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Possible answers to gaping, glowing CB void

Hello? Over here ...

No, further out here. Yeah, you see this big void over here where a starting cornerback should be getting ready to line up for the Miami Dolphins? This is what folks in the NFL call a major honkin' draft need.

I have covered the Dolphins for a good many years. I've covered Tim McKyer, who Don Shula hated. I've covered Vestee Jackson and J.B. Brown. I've also covered Troy Vincent and Patrick Surtain, the two best cornerbacks in team history.

So I think I know when the spot is well-manned. And when it is not.

The Dolphins cornerback spot opposite Will Allen is not well-manned today. Not even close. Of course, general manager Jeff Ireland isn't that blunt about the enormous gap at starting cornerback he must see when he looks at a current depth chart.

But even the word-cautious Ireland admits the spot needs addressing in the coming draft.

“We have three undrafted free agent corners there so it is a position we are going to have look at like every other position," Ireland said during his pre-draft press conference last week. "When you have three UFAs going into a position, you have to look at the draft and free agency. We have Eric [Green] and we didn’t get some of the other guys we looked at.

"There is Joey Thomas who I think has tremendous ability. Will Allen is here. He is a terrific player for us. Nate Jones did a terrific job for us. Jason Allen is going to have a chance to compete again. It is kind of like the receiver position. There are some young players there that have to come out of their shell a little bit. They need do show what they can do.”

I say Ireland needs to show what he can do relative to the gaping hole at this spot. He must, absolutely must, draft a cornerback or two in the coming draft. And that isn't all. Ireland and Bill Parcells must identify and select a cornerback they have confidence can compete for a starting job as a rookie.

That doesn't mean the rookie must start immediately. But he has to be a factor immediately because at least that makes other players at the position better as a result of the competition.

You see, just filling the spot with bodies that might develop in a year or so isn't good enough when the Dolphins are facing a 2009 schedule that threatens Terrell Owens twice, Lee Evans twice, Randy Moss twice, Andre Johnson, Hines Ward, Reggie Wayne, Steve Smith, Wes Welker twice, Antonio Bryant, and Roddy White. All those players, without exception, have played at a Pro Bowl level at some point in their careers.

The Dolphins need to draft a cornerback or two that will serve as an answer to the problem those players pose.

So, you ask, who is available and interesting?

The Dolphins, as you read here a month or so ago, have shown consistent interest in Utah cornerback Sean Smith, who is likely a second-round type of player. 

The team on Friday will host University of Connecticut corner Darius Butler, who is a local player and will be among the two dozen or so locals visiting the Miami facility.

Everyone is enthusiastic about Illinois corner Vontae Davis (in the video) as a potential first-rounder. He has elite size, an excellent closing burst and very good ball skills. The guy rocks, which is one reason the Dolphins have spent countless hours studying him and meeting with him and working him out last week.

But ... well, he's not a sure-fire guy. And the Dolphins often pick sure-fire guys ahead of more talented players that aren't as safe.

This is what Scouts Inc. says in part about Davis: "Illinois head coach Ron Zook did not start him versus Iowa in 2008 because [the coach] reportedly felt [the player] wasn't playing as well as he could.  Lack of visible improvement from sophomore to junior year is a concern. We've been told by multiple sources that he lacks proper respect for coaches and he only works hard when he's in the mood to do so. Vontae's brother is 49er TE Vernon Davis, who is currently underachieving in the NFL."

There are other cornerbacks the Dolphins have shown varying degrees of interest in so their names deserve mention: Jairus Byrd of Oregon, Mike Mickens of Cincinnati, Alphonso Smith of Wake Forest, Morgan Trent of Michigan and Jerraud Powers of Auburn.

Byrd is interesting. He's the son of former NFLer Gil Byrd. He also has elite ball skills and knows how to be a professional. But he lacks top-end speed.

Trent is lanky at 6-1 and 193 but the Dolphins always believe they can make players stronger in their workout programs. He's a second-day possibility.

Mickens had good production, which is always something the Dolphins study, but his left knee caused him to trouble at the end of the season and required arthroscopic surgery. That's a red flag.

Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins is expected to be gone by the time the Dolphins draft at No. 25 in the first round.

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Brady is a size queen!

Wrong dude...I am just me... the anti-gopats/jetsrock.

ace would love to eat some candy with jaksin

Gopats is also jetsrock and maybe des as well, very close. We report you decide.

ok gopats, i will humor you, i believe it will be far more difficult than last year, as teams have seen we are not a complete joke and will no doubt prepare differently for us. how ever i still think 10-6 is very well a poss. i mean we get 4 free games from jets&bills no?

