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The players are the thing and here are 56 possibilities

Can we be real?

Conference Championship Weekend is upon us. And if the Miami Dolphin are ever going to again participate in one of these weekends, it will take TALENT on the field. Yes, it is interesting the team is hiring and firing coaches this week (check out the previous couple of posts).

But the players are the thing.

The players make the plays. The players make the difference. The players, the players, the players.

Because that is true, I am starting to shift to player-talent mode on this blog. That means the focus will be less on the coaching (not sure whether that makes coaches who read this blog happy or sad) and much more on the players (not sure whether that makes players who read this blog happy or sad).

We start today with some future prospects. The NFL has granted 56 talented (most of them) players special eligibility to enter the April 28-30 draft. Each player met the NFL's three-year eligibility rule and submitted a written application renouncing their college eligibility. The deadline for turning those applications in to the NFL was January 5.

So this is it for the underclassmen entering the draft.

Consider the players:

Player

Pos.

College

Adams, Darvin

WR

Auburn

Austin, Marvin

DT

North Carolina

Ayers, Akeem

LB

UCLA

Baldwin, Jon

WR

Pittsburgh

Bowers, Da’Quan

DE

Clemson

Brown, DeAndre

WR

Southern Mississippi

Burton, Brandon

DB

Utah

Casey, Jurrell

DT

Southern California

Clay, John

RB

Wisconsin

Claytor, Nick

T

Georgia Tech

Cobb, Randall

WR

Kentucky

Dareus, Marcell

DE

Alabama

Doss, Tandon

WR

Indiana

Evans, Darren

RB

Virginia Tech

Fairley, Nick

DT

Auburn

Gabbert, Blaine

QB

Missouri

Green, A.J.

WR

Georgia

Gurley, Tori

WR

South Carolina

Guy, Lawrence

DT

Arizona State

Hamler, Jamel

WR

Fresno State

Harper, Jamie

RB

Clemson

Harris, Brandon

DB

Miami

Hill, Will

DB

Florida

Houston, Justin

LB

Georgia

Hynoski, Henry

RB

Pittsburgh

Ingram, Mark

RB

Alabama

Jones, Julio

WR

Álabama

Keiser, Thomas

LB

Stanford

Leshoure, Mikel

RB

Illinois

Lewis, Dion

RB

Pittsburgh

Lewis, Javes

DB

Oregon

Little, Greg

WR

North Carolina

Liuget, Corey

DT

Illinois

Mallett, Ryan

QB

Arkansas

Moore, Rahim

DB

UCLA

Newton, Cam

QB

Auburn

Parr, Zane

DE

Virginia

Peterson, Patrick

DB

Louisiana State

Quinn, Robert

DE

North Carolina

Ridley, Stevan

RB

Louisiana State

Rodgers, Jacquizz

RB

Oregon State

Rudolph, Kyle

TE

Notre Dame

Sands, Robert

DB

West Virginia

Sash, Tyler

DB

Iowa

Siliga, Sealver

DT

Utah

Smith, Aldon

DE

Missouri

Smith, Torrey

WR

Maryland

Smith, Tyron

T

Southern California

Tarrant, Jerrard

DB

Georgia Tech

Todman, Jordan

RB

Connecticut

Vereen, Shane

RB

California

Watt, J.J.

DE

Wisconsin

Wilkerson, Muhammad

DT

Temple

Williams, Aaron

DB

Texas

Williams, Ryan

RB

Virginia Tech

Wilson, Martez

LB

Illinois

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just get a fu#kin qb already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wolfman. Interesting thoughts about Gabbert as he compares to Alex Smith. Gabbert may flop because so many coaching staffs try to force a kid to do what hes not comfortable doing. Alex Smith is a perfect example. If you're gonna take him #1 overall, why not tailor an offense to him. Not try and put a square peg in a round hole. My favorite of all time was Jim Mora Jr.'s offense in Atlanta with Vick. It was so absurd. You have an athletic freak at QB and you're running a offense based on short, timing passes and accuracy.

