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Breakfast appetizers and main course

Some appetizers before we get to the main course:

You guys seem to be fascinated by the topic what jersey number Brandon Marshall is going to wear. I pity you. But because I work for you, I'll play along.

Marshall has worn No. 15 for Denver the past four years. Davone Bess has worn No. 15 for the Dolphins since 2008. And Bess's agent wrote David J. Neal of the Miami Herald that the digit is not for sale.

"No sale!'' agent Kenny Zuckerman wrote in an e-mail when asked if Bess would do it for any cost, including charity. "He loves that number and wants to keep it. Seriously, it's not about money. He sincerely won't sell it."

Marshall, playing nice his first day on the job, didn't have a problem with that on Thursday.

"I haven’t thought about that yet," Marshall said during his press conference. "[Number] 15 is the number I’ve had the past four years, but that’s his number. I’m coming into his locker room.The only number I’m worried about is the number of wins we get next year. I'll be happy with number 87 or whatever other number. I’m not sure what number is open."

Digitgate continues.


Many of you have also e-mailed me asking that I give you my thoughts on the viral video of Dallas owner Jerry Jones, in which he is in a bar and is drinking and talks about Dolphins football czar Bill Parcells.

Well, I work for you. But I have to live with myself. And that's nobody's business, in my opinion.

I have great respect for Jones. I have great respect for Parcells. And I have great respect for myself. So I'm not going there. I'm sure the two men will talk and figure it out. And since it does not affect the Dolphins or the Cowboys on the field or in any other way that I can figure, I'm moving on.

This isn't tmz.com you guys just clicked on. Sorry.


The Dolphins have three restricted free agents -- Anthony Fasano, Ronnie Brown and Quentin Moses. All three apparently signed an injury waiver to allow them to participate in the Miami offseason conditioning program.

None have signed their respective RFA tenders.

In fact, as of Thursday -- which was the dealine for restricted free agents to sign with other teams -- 125 players on 29 teams had signed the tender offers from their original teams.

The Dolphins were one of three teams -- along with Jacksonville, and New England -- where none of the RFAs had signed.

I'm not saying there is some dark reason for this. I'm just saying that is the fact.


Alrightie, three appetizers are plenty for you. The main course:

Aspiring scout Chris Cordero has been studying the Dolphins and the draft because, well, he's strange that way. He's put together a mock of Miami's picks. It is not a mock of one round, but rather the picks he thinks Miami might make throughout the draft.


Take it away man with too much time on your hands:

I am not taking into account any possible trades, as I believe any players not named Chad Henne, Brandon Marshall, Jake Long, Karlos Dansby, and Vontae Davis could be traded. This team could trade down/up in any round and other teams could do the same. So here goes - my best guess at the Dolphins 9 picks in the 2010 Draft with small captions. The picks are based on the grades that I gave the players and what I think the teams picking before and after the Dolphins will do.

First round: No. 12 - Earl Thomas - FS - Texas: I believe Derrick Morgan will be drafted by the Jaguars. I also believe nose tackle Dan Williams does not present good value at this pick. Thomas is one of the best players in this draft, with the skills of a cornerback and the best ball skills of any defensive back in this draft. I worry some about his size and durability - and his tackling skills are not the greatest. But besides that - he is above average in every aspect for a DB. With the league now shifting towards the pass (and the Dolphins picking up Brandon Marshall) having Thomas to go along with Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, and Pro Bowler Yeremiah Bell, not to mention the return to health of Will Allen - the Dolphins will be in great position to combat Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, and Lee Evans in the division.

OTHER OPTIONS: Derrick Morgan, Dan Williams, Sergio Kindle, Jason Pierre-Paul.

Third Round: No. 73 - Ricky Sapp - OLB - Clemson: The team could go for a NT here, as some of the good ones like Cam Thomas, Torrell Troup, or maybe even Linval Joseph could be available. But instead go for the 6-4, 252lb OLB who fits all the size requirements, and has great speed and athleticism off the edge. Sapp, who suffered a torn ACL in early 2008, had a moderately successful season last year and has some experience playing as a LB at Clemson. With a 1.60 10 yard split on his 40 - he has great short area burst and quickness. One year removed from the injury, he should be that much better. I feel if he is available here, he is a steal and would be an immediate starter for the team.

