THE LOWE ROAD

THE LOWE ROAD

The Dolphins became a little thin at cornerback after Terry Cousin left as a free agent, and they're hoping fifth-round pick Omare Lowe can fill that void. The 6-foot, 195-pound Lowe joined the Dolphins as the 161st overall selection in the 2002 draft with the hope that he can contribute in a nickel or dime role very quickly.

"We like him as a nickel guy," said Dolphins director of college scouting Ron Labadie. "He's a little bit like Arturo Freeman in that he played both safety and cornerback in college.

"He's got some toughness to him. He's a good cover guy. We had talked about him the pick before."

Lowe earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention recognition last season after recording a career-high 40 tackles with one interception and one sack.

His best effort came in a nationally televised game against Michigan when he blocked a field goal that was returned for a touchdown and later scored himself on a 21-yard interception return to help the Huskies rally for a victory.

Lowe isn't particularly fast, but he's a solid cover corner and he has experience in press coverage, which is what the Dolphins prefer to use.

In addition, Lowe has experience on special teams, and he figures to have to contribute on that unit to make the Dolphins roster in the fall.

Lowe said the Dolphins called him last week and made it clear they were interested in him.

"What excited me was that a lot of teams wanted to use me at safety, but when I talked to their defensive backs coach (Mel Phillips), he told me they wanted to give me the opportunity to cover in nickel," Lowe said. "I think I'm versatile. I can play corner and I can go up there and press."

Lowe's mother died when he was 8 years and he was placed in a couple of foster homes before being adopted by Lisa and Bob Cordiere, who played football at the University of Montana.

Lowe said he was looking forward to coming down to Miami.

"It's a ways from Seattle," Lowe said. "Up there in Seattle it's cloudy and it rains a lot. I'm excited to go down there and get a little bit different weather for a while."

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