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Draft Day No. 3 live blog starts here at noon

When the draft resumes this afternoon, I'm hoping the Dolphins land a certain RB that I've had my eyes on for a while whose name I will not type here because, believe it or not, I've recently learned at least one rival AFC team reads this blog for updates on what the Dolphins are thinking -- obviously not recognizing that I don't know squat about squat.

Joke's on them!

Nonetheless, I won't mention this RBs name at this point, not that it's a big secret.

Lookit, the Dolphins need speed today. It is lacking for them on offense. It is lacking on defense, although not to the same degree. It is definitely lacking on special teams.

Speed, speed, speed, speed, speed, speed!

When Bill Parcells first started constructing this team it started looking like a mirror image of the 1990 New York Giants for a while there. The Dolphins were big, hulking, and bulking. This team looks very imposing in the airport.

But the game has changed since 1990 and is played on the field not in an airport. So the plodding Fins have some adjusting to do.

They need speed to be more dynamic. They need speed to make sure those kickoff returns and punt returns stop going 90 yards in the other direction. They need speed to do something that we haven't seen around here a lot lately: Blow somebody up with a 90-yard punt return of their own, or hit them on a 74-yard run, or throw a 68-yard bomb over the top of their defense, or return an interception 101 yards.

So my hope is today is about turning the Incredible Hulk into Flash. Or something like that.

The hope for today is a:

Change of pace fast RB.

A return man. Must be ... fast.

(Hopefully the Dolphins can get two for one by having the fast RB also be a fast return guy.)

OLB help to punish Tom Brady and Slim Shady now that they're boys in New England.

Maybe a  NT. He's the only one that doesn't need to be fast. Don't sleep on the NT, by the way.

[NOTE: Live blog happening right here at noon. Yesterday was the biggest day on this blog in all of 2011. Enormous! Thank you. And thanks to that team for checking in. I don't know anything.]

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Buenos días Armando.

Taiwan Jones! Taiwan Jones! Taiwan Jones! Taiwan Jones!

Pats getting Mallet hurt. Too bad we didnt have 100 draft picks like them to do whetever we want in the draft

What a horrible 2nd day of the draft. You want to know why we're outclassed every single year?
We gave up what little we had for Daniel Thomas?

Very disappointed...very.

Armando, I agree with you that a speed RB would be appropriate, and, if he can help out on kick returns, even better. But I disagree with you that NT is a priority. We have Paul, coming off a good season. I also disagree with you that we need a pass rushing OLB. We have Koa Misi and Cameron Wake. Wake is coming off a great season. In my opinion, we still need a QB (which we're not going to get in the draft. That's going to have to wait for free agency, whenever that's going to happen.), a speed WR, a TE, and an inside LB. I do not like Crowder as a starter. I would feel much better about Crowder as a backup.

I'm ok with the Thomas pick, but I would've preferred a ballsier pick in Murray. Again, a safe play rather than a shot downfield. OK, here's we have in Thomas: PROS = NFL body, big enough for every down, good hands, hard upfield runner, decent first cut, not a lot of wasted shake. CONS = Slow, not elusive, a little upright, not a game-breaker. In short he looks a little like a slower Ronnie Brown. Need addressed, but doesn't appear to be a star at first glance. Murray had star potential, but also injury bust potential (but so did Adrian Peterson).

How bout a TE that can split the seam

RB can be addressed in FA with D. Williams

have a HAARPy day :(

what team(s) read this blog?

we do need a pass rushing LB to spell wake and give his overrun motor some rest every now and again...and what abut injury? never know when something happens.

QB Vince Young will soon be a Miami Dolphin

As soon as the greedy owners and over compensated players settle up

Mando I hope we take the Speed RB but I believe they take DJ Will at this point. Although I hope they pull a jack move and grab Luke Stocker if available.

Armando,

Not sure if you are still around but kudos to you for hitting on the first two picks in the draft so far. Can you give me the lottery numbers for tonight's draw?....LOL

I'm calling for Virgil Green or DJ Williams in the 4th today. I think we can get a speed back in FA...someone like D'Angelo Williams, Reggie Bush or Michael Bush.