What corner doesn't get taken advantage of by bigger, taller WR's? what a dumb comment, how many corners are over 6' 1" or above? im sick of hearing that about darius butler, etc. the guy is a player period.

ace, do you like candy? If so i can bring you some,bty what size your shorts are, may be small?

ace is also a fox fix idiot

Keep trying gopats/jetsrock. Keep changing names. The bottom line is that you know that I know it is you.

jaksin,, i agree 100 percent . he did humor me

Keep changing names gopats. I know it is you and you know it. Pretty scary.

why ace or alien man always looking to pick a fight with every on on this blog? can we talk football crazy fox idiot

JAKSIN,some one let loose our friend ACE tonight

g patty, whats it like? i have never once been on a pats ,bills, jets forum. man having no friends has got to suck


Why you pick on me? I do have friends, my dog is my friend and Brady is my imaginary friend. When I am in the shower alone that is.

ACE thinks he's Sherlock Holmes LOL. You sure are a Private dick.LOL

ace is a piny boy
jakass is a pinky boy

The references like "do you like candy or cake".

It is the same person.

i guess anti.c dosent know how to hang either

jakass is the new tool of ace the dick


jakass is in the dream team of ace the alien man from romania.must be a dick head to be accepted.

ya well, i would expect not much less from a bunch of non believers

RockNJ... lets see NJ New Jersey=Jets Jetsrock

we should only try to be nice to each other, sick people in here.

laces out bi'''es


Vachlito is not from Golfito. He does not even know where it is. I suspect he only says he is from there to antagonize.

That being said, Jake Long kind of looks like a grouper.

Draft Smith, Butler, or Harris at cb!

Bradys wife is hot as a burning coal fire, hopefully he'll leave his " best" in the bedroom when he plays the fish. (i know i would)

looks like jakass is the same person as ace the dick

Ace and Jaksin,

The dude you are talking to is well known on this blog as "many me". He logs in under all sorts of different names to annoy people and start fights. Its sad, I know. Just try to ignore him, and stick to football and he usually gives up.

carlito from golfito,what makes you say i am not from golfito,i love my golfito like no one loved golfito and did you see suggs in a picture?mama mia

Ah My amego carlito, que pasa. and your right about jake long, he does resemble a grouper,maybe even a jewfish which is a cousin of the mighty grouper.

i would say Marshawn Lynch has got one of the ugliest mug shots in the league. Tell me, what country is Golfito in and did you ever live near the army base there?

carlito, you are very smart ,you talking to mr alien man=ace=jakass=rex ryan=bra and many more

Menace . How many beers have had tonight ?

the best thing to rock nj would be a giant meteor. untill than ill watch the jets&bills blow up on the field

carlito ,you look like you trying to pick a fight as you do all the time ,just leave me alone.i never heard of the name carlito in golfito in 40 years

carlito, we have homes on the bay and about 7 thousands people live around there and i can see the golfo dulce from my home in the back ground,also we hae the calmest and richest tropica rainforestl area.as you know golfito is on southern coast of costa rica,we are very close to playa cacao.do you know any one works in hotel sierra?

dont bust on jaksin, with all the insecuritys. on this blog im impressed he hangs out.

Did somebody say beers? Anyway, who would make a better cornerback, Alien or Predator?

alien man the same as predator in my book.

u gotta role out preditor, i mean what.

No beer today n.j, in miami visiting Parents.

where its at is f'ed john rambo will get you in your sleep

pick those recievers

cuban. i asked because 1. You're going nuts today on the blog and 2. you said you were going to the keys. So i put 1 and 1 together.

agree w/jaksin on picking at least 1 reciever, do you like wide reciever better jaksin?

man i love this blog go fins

How many ID's do you have "scoop"?

If the over/under was 20 I would DEFINETLY take the over..LMMFAOROFLOL

i like a wide reciever butter, in fact i did play as a wide reciever in school and still do

ace, i say what, 25/ 35 yard receps, penne can swing with that. i get the defensive side of the ball, but i mean we need some 7 to 14 yrd plays on the regular

Cuban Menace. i mean Armando . How's the keys ?

haters, on my name. so catch the real dolfans 2marr

or ace

ace,where are you? you still thinking wide reciever?

i eat them like sushi

jaksin does or will not res-pond to ree rees that wish or want him to. howeve yes, jets will bite, and unfortunatly the bills, haha well anyway. hold on its coming, hold on its coming

I can't believe all you ex-perts can't see D.J. Moore. He is nothing but an excellent corner, great kick off and punt returner and plays receiver in the spread offense.

Or is it that the Dolphin brain trust doesn't want to tip their hand?

I think if Miami can't get an TRUE playmmaker in the first round at #25, they TRADE DOWN to the 2ND ROUND and pick up an additional pick or a veteran CB.

They trade Beck, Wilford and/or J.Allen for a productive CB and a late round pick

In the 2ND ROUND they pick up WR B.Robiskie, DE/LB C.Barwin and MLB J.Brinkley.
(Robiskie is just as good as the late 1st round WR pick ups, Barwin showed plenty at the Combine & proday, Brinkley is a beast). I would go with either Barwin or a CB like Butler.

In the 3RD ROUND they pick up a couple of CBs and/or Safety.

From the 3RD ROUND and on, I will let the trifecta do their magic!!

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