With the 40th overall selection the Dolphins draft another defensive lineman, or offensive lineman, or quarterback, or maybe a punter.
And I would scream!
I spent all of last night defending the trade-down and ensuing selection of Jared Odrick on the live blog and my twitter feed. I defended it in my column at The Miami Herald, and I applauded it on radio for three hours on 790 The Ticket today.
But today is a new day and the Dolphins must address, you know, actual holes in the roster. And the two biggest ones, in my humble opinion are free safety and outside linebacker. So I'm hoping the Dolphins get on their fill-the-holes horse this afternoon and giddy-up toward solutions.
The players available at those positions that seem likely candidates?
At free safety: Reshad Jones, Nate Allen, Robert Johnson (great size and production), Taylor Mays, Major Wright (hitter), Morgan Burnett and possibly Chris Cook much later.
At OLB: Ricky Sapp, Koa Misi, Thaddeus Gibson, maybe Jason Worilds, and of course, Sergio Kindle. Kindle, by the way, apparently has knee issues that caused him to drop like a stone out of the first round. It will be interesting to see how much futher the drop will go.
Remember, think prototypical size. Think production. A workout warrior such as Mays certainly looks the part and runs fast. But did his production on the field stack up?
I suppose the Dolphins could still address nose tackle in the second or third round tonight. Terrence Cody, Brian Price, and Cam Thomas are the names everyone defaults to in that regard.
Two darkhorses to keep in mind in the third round: Dexter McCluster and Toby Gerhart. Just sayin'.
[BLOG NOTE: This blog broke its own record Thursday. More than 120,000 page views, once again leaving every other blog on the site in the dust. I appreciate your visits. Let's do it again! Yes, there will be a live blog again this evening. I'll update just prior to the draft. See you then.]