BY BARRY JACKSONbjackson@MiamiHerald.com
Determined to find another playmaker, the Dolphins have cast a wide net in their receiver search. Some buzz on Miami's draft options:
• Besides bringing in Dez Bryant, Miami has shown interest in Notre Dame's Golden Tate; had receivers coach Karl Dorrell work out Arrelious Benn in Illinois; and had private workouts with LSU's Brandon LaFell, Ohio's Taylor Price and Syracuse's Mike Williams.
Regarding Bryant, ESPN's Chris Mortensen said Bill Parcells ``loves being a mentor,'' and Parcells is ``very close'' with Bryant's agent, Eugene Parker. But ``I just don't know if he'll pull the trigger'' on Bryant, Mortensen said. He added that Bryant's agents hired a life-skills coach for him and that Oklahoma State coaches have said Bryant is not a character problem but is gullible and had time-management issues.
One scout for a team picking after Miami, hoping Bryant falls, indicated criticism has been overstated -- Bryant never was arrested -- and that his on-field performance speaks for itself. Oklahoma State has denied a report that Bryant showed up 30 minutes before a game. Though several mock drafts (including Mel Kiper's) have him going 11th, some believe he could fall.
• In Miami's search for a nose tackle, keep an eye on East Carolina's 328-pound Linval Joseph, a potential third-rounder who was summoned to Dolphins headquarters last week. Tennessee's Dan Williams, who hasn't visited the Dolphins, remains an option at No. 12.
• Jason Taylor, preferring to remain a Dolphin, is content to wait until May or June to resolve his future, barring an extraordinary offer from a contender. The Taylor camp has been left with the impression the Dolphins still will consider re-signing him. A lot will depend on the draft
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