Scout.com's former NFL scout, said Langford shows quickness off the ball but does not play with a lot of power. Marino's evaluation says Langford plays with high energy but can tend to run out of gas as the game wears on.

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