OTHER OPTIONS: Cam Thomas, Torrell Troup, Thaddeus Gibson, Jason Worilds, Koa Misi.

Fourth Round: No. 110 - Daniel Te'o-Nesheim - OLB - Washington: -I was torn between Te'o-Nesheim and Lindsey Witten, another potential OLB from UConn. I ultimately went with Te'o-Nesheim due to his motor and attention to technique. During his workouts, he showed that he was a better athlete than I had given him credit for. With 30 sacks for his career, he has the production to back up the work he did at the Combine and at his Pro Day. At 6-4, 263, he also has the requisite size and showed off a 1.61 10 yard split and 37 inch vertical leap. There would be good competition between him, Sapp, Wake, and Charlie Anderson and Jason Taylor if he is brought back. (Salguero comment here: You kidding? Taylor would school them all!)

OTHER OPTIONS: Lindsey Witten, Donald Butler, Cameron Sheffield, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Anthony McCoy.

Round Six (Salguero getting bored, but whatever): No. 173 Kade Weston - NT - Georgia: This is about the time where the regime starts finding the nose tackles. Weston was a big time combine snub in my eyes and is a huge human being who can occupy blockers with the best of them. In a defensive line that featured Geno Atkins and Jeff Owens - he did not get enough credit for his accomplishments, At 6-5, 325 - there is no doubt in my mind he can help hold down the fort with Paul Soliai until Jason Ferguson returns and then learns from his fellow former Bulldog.

OTHER OPTIONS: Fendi Onobun, Colin Peek, Marshall Newhouse, Dekoda Watson, Robert Johnson.

Round Six: No. 174 Marshall Newhouse - OG - TCU: One of the more athletic interior offensive lineman - running a 4.99 40 yard dash at 6-4, 319lbs. He was among the more impressive OL I saw at the Combine and was also a standout at the East-West Shrine game. As a former left lackle, he has good feet and also extends his arms with strong hands to get movement in the running game. Could be a steal at this point in the draft.

OTHER OPTIONS: Fendi Onobun, Colin Peek, Dekoda Watson, Robert Johnson, AJ Edds.

Round Six Still: No. 179 A.J. Edds - ILB - Iowa: Another play who if available at this point would be an excellent pickup. He is a 3-down player who excels in coverage and was very impressive to me during Senior Bowl week. At 6-4, 246lbs, he has good size and shows off excellent athleticism with a 4.62 40-yard dash. I worry about his take-on ability versus the run - but he would be excellent as a nickel backer and a great value at this point.

OTHER OPTIONS: Fendi Onobun, Colin Peek, Dekoda Watson, Robert Johnson, Micah Johnson.

Round Seven: No. 212 Jay Ross - NT - East Carolina: Playing next to Linval Joseph, maybe he did not get enough credit but is a very good player in his own right. At 6-3, 313 with a 4.99 40 yard dash he fits the shorter squat mold that the regime appears to prefer (although I think Weston was too big and talented to pass up in the 6th) and is able to generate pressure while maintaining his gap responsibilities. He was even athletic enough to come up with an interception his senior year.

OTHER OPTIONS: Aleric Mullins, Chris McCoy, Danny Batten, Brody Eldridge, Antonio Coleman.

Round Seven: No. 219 Brody Eldridge - TE - Oklahoma: The former offensive tackle, who showed surprising mid 4.7 speed at this Pro Day is regarded as either the best or 2nd best blocking tight end in the draft. While the preference would be an athletic, stretch-the-field TE, the best ones are off the board at this point. He has soft hands though, but did not get many opportunities to catch the ball with all the talent at Oklahoma.

OTHER OPTIONS: Aleric Mullins, Chris McCoy, Danny Batten, Antonio Coleman, Aaron Morgan.

