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Miami's first pick? Best player available

The rest of the country is acting like the visit of Texas safety Earl Thomas to the Dolphins this week is breaking news, but readers of this blog knew about it two weeks ago. I nonetheless am going to use the visit of the outstanding free safety to make a couple of points.

Point One: Regardless of the speculation about Miami's first round draft pick, I think the conclusion we should all agree upon is the Dolphins should probablypick the highest-rated player on their board when their turn comes.

Unlike last year when Miami went with a fine player that also fit an obvious need -- cornerback Vontae Davis -- this year the Dolphins seem to have so darn many needs, it's likely anywhere they turn will handle a need.

So might as well just pick the best player, I say.

If that player is an outside linebacker such as Derrick Morgan, great. Miami's got a need.

If that player is a nose tackle such as Dan Williams, great. Miami's got a need.

If that player is a free safety such as Thomas or Eric Berry, great. Miami's got a need.

If that player is a wide receiver such as Dez Bryant or Demaryius Thomas or Arrelious Benn, fine. Miami's got a need.

If that player is an elite left guard such as Michael Iupati, great. Miami has a need there.

If that player is a running back such as C.J. Spiller, great. Miami needs a home run hitter and next season Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are out of contract. As an aside, a club source tells me Spiller has not visited the Dolphins and has no visit scheduled so that should temper all the unsubstantiated rumors out there. I put up his video anyway because he's electric.

Miami has a need or could use upgrading at practically every position. The areas I would say are absolutely not likely to be addressed or need addressing in the first round are cornerback, quarterback, kicker and punter.

Otherwise, you can make a solid case for adding an elite player at just about any other position on the roster. Think about that long and hard. The Dolphins could easily stand upgrading along the OL, at LB, FS, RB, TE, WR, and DL.

That brings me to my next point.

At season's end there was a debate on this blog (I know there was because I started it) about how close the Dolphins are to championship caliber. Ronnie Brown made the point on his radio show that the Dolphins are close. Many fans commenting here agreed.

I made the point the Dolphins were not yet in the same conversation with the Saints and Colts and other playoff teams.

Well, if you see just how much improvement the Dolphins can use, you should be able to agree the Dolphins aren't close. I mean, they don't have a starting FS on the roster right now. Thomas would be good, Berry would be great.

They don't have a dynamic receiver on the roster right now. My apologies to coach Tony Sparano who insists he's happy with this group because, well, what else is he going to say?

The NT situation is a question mark.

They don't have a proven starting OLB on the roster right now.

And even the team's greatest strength -- the running of Williams and Brown -- is something that will have to be addressed by next year at the latest.

Now, maybe the stars align right and good things begin to take shape immediately for Miami. It is, after all, Holy Week. But barring that, the Dolphins still have significant work to do. They have much building yet to do in this draft and next.

They are not close.

[BLOG NOTE: Come back later this afternoon because I will post all the relevant news (perhaps a Dez Bryant update from his Pro Day) plus a new blog entry on why the Raiders' chase of Donovan McNabb makes sense historically and what intriguing connection that has to the Dolphins.You will be interested.]

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bobbyd12,

Last year we had 11 probowlers.

Go 'canes!

I watched the first couple of minutes of that clip - against Ga Tech?????? heck Mando you could have run against that defense.

Well this is good means DEZ will be there at 12 LOL. I still want this guy no WR is close to his ability NONE. Sick of taking late rd WR's and sick of the ball control offense that's Chicago Bear football the most boring team in the NFL are we seriously trying to take that crown from them?

I hate rebuilding LOL.

CJ Spiller wont be able to run to the edges in the NFL , unless, he is facing Joey Porter or is being pursed by Reggie Torbor.

Line UP CJ in the Slot and let him run the WildCat

Trade Pat White for a 5th rd. pick. He is to soft to make it in the NFL.

I meant no proven left guard , incognito is right gaurd canadian not proven . That makes me think iupati could be the guy. I would be all 4 that i would love 2 have a lights out o-line. But i also wouldnt mind spiller he can do so many things & get chunk yards. I see parcels gettin a stud TE b4 a reciever draft is deep with TE. Parcels has an eye 4 nose tackles in later rounds fergie , ratliff. I will say this cant wait 4 draft i believe we are the right path so happy to blog with fellow fans if you cut me i bleed dolphin colors.

I believe special teams must be seriously considered during this draft. 2 players that could have immediate impact are Alabamas Terance Cody blocking field goals and his teamate Javier Arenas for the return game. Which would allow Ted Ginn to focus on being a consistent #1 wide reciever.

Paul, better to kiss my own ass than someone else's.

THE BEST ANSWER I HEARD IN A YEAR ARMANDO .

IT'S TRUE YOU KNOW OW MANY PEOPLE KISS SOME ONE ELSE'S ASS EVERY DAY ? THOUSANDS /

FOR EXAMPLE THE CUBAN KISSES CARLITO'S ASS

BOBB12 KISSES ROB IN OC'S ASS AND I CAN GO ON AND ON .

Maybe stars will align during Ramadan, or Yom Kippur or Vesak or Holi.

I say the Dolphins will most likely be very close to the playoffs this season, if not in them. We had a lot of key injuries last season and were still competitive. Now that said, IF we do make the playoffs we will probably get killed like we did two years ago.
P.S. Rooting for the Mountaineers this saturday!!

I have been saying it for weeks, if Spiller is on the board he is a must!! Hands down the best player in this draft.

I agree that the Dolphins should choose the best player available, whomever that may be when the time comes.

On another note, yes, Armando, you did start that debate about the Dolphins not being close...but wait a minute, you also said, a few weeks earlier that the Dolphins, moreso than any other team in the division, were a team on the rise. So PLEASE, onse you heal up from that cronic shoulder strain of yours--the one you get from constantly patting yourself on the back--remember that we remember many things that you have said, not just the things you remind us you said so you can toot your own horn; when a horn blows, it is usually hot air that comes out of it.

1st rd should be c.j. spiller - period- if we give up 35 a game in the 4th qtr. we got a shot with a triple threat, 2nd rd trade pat white (please) and draft tebow much better, stronger, bigger, and more potential (plus i still can"t get over the fake eye injury that henne proposed in the season finale against the steelers, let alone pat white getting crushed on the sideline like he was playing midget ball ), 3rd round go get some "D" ther will be plenty left at all positions.

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