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Dolphins on the road this week to study ... everybody!

The Dolphins are on the road.

General Manager Jeff Ireland, head coach Tony Sparano and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll are among a contingent of Dolphins representatives who traveled from Auburn's campus Sunday -- where they met and worked out quarterback Cam Newton -- to Alabama's campus Monday -- where they worked out and met with running back Mark Ingram -- to Arkansas Tuesday -- where they worked out and met with quarterback Ryan Mallet and, according to NFL.com, tight end D.J. Williams.

The Miami contingent, or significant parts of it, will be on campus at Virginia Tech today to check out the talent there. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor and tight end Andre Smith are of interest to the Dolphins. As happened at Fayetteville, Ark. on Tuesday, the quarterback will be scheduled to throw to the tight end.

Both Williams and Smith are considered outstanding blockers. Neither will ever be mistaken for Tony Gonzalez. These are H-back types. Sparano said he wants a run-first offense. These guys would certainly add to that.

And the conclusion you should draw from all of this is that the Dolphins are merely doing their due diligence. They are turning over every rook. (Yes, that was supposed to be a pun.)

There's been much speculation that the Dolphins will pick Ingram with the No. 15 overall selection. I will say for the hundreth time since I was told as much by a source: Miami wants to trade down in the coming draft. The Fins believe the value of a pick later in the draft with the addition of a late secod-round pick would be higher (depending on who is actually available at No. 15 on draft day) compared to simply picking at their scheduled spot.

Having said that, the team is considering highly talented players that come with some major flags.

Ingram? Doesn't have prototype size and his speed is a source of interest, depending on whom you're talking to. He isn't necessarily explosive, although the Dolphins aren't overly concerned about that aspect because he's quite dependable. Don't forget these are the negatives. There a ton of positives that make him perhaps the No. 1 back in the draft, according to one scout I trust.

Mallet? Great arm. Good accuracy. He has most of the tangible skills that should make him a fine QB. So why isn't he a certain Top 10 pick? Why isn't he even a certified first round pick?

The problem with him, I'm told, is not whispers of narcotics use or even a drunken disorderly arrest last year. The question with Mallet, one very good NFL source tells me, is the kid is said to have absolutely zero leadership skills. None.

That might not be a big deal if Mallet were, say, a guard or tight end. But a quarterback? Leadership is arguably 50 percent of the job.

Understand this: The Dolphins have a quarterback today, on the roster, who can make practically every throw. He works exceedingly hard. He is smart enough to know what to do. But everyone wonders if he has it. Everyone wonders why he seems so robotic. Everyone wants to see life and leadership from him.

So why is it that the Dolphins would pay a premium draft pick for a kid whose leadership skills are being questioned at this early stage in his career?

To double down on similar problems?

This is where the meetings the Fins are having with Mallet must bring them a comfort level that they can mold Mallet or bring something out of him he apparently hasn't shown in abundance already. It's a hard sell. Yes, someone will believe they can bring it out of him. But at the expense of a first-round pick?

Taylor? He's a leader. He's athletic. He's a worker. But he's not gifted with the kind of accuracy, arm, and size that other QBs in the draft apparently have. He's not a first-round pick. He's probably not a second-round pick.

And after Miami's painful and failed experience with Pat White, the Dolphins are certain not to repeat the mistake again in that they're not going to project undersized, run-first QBs higher than they did in the past.

Oh, did I forget to mention Cam Newton? Yeah, I guess I did. That's because I don't seem him being available when the Dolphins pick at No. 15.

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DB,

Thanks for the update on Mallett. I wondered if he left Michigan because he felt he couldn't beat out Henne.

Pete, you just proved my point. The media say things about players and we all believe them. That's the world we live in. Information overload and we don't know what to believe. It's the same way with Henne. Armando or somebody else says something about him and then all the parrots on here chimed in likes it's gospel...'no leadership', 'plays like a robot', 'no personality', 'stares down receivers'. Most of the guys on here wouldn't know Chad Henne is they bumped into him on the street but now they are all Chad Henne experts.

thanks pete re TYPEPAD .