Round Seven: No. 252 Joey Elliott - QB - Purdue: I know, the team has 4 QBs on the roster, but the Dolphins have showed this guy a lot of love (how much of it was due to his working out during the offseason with Dez Bryant, I don't know) and I expect at least one, if not 2, QBs to be traded during the draft. He had a very good senior season and was a big part in the Boilermakers win over Ohio State. Besides elite arm strength, he appears to have all the tools to be a successful backup in the league and was very acccurate in his one season as a starter. Expect this guy in camp - be it if the team drafts him or signs him as an UDFA (unless another team picks him up before the Dolphins).

OTHER OPTIONS: Danny Batten, Antonio Coleman, Chris McCoy, Aaron Morgan, Aleric Mullins.

If you are wondering why the players in the 7th and 6th rounds did not change in the "Other Options" category - it is because those are the players and the positions that would be the best fits for the team.


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I've been saying Earl Thomas for a couple weeks now. I think I'm loving Thomas.

Lipsin Toronto, don't be a jerk. Chris Cordero is demonstrating his (rather extensive) knowledge of the players in this draft. He has done his homework. Just because you're ignorant to the kind of value the Dolphins could find in the later rounds doesn't make HIM a loser, it makes YOU a loser for showcasing that ignorance. Tell me, in what round was Tom Brady drafted? Hmmmmm? You don't know? I didn't think so. Go on, now--look it up. He was picked late in the SIXTH round! The 199th pick overall. First rounders are expected to start most of the time, and I can give you a mile long list of first round busts, but the late rounds you sometimes strike gold. (And this is for Armando: Zach Thomas, Zach Thomas, Zach Thomas,Zach Thomas, Zach Thomas, Zach Thomas, Zach Thomas, Zach Thomas, Zach Thomas,Zach Thomas,Zach Thomas, ...)

Hey waterboy and carlito, some nick name for Davone Bess

Posted by: adrian solorza | April 15, 2010 at 04:01 PM

if you know Spanish:

Davone "La" Bess-tia

Posted by: Waterboy | April 15, 2010 at 04:07 PM

JAJAJAJA Muchas gracias Waterboy, saludos desde México.

I saw BM on the NFL network last night, he was articulate and seemed like a good dude. I am very happy with he trade and I hope we can all give him a fresh start here in Miami. As far as you mock goes- I hope it comes to pass with the addition of some added pick from trading pat white.

I don't know that you are here,and I'm a little late to respond to your (admirable) admission that you (and many others) are up to your eyeballs in Crow, but without going into why the Fins HAD to make this move, and w/o extolling Marshal's virtues AS A WR, perhaps this will make it go down easier:

Just keeping thinking the following as you swallow: A.J. Feely, Samson Satele, Pat White, John Beck, or the name of any other debacle of a no.2 we've selected in the last decade.

And then tell yourself, regardless of how you feel about your past certitude that Marshal was no way no how, that this is all the Fins are giving up.....a 2 & a 2, and so that way you'll see it ain't quite such a big deal.

mando your still a ass we know this isnt tmz what bout your stupid coverage of roth now thats tmz material i bet your pissed you have nothing negative to write about. p.s time to wash your cowboy jacket

Thank you for taking a stand on the Parcells-Jones thing. Stupid prank by some kids. Stupid that it got it. Stupid that some "real" media are going with it.


You so stupid...lipsintoronto was sticking up for Cordero.. making fun of people putting him down... Its ok if you a little slow

The seer,

Don't be fooled, that is not the real NJ

Hey Mando!

Any word on Marshall’s new #. I know Bess won’t part with 15. I havn’t invested in a hero jersey in a while and I think after this move that its time.
It’ll probably be either Henne’s # 7 or Marshall’s # (?).

I love 83 if Camarillo is cut but if not…”I like me some # 80.” Brandon mentioned 87 (as a possibility) in the presser but say it isn’t so.
Thats an obscure # for a star.

Whats your hunch??
Can anyone else chime in on their prediction??

My name is Earl is the sure 1st round pick no doubt water boy! Fins have met with him and worked him out twice, that has to tell you something.

