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A look at the QBs through one man's eyes

One of the faithful readers on here yesterday complained that I have a man-crush on Cam Newton and haven't even really mentioned another quarterback the Dolphins could draft on this blog.

That's not correct. I've mentioned other quarterbacks. But admittedly none in the glowing terms I've mentioned Newton. So let me get about the business of explaining the man-crush. And then let me mention why that does not extend to other QBs in the coming draft.

Understand that all of this is my opinion. Please feel free to disagree. But, honestly, do your homework first.

My opinion starts with the idea that Cam Newton is the best quarterback in this draft. It is not Blaine Gabbert. It is not Ryan Mallet. It is not Jake Locker or any of the other names you'll hear thrown around. That doesn't mean Newton will have the most successful NFL career because there are many factors that go into that.

One of the primary factors that go into that mix that cannot be judged by me or you or even the experts out there that include 32 NFL general managers is the attribute that separates a star from an also-ran.

Some players, regardless of their measurable skills, have an attribute that you cannot see that allows him, indeed, propels him to success. Tom Brady has that attribute. Phillip Rivers has that attribute. It is that intangible something that draft gurus don't like to acknowlege because it doesn't come with stats and cannot be pointed out on film. Joe Montana had it and that helped him overcome the fact he wasn't exceedingly big or boasting the strongest of arms.

Jim Everett? Mark Herrmann? Ryan Leaf? Trent Edwards? David Carr?

All of them supremely talented and successful in college. None of them had that attribute. Fact is they seemed to be anchored by an attribute that prohibited them from going forward -- the anti-attribute, if you will.

Cam Newton has the attribute. I don't think Ryan Mallet does.

Beyond that, Newton will be selected in the Top 5 picks (should be No. 1, if you ask me) because, well, what's not to freakin' like? He's a winner. He won in junior college. He won a national championship his one year starting at Auburn.

That attribute? Did you see the game against Alabama? Nick Saban knows a thing or two about defense. Saban had great talent on his defense. And in the most pressure-packed situation of the season against the best defense he faced all year, a defense that represents the biggest rival on the Auburn schedule, a defense that had a lead, Cam Newton put his team on his back and rallied Auburn to beat Alabama.

And the Tigers won every other game on their schedule. The Tigers, I shouldn't have to tell you, play in the Southeastern Conference. And the Southeastern Conference is arguably the best conference in college football.

There are many criticisms of Newton lately. But he led his team while under extreme scrutiny nationally -- both positive as a Heisman hopeful and negative as a possible violator of NCAA rules. Ultimately, Newton won the Heisman and was not proven to have broken rules -- at least not yet.

He's not a genius but he's bright. He's got the physique at 6-5 and 245 pounds to play quarterback as well as Superman. He can make every throw. He's accurate enough that it is not a question mark. His parents have been married 24 years and they are important in his life. He has Warren Moon, a Hall of Famer, advising him. He can move very well so he has ability to escape the rush.

Can someone tell me the negatives?

Oh, he played in a basic single-wing-type attack? True. He didn't throw over 25 times in games? True. He didn't play in the pro-style set? True. He liked to save plays by running? True.

I didn't say he is perfect and spotless. I said he's simply the best player at his position and probably the best in the draft. He will not be there when the Dolphins draft. Fourteen NFL GMs are not that obtuse. But he is my top QB.

My No. 2 quarterback? Christian Ponder of Florida State.

He's athletic. He's bright. He has ENORMOUS hands, which is a great attribute in that he will be able to play in bad weather such as rain or cold because the ball won't be slipping out of his hands. He doesn't have the strongest arm in the draft. He's probably tailor made for a West Coast offense. But that attribute I spoke of? I see it in Ponder.

Blaine Gabbert? He could be good. He's bright. He understands the fundamentals of how to manipulate safeties. He's been coached in a very quarterback friendly system that made Chase Daniel, an ordinary QB talent, into a stud in college.

I am told Gabbert had very little success throwing downfield. Teams are looking at statistics about his completion percentage on passes of 5 yards or less compared to those of 5 yards or more. Obviously the shorter pass gave Gabbert a better percentage. It's that way for all QBs. But Gabbert's completion percentage on passes over 5 yards dropped so dramatically -- moreso than most other QBs -- that it is making scouts question his ability to succeed on intermediate throws.

