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A quick look at the Dolphins in the draft

I don't want to get too far ahead of things here ... but let's take a look at next year's draft.

As I wrote in an earlier blog, I don't think it is fair to expect the Dolphins to fix all their ills in one year and it is less fair to expect them to repair their 2008 troubles with the players they currently have on the roster. It will take another draft or two. It will take more free agents that, hopefully, will deliver more production than this year's free agents have.

But six games into this season, it is becoming clear where the Dolphins will be searching for talent after the season. They want a starting caliber cornerback. They want a young, beefy nose tackle. They want a play-making wide receiver. And oh, yeah, they'll have to fill some needs at linebacker in addition to rounding out more depth throughout the roster.

So today I want to focus on the draft and what it promises in the early rounds at CB, WR, and NT.

So why CB? The Dolphins have been victimized much too often the past few years by prototypical wide receivers that simply out-run, out-jump, out-muscle, and otherwise out-play Miami's cornerbacks. Recall the games Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and others have had against the Dolphins as proof.

The problem is Miami's secondary isn't necessarily a good matchup for that type of receiver. So the Dolphins will be looking for a prototypical CB to deal with prototypical WRs going forward. Where would that lead Miami early in the draft?

Vontae Davis of Illinois. He is 6-foot and 204 pounds and perhaps the top corner in the country despite being a junior.

Malcolm Jenkins of Ohio State. He is 6-1 and 200 and also has prototypical size. Victor Harris of Virginia Tech is 6-foot and 192. He could add a little bulk and be a better run-support guy, but he is said to be quite accomplished in coverage.

All the so-called gurus also like Alphonso Smith of Wake Forest but he is 5-9 and 190 pounds. I've never seen him play so I don't know if he plays bigger than his size. But this strikes me as a guy the Dolphins wouldn't include as a first-round selection because of his size. (Perhaps someone who has seen him play can comment on the guy.)

One other possibility based on his senior-year performance, size and connections to coach Tony Sparano is Darius Butler of U-Conn. The guy is 5-11, 181 pounds and is from South Florida.

At WR, the Dolphins want a prototypical receiver that will cause other teams the problems they have been dealing with for some time. Also, they want a wide receiver that will be productive because, right now, Greg Camarillo is the only WR on the roster that is producing consistently.

I personally don't see the Dolphins picking a WR in the first round unless they are picking later on and there is a value pick that falls in their laps. Why? Teams have shown themselves capable of finding quality, productive receivers later in the draft (late first, second, third rounds) and that is where the value lies at WR.

At wide receiver everyone is apparently in love with Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech. What is not to like? He is 6-3 and 214 pounds and fast as the wind. He has amazing numbers and he is expected to come out as a third-year sophomore. The question on him is whether he is a product of the freaky Texas Tech system and whether he can translate to NFL systems. (Again, only seen him play one quarter so somebody please comment if you've seen him extensively.)

Others that demand attention are Jeremy Maclin of Missouri who is 6-1 and 200 pounds, Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland who is 6-3 and 206 pounds, and seniors Brandon Tate of North Carolina, who is 6-1 and 195 pounds, and Brian Robiskie of Ohio State, who is 6-3 and 199 pounds.

Tate is done for this season after he underwent surgery to repair his ACL and MCL. But he is expected to be ready by next season and the surgery only means he'll be available later in the first round and likely the second or third. By the way, Robiskie is the son of former Miami assistant Terry Robiskie.

Also: I know Florida faithful will shout from the rooftops that Percy Harvin deserves mention here as a top receiver prospect. But the guy has had some injury issues this year, is not a big guy per se at 5-11 and 195 pounds, and I just don't like Urban Meyer. So there.

As you obviously saw last Sunday against Baltimore, the Dolphins are hanging by a thread at nose tackle. Jason Ferguson is great as long as he's healthy. But he wasn't healthy last year, he's battling an oblique injury now and he'll be 34 years old in November. Miami needs help there.

And I don't see a ton of help available in the draft.

Several of these guys I'm about to mention are not prototypical nose tackles so the Dolphins will have to do a better job with, you know, actual scouts and film study than what I did by making two phone calls and going on the Internet.

But here are some early names I've uncovered:

The guy that stands out the most is Alabama's Terrence Cody, who is a freakin' giant of a man at 6-5 and 360 pounds. Alabama coach Nick Saban (yeah, that Nick Saban) has talked Cody's need to stay in shape because the guy apparently likes to eat.

But if Cody is a big eater he also feasts on running backs. When Cody was injured and missed most of the second half against Mississippi last week with a knee injury, the Rebels gained 158 yards in that half, or 66 yards more than any of Alabama's other opponents had managed in an entire game.

So it is fair to say Cody stands out.

Two guys that also stand out to me are BJ Raji of Boston College and Terrance Taylor of Michigan. Raji is a fire hydrant at 6-1 and 323 pounds while Taylor is not far behind at a compact 6-foot and 319 pounds. Neither is prototypical, but I think the Dolphins must consider their production as well as size.

Sen'Derrick Marks of Auburn is 6-1 and 288 which seems kind of smallish to me, but he is perhaps the most athletic man of this bunch. The guy dunks while taking off from the foul line. Geno Atkins of Georgia, who is 6-1 and 290 pounds should also be considered a possibility. He is also from South Florida.

