Eyein' Ryan

Quarterback Matt Ryan worked out at Boston College for pro scouts on Tuesday and a total of 43 NFL officials representing 23 different teams were on hand. The Dolphins, not surprisingly, were one of those teams.

Representing the Dolphins at the workout were new quarterbacks coach David Lee and Director of College Scouting Chris Grier.

It should be noted that the Kansas City Chiefs, who hold the fifth overall pick in this year's draft, were represented by not only new offensive coordinator Chad Gailey but head coach Herman Edwards.

Ryan threw 52 passes during his workout and word is Ryan looked good although he was pressing a little.

What this means as far as the Dolphins are concerned probably is very little. They wouldn't have been doing their due diligence had they not attended, but their presence also doesn't mean they're seriously thinking about making him the first overall pick (it also doesn't mean they're not).

The truth is Ryan's workout wasn't likely to make a huge difference in what NFL teams thought of him; his body of work at BC is a lot more significant.

As far as the Dolphins go, drafting Ryan would still represent a major investment on a guy that not every scout is sold on. The Dolphins are going to be spending major bucks on the No. 1 overall pick and they need to find a prospect who's a slam dunk -- and Ryan just might not fit that bill.

The hope is that one team does feel that way about Ryan and it prompts them to try to make a deal with the Dolphins. There's also a good possibility, however, that the Dolphins won't be able to make a trade and will pick first.

If they do, the feeling remains that either Jake Long or Chris Long would make better options than Ryan, and even Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston has entered the conversation.

There probably wasn't anything Ryan could have done at his pro day to convince the Dolphins otherwise, short of looking like John Elway or Peyton Manning on every throw.


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