Checking Out Small-School Prospects

The Dolphins hit big last year when they drafted in the third orund defensive end Kendall Langford from Hampton University, a school from Division I-AA ... oops, forgive us, the Football Championship Subdivision. They also took running back Lex Hilliard from Montana, proving they're not afraid to go after lesser-known prospects. Can we expect this to happen again this year? If so, with whom?

According to NFL analysts Adam Caplan and Ed Thompson, the Dolphins already have either visited with or worked out several small-school prospects (those who didn't play at Division I-A or Football Bowl Subdivision schools).

The list includes wide receiver Johnny Knox from Abilene Christian, cornerback Don Carey from Norfolk State and cornerback Greg Toler from St. Paul's (Va.),

Other published reports have the Dolphins having worked out or scheduled to work out Western (Ontario) defensive tackle Vaughn Martin and Northern Arizona cornerback K.J. Gerard.

Of those prospects, the most intriguing is Martin, who turned down a scholarship offer at Michigan State to play at the Canadian school. He's huge (6-4, 327) and has enough athletic ability that he could wind up getting himself drafted in the later rounds.

But Carey clearly is the top-rated prospect of the group; he's expected to get drafted around the third round.

Ed Thompson had a chance to chat with Carey this spring. Click here to check out what Carey had to say.

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