In regards to Miami, I dont know much about the new guys offense, so its hard to tell which guy might be a good fit. All these guys seem like they need just the right situation to be successful. Mallett is gonna need to be behind a great O-line, Newton is def gonna need someone to tailor an offense to his skills, ect

Blaine Gabbert - Too high?

Of a pick I mean......

dreamfin - see my post on tab 3 at 3:53 in RE to the QB class this year.

I don't think 15 is too high for Gabbert...I just don't think he'll be there. I have him going to Minn @ 12 on my board. That is if things go as I predict and AZ passes (I think they'll go DE/OLB or possibly CB), 49ers pass (I have them going with Prince Amukamara CB or possibly DE), Titans pass (have them going DE), Redskins pass (I have them going DE/DT). All those teams are pretty desperate for a QB but all need some serious help on D as well and there is some pretty serious talent at DE/DT/OLB/CB early in the draft. I think Redskins will pass because they have a pretty solid D with only a couple pieces missing. I'm predicting they shore that up early on and worry about QB later.

That said, I do believe Locker, Newton, and Mallett will be there when we pick....I just don't think we pick any of those.

dreamfin - also of concern to me in RE to Gabbert is that he comes from a spread system where i plays primarily in shot-gun formation. He doesn't take a many snaps from under center. Footwork, etc is coachable but sometimes these spread type of guys never really adjust to being under center...see Alex Smith. Even if Gabbert learns to effectively play under center, it will take a few years for him to be comfortable.

This coaching staff doesn't have a few years to develope anything....it has to happen now or never. Carreers are on the line which is the prime reason I don't seem them going with a rookie QB.

Look for them to go to FA (after the draft most likely) to find a veteran QB or two to compete with Henne. Some names I'm sure that will surface....Vince Young, Brady Quinn (may end up with him after all), I think Leinart is a FA but would have to verify that. Potential trade options could be McNabb, Orton, Kolb.

Living in the Rocky Mtn region of the country I get a lot of Bronco news and rumors....I'v heard that they would be looking for a first round pick either this year or next (if negotiations don't go through in time). That said, they put a 1st round tender on him last year and there wasn't even a nibble. They will be more desperate to move him this year as the Tebow era has begun and he has made it well known that he has no interest in playing for Denver as anything other than the starter...not to mention they owe him some big $$$$$ this year to be a back-up. Rumors I'm hearing from family and friends in Denver (some who are in a position to know) is that a 3rd rounder or conditional 4th rounder could get that trade done.

Make that a 1st or 2nd......that price is pretty high though and I don't think they'll get it. 3rd or conditional 4th is more likely for Orton.

wolfman the surprise qb of the draft is going to be greg mcelroy from alabama. i'm hoping that the draft turns out for qb's the way the experts think it's going to go because newton only had one year in a major college program, pat devlin transferred from penn state to delaware and had one good year there and he is ranked as the no. 6 qb before andy dalton, a four year starter at tcu. in fact, dalton is probably going to end up moving up in the draft from his current 4th rd projection.

however, if dalton's draft projection doesn't improve that may be a good thing because we may end up with the steal of the draft if he is sitting there in the 4th round waiting for us to pick him. the guy is a leader on the field and that is an intangible trait that is needed in any good qb at the pro level.

dm1dolphan - Man.....I would have no problem landing either of those guys. I think the QB class this year is actually deeper....and may be better in the later rounds.

In RE to Locker being a "surprise" of the draft...perhaps I didn't really choose my words that carefully. I think he'll be a "surprise" so to speak in that I really think this is a pretty mediocre group of first rounders and I think he's going to be the one that ends up shining among that group. I just have this feeling he's going to end up being one of those guys that everyone says...WTF....how did that guy drop so far in the draft....and how did we miss out on the pick. Not just Miami....but a lot of folks.

I think there is a very good chance that Miami will take a QB in the 3rd or 4th....you couldn't ask for anything more than those Dalton or McElroy....personally I'd prefer McElroy.

the steal of the draft at the rb position is going to be bilal powell. if he stays a midround pick up until the draft there is going to be a lucky team that gets him at that place in the draft.

