Florida S Major Wright And Clemson WR Jacoby Ford Among South Florida Players To Work Out For Dolphins
South Florida products Major Wright of Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach of Jacoby Ford are among a group of players who will work out for the Dolphins in the next 7-10 days.
Tony Villani, who runs XPE Sports in Delray Beach, said Ford, Wright and former Florida State wide receiver Preston Parker will be training with him next week to prepare for the upcoming workout at the Dolphins’ training facility in Davie.
Ford, who played wide receiver at Clemson and combined with C.J. Spiller to set the NCAA record for the most yards amassed by two players at the same school of 11,671, ran a 4.22 in the 40 at the NFL Combine, the fastest time by any wide receiver. On the small side at 5-foot-9, 186 pounds, he is projected as a third-round pick.
Wright, a free safety who played scholastically at St. Thomas Aquinas, is also expected to go around the third round. He ran a 4.48 at the Combine and had 165 career tackles and eight interceptions in three years at Florida. He could well be on the Dolphins’ radar as they look to address the free safety position through the draft.
Pearson’s off-field problems led him to be dismissed by FSU after his junior season, whereupon he finished his college career at North Alabama. The 5-11, 199-pound wide receiver from Delray Beach is expected to go in the late rounds.
The workout is expected to attract 35-40 players with South Florida ties. Since the players are considered local, they don’t count among the 50 players the Dolphins are allowed to bring in for individual workouts.
Villani, who formerly worked with Cris Carter in the F.A.S.T. program in Boca Raton, has worked with some of the top players in this year’s draft at his facility, including Eric Berry and Dan Williams from Tennessee and Rolando McClain from Alabama.