Pete,

Why is Ingram on a stationary bike again?....LOL.

Yeah Cuban. I just see Ingram having durability issues. The kid already gets hurt in college and he's stocky as hell. What's going to happen in the NFL? He has a great burst through the hole but he's constantly dragging defenders and running into people instead of around them. That's going to wear on a guy. Yeah he's like Emmit in a way, but is our line as talented as those cowboy o-lines in the nineties? Ha!

Pete,I Question a blogger about that once and said prove it, and he did, I guess your right, but a bet it's only 1 or 2 posters knowledgeable about computers that could do it..., Oh well who really cares...

IS THE REAL ALoco imposter is armando ,IT COULD BE VERY WELL ,SINCE HE NEVER WANTS TO TELL US .

Pete,

So you're obviously not a fan of Ingram. How do we solve our running game for next season?

He left Michigan because of the spread offense Rodriguez was about to install. A spread offense doesn't play to a pocket passers strengths. He went to a tougher conference and still thrived.

So who clashed? I’m more inclined to believe the following quote from our own Jake Long who’d been around Mallett for more than a year at this point, than I am any unsubstantiated internet hyperbole. This came ahead of Ryan’s first career start as a freshman for 0-2 Michigan against Notre Dame:

“Ryan Mallett has really stepped up. He's gotten better all through camp and spring ball and it's kind of like he's a red-shirt freshman. He was here all spring and learned the offense then. He was here all summer, and then during camp, and he just fine tuned what he needed to with the offense. I think that gives him confidence. It gives everyone around him confidence. He didn't hesitate and he took charge. I can guarantee you, he's not intimidated by anything. I think that's one of the things I like about him. He's got a lot of confidence. He's got a great arm, and yet he's got to go into this week and play within himself and within the context of the game plan, because it's really about winning. And with him it's not about Ryan Mallett. It's about doing the things that will help this team win.”

That’s possible Hall of Famer Jake Long, in case you missed it.

Great point Graig, No signed RB, I bet they take Ingram if he's to be got at 15.......

That of course speaks to the class of Long but surely, time and again teammates going to bat for Mallett in the face of exterior hyperbole speaks to something of Mallett as well?

In the end, when Carr was fired and Rich Rodriguez took over and introduced the same offense that had made Pat White a star at West Virginia, the writing was on the wall. The final straw was the firing of QB coach Scott
Loeffler who had recruited Mallett to Michigan and a decision was made for him to leave. On his departure, his father made a comment to a local reporter:
“It just wasn't a fit and yet, it was a hard decision. When he came home for Christmas, he told me and my wife that he really was falling in love with being at Michigan. Ryan wants to thank coach Carr, his staff and all the players for helping him have a truly great experience the past year."

Lloyd Carr also cited that perhaps there had been some difficulties but that he’d overcome them when he admitted that it was a shame Mallett was departing as he’d “matured dramatically in the last two or three months”. The context of that quote is unknown; does he mean on or off the field? If it’s on field, then you can see how easily something like that could be taken out of context and used against him.

ARMANDO SHOULD PRETEND MY NAME IS KRIS AND REVEAL THE IMPOSTER'S NAME .UNLESS HE'S THE IMPOSTER .

Ryan Mallett was hugely well respected by Razor Nation. He chose the Hogs over Texas A&M, UCLA and Tennessee and was heavily praised by Bobby Petrino during his first spring for his leadership and the way he got the group of players behind him. One of the things that rose it’s head time and again was just how hard-working Mallett is. This is NOT Ryan Leaf. This is a kid who refuses to be outworked. Who refuses to accept second best from himself and from those around him.

