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Dolphins go with USC's Patrick Turner in 3rd

The Dolphins have addressed their wide receiver needs by selecting USC receiver Patrick Turner.

Turner played at the Senior Bowl and just said the Dolphins were the first team he talked to. Turner did play in a pro style, west coast offense at USC.

"I felt that really prepared me to take the next step," Turner said. "I feel like I'm a pretty good red zone threat. To be on the other side of Ted Ginn and Ernest Wilford we can be a good threat."

Turner compares himself to a Marques Colston and Keyshawn Johnson. He is a big, big dude at 6-5 and 223 pounds.

Although Turner talks of coming to the Dolphins in addition to Wilford, the fact is he's probably going to replace Wilford on the roster. Wilford will be trade bait going into training camp.

Although he was one of the top-rated receivers coming out of high school, Turner under-achieved at USC. Oh brother.

"He's not a good player," ESPN's Mel Kiper said. "He didn't do it at USC."

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HARTLINE = WES WELKER/BRANDON STOKELY TYPE PLAYER

AND FOR THE PPL THAT ARE KNOCKING TURNER, BOLDIN OF THE CARDINALS DOESNT HAVE BLAZING SPEED. COLSTON OF THE SAINTS DOESNT EITHER.NOT SAYING HE WILL B A STAR LIKE THEM HE HAS PROMISE. HE DIDNT HAVE AMAZING STATS AT USC BECAUSE ITS USC!!! THERE IS NOT ENOUGH BALLS TO GO AROUND AND THAT PLACE. SO GIVE DA GUY A BREAK AND C WHAT HAPPENS...

There's many people on here bashing our draft picks. I dont see why at all. We are addressing major needs. Coming into the draft our two biggest needs were cornerback and wideout. We drafted two really good corners in Vontae Davis and Sean Smith. They with both only get better under our coaching staff and are both BIG corners. Pat white for some wildcat madness (Also has a big arm)Patrick Turner is 6'5 and 225lbs. Has tremendous upside as well. Red Zone threat!!! So please tell me guys...what is not to like about our draft picks??? We are addressing major needs. Im very pleased so far.

Would Franz Joseph from FAU be a reach with our next pick? They say he would have been a first day pick if he had stayed at Boston College.

And Hartline in the 4th....let's stockpile all the #4 wide outs we can find to go with the crappy #4's we already have in place.

What a waste of a 3rd and 4th.

Picking a Duke Robinson for depth would have made a lot more sense.

It seems Parcells is out to prove his "dime a dozen" theory.

Excellent draft so far.
Trifecta didn't pick Sintim or Barwin because they think these guys were any good.
Turner is superior pick to Barden, played against much tougher competition, and excelled at the Senior Bowl, Barden had trouble with the better corners.
Hope we can get this kid Branowski(?) TE from Maryland 6'6" in Mark Bavarro mould.

We will see, I don't see teams knocking down Mel Kiper's door offering him a ton of money to be their GM.

"Every analyst" is the key phase. Pehaps you guys want Mel Kiper as the GM. McShay as the head coach while your at it.

If the saints knew how good Marcus Colston was going to be you think they would have drafted him in the 7th? If your targeting a guy GET HIM. You draft players on what they can be in the NFL and not what they did in College. Patrick Turner come from a semi-pro team in USC and can be a good WR in the NFL.

What is wrong with some of you people??? I have been very pleased with this draft so far. So many of you people are so negative and dont know football yourselves. How can you POSSIBLY know about these picks whether they are good or bad?? The fact is, you DONT. You call yourselves Dolfans???? Please. These folks who are negative refuse to see anything positive. I am enjoying the crop we have so far. To all the others out there who disagree, SUCK IT!!!!!

Armando:

Mike Williams had the 'production' @ USC...but was a 'take the money and eat' major bust. Turner seems like a reach to me because he probably would have been there in the 4th. But, the fact that he wasn't that productive @ SC isn't necessarily a reflection on him. The Dolphins have scouts. He sttod out @ his PRO Day. He didn't drop many passes when he was thrown the ball. And, he had excellent production @ the Senior Bowl when they threw him the ball.

Crabtree is no sure thing...could be another Charles Rogers or another Andre Johnson or Boldin both take after Rogers...WR is the ultimate NFL draft crapshoot.

BTW, Kiper LOVED the Mike Williams and Charles Rogers picks. He's like Cramer but less entertaining.

Turner is an intriguing pick. He has some great skill sets, big and physical.

Question: which corners is he going to go up against that can match him with size? Should be interesting!

