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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 like this guys mock
Sapp would be nice in the 3rd round

Please Ronnie, don't go...

I don't think Ronnie brown leaving is anything more than gossip

He is not so easy to replace

I think you are way wrong in round 7


Ronnie Brown can be replaced very very cheaply with this guy:


If Ronnie is traded they will go after Spillar..
Give Marshall Jersey #1 he wants to be and will be. Henne used to pass quite well to another #1 Braylon Edwards!!

I also think they are working very hard to get back a second rounder so they can pick up Spillar or Dez with it then go Def the rest of the way!

Imagine if Brown gets traded for a 2nd,then we trade down to grab another 2nd.

3 picks in the 1st 2 rounds would be very appealing

Dying breed, I can't open your link now but I am guessing it's cj spiller

I love spiller and I think generally RBs are replacable but the thing that sets Ronnie apart is his ability to run the wildcat, so I beleive we will go into the regular season with Ronnie. If the use of the wildcat greatly decreases becaue we become more of a passing game, then I think brown leaves via free agency in 2011

First, I sincerly hope that Brown DOES NOT get traded. I love that guy, and I'm appalled how easily you turncoats can even suggest it.

JT needs to get back as well...

With that said, I wonder if the adjective "articulate" has EVER been used to describe a white guy?


We would have to trade down into the mid 20's for someone to consider giving up a 2nd rounder. Problem with that is we get a watered down 1st rounder plus we are also picking that same distance in the 2nd rd.

Basically our 1st rd pick becomes a glorified 2nd rounders and our 2nd round pick becomes a glorified 3rd rounder. Believe me it really isnt worth the trouble.

PFT are now reporting that the Eagles want to trade up for a Safety

A possible trade partner?


You have to "copy" the link then "paste it into your browser.

No No No.

No trading of Ronnie Brown. He will come back strong, finish the season with over 1,000 yards rushing an 12 TDs. I hope we screen with Ronnie a little more, this a string suit of his that only Cam Cameron was able to properly operate, that's the ONLY thing Cameron did right here.


I wouldnt want a 2nd rounder from Philly because at 55th spot it may as well be a 3rd rd pick. Thats what many are failing to realize about trading down with just anyone.

We sat at #43 thets why Denver was so happy to recieve our 2nd rd pick over other suitors for Marshall. It still had tremendous value.

I don't know about Ronnie, fact is he woulda been a UFA this year if there was a CBA...they made no attempts to sign him for a long term deal...if we keep him this year, we get nothing next year...if they feel Lex Hilliard can carry the load maybe it be best if we can get something for Ronnie


The Eagles do have another 2nd rounder to offer (#37)

Would that be better value buddy?


I have never posed before, but your "elevated" tone is absolutely ridiculous. This isn't TMZ, but sports is entertainment. Stop taking this blog and your hits so seriously. Football is a game, and your job is about covering a game.

Get over yourself.

- I love Ronnie. I would actually sign him to an extension and hope he doesn't get hurt again.
- I would rather see Bess go than Camarillo.
- I want JT back; if anything, he is way better than Moses and Anderson, and I truly believe he can still be a very good 3-down OLB. IMO, bringing him back fills a hole with a quality player for peanuts.

Runnie has never been a "pure" rb. He doesn't make people miss and when the hole isnt there instead of falling forward he does his little ballerina thing and always lose a yard or two.

Sure when there's an open running lane he's great, so are all nfl rb's. The wildcat helped him thrive because he could sit back and wait for a hole to open up and take off.

He doesnt have the great vision all the greats have and he isnt elusive at all. He's only a beast when there's an open hole. He can't create, doesn't make people miss, isn't a great cutback runner, and he doesn't have the great vision the game's very best all seemed to have.

He's big and fast, that's about it. Although he can also catch well out of the backfield. But at least 20 other nfl rb's do that well too. He has yet to live up to his draft status and we are now the 5th season in.

The avg life performance span of an nfl rb is only about 6 seasons. He only has 3 season max before he enters rapid decline. Especially carrying the rock 20-25 times a a game. That's only if he doesn't have a career ending injury first.

Given his injury history there's very strong possibility that could happen first. I like Ronnie but every season we have to hold our breath's on him.

Agree with Bobbyd12 in that if they do not have plans to keep him, now is the time to shop him.

Or would you rather keep him and then cry about how we never get anything in return for our free agents?

Another approach would be to keep him and trade him at the deadline this season.. if he shows he is fully recovered from his injury, it might raise his value more than enough to offset the relatively low value usually given at that time of year, since it seems trades have most value around draft time

Where did you read such comments made by Parcells? Can we now believe anything these three say?


I am aware Philly has a #37. Just don't think thats the one they would be willing to give up. But if they would do the #37 we should pounce, if not decline.


Dying Breed.

Ronnie Brown has great vision. It's one of his strong suits. His vision is why he's so good at running the wildcat. You basically said this yourself. Your post seemed a little contradictory.
He ain't no Chris Johnson or Barry Sanders, what he lacks in speed and moves he makes up for with great vision.

Ronnie's strangths are:

1. Great vision.
2. Beasty strength.
3. My personal favorute-One of the best Stiff Arms in the game today.

Dying Breed.

Not true about having to get a 1st round pick in the 20's from a trade partner for our 1st.

Just yesterday I mentioned that Dallas, Pittsburgh and Seattle's 1st and 2nd rounders would be just about even value for our 1st rounder which is worth 1200 pts..

Check out the 2010 value chart. Pittsburgh and Seattle pick in the teens of the 1st round. (Dallas is in the 20's though)

Again who do u think u r talking to. U report news to us, we feed ur paycheck without the fins without the fans u r nothing. Report the facts and shut up.

JT will be the reason we get swept by the jets this year. MARK MY WORDS. what a bunch of bafoons.

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