He may have stood alone on the sideline at Michigan because he felt he couldn’t face his teammates after letting them down. We just don’t know. It’s all about context. Petrino spoke to just that shortly after Mallett arrived in Fayetteville to stop any of the rumours that his new QB was a finger pointer or wasn’t a leader, all things that emanated from the Michigan meltdown against the Badgers:

“I brought the team in and talked to them all. I told them, ‘Here’s Ryan Mallett, already one of the hardest working players I’ve ever coached. He’s more dedicated and spends more time in the meeting rooms, studying film on his own and completely understanding our playbook and understanding what the other side of the ball is going to do.’ I addressed the rumor out there that this guy points fingers and isn’t a great leader. The first thing I told them was, ‘Points fingers? Nothing could be further from the truth. Ryan is one of the greatest encouragers and leaders I’ve ever been around. Rumors are just part of football. You can’t stop them. Blame it on Al Gore. He created the Internet, right?”

And it wasn’t just the coach who defended him. Here’s his offensive right tackle Ray Dominguez on what he said to NFL coaches during the Combine:

“It’s a sad deal what some have written about him. We know Ryan. He had his moments a few years ago, but when he puts on the pads, he’s the guy you want to take you down the field. He’s the man you believe in and the guy you want. I told the guys, if you’re looking for a leader, Mallett is your guy.”

I hate to labour a point but if Mallett is the bad guy that everyone points to, how come so many players, coaches, etc., defend him? What do they have to gain? There’s a popular myth among draft fans and writers that Mallett wasn’t a team captain during his tenure at Arkansas. This is untrue. Not only was he one of six captains in 2010, he was also team captain in 2009. What’s remarkable about that is that both times it was voted for by the players. And the first time they voted, Mallett was embroiled in a battle with redshirt freshman Tyler Wilson for the starting QB job. Petrino was splitting reps at the position and yet the team had already decided which player they wanted as their leader. Here’s Petrino:

“You don’t have to be a senior to be a leader. Leadership is demonstrated not announced. Ryan’s not a leader because he’s the QB. He’s not the leader because he’s a fourth year senior. He’s a leader because he’s demonstrated it.”

Sorry I'll stop now. Cutting and pasting is getting annoying to me too.

Lil Aloco,How long have you been "UP"????????

Aloco, I'll apologize to you. I'm sorry someone owes you an apology! I'm sorry you post on here every day and "HOG THE BLOG". I'm sorry no one is ignoring you yet! I'm sorry you can talk about everything but football. I'm sorry you have to mop floors at SUBWAY and thats why you think you're a Chef ( hence your cooking references ).I'm sorry RAID does'nt make a spray to make you go away. And finally I'm sorry your wife/girlfriend is not happy ( if you know what I mean ).

Pete,

The problem I have with this stuff from Jake Long is that this was THREE years ago. A lot can happen between then and now. That would be like me having someone say 'He was a really nice guy in high school. ALways had a smile on his face, a hard worker and someone you could call a friend'. That's great but I wouldn't expect Long to speak any differently about one of his teammates. He's a company guy and a positive guy. What I'm more interested in is how does Mallett's game translate to the pros and his he going to be able to hold up under heavy scrutiny from the fans and media. Nobody knows that right now but if his actions from the Combine are a hint of what's to come, I think there's every reason to be cautious.

Last thing I'll say about Mallett, if all you say is true Pete and all this stuff is rumours, why have some teams taken Mallett off of their draft boards? You can be sure teams have done their due dilligence on him and aren't just listening to rumours. What is it they don't like about this guy that they've taken him off their draft board, and I've heard this from more than one person.

does anyone else get the feeling that if we can't trade down and pic up a second we won't be getting another ol until the 4th earliest (1 + 3 look like 2 of te/qb/rb) if go with williams (likely 3rd rounder)looks like sparono's comments on not moving around the o'line might mean not adding to it either

or just smoke and mirrors

ARMANDO , WHO'S THE FAKE ALOCO @ 12;20........ ARE YOU THE IMPOSTER SINCE YOU R NOT WILLING TO TELL US ?