Gabbert completed only 61 of his 301 completions for more than 15 yards. Compare that with say, Landry Jones of Oklahoma, who completed 101 of his 405 completions for more than 15 yards and you start to see Gabbert didn't stretch the field nearly often enough. Gabbert was eighth in yards per attempt in his conference.

Does he look the part? At 6-5 and 235 pounds, he absolutely does. Did he show that attribute I talk about earlier very often? Check the game against Iowa and get back to me.

Ryan Mallet? If you read the previous post you already know what I told you a very respected NFL man told me about Mallet's leadership skills -- or lack thereof.

Here's another concern: Can this kid get out of anyone's way?

NFL defenses today are fast, they're aggressive, they attack the quarterback and they generally arrive at the quarterback in a foul mood. How is Mallet, who is slower and less mobile than just about any quarterback in the NFL today, going to get out of the way?

I know of at least two teams that have this concern.

Colin Kaepernick? I like him. He can run like the dickens. He's athletic. He's kind of scrawny looking to me. And he's a project. He's not going to solve Miami's quarterback issues for 2011. Maybe in 2013. But not 2011.

Jake Locker? He should have come out in 2009. He would have made a ton of money. I don't like his accuracy. He reminds me of Brady Quinn in that regard. He looks the part, but so did Quinn. How'd that work out? We've learned stuff since then. (I hope).

My favorite darkhorses?

T.J. Yates of North Carolina late (6-7th) rounds of the draft and Ricky Stanzi of Iowa in the middle (3-4) rounds of the draft. Both started at least three years in college. Both won in college. Both completed around 60 percent of their passes in college. Both were coached by NFL caliber coaches. Works for me.

Are they going to be starters? Look, even half the guys picked in the first round are going to be busts. So to suggest to you that I know Yates or Stanzi will be eventual starters is simply ridiculous. I'm not in the mood for ridiculous today.

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i notice armando is about 98 percent wrong on HIS PICKS LIKE PAT WHITE AND ODRICK WHICH TELLS ME THAT WRITERS THINK OF THE DRAFT AS MIXED SALAD OR MASHED POTATOES ...LOOK WHAT PATS DRAFTED ON 2009-2010;;;;;;;

1-PICK NO 83....... BRANDON TATE
2-PICK NO 39.....SAFTY.......PAT CHUNG
3-PICK NO 134............. WR.. JUILAN EDELMAN
4-PICK NO 114............ TE ARRON FERNANDEZ
5-PICK NO 42 .....................WR...ROB GRONKSWKI
6-PICK NO 63....................LINBACKER........BRANDON SPIKES

Trade down, if not, take Mallet @ 15. Sentinel did a GREAT write up & analysis on him & studied his throws from every scenario. His footwork is a little sloppy & he isn't very fast but boy can he wing it. His deep passes are on the money.

As someone else stated, his character concerns are being brought up by people who are not around him. His coaches & teammates like him & say he has leadership skills.

Regarding him being in a Spread offense, that is FALSE. He was in a pro style shotgun offense. Mallet can read defenses & go the right way with the ball. Newton would have allot of learning to do.

Mallet needs to learn also, but it's not fundamentals or basics. He needs to learn to evade the rush. Not to run with it, but to by himself more time to throw it. That's his biggest weakness but that might be correctable.

If you can't trade down, take the guy with upside & that's Mallet. Marino had character concerns too & he worked out just fine. You can't trust peoples opinion of him if they've never been around him.

Hawk, please explain (not trying to call you out) why it would be beneficial to pick a QB in the 3rd round in a class you've already dubbed as "slim to none." See, this is what I don't understand in people's drafting philosophy.

My philosophy is simple (although many can find fault with it). I say, you get the most bang for your buck at the QB position in the 1st-rd (maybe high 2nd round too). So get your QB in those rounds. Period.

Then there's the other philosophy which says we have too many holes, and plus the QB class this year isn't strong, therefore go with what you got (Henne and maybe bring in a veteran when FA opens up). I can understand that philosophy too.