Ok...Dalton....McElroy....now I'm totally conflicted. I thought I preferred McElroy...but maybe it's Dalton....but maybe it's McElroy.

I have had the opportunity to see Dalton up-close and personal a few times as he always gets the opportunity to whip my Lobos every year. Dude is a winner no doubt....course my Lobos are total losers...but 44-8 career tells no lies.

Hell, I'll probably piss myself if we land either. I also wouldn't mind Stanzi late...what is he projected right now.....5th or 6th? Something like that.

Bilal Powell???? Sell Me!

yeah, stanzi is projected to go in the 6th. he had an off year in his junior year which probably went against him but he had good sophmore and senior years. the thing that i see with mcelroy is his high completion percentage and his high qb rating. his avg. per completion is similar to other qb's with higher positons than him. he didn't throw a lot of interceptions in his junior or senior years either; throw only 4 as a junior and 5 as a senior. kind of makes you wonder what everyone is thinking.

How is it that Salguerro STILL, ... has a job ??? Dude ! You say the stupidest things that person with REAL sports knowledge can ever read. The problem with the Dolphins over the years, has not been talent. The problem has been ORGANISATION, you idiot ! Ever sine the Robbie family sold the Dolphins, ... The Dolphins has not been able to get their crap together. We've had ... Zach Thomas, Jason Taylor, Patrick Surtain, Sam Madison, Terrell Buckley, Wes Welker, and a bunch of other guys that right now, I can't remember. Of all these players I've named, 3 of them has either won or has been to a Super Bowl. So once again, Salguerro, ... I dont know where you come up with these concepts ... and even less how you could still have a job.

We need to find a couple of solid RBs. We need to run the ball while we fix the passing game.

i don't think i can sell you on bilal powell in 3:45 but here's a good look:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKERqz7G3UU&feature=related

Like I wrote yesterday, but didn't see it on the page - If we keep draft #15 we should take Pouncey. Its not a sexy pick, but it helps our O-line greatly. Long, Jerry and Pouncey would be a great cornerstone for our O-line for many years to come. Our QB abd RB's will be better for it no matter who it is. We can pick a RB in the 3rd or 4th round that will bring in some much needed youth. Then upgrade every possible position we can through the draft. I think we should try to bring in Vince Young to battle for a starting position at QB. There are other possibilities for free agency, so we will have to wait and see what our team does.

Funny thing is Soprano is drafting for the next regime!! I'll go on record now to thank fatsano for making the Phins a contender for the next decade! His 1 and 15 2011 season will give us Andrew Luck and the rest will be history!!!

This drafting thing is easy. All you need to know is some football, hardwork, dedication, people skills, and of course winning attitude.
Hey Ross, call me if your guys need help. Also, we must hit homeruns in Free Agency....

Rd # Player Position College Height Weightspeed
1 15 Julio Jones WR Alabama 6-4 220 4.49
2 47 traded
3 79 Pat Devlin QB Deleware 6-4 220 4.82
4 111 Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin 6-4 240 4.69
5 143 Bilal Powel RB Louisville 5-11 215 4.52
6 175 Derrick Locke RB3 Kentucky 5-9 190 4.36
7 206 DeAndre Brown WR Sou Miss 6-5 235 4.52
7 211 Anthony Sherman FB Uconn 5-11 240 4.65

Hey mr. Ross, below are some Free Agents to consider. If your guys need help, do not hesitate to call me......
Marc Bulger QB Ravens
Matt Leinart QB Texans
Vince Young QB Titans
Jonathan Goodwin C Saints
Ryan Kalil C Panthers
Daryn Cooledge G Packers
Davin Joseph G Buccaneers
Carl Nicks G Saints
Jermon Bushrod RT Saints
Marcedes Lewis TE Jaguars
Kevin Boss TE Giants
Jacoby Jones WRs Texans
Steve Breaston WRs Cardinals
James Jones WRs Packers
David Harris ILB Jets
Chad Greenway ILB Vikings
Gabe Watson NT Cardinals

Ed, I am also one of the handful of fans that sees the need for a solid front Oline. Period.