Our Defense was dead last in 25+ yard pass plays and bottom 5 in passing TDs allowed. Earl Thomas is the top play maker DB in the draft with cover skills and ability to seperate receivers from the ball, he's only 20 years old - HUGE UPSIDE!

Last year We had a SS/LB (Wilson) trying to cover out there and we saw the results, a ball hawk talent like my name is Earl Thomas you don't pass up on!


WILL WEAR #22 - 78 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 1 sack, 5 ints, 1 for Td

Who cares what number they wear, as long as they perform

The draft this year has now evolved from what it used to be. Before the signing of B.Marsh and Dansby, the draft was going to be another step towards building the team of the future, the team of 20??... However, because of what this FO has done in free agency, and is still not over with (Atogwe is still out there). The draft is now what we need to become a legit divisional contender. This draft will fill the few holes on defense and add depth on offense. In my opinion that sounds a lot more promising than it did before.

Marshall wore #6 in college, may-be he will wear #16 in honor of wins and the 72' Dolphins!!

I like how he said it "The only number I care about is number of wins"


Safety in the first round is risky... both Berry and Thomas are great talents... we'll see...

NT, and OLB are definitely in play... I would be in favor of trading down in the first and picking up and extra pick, but that is easier said than done

This is true, Carlito. ...But if I'm gonna spend over "a benny" on a Jersey,
I would prefer a cool #. ...Just sayin.

Mando you and Chris seems to have a good rapport. I like how you mess with him a bit. Pretty funny.

But make no mistake, this kid sounds like he knows what's up!


You might not want to rush, remember a bunch of players changed their number after preseason last year?

Miami Herald printed edition of April 23 2010

Front Page

"Safety First, Dolphins pick Earl Thomas"

Page 5 of sports section

"Pat White promoted from Clipboard duties to Cleat Guy, Tweets "I do whtever tuna like"

"Safety First"


Everyone is looking to Trade down. Only chance is someone that really wants a guy that most likely go at 13.

Cool number? What's a "cool number"?
a number is just a number, unless it's YOUR number.
Marshall already said #15 isn't that important to him, so why should it, or any other be important to anyone else?

Exactly Waterboy, not much of a chnace of trading down. #12 has good value. I'm looking at it like we got Marshall (a proven star) with the #2 pick of the draft, doesn't get better than that in the 2nd round.


Make the best of our draft picks, will and deal only with what makes sense.

I like 88 for Marshalito, but it wont be hard to identify him..

A number is important though, every time I though the Gerbil made a good play, turns out it was Culver. Once I watched the replay I confirmed that in fact the Gerbil was still sucking.

*edit: got Marshall with a 2nd round pick not with the #2 pick of the draft.

I think Earl Thomas at No.12 is too risky, he's got talent, but also has some holes in his game. IMO, the perfect draft would be to trade down and pick up a 2nd rounder. If that situation gives then we can go DT late in the first and FS early to mid 2nd round. Here's a good example of a great 2nd round FS from last year's draft....

Jairus Byrd:
45 tackles
9 Int's

I like the value of Morgan Burnett from Georgia Tech, he shows lot's of promise and is projected to go after the 50th pick...

Again Waterboy,
So did I with Gerbil and Culver - Culver is way better than Wilson.

#88 would fit Marshallito nicely. Bring back the Irvin days, a modern day beast at receiver!

I also don't want to see them trade down, but not for waterboys reason. I just want to get the best athlete available at #12... or trade up for a star (but that's unlikely)

I think the Trifecta knows that if they dont make big moves this offseason, the could be looking at 3rd place in the division..

Incognito are big moves
Dumping Gerbil and JP were addition by subtraction moves.

I dont expect a trade down.

I am more worried about FS and OLB than NT to tell you the truth.

We were # 1 in sacks last year but got burned like a snoop dog joint.

As far FS maybe we can pinch hit with Sharper and Culver.

For OLB I only see drafting 2 guys and early

Mando, with the Rams drafting Sam Bradford all but a foregone conclusion, I have to wonder what their plans are to develop him, especially without a veteran QB to mentor him. What's the chance that they make an offer to Miami for Penny?