But the philosophy of we have too many holes, and the QB class is a bust, and good QBs usually NEVER come from the 3rd rd back, but let's waste a late rd pick on a QB makes no sense to me.

If this year's QB class sucks, then DON'T DRAFT A QB THIS YEAR!!!! It's that simple. This isn't politics, there is no compromise somewhere in the middle. It's either you're gonna take a QB (and therefore to get the most bang for the buck you do it in the early rounds) or you're not.

JOE,

I ALSO SAW THAT SENTINEL ARTICLE ABOUT MALLET,THAT WAS GOOD .

DC, THE FIRST HOLE DOLPHINS HAVE AND DON'T FORGET LAST YEAR 1-7 AT HOME IS THE....QB ,SECOND RB................WE NEED TO FILL BOTH AT FIRST RD OR SECOND BY TRADING DOWN .

Not to pick but Warren Moon is STILL a Hall of Famer....

Cam Newton is extremely interesting if you're, say, a Panthers fan. No way he'll be around at 15, and Mando has consistently reported, and I have consistently believed, the Dolphins are going to trade down and try to regain their 2d round pick. The best QB we have a shot at if we stay at 15 would be Jake Locker. The fact that he looks the part, and so did Brady Quinn is not really a fair comparison. Brian Urlacher looks like a linebacker, too.
Anyway I just don't see the Dolphins spending a #15 pick on Locker or any QB. Even without a lockout, a QB is going to require a learning curve, and this administration doesn't have that kind of time. We need somebody who will put points on the board week 1--that's a running back. I hope we stay at 15 and take Ingram.

ALoco, those picks (by NE) all looked like gems because of the coaching ability in NE. Half those guys would have been busts elsewhere.

We can talk about Cam Newton, Mallet and everyone else being good or not, the fact is, CAN they be good IN MIAMI? Are our coaches worth their salt, or are they catalytic converters (stemming the ability for maximum power)?

Hopefully, Daboll learned from Bellicheck how to get the most out of his players. That's what we haven't seen here in awhile (I thought we were on our way in '08, but we've been sliding back ever since).

More than players, we need effective COACHING. You all see what effective coaching did for our defense (in 1 year). We need that all around. Good organizations are good all around, from the groundskeepers up. Miami's organization has deteriorated in the past decade, and it needs to improve in order for the product on the field to improve (and right now, with this head coach, that's a big question mark).

Cam Will demand a huge unproven rookie contract probably the biggest in history = holdout.

his work ethic has been seroiusly questioned

He runs out of the pocket too easily = quick injury.
He wont be available when the fins pick = not another wasted pick

DC .

THAT WORD ((( EFFECTIVE COACHING AND GOOD ORGANIZATION )) NOT TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY .......... IN THE MIAMI CASE I BELIVE WHEN THEY HIRE PEOPLE IN FOR THE COACHING STAFF LIKE OUR BELOVE THE QUILTY COACH ,THEY R AFRAID TO LOSE THEIR JOBS TO THESE PEOPLE SO THEY HIRE DUMB PEOPLE TO FILL THESE SPOTS .IN NEW ENGLAND ,THEY KNOW THAT AND THEY HAVE A SYSTEM IN PLACE TO PREVENT IT .

OUR BELOVED

DC kind of hit thae nail on the head in my opinion.

I mean, I know a QB and RB is the flashy fun pick.

But our coaching was hiddeous. the players we had on the roster were more than capable, and would be successful in other uniforms.

Our biggest problems are O-Line, Coaching, and our Defense in big situations.

Henne, "Can" be a great QB, not sure if he ever will be.

Ronnie and Ricky "Can" both still hit well over 1K in yards if there are holes to run through. That being said I know neither are signed. However I believe getting one WILL be easy when CBA is figured out.

Also there is D Williams and M Bush floating out there.

I love talking about QB and RB because those are the jersey's we buy, however MOST of the time they are a product of a good game plan and a solid consistant O-Line.

Ok here it is--my official prediction of what the Dolphins will actually do. Trade down and take Mike Pouncey and then an RB with an acquired late 2d round or early 3d. No QB in the first 3 rounds. Probably not at all.