THE PROB ALL STARTED WHEN THE FINS GOT RID OF THIER BEST KR,PR, AND RECEIVER (WELKER WHO WASN'T AFRAID TO GO IN THE MIDDLE) TO NEW ENGLAND,AND THEN TAKE GINN WHO IS SOFT AS CRYSTAL, LETS FACE IT HE IS NOT TOUCHING THE BALL UNLESS HE HAS A 5 TO 7 YARD CUSHION AND HAS DONE ABSOLUTLY NOTHING FOR WHAT SOMEBODY BUILT HIM UP TP BE.THEN ALSO GET RID OF CHAMBERS!ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS MARINO'S OLD PLAY'S AND FORGET ABOUT IT. OK SO YOU COVER CHAMBERS WITH 2 MAYBE BOOKER 1 ON 1 NOT EASY 1ON1 WITH WELKER THEN WHO WILL COVER BROWN OR WILLIAMS OUT OF THE BACK FIELD IT WORKED FOR DAN FOR YEARS WITH WAY LESS TALENT OH DID I MENTION THE TE ON A DELAY FACE IT PENNINGTON DOESN'T HAVE THE STRONGEST ARM BUT IF THEY WANTED TO PULL UP TO STOP THE SHORT GAME THEN YOU HAVE 1 ON 1 ON THE OUTSIDE AND IN THE MIDDLE UNSTOPPABLE

In 2005, Kiper praised 8th overall selection, wide receiver Mike Williams, saying, "I'll see you at his Hall of Fame induction."

YOU GUYS ARE SO NAME STRUCK!!! GEESH!! DOLPHIN FANS ARE NEVER SATISFIED. IN MY OPINION EVERY PLAYER IS A REACH UNTIL HE GETS ON THE FIELD AND PROVES HE CAN PLAY AT THE N.F.L. LEVEL!!!!! WHO'S TO SAY MACKLIN, CRABTREE, NICKS, ARENT GONNA BE BUST AND THEY HAD A GOOD COLLEGE CAREER. BUT...... WHO SAYS THERE NOT! LIKE I SAID YOU NEVER KNOW. EVERYONE IS REACH UNTIL THE HIT THE FIELD AND START PERFORMING. I KNOW OF ALOT OF FOOTBALL PLAYERS HAD GREAT COLLEGES CAREER WITH THE BIG NAMES U DOLPHINS ARE STUCK ON THAT WERE A BUST!! SO LETS CHILL AND GIVE THE KIDS A CHANCE AND SEE HOW IT WORKS OUT!! PEACE!!

Tuna Sandwich...

Nice essay but what the hell are you talking about?!!! You don't have to go see a player anywhere when you know his maximum speed limitation is 6.6 to 6.7, ala Patrick Turner. You might as well save your scouts the trip!
You can't teach speed you bonehead!!

jjj73

The only crop your enjoying is the reefer crop from your yard that your smoking. Most college stars are stars for a reason and usually the safer picks! So you can go suck yourself...on a joint.
Whichever kind you prefer!!

"Turner was USC's ONLY WR. Every defense keyed onto him, and he still had 700 yds. and 10 tds."

Ah, no. Patrick Turner was USC's third best WR in 2008. He underachieved until he was a senior, but then came into his own in '08. And 'SC had many other weapons, including Ronald Johnson. (Ahem, Armando, Ronald Johnson is not a TE, but a blazing fast WR.) The best WR on the team is Damian Williams, by the way. Besides the WRs, 'SC regularly puts the ball in the hands of RBs C.J. Gable, Joe McKnight and Stafon Johnson. Considering the Trojans' stable of weapons, Turner's 10 TD, 700-yard year is impressive.

"I don't like USC players in general (they seem to be very diva, don't play up to NFL level)..."

We're sorry that a few of our athletes have as yet not set the NFL on fire. But before generalizing that every player in our program is an NFL underachiever waiting to happen, please consider the following recent examples of USC players excelling in the NFL: Troy Polamalu, Lofa Tatupu, Steve Smith (NYG), Mike Patterson (Philly), Carson Palmer, Sam Baker (Atl.), Sedrick Ellis (NO) and Justin Fargas (Oak). Many others are in the early stages of potentially excellent NFL careers, such as Deuce Lutui (Ari), Keith Rivers (Cin), Terrell Thomas (NYG), Chilo Rachal (SF), Lawrence Jackson (Sea), Fred Davis (Was).

We've had some busts, like anybody else. But some of our most publicized "busts" are no such thing when you look closely. LenDale White has already had a 1000-yard season and he's a TD machine, but his weight and splitting time with the excellent Chris Johnson has people unsure about LenDale. Reggie Bush is not O.J., but he catches over 70 balls a year, and before it's over he'll be a huge success. And Matt Leinart? Had a fine rookie year, a disappointing second year that ended prematurely with an injury, and then he got beat out by a future Hall of Famer who had a Pro Bowl and Super Bowl year. That's Leinart's first three years, but not many NFL QBs are awesome before their fourth year. Leinart will fight on.

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