Some Nuggets:

With the Miami Dolphins still in need of two starting outside linebackers (if only there was a long-time Dolphin, six-time Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer out there!), the Dolphins are bringing in free agent Travis LaBoy for a visit this Friday, Apr. 16.

An unrestricted free agent in 2008, LaBoy signed a three-year deal with the Cardinals and played against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. The Cardinals released him the following offseason and he spent the 2009 season out of football rehabbing an ankle injury.

While signing LaBoy would certainly not solve the Dolphins' problems at outside linebacker, where Charlie Anderson and Cameron Wake are currently projected to start, it would be a solid and likely inexpensive addition that could have the chance to pay some dividends.

LaBoy is a solid pass rusher when healthy and still has some untapped potential, making him a nice little project for new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

Everyone keeps talking about E. Thomas at #12, why not just plug W. Allen in there? He is a proven DB in the NFL and there is not really a starting spot for him right now. I guess the main thing is if he is healthy enough to play. I say go OLB first pick and see where we go from there.

Which reminds me of a little diddy by Steely Dan. Goes something like this...

"Bessy don't lose that number , you don't wanna call nobody else... send it off in a letter, to yourself"

Bessy don't lose that number, its the only one you'll own...and by using it you'll feel better, when you get home."

...Memo to myself: "Way to much time on my hands."

LaBoy would be a nice pickup if we were to part way with Taylor.

I would just hate to see JT as a Jet, specially when he can still perform. If he was going down hill then yeah who cares but the guy had 7 sack, 43 tackles, 3 forced fumbles and a TD in limited playing time


W. Allen playing fs could be a real possibility if lg Mike Iupati is selected at #12. I have not totally ruled out that possibility. Neither should anyone else.

Jamillion if JT were not going to be resigned he would already be a Jet or another team by now.

Our wr corps has been pathetic for so long it has now been placed under Marshall law.

Iiilllllll - W. Allen as a safety????

NO WAY!!! He doesn't have the big hit ability and not a sure takler. He's much more suitable at corner. He will give us great upside in the nickel package as a corner - that's his value.

Dying Breed,

I hope so, it does look like they are just being patient with him. It's only righ to bring him back in a position in need.

Will Allen slips too much to be a FS...

I hope Sean Shutdown Smith bulks up and learns to tackle stronger because he whiffed on a few last year.

Whoever is drafting a QB in RD 1 would benefit from Penne. Send him over for a 4th or 5th

Neither is Thomas Jamillion. He is basically a corner that happens to play fs very well. That is the only knock on him, he is not a lights out hitter.

That's a good point DyingBreed. But he's not as bad of a tackler and the difference between Allen and Thomas at FS is ball hawk ability.
Berry is clearly the best Safety in the draft but as far as his comparison to Ed Reed, he's not a natural ball hawk like Ed Reed. My name is Earl Thomas, on the other hand is.

The other thing, like I said before - there's tremendous upside - only 20 years old and a great attitude of wanting to improve.


If I was calling the shots, Will Alllen would be our nickel corner and I believe he'd turn out to be be one of the best nickels in the game.

If we pick up a very good safety in the draft or a FA as a back up plan
(Sharper & Otagwe still out there) our secondary would be VERY STOUT!!

People talk about Tim Tebow but the best player getting the mist disrespect in this draft is clear Wayne St rb Joique Bell. He has had two 2,000 yd rushing seasons and some mocks do not even mention him as a 7th rounder.

Whom ever get Joique Bell is going to have a kid with a "major" chip on his shoulders and the rest of the league beware!


I agree wholeheartedly with your first round section. Dan Williams has never jumped out at me as a #12 pick. We need defensive playmakers now. Berry fits the bill. I'd go with Derrick Morgan, Sergio Kindle or Jason Pierre-Paul if Berry is not available. The trifecta believe they know how to find nose tackles in the later rounds. They have their own formula, thank you, all the other amateur mock drafts notwithstanding.

However, I'd go with nose tackle Linval Joseph with the 3rd. Incredible combine numbers for his size. A bit of a project but with great upside. Let the coaches earn their money coaching him up. Its sink-or-swim time for Paul Soliai at the beginning of the season.