Boy reading all these suckups kiss you rear end is quite comical. One dude actually changed his mind on Newton after reading on article from you! Wow! These followers could never be QB's because QB's need lead! Repost this article half way through next season and then half way through the season after. Let guage how well you know your stuff.

I'm sure you thought J marcus russle has it also. Newton will be bust. just wait.

They will have a better chance at QB next year after losing even more games this season than last, due to their thickheaded trade down philosophy (Odrick over Dez) and Henne at Interception Central Command.

They should go with Ingram, hard to go too wrong there and the Ricky and Ronnie show is pathetic.

Henne is Int central, and Eli mannings is... hmmmm ok my point exactly.

Running backs can not get yards if there are not holes to run through... unless they are Barry Sanders.

My head hurts.

I read you often and enjoy but with the QB thing I can offer another thought. I am in Fayettville AK. Home to Mallet and I know my SEC football. My 2 cents. Mallet is not the person some say he is. I know this group of coaches, and some players and they love him and his leadership. He has more upside than any.
While I like Cam, and who cant be impressed by what he did, not many NFL defenses will be impressed with his skills. Make hime throw and you beat him. He is NOT accuate enought for NFL. See Vince Young.......

the negatives armando mentioned: did not throw more than 25 times a game, did not play in pro style offense, etc. just made the case against newton. newton never proved that he could make every throw. as a matter of fact, a lot of newton's throws were to WIDE OPEN receivers. he never proved that he was accurate and that he could put the ball into a tight spot. finally, cam newton IS NOT a quarterback.
if you need a quarterback why would you take a guy who is going to be at least a two year project? why would you take a guy that will need to sit behind your starter for at least two years if you are picking a qb in the top ten? if you're picking a qb in the top ten it pretty much means your qb sucks and you need someone who can play soon enough to make a difference. cam newton is not that guy. no, if you're taking newton the first thing you need to do is sit him and takehhim out of the spotlight. that's the best thing to do with this kid.

ARMANDO BROKE UP WITH BRANDON GRAHAM NOW HE IS MOVING ON TO CAM WITH THE MAN CRUSH LOL

BRANDOND MUST BE DEVISTATED LOL

IM STICKING TO MY GUNS
WE WILL TRADE DOWN TO RECOUP A 2ND ROUNDER

AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE MIKEL LESHOURE AT THAT PICK OR 2ND BEST RB IN THE DRAFT INGRAM IF HE DROPS

UNLESS A QB DROPS TO US IN THE LATER FIRST WHICH I COULD SEE MALLET SLIDING THAT FAR

LOCKER IS SECOND ROUNDER AT BEST 4TH AT WORST IVE SEEN CRAZIER THINGS HAPPEN ON DRAFT DAY

Right Poizen. It's like what's happening in Libya. Those freedom fighters have all the heart in the world, but they won't beat Gaddafi's forces because they have no training or a good strategy.

Our guys have heart, they can play. But they aren't being LED to win. The strategy here is HORRIBLE. Fix the coaching and that will win us 3-4 more games alone.

But, I wouldn't be mad with ncfinfan's projected draft. Trade down, get a 2nd-rd pick, take Pouncey in the 1st, then look at RB/TE/WR/LB/S in the 2nd rd and fill holes as needed. I personally would like to get a QB in the early rounds, but am realistic if the right guy isn't there, don't waste a pick, look to next year to get a QB (since I'm not sold on taking a QB in later rounds in a weak class). Go with Henne, draft a veteran, and close your eyes and pray to God they can handle it, lol.

10 PLAYERS WITH THE IT FACTOR:

PAYTON MANNING

RAY LEWIS

DERRELL REVIS

ADRIAN PETERSON

CHRIS JOHNSON

MICHEAL VICK

DREW BRESS

PATRICK WILLIS

BRET FAVRE

BRANDON MARSHALL

kurt,
i have to agree with you on newton. make him beat you with his arm. we all saw what happened in the championship game when oregon shut him down running the ball and he had to try and beat them with his arm. it was pitiful. jonathon dyer put the team on HIS back and won the game for them; not cam newton. if a college defense can shut him down i can't wait to see what the pro's will do to him.