ARMANDO IS WORKING HARD TO IGNORE THE FACT THAT HE IMPOSTER PEOPLE ON THE BLOG TO ENJOY HIMSELF .

Craig I would like to go the free agency route. The two top free agents in this years crop have both stated they would like to play in Miami. This is the best year in a long time for free agent running backs not to mention I HATE the idea of taking any running back in the first round especially in a year when there is tons of talent at the position that can be taken in the later rounds. But if the CBA doesn't get solved who knows what to do. I guess you stick with the best player available and if that happens to be Ingram so be it. I t5hink he COULD turn out to be special but I'm so sick of taking chances on players with injuries and getting screwed. Crowder was going to be a top 20 pick if not for injury concerns and we just read that some people had him going to Indy in the first round. We were told how we just got a 1st round talent in the 3rd round and we should be happy. I was saying "what about the injuries". And now we know. Justin Tuck was taken to picks later. No injury concerns.

OMG, I think Lil Aloco has been on a 24 hour "HUFF" Lil Aloco, Put down the glue lil buddy.....

I know Craig. Hahahaha I just had a de ja vu. I get into these discussions every year about players who have "character issues". So many of them have gone on to have pro bowl careers. The thing that I find more often than not is that the people reporting these character issues are media members who never played organized sports in their life because they don't have the make up. Therefore they champion the players who are more like them (subdued, humorous) while admonishing aggressive minded players because they can't relate. But who knows right? He will either be a decent qb prospect or not but we wont get him so the point is moot. I

My concern going the FA route when it comes to running back, Pete, is 1) we don't know when FA is going to start and 2) it's a pretty big assumption that guys are going to want to play in Miami. For example, if you're D'Angelo Williams and you have a choice to play in New England or Miami, which do you choose? I think it's an easy call. So I think it's imperative that we get at least one quality back in the draft.

So you're the GM, Pete and you're on the clock at 15 and Ingram is your top-rated player....do you take him, knowing that Mallett is still out there and could be the answer in New England for the next 10 years?

Lil Aloco, dont you mean"Good NAMES"?????Lol at lil aloco...

ARMANDO THE IMPOSTER , SHAME ON YOU .

Who are the two top FA's who have said they would like to play in Miami. Pete? I know Sims-Walker was one.....who else said they would want to play here?

Wolf,
I agree and I don't think they'll pick any lineman at all. Sporano mentioned don't forget the defense, don't be suprised our second pick goes "D". There's plenty of FA's out there to fill holes if they ever get a CBA. I'm not even sure when can make any kind of deal to obtain a second round or multiple other picks. Sporano should pay attention to Bellicheck. There's a great page on the bleacher report explaing draft values, here's the link: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/153769-updating-the-nfl-draft-trade-value-chart

Trade down, get more picks!

Anyway, I see these two idiots picking another O-lineman this upcoming draft,Was'nt the fist-puper a O-line coach coach???, How bad has the O-Line been the last 2 years???, Again 3 and13 next season,1 and 8 in a strike shorten season... JMHO...

ALo-con-us is looking to get banned by Armando to prove how smart he is because he has a IP address hider. With those he can still enter the blog and use another screen name.

He knows Armando wont be able to ban him if he doesnt expose who he really is under his fake IP address.

IF YOU GUYS DONT BELIEVE ME, THEN GOOGLE "FAKE IP ADDRESS GENERATOR." ALO-CON-US YOURE NOT SO SMART AFTER ALL! LOL..............

Lil Aloco, dont you mean"Good NAMES"?????Lol at lil aloco...

Posted by: Cuban Menace | March 30, 2011 at 01:27 PM


Cuban Menance, Im ROTFLMAO! LOL.................

Lil Aloco, You go over to the "SS" and enjoy the plumber and the "TK8" bash you for being a "Troll"........