I believe the personel of the offensive line is pretty much set so the rest of the draft will just be the best available OLB and nose tackle.

PS Don't worry about Armando, Chris, I'm eating this up. I'm bored to tears with 1st round mock drafts by now.

There's so many ways to enter this draft that it excites the F out of me. Think about it you guys, when was the last time we went into a draft with options on the table??? That's what I was trying to say earlier, this draft is different!

I would love to see either of the following happening in the draft:

With the No.12 Pick
Dan Williams
Jerry Hughes
Earl Thomas
Segio Kindle
C.J. Spiller

Oh yesss,so many options I love it!

Not to mention that we can trade down and pick up a 2nd Rounder.. point being is that we have plenty of options.

I agree Jamillion its just an option. It would also be a great option to trade up to get Eric Berry. I just do not know if we have enough ammo to pull it off.

I agree with all of the above. W. Allen can be one of the best nickels in the game and either one of those free agent pick ups would be fantastic!

I forgot Jason(Next door to me)Pierre-Paul... Beast!

I still think Dez should be the pick. Marshall, Dez, bess would be the upgraded version of Larry anquan and breaston

Jamillion, personally I believe W. Allen may be trade bait. He recieved a fat contract last offseason and may also be to expensive to keep around as "nickel corner". That's one helluvah a bunch of nickels.

Thats the main reason I believe he will be experimented as a possible starting safety. He recieves starter pay. If Thomas if drafted Allen's days may be numbered.


If we draft Dez Bryant we could also end up in the same situation as the Cards in having to eventually dump one of them because we couldnt afford to make them both "highest paid reciever" in the nfl. Would be nice but it also eventually carries a great burden.

The move of the year would be trade our first to Pittsburg for Rothlesburger, trade Henne for a second and draft Tebow with that pick

Just read a report that Boss Parcells thinks .."Earl Thomas is a great athlete playing out of position"...

This tells me that he probably wont be the pick!

That's true also, Dyingbreed.
He may be too costly but if kept as a corner, that gives is three solid corners, he could even rotate in and out for Vontae and Smith.

Also, I believe Smith will have 6 ints this year, he was concentrating too hard on not blowing plays as a rookie, once he gets comfortable enough to play his game, he will be INT city!!

Sean Rapelisberger, are you kidding me? Isee you dont any any female relatives in the city of Miami, lol!

JPP at 12
Spikes/myron lewis in the 3rd
Robert johnson in 4th
George johnson OLB--in 6th
Kade weston in 6th
Quintion scott in 6th

sleepers---Walter dublin OLB/ILB, aj Edds- ILB-- Mike neal NT---

If we get an additional 5th or 4th from ginn or smiley---throw in Deji Karim RB--explosive speed

Thanks Carlito.

It always iritates me when people who are OBVIOUSLY being sarcastic end there post with something lame like (I was being sarcastic) because one of the attributes that makes sarcasm so great is when you can use it on someone without them knowing, but the audience picks up on it.

Unfortunately, some people like Kevin11c need a sarcasm by numbers booklet to help them along.

To be perfectly clear, I appreciate 2 things about Cordero:
1. He has a very detailed analysis about a lot of people in this draft. He is NOT just reporting glamour players in the first few rounds but doing an extensive review of anyone that will be available for this draft, with particular interest to players that fill the needs of the Miami Dolphins.
2. He is looking for a job as a talent evaluator.

Given 2, I think he absolutely must showcase his results of 1. I think we are the benefactors of some great, unbiased analyses of someone that knows what he is talking about, with a heavy Miami Dolphins focus. It is absolutely fantastic work and I am VERY glad to be along for the ride.

I think it is great that Armond posts his stuff for all to see - and while I think Armando's jab at Cordero was toungue in cheek, I think others need to put things into perspective.

Not everything of use can be presented in 140 tweets!

err, 140 characters tweets...

PFT reporting that the Lions are interested in a trade for a Running Back.

Marshawn Lynch?
LenDale White?
Ronnie Brown?

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