Sorry fellows, I have a man crush on R. Maddow.

Cam Newton = Jamarcus Russell. Big arm, small brain. Do you really want to give millions of dollars to this guy?? His father has already made money off of him and you know that he knew about that and lied about it to the NCAA. All the pressure that he played under at Auburn was because he took money and lied about it. He also is a one year wonder and has no track record beyond last year. You are basically drafting him based on one half of one game against Alabama, that pick has bust written all over it. Let Newton become some other teams problem as he has made bad decision after bad decision dating all the way back to his Florida days. This is the last guy that you want as the face of your franchise. Look at all the picks over the last few years that had character issues, Bryant, Aquib, both are still getting into trouble. These guys get into trouble because they are bad guys and you can not fix that.

Aloco, I will say what you just said would be my preffered draft. Trade back and somehow get Leshoure, sign Ronnie or D williams, and I think our O will be all set, if we get decent O-Line play

Let me get this straight, your evidence that Jake Locker doesn't have 'it' is that he kind of looks like Brady Quinn and "how did that work out"? And you're telling us to do our homework? HA!

As Home has said all along

Draft 6.5 255lb QB Cam Newton or Nothing

ok maybe he lost a few lbs and is 250 lbs

Still Bigger than Big Ben

As Home has said all along

Draft 6.5 255lb QB Cam Newton or Nothing

I keep saying it on here: Dolphins brass must draft STANZI. HE is a super sleeper like Tom Brady was and this kid's got brains, physical tools and everything needed to succeed in NFL. He will be ready by mid season to relieve Henne of his duties. No joke. Now, SPARANO!!!! Go get our QB- Ricky Stanzi!!!!!!

Draft 6.5 255lb QB Cam Newton or Nothing


6.5 255lb QB Cam Newton or Nothing

When you say Cam Newton has "it" do you mean something like no smarts or common sense? You forgot to put that in your list of negatives. Cue cards,,,,freaking cue cards because he couldn't either learn opposing defenses plays or couldn't learn his own play book or both. Cue cards!

or best bet for drafting a qb is in this draft next years draft wont be nearly as good as this half ass one

it would be nice to cough up a 2012 for vet qb this year but that crop isnt that great either for the expception of 2

6.5 255lb QB Cam Newton or Nothing


U Get That, Huh?

I saw a bit of the It from Peyton Manning in the Pro Bowl when he talked down Tony Siragusa during halftime. Of course Ray Lewis has it. From the Dolphins, Chad Pennington(although he might be done for) and, is becoming clearer to me, that Mr. Wake might have it. The It is not an exclusive, JUSTIN CREDIBLE, but an inclusive.

Read ProFootballWeekly report by Nolan Nowrocki's evaluation of Cam Newton and then tell me why the Dolphins should draft him.

So Alex, before calling someone a douche you did the ultimate douchey thing. You called the poster out on his point, implied he was wrong, and then proved his point for him. You're saying Mallet won't be able to learn how to move quicker and if that were obtainable they could have taught it to Marino. But the original point was that Mallet won't be able to succeed in the nfl due to his lack of mobility. How did Dan Marino do in his career?

Let me get this straight, your evidence that Jake Locker doesn't have 'it' is that he kind of looks like Brady Quinn and "how did that work out"? And you're telling us to do our homework? HA!

Posted by: Pete | March 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Totally in depth analysis right there, Pete. If you want REALLY good QB prospect analysis, the Sentinel has been picking apart every viable QB option IN DEPTH. Pro's, con's, video footage, opinions, strengths weaknesses, etc...

Good stuff, backed by evidence & footage. Not simply he said, she said opinionated mumbo jumbo.

the only thing you need to teach mallet is more pocket awareness,, he can already make evry throw.

so what harder to teach making every throw or pocket awareness

no 1 draft pick is perfect all of them are missing something

6.5 255lb QB Cam Newton or Nothing

I'm confused Home. So... Newton is picked @ pick 3 hypothetically.

Miami should pack up the wagon and forget the rest of the draft?

Your just being silly again... :)

"Ryan Mallet? If you read the previous post you already know what I told you a very respected NFL man told me about Mallet's leadership skills -- or lack thereof."

