The Miami Dolphins have continued their draft research by bringing in controversial Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o and Florida Gator TE Jordan Reed, according to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. Sources say that Te’o spent Wednesday night and Thursday meeting with Miami’s staff, and that Jordan Reed was also seen getting off the same plane in South Florida.
I don’t see any scenario in which Te’o ends up in Miami. They have already brought in and spent big money on Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler, and have hybrid DE/OLB Olivier Vernon coming into his second season. Not to mention Koa Misi is coming off his best season and Josh Kaddu has a promising upside. However, Te’o is a guy who could drop into the later rounds because of the “exciting” off season he has had since losing to Alabama in the National Championship. If he drops into a lower round, Te’o may be too tempting a talent to pass up.
As for Reed, it makes much more sense that Miami is meeting with the big TE out of Florida. Reed is an interesting prospect listed at 6 foot 2, 236 lbs, which is smaller than most TE’s. He makes up for his size with his incredible hands, speed, and versatility. Reed was used in many different ways as a Gator, ranging from traditional TE to slot receiver, and even played some at halfback. His NFL comparison is Aaron Hernandez, one of the most dominating TE’s in the NFL and a menace against the Dolphins two times a year. The down side of Reed is he struggles in blocking, but that can be taught. The upside? He will more than likely be around in rounds 3-5.