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Dolphins give Poole a chance

By Wire services
Published April 26, 2004

DAVIE - Will Poole's path to the NFL was anything but typical.

The Dolphins drafted the 5-foot-10, 193-pound cornerback with the sixth pick in the fourth round Sunday, giving Poole the chance he thought he might never get.

"I feel like I have something to prove," said Poole, who was pro-jected to go on the first day but dropped after poor workouts.

Poole also had to overcome character concerns. He was suspended for stealing at Boston College in 2001 and left school. He spent a year at home in St. Albans, N.Y., coaching high school football, growing up and evaluating his options.

He attended Ventura (Calif.) Junior College in 2002 then transferred to Southern Cal last year. He didn't start until the third game of the season but wound up with 80 tackles and seven interceptions.

"When you watch him on tape, he plays faster, he jumps higher," Dolphins general manager Rick Spielman said. "Some guys just aren't good test guys, but they know how to play the game. This kid is a physical corner that can play corner, he can play nickel, dime, he can play safety."

The Dolphins stayed on defense with their fifth-round pick and drafted Arkansas linebacker Tony Bua 160th overall. In the sixth round Miami took offensive lineman Rex Hadnot of Houston and in the seventh the Dolphins selected Michigan offensive lineman Tony Pape and Alabama linebacker Derrick Pope.

Jaguars keep up K search

JACKSONVILLE - The Jaguars looked to the draft in hopes of solving their three-year search for a kicker.

The newest candidate is Josh Scobee, a fifth-round pick from Louisiana Tech who hit four 50-plus yard field goals last season.

"I believe I'm as good as anyone going into the draft this year, and as good as anyone in the NFL, as far as accuracy and leg strength," Scobee said.

Last year, the Jaguars tried free-agent rookie Seth Marler from Tulane. Marler went 20-for-33, giving the Jaguars the worst percentage in the NFL. The year before, Jacksonville picked Hayden Epstein in the seventh round but he lost his job in midseason and the Jaguars went through three more kickers.

Also, the Jaguars sent receiver Kevin Johnson to Baltimore for a fourth-round pick. Jacksonville used that pick to take receiver Ernest Wilford of Virginia Tech.

Jacksonville also picked defensive tackle Anthony Maddox (Delta State) in the fourth round, offensive tackle Sean Bubin (Illinois) and cornerback Chris Thompson (Nicholls State) in the fifth and defensive end Bobby McCray (Florida) in the seventh.

SEYMOUR'S FATHER DEAD: The father of New England defensive tackle Richard Seymour was found dead in what authorities called a murder-suicide. Richard Seymour, 51, shot his girlfriend and himself early Sunday morning, Richland County (S.C.) Coroner Gary Watts said. The bodies of the elder Seymour and Coretta Myers, who turned 36 Saturday, were found about a block from Myers' home in Columbia.

TRADE: The Chiefs acquired offensive lineman John Welbourn, sending the Eagles their fifth-round pick this year and a fourth-round choice in 2005. Eagles coach Andy Reid said next year's selection becomes a third-rounder if Welbourn plays half of the Chiefs' snaps this season. With the fifth-round pick, the Eagles took Minnesota running back Thomas Tapeh No.162 overall.

BITS: There were 28 trades involving draft picks during the weekend, breaking the record of 26 set in 1999. ... Colorado State defensive end Andre Sommersell was the final pick, or "Mr. Irrelevant," going to the Raiders at No.255 overall.

[Last modified April 26, 2004, 01:05:23]


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