What NFL man, the groundskeeper? I love that reporters can't divulge their sources so we have to trust that there is actually a source and it's not totally made up. And I'm sure there is a source but who is he and why should we believe he knows any more than Joe Shmoe on this matter?

I did my homework and you would be surprised to find out that not one player (in two colleges he played for) and not one coach ever said a negative word about his lack of leadership. Not one! Not one person that actually played with, against, coached, coached against, ever said a negative word about his leadership skills.

Ohhh I can find multiple reports from newspaper reporters who sit in the stands and try to guess whats going on in someones head on this subject of no leadership. But please do some more homework. Someone who is so against Mallet should at least have a player, coach, family member, mail man, school principal, dentist, someone who can vouch for this lack of leadership quality that members of the media keep pinning on this kid who did nothing wrong to them. This kids getting railroaded by a bunch of Marys who never played the sport!

The only thinh ill mention is... JaMarcus Russel.
remember that guy? evreyone was pretty high on him to when he was drafted.
newton reminds me a lot of him, minus the wieght issues.

THE HYPE MACHINE IS ON;;;


ONE DAY GABBERT AND ONE DAY IS NEWTON AND ONE DAY IS LOCKE AND ONE DAY IS STANZI ...................

THAT'S WHY WE HAVE IRELAND WORKING HARD TO MOVE DOWN AND GET US ONE QB AND ONE RB ..........

TOMORROW WILL BE THE PONDER DAY .

Hahaha, had to laugh at Pete questioning Armando.

Pete, you come to Armando's blog to read what he has to write because he talks to people you would never ever have access to. The measure of that is how many times he's sited sources and they've been wrong.

That I can remember, he sited sources on all the JT stories, all the Sparano coaching search stories, all the stories he's covered going back to Don Shula days and he's been wrong very very rarely. So his sources are usually pretty good, I would say.

You say you did your homework. Who the he11 are you? You don't even have a last name! Your homework isn't worth squat to me.

Maybe you read that story in the sentinal on Mallet and fell in love with the guy. Yeah, the sentinal is a fine paper. Last year they reported Chad Henne was done for the season and that Pat White had decided to retire. Of course this didn't account for Henne finishing the season and White being at practice the next day.

So who are you Pete? I have arrested pedos named Pete. You one of those guys?

Pete, you just compared Ryan Mallet to Dan Marino. That doesn't make you a douche.

That just makes you a retard.

i'm loving the bills taking newton at #3. that will ensure they will stay in the cellar for the next ten years.

I agree no way Newton is there @15 n if he is I'm not to sure we should draft him... Cause something caused him to slife

I read the Sentinel stuff you mentioned Joe Schmoe and it made me laugh. First it wasn't written by any reporter at the paper. It was written by their amatuer draft analyst who did the same crap last year.

If you go back and read his stuff from last year, basically nothing he said worked out. No one he said was getting drafted by Miami got drafted by Miami. The guys he hated like Aaron Hernandez played great.

So to me that is just a lot of words from an amatuer without any proof from a year ago that he knows what he's talking about. I'll stick over here, thanks. Or I'll read stuff from reporters and analysts that actually get paid for their work -- I think they call them professionals.

Stanzi has a noodle arm. His workouts have been sub-par. The only way we draft him is in the much later rounds.
Personally, I don't care for newton, its a mute point anyhow because , as many readers before me have stated, he is not going to be there at pick 15. He looks like a Vince Young clone, not quite as polished IMHO. Ireland is not doing a Ditka-ricky-williams for this kid-no way. I would bet my house on that.
Im a bit unorthodox in my thinking with the fins in this year's draft...

Lets take the strength of our team, the defense, and make it even stronger-ala the Ravens who won the superbowl, or the Tampa Bay team that did- WITH DEFENSE. Smothering, dominating defense. You may laugh, but we are close to having that if we picked up a dominating OLB, ILB, and a shutdown corner opposite davis, will allen , and sean. How about Prince Ak from Nebraska?? That kid is going to be solid, maybe even special...my 2 cents..


I know we need a running back, qb, and a guard. We can draft a back in the later rounds , as well as the guard and the QB.