Breed,
What's this guys deal? ( Aloco) This is a sports blog and at times guys make real good points and it's fun. Does he think he's amusing? Why is he even on here? I think midol and Tampax have blogs for him!

FINSARMEGEDDON,

You can fit all of the football knowledge ALo-con-us has ever generating over an entire lifetime inside of an ant's thimble. That's why he tries to intimidate and bash others. Mainly he does it under false screen names until you call the coward out! LOL............

Pete....you have made the case for Mallett in every way conceivable....its hard to take the word of a reporter over former teammates....

Look how the NY Giants have come out and killed Tiki in the press....same with SD when LT was cut....

Teammates should be silent when you play with them and support their brother....

But after that rope is broken the imaginary tie no longer needs to be respected....

The fact that it STILL is....speaks volumes of MR. Mallett....

ARMANDO HAS FAKED MY NAME AND HE'S THE IMPOSTER SINCE HE'S NOT WILLING TO TELL US WHO'S DOING IT ,SIMPLE .....I AM NOT MAD BUT I LIKE THE WRITER OF THE BLOG TO BE HONEST AND NOT USING PEOPLE NAMES TO AMUSE HIMSELF AND LOSE THE CONFIDENCE OF THE BLOGGERS .

FINSARMEGEDDON,

WITH HIS FOOTBALL KNOWLEDGE BEING EVEN LOWER THAN HIS MICROSCOPIC IQ. ALO-CON-US NO OTHER RECOURSE TO AVAIL TO BUT SUNKENED SKULLDUGGERY! LOL...............

I Happened to wear the Moniker(Gang of defeat) or as lil aloco would post"GANG OF DEFEET"(Lol at lil aloco) As a badge of courage......Have a good day at work Lil Aloco...(BTW make sure you change the water every two hours,otherwise they come out spotted)........

Sapo @ 8:16 AM....You Sir, are 1 BILLION percent correct

Guys,

You never know, sometimes some of those players coming out to support Mallet. Could be some of those making anonymous calls to the press stabbing him in the back.

Well, it wouldnt be the first time that's ever happened to anyone. LOL..............

A NFL source tells you....Hmmm..are you blowing smoke for the Dolphins? Mallet was voted Captain his first year...first game...ALL his flormer college players that have been talked to have said that if Mallet ran into a building on fire...they would follow. Come on Armando...really do you believe your fooling anyone?

Read this;

“Ryan Mallett has really stepped up. He's gotten better all through camp and spring ball and it's kind of like he's a red-shirt freshman. He was here all spring and learned the offense then. He was here all summer, and then during camp, and he just fine tuned what he needed to with the offense. I think that gives him confidence. It gives everyone around him confidence. He didn't hesitate and he took charge. I can guarantee you, he's not intimidated by anything. I think that's one of the things I like about him. He's got a lot of confidence. He's got a great arm, and yet he's got to go into this week and play within himself and within the context of the game plan, because it's really about winning. And with him it's not about Ryan Mallett. It's about doing the things that will help this team win.”

That’s possible Hall of Famer Jake Long, in case you missed it.

Ryan Mallett was hugely well respected by Razor Nation. He chose the Hogs over Texas A&M, UCLA and Tennessee and was heavily praised by Bobby Petrino during his first spring for his leadership and the way he got the group of players behind him. One of the things that rose it’s head time and again was just how hard-working Mallett is. This is NOT Ryan Leaf. This is a kid who refuses to be outworked. Who refuses to accept second best from himself and from those around him.

He may have stood alone on the sideline at Michigan because he felt he couldn’t face his teammates after letting them down. We just don’t know. It’s all about context. Petrino spoke to just that shortly after Mallett arrived in Fayetteville to stop any of the rumours that his new QB was a finger pointer or wasn’t a leader, all things that emanated from the Michigan meltdown against the Badgers:

“I brought the team in and talked to them all. I told them, ‘Here’s Ryan Mallett, already one of the hardest working players I’ve ever coached. He’s more dedicated and spends more time in the meeting rooms, studying film on his own and completely understanding our playbook and understanding what the other side of the ball is going to do.’ I addressed the rumor out there that this guy points fingers and isn’t a great leader. The first thing I told them was, ‘Points fingers? Nothing could be further from the truth. Ryan is one of the greatest encouragers and leaders I’ve ever been around. Rumors are just part of football. You can’t stop them. Blame it on Al Gore. He created the Internet, right?”

