The Miami Dolphins selected USC DT Manuel Wright in the 5th round of the NFL’s Supplemental Draft today. Wright was expected to be drafted higher–perhaps the 3rd or 4th round based on a unique size/speed ratio he possess–but dropped due to character and conditioning issues that surfaced prior to the Supplemental Draft.
With DT’s Larry Chester and Tim Bowens facing injury issues, Wright could garner siginificant playing time with the Dolphins if he shows up healthy and hungry to paly. The Dolphins are expected to employ the base 3-4 defense this upcoming season.
Wayne Chrebet look alike–except with 4.4 speed–Agim Shabaj of Michigan State and UNLV CB Charles Ealy went undrafted, but are expected to sign free agent deals and should at least make some teams practice squad for the upcoming season. Shabaj, a former high school superstar never lived up to his prep hype, but has solid hands, good speed and can return punts and kicks. Ealy caught the attention of NFL teams due to his size and speed, but is very raw.
Vinny Cirrinicione, from Paesane’s Pizzaria in Albany, New York, also went undrafted. The 22 year old kicker displayed significant leg strength in AFL2 last season, once nailing a 56 yard field goal through the leagues 9 yard wide goal posts (NFL goal posts are 18 yards).
Former Kansas City Royals (baseball) superbust Roscoe Crosby also went undrafted, despite significant over-hype from ESPN and various Net draft sites.
Mississippii RB Vashon Pearson, Toledo TE Jerome Walker and CB’s Ivory McCann of Texas Tech and Hiram Eugene of Louisiana Tech also went undrafted and are seen as greater longshots.
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