There you have it. The first draft update of the season comes six games in. I think that is a record.

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Idk, y some fo you ar really consider us taking a DE in the 1st round???

Unless Michael Johnson or Goergie Selvie are gonna make the transition to OLB then they are not huge needs. Even if they do like Gholston did this yr, Porter has balled back in his natural position n Roth has been amazing in his transition to OLB. We drafted 3 DEs in this draft in Merling, Langford n Dotson, plus we still have Holliday n R.Wright n all are great fits as 3-4 DEs.
Our needs are at CB, WR, NT n even MLB if they let crowder walk n there will def be talent in those positiosn when we are gonna be drafting.
So lets drop any talk about drafting any of these undersized speedy DEs because before we add depth we need to add quality starters at our weak spots.

#1 would be the best over all cb available. good nfl caliber cbs are hard to get. Then with out a doubt focus should be on Big "SURE HANDED, EXPERIENCED" WRS. Atleast two. A BIG run stoper. And then just take the best of what is left regardless of position.

Good stuff Armando...I like the draft talk already, that way we get to keep an eye on these guys while they're still playing versus just seeing ESPN highlights every once in a while.

1) best nose tackle available. It is a pick em but a real athletic nose tackle is always better than a refridgerator. A great nose tackle forces everything to the outside. More running and risky passing for opponents.
2) Offensive tackle/guard/center. It is without a doubt the best way to run an offense is to have a great grinding line.
3) Receiver You can usually find a great receiver in the second round.
4) Linebacker
5) Back up d lineman
6) Back up o lineman
7) kick returner
8) running back.
Sign every great cornerback you can in FA. Don't waste picks on them because they can be real risky.
I am not a big fan of drafting recievers or cb's. They are a tough read because the game is so different between college and the NFL. I would rather sign them as fa's and let another team train them for the pro game.

Though it's too early you have to consider us picking in the top 10 I will start with how our draft SHOULD GO when cobining needs and talent. Rounds 1-4

Round 1- ILB Rey Maualuga 6'2 260 USC

Round 2a- CB Victor "Macho" Harris 6'0 200 VT

Round 2b- DT Terrance Cody 6'2 365+ ALA

Round 3- WR Brian Robiskie 6'3 199 OSU

Round 4- FS Curtis Taylor 6'3 205 LSU

This is how the draft chould go in my opinon Rounds 14 a stud WR will have to wait for now but we can get some immediate help at other positions.

Round 1. ILB Rey Maualuga 6'2 260 USC
Round 2. DT Terrance Cody 6'2 365+
Round 2. CB Victor Harris 6'0 200 VT
Round 3. WR Demetrius Byrd 6'2 195 LSU
Round 4. FS Curtis Taylor 6'3 204 LSU

Or this draftg would be pretty good 3 possibly 4 starters are posted here. How we do in FA will change our draft

Round 1. ILB Rey Maualuga 6'2 260 USC
Round 2. CB Mike Mickens 6'0 190
Round 2. DT Terrence Cody 6'2 365+ ALA
Round 3. WR Demetrius Byrd 6'2 195 LSU
Round 4. FS Curtis Taylor 6'3 204 LSU

You people drive me nuts with this "Ted Ginn sucks" stuff. The kid has talent. He catches well and doesn't drop balls in games. Look at his stats versus other good receivers in the game. Santana Moss, Amani Toomer, Braylon Edwards, all started their careers slow and turned into big players. Give the kid some time.

ARMONDO said.......


"I personally don't see the Dolphins picking a WR in the first round unless they are picking later on and there is a value pick that falls in their laps. Why? Teams have shown themselves capable of finding quality, productive receivers later in the draft (late first, second, third rounds) and that is where the value lies at WR."

AND HERE FOLKS is why the dolphins are in the situation they are right now. "value" pics instead of REAL TALENT! late round finds... has it worked for us? this isnt a FACT but a gamble. some teams hit it, most dont.

this team, through all the regimes since shula have found EVERY EXCUSE in the world and leaned on EVERY NFL CLICHE like "defense wins championships" nonsense in there plan for the teams success.

the fact is, the fins brass as well as the fans keep thinking that waiting on budget [aka value] players is the answer. and waiting for a big time, pro bowl wr or db will sign with us for the leauge minimum.

you have to PAY FOR REAL TALENT IN TODAYS NFL!!

thats the real FACT here. i would rather sign or trade for 2 proven big time talented players then bring in 10 throw away, midiocre "talent" players like wilford in free agency. we need QUALITY not QUANTITY!

it hasnt worked selecting "value" players in later rounds and collecting thrown out players from other teams trash heap.

isnt it time to try the oposite like go for big time college skill players high in the draft or shelling out the market money for the t.o.s and randy moss'sd and roy williams of the world?

its NO coincidence that we keep doing the budget thing and safe drafting and the team KEEPS LOSING!

#10- REY MAULAUGA MLB USC
#42- MYRON ROLLE CB/S FSU
#55- HERMAN JOHNSON G LSU
#74- CARLTON MITCHELL WR USF
#107 TONY CARTER DB FSU
#139 ANTONIO DIXON DT UM

Serge Elizee NT for SMU...sure the team sucks but nothing goes through the middle...6'2" 300lbs and he's from Miami!

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