UGHHHHH..

Alex in Hialeah, before discussing football with people who know something about it, I recommend you draft (first round) a functioning brain, (second round) an ability to argue logically, (third round) an appreciation of the value of facts, and (fourth round) a basic sense of courtesy. Until you fix your team, you are going to be stuck writing tedious little posts that add nothing to the discussion, while revealing your lack of maturity and understanding of the game.

Newton will be a bust

Would like to trade down and pick up another pick this year and because of the lockout send third round pick in 2012 for Matt Flynn in GB..We do not need to reach for another QB in the draft with our 15th pick..there is not a 1st rounder at pick 15!

nickzi, I wasn't discussing football with anyone that knows the game. I was addressing you.

You can attack me with your idea of what my personal draft needs are if you wish, but all snarky attitude aside, you ultimately fail to address the point I called you out on: You cannot coach speed or quickness.

Maybe in your basement nintendo game world, you can dial up those traits in a player and that makes you think an NFL coach can do the same.

But the facts are you're either born with those attributes or you are not. Mallet was not from what Mando is saying.

By the way, you are also born with balls or you are not. In YOUR personal draft, I suggest you trade all your picks for a pair.

Newton will be a beast. But as Mando said, he won't be there when the Dolphins pick anyway. So what's the debate?

no, newton won't be around at #15 and that is good news. but, if we were to be stuck at #15 you need to take the bpa whether that guy is on offense or defense. you need to take they player that will have the biggest impact on your team and that player, based on availability at that point is aldon smith. smith should be available to us at the #15 and he, by far, would be the bpa. anything else would be a major reach. ingram at 15 is not the way to go. with his size he is not an every down back and will need to share the load with someone else. use him as an every down back and he has a two to three year life in this league. smith, however, gives the team the elite pass rusher opposite wake and smith is also a guy who is capable of getting a lot of tackles for a loss. so, offensive woes or not, smith is THE guy at #15.

Armando,

Another very good article today. I don't agree with many of the points you make but there's some thought and reason that's gone into it and I can appreciate that.

I'm going to correct what you said. Cam Newton is NOT the best quarterback in this draft. He's the best ATHLETE at the QB position but that doesn't make him the best quarterback. There's so much more that goes into having a successful QB in the NFL than just a good athlete, as we've seen with guys like Ryan and Russell. Newton was a MAN amongst BOYS for ONE year in College. That's going to change when he comes to the NFL. He's going to be up against real pros, both physically and mentally and some of the best coaching minds in the game. The game is quicker, the players are faster and hit harder. He's going to be under intense scrutiny from the fans and the media. There always appears to be a lot of 'noise' around this guy and if you think that's a good thing, well that's your call, but teams will always have to deal with this. What we don't know about Newton is how he overcomes failure and animosity. He's never had to deal with that before. He WILL have to deal with that at the next level.

I thought you were WAY too hard on Gabbert, Armando. There's very little not to like about this guys game. Good athlete, good arm, moves well, heady. Had an AWESOME pro day. Mike Mayock called it as good as 'Sam Bradford's day last year'.

Also very surprised you have Ponder as your second quarterback, Armando. I don't see this guy as the athlete that you do. He's had injury problems and as you mentioned he doesn't have a good arm. Good leader, smart player but I think he has limited upside. Maybe more of a backup than a top tier starter.

I'd like to propose a bet Armando. I'd like to suggest that Gabbert will be a better pro five years down the road than Newton. If I'm right you host me for a game in Miami, and if you're right, I'll host you at a Toronto Maple Leaf game. Let me know you thoughts on this one. I'm saying Gabbert is going to end up the better pro quarterback and you can have Newton and family.

If I'm the Panthers I'd pick Gabbert number one overall. Just too many questions with a lot of the defensive players. I really like Peterson but you don't take a cornerback first overall. All just my opinion....

The whole thing is educated guessing. Some teams do it better than others.

The other piece is quality of coaching and the viability of the offensive and defensive scheme or approach.

Unfortunately for the Dolphins the drafting has been mediocre and the coaching is outright bad.

So the best bet is to not expect too much until Ross finds the balls to cut Sparano lose and get a good HC.

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