And it wasn’t just the coach who defended him. Here’s his offensive right tackle Ray Dominguez on what he said to NFL coaches during the Combine:

“It’s a sad deal what some have written about him. We know Ryan. He had his moments a few years ago, but when he puts on the pads, he’s the guy you want to take you down the field. He’s the man you believe in and the guy you want. I told the guys, if you’re looking for a leader, Mallett is your guy.”

Stop blowing smoke for the Dolphins...Armando.

Cuban Menance,

If youve ever noticed, everytime lil ALo-con-us says he off to work, within an hour or two he still here blogging again.

I think he has a permanent job in his mommy's basement. A very poor career choice for a guy 40+ years old. LOL..............

DB...if you watch the interview with Mallett during the combine (you tube)....one could argue that Mallett has a strong idea which camp is attacking him.....and he knows its about the MONEY....

watch it....its not hard to make an educated guess who he is talng about....

Gotta be traffic

Good point KLris. LOL...........

Breed, You do know that Lil Aloco is CEO of Goldman-sacs dont you?????

Cuban Menance,

See what I mean. At 1:42 pm ALo-con-us said he was out. Yet at 1:54 pm he's still here posting. Lets see how long it lasts! LOL...........

Breed, he was also CEO of Merril-Lynch too, also CEO of Enron(Though the last one cant be proven)(I believe he was).......

Breed, You do know that Lil Aloco is CEO of Goldman-sacs dont you?????

Posted by: Cuban Menace | March 30, 2011 at 01:57 PM

Now I fully understand why the stock market nearly crashed. It wasnt the mortgage crisis after all! ALo-con-us caused it! LOL.............

Lil Aloco, Is your name Keneth Lay????

29 minutes since ALo-con-us promised he was leaving and counting! LOL................

ALo-conus,

You arent late for work yet? Oh yeah, youre already there, inside of mommy's basement. ALo-con-us the 40 plus year old faker! LOL............

craig m @ 1.25

if we can't trade down, jones, cb peterson and green have gone, there's no stud pass rusher

i would take ingram, knee and measurables, esp if daboll likes him and can teach him to catch (!?)

any football player can get injured its always a risk

as it stands we have no running game, i know we might (might) get 2 rb later, leshoure will prob be gone at 79, i would take another with best hands later

there i called it

Guys, I think you need to put things in perspective a little bit here. It's great that ex-teammates of Mallett's are saying nice things about him, but what prospective draft prospect is going to come out and rip the guy. Think about that for a second. If you're a team looking to draft one of these kids, is that the type of guy you'd want to be investing millions in over the next few years, the type of guy who would stab an ex-teammate in the back to the press. Of course not!! The reality of the matter is that Mallett probably lies somewhere between the nice things these guys are saying about him and what the press is reporting of him. Not an angel but not a devil either. I'm not sure any of this answers the stuff we really want to know about the guy...can he play when it matters most?

kris u got me , i went all the way back to 8.15 to see what u were talking about only to find that!

To those of you letting Aloco be the dominationg topic of 85% of your posts, who's getting the best of who? It's a bit of a contradiction to say he is meaningless yet you stop talking about him.

For those of us not involved in the "As The Aloco Turns" soap opera, it really gets tedious. IMHO.

Lil Aloco what is "Polent"???, Is that like Gorrilla glue?????

* meant 'don't stop' above

Agree 0x80, My bad, to get back to football, your thoughts on the mighty airbreathers not having a RB signed??? Good news or bad news??

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