Gil Brandt is one of the NFL greats. He was one of the architects of the great Dallas Cowboys teams in the Tom Landry era. He now scouts talent for NFL.com
He has filed this offering at NFL.com about his midseason picks for the NFL All-Rookie team. Many of you have commented about how great this year's Miami rookie class, the class Jeff Ireland and Bill Parcells made their inaugural picks here, have been so far.
Brandt would concur, which is the reason he has three Dolphins rookies on the All-Rookie team. Brandts picks, surprise, Jake Long, kicker Dan Carpenter and guard Donald Thomas.
Long was a given. Frankly if he wasn't on here, it would be something of a disappointment considering he was the first overall selection in the draft. But he is playing well and has met expectations so far.
Carpenter and Thomas are surprises.
Remember that Carpenter was an undrafted free agent while Thomas was a sixth-round pick. Brandt like Thomas so much that he's on the team despite playing only one game before going out with an injury for the season.
Brandt said Thomas, "looks to be a future Pro Bowl player."
That leaves Phillip Merling, Chad Henne, Kendall Langford, Shawn Murphy, Davone Bess, Joey Haynos, Nate Garner, and Lionel Dotson as Miami's other rookies.
The Dolphins are obviously getting production out of Merling, Landford and Bess. Haynos, Garner and Dotson are projects. Murphy, a four-round selection, came to the Dolphins with high expectations but has not been active for even one game.