Taking care of that issue, enables the weapons to fully execute.

Good pass protection allows the QB - and play -and an extra second or two to develop. A fraction of that time often makes the difference.

Good blocking opens holes for the RB's to slip through the Dline. We might only get 4 yards, or 14, but certainly get more 60 yard runs in a season. A shoddy Oline gets us stacked up for no gain, or a loss of 4 yards too many times. Dolphins have seen too much of that over the years.

Good pulling gaurds opens the door and sometimes bust the door off its hinges.

Good OT lead sweeps and reverses - among other thing - that put a ball carrier in the secondary, creating havok along the way.

Some of the most dominate offensive teams in history are labled so due to the Oline.

Of course, the QB, RB, WR always get the credit. The exception was the Redskin HOGS.

I have a few ideas that expound upon your Pouncy and FA thoughts.

Gotta get to the boat...

Ps.I have written on this blog and the previous one at least a dozen times already, saying the same thing you are saying.

Everybody jumped up to the Armando JT blog today. There are some there that I hope do not have the witt to return back here.

Pss. Xpert, I will study this list in a minute

ARE YOU GUYS SERIOUS, TAKING VINCE YOUNG THE QUITTER WHO CANT THROW. WHO IS NOT ACCURATE, ONLY THING HE CAN DO IS RUN. HELL NO NO VINCE YOUNG. I RATHER MATT FLYNN, THE RB FROM VIRGINIA TECH(WILLIAMS)OR THE FREE AGENT RUNNING BACK FROM THE CAROLINA PANTHERS. AND THE WR FROM KENTUCKY (COBBS) WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT PICK.

Would you rather have a 7 and 9 record in 2011 or a 1 and 15?

want to get an early look at some players that fins may look at watch the east west shrine game tomorrow: delone carter, rb, syracuse; evan royster, rb, penn state; zach hurd, ol, uconn; christian hairston, ot, clemson. also, you'll get a look at pat devlin who is rated in the top 6 qb's coming out this year despite only having one good year under his belt. all of these players are projected for mid and late rounds at this time but i like carter and royster in place of a cobb. hairston and hurd are gigantic ol. hurd is 6'7" 325lbs but runs a 5.16 40 and is very durable; he started every game in his final three years. hairston, like hurd, is 6'7" and 330 lbs and runs a 5.18 40. he was clemson's top ol. both are guys that can help on the ol and provide some depth and maybe challenge for a starting position.

royster rushed for over a 1,000 yds his last 3 seasons with penn state but his td production fell from 12 in his sophmore year to 6 each of his last two years. thus, his low projection in the draft. worth taking a look at to shore up the backup rb's. time to let go of cobbs and hillard.

DC Dolfan...
Reading "Kermit the Frog and Quarterback" together in the same sentence
(your post of a while back had me in stitches. The image...wrong color though...Jets green. Kermit would get vomited on by drunk Fins fans after his 3rd interception while trying to hit Fozzie Bear on a crossing pattern.

You are correct. AJ Green is a MAN, as is Julio Jones. Fairly has the IQ of a loquat, but he be MEAN and NASTY.
If we could move up from 3rd to a high 2nd (trade Hartline and our3rd round pick) I'd love to get Ryan Williams (VA Tech) Before he was injured, he was easily the best back in the ACC, maybe top 5 in the country.
I'm still in the FA mode, but the damn CBA will make things nuts.
Jason Babin of the Titans is available, and he is an ANIMAL pass rusher, and would make us better than than the Colts duo there. That would make up for our somewhat inconsistent secondary.
Get a pass rusher for the other side, that would set up everything else. Trouble is, theCBA accord will come AFTER the draft.

Reading onward in this blog, I keep hearing "get sos and so" in free agency then draft so and so."
As I just posted, it ain't gonna work that way, unfortunately for us.

This year, the draft will come FIRST, WAY first as a CBA agreement (assuming there IS one) is not expected to be signed until July or August.
The teams that tend to gain from this arrangement are the Pats, with ALL those draft choices, The Jets, Steelers, packers, etc. In other words, teams with MOST of the positions already filled by 1st class starters, those not in need of MAJOR FA help, like......the Dolphins.

Expect the owners of the above mentioned teams, especially the pats, Jets and steelers to delay their vote, or vote no early and often, until enough time has passed that the bottom feeding teams will not have enough time to integrate new players the upcoming season.

How do you add 6-10 new players and get them ready in 2 weeks, with basically no pre-season? No problem for the pats, Jets (who will probably hold secret, illegal practices anyway.)

We need to get Ingram at #15 because he could be the next emmitt smith like kiper was saying. Then we should try to get kolb from the eagles if they release him otherwise young would still be better than nothing, he could at least challenge henne and make him work harder to keep his job!

IMAWriter, You are correct. The majority of the teams will be in shambles due to both the NFL and the Players Asocciation unwillingness to compremise.

However, March 3rd is the dead-line to strike a deal. And if that doesn't get done, we will at least know which free agents are in the market, and which ones were hastily signed by their teams on March 2nd.

Albeit, that still keeps the league (including those teams you say will less likely be affected) in shambles. Even if they get their deal done in July...

Gone, fishing...

Ps Xpert, I don't think Mr.Ross will be seeking your advice, in my humble opinion. Sure, your draft wish list looks good, and I agree with 1/4th of the picks, but you rely to heavily on the FA to patch the glaring problems Miami is facing: The Oline. Some of those FA on the interior line are FA are not even wanted by their team, because of the draft possibilities...

Furthermore, you didn't even address the Special Teams. Take a look at Jerrel Jernigan, U.Troy. That cat takes care of two posistions K.Returner, WR.

Gotta go, the fish are running.

Yeah, Xpert, drafing is easy. that is if you don't have the teams drafting ahead of you looking to get the same player you want in each rd. that is why you need to have multiple players on your board in each rd. if one is picked you have another you can chose from. you have them rated from your top choice in each rd on down to your last but you have to keep your options open. you don't want to be forced to make a decision at the last second. also, you need to know that the player your drafting is worthy of where you are picking. so, if you are at #79 and it's your only pick in the 3rd you need to know that the guy you pick shouldn't be going in the #115 position. otherwise, you got low value for the pick. in that case you are better off trading down. it's easy for all of us to put our picks out there and say it would be nice to have these guys but, if they are not available when we pick, it isn't going to work out very well. that is why you need to be able to evaluate talent and have multiple choices ready for each round. sounds easy?

Yeah Xpert, It is that invovled, times ten, maybe a hundred. But I understand your wanting to help an organization that just hasn't handled the whole draft thing very well in a very long time.

Or did you read Pg.3 11:53am through 12:31pm when there was a splatter of posts debating whether or not some of the Dolphin Brass actually read our suggestions or these blogs at all...and then got your head all swelled up?

Just for the record, this blog and some of the suggestions (the sane ones, not the silly gibbering, or rants of the idiots) really do trickle up the ladder. It is impossible not to.

Follow me here. Football, is what this organization lives and dies for. It is their life. No, Ross down to the mid level staff probably don't even have time to read this blog, but trust me, stay at home wife has plenty of spare time; and Jr. playing in H.S. with peer pressure and cheerleaders hangin' close, got plenty of time to talk about your print, or mine if it is good. At the dinner table they talk football. In the car they talk football, foot-. They text football. Jr is now a Sr in college. The entire family and friends want to see what the fan-base is saying about Billy.

Don't ever think that a good idea is tossed aside just because it came from the internet.

Hell, a rock was simply a rock until one caveman turned it into a wheel. And that's how the wheel turns round and round, round and roun-

Gotta go, fish are biting

Just askin', Armando, If you need any help wring your blogs, feel free to contact me...hehe

Gotta go, fishing...

ps, with the CBA ground to a halt. This draft is more important than any other. With that said, you'd think more of the fellows would be back here floating ideas.

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