How good is this Salas WR??? I am hearing a lot about him on the radio. Apparently the best hands in the draft. How about speed???

Tyrod Taylor. Broke all Mike Vick's records. He can return. He can run the bubble screen. And he can qb in an emergency.

DJ Williams says the heart, Taiwan Jones says the mind. Fins have double at every position of need.

We're already better than we were when last season ended.

I agree with Armando on a main point - SPEED somewhere on offense! Another RB to play the outlet guy, or slot speedster, WR. Yep, I'll agree to that. Who? God knows. My thoughts were Jacquizz Rogers, but I just noticed his speed was not what I was hoping for. Still want a shot at a QB, but FA is ok too (please God not Young, or some retread loser that no-one wants). If worse coems to worse, and all the sppedsters are gone, go Ahmad Black. Small, but a ball hawk on D, and a stud on ST. He'll actually get the offense the ball back on numerous occasions. Knock out hitter and playmaker. He's just small, so he's slipping to late rounds. Nice pick up at 5-6. Still would prefer offense speed or QB though.

Armando..Just want you to know that I spent a better part of 10 hours here yesterday....The snow has finally driven me over the edge..I need a life!

What up everyone!!! 1 more time a shout to ShureShock....Your the man.I'm,well...a daryl.
Lets see what today brings...
ALoco...How goes it? What was for breakfast this morning?

Guys there are still a number of speed backs in this draft. I honestly don't feel Taiwan Jones with hisinjury and fumble problems is the guy. Nice pickup by NE in getting Vereen. He's going to help that team.

They are who we thought they were

Complete Idiots!!

Draft TE DJ Williams

Sign FA RB D. Williams

Sign FA QB Vince Young

OH Yeah!

The Dynasty Be Fins !!!

I posted a column from the Boston Globe this morning about Ryan Mallett. I had meant to post the link....apologies for that. Make of it what you will but I for one am VERY happy this morning that this clown isn't a Dolphin.



A team that had issues getting off the field on defense has drafted an offensive tackle, a cornerback, two running backs, and a quarterback so far.

And not just any quarterback.

The Patriots selected Ryan Mallett of Arkansas, who has first-round tools, perhaps the best in the draft outside of Cam Newton, but also the most red flags.

Besides a public intoxication charge in 2009 at Arkansas, Mallett was rumored to have used drugs in college. Two personnel executives with teams looking for a quarterback said that in predraft interviews Mallett admitted to only using marijuana.

“We didn’t believe him,’’ one of the executives said. The other hinted as much.

There are no concerns about Mallett’s love of football. When he’s in the building, at practice and on game day, the son of a high school coach is all in.

It’s the other hours that concerned teams.

“Things just aren’t right with him,’’ one NFL executive said. “Has the drugs and alcohol stuff. He can be a hothead. Carries himself like the 6-7 Eminem. He’s just a different dude. Maybe they can keep him in check. They can take that risk. We can’t.’’

That’s why Mallett lasted until the 74th pick, where the Patriots hope they struck gold.

Whatever Mallett may or may not have going on off the field, the Patriots got a top-flight talent at virtually no risk. If he pans out, they can either keep him to succeed a 34-year-old Tom Brady, or trade him to a team looking for a quar terback. There is never any shortage of those.

“Obviously we’re comfortable with him,’’ Patriots coach Bill Belichick said, “We took him.’’

What’s ironic is that Mallett has the same physical profile as Drew Bledsoe, the quarterback Belichick quickly traded when Brady developed.

“Yeah, Drew II with issues,’’ an NFL executive said.

If Mallett does not work out, he can be cut at little or no cost.

Many teams might not be able to handle a possible distraction, but the Patriots’ locker has dealt with plenty of turmoil under Belichick. And it has kept on ticking.

Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland passed on Mallett twice.

“I like the kid. I think he’s got a great, great future ahead of him,’’ Ireland said. “I just felt like it wasn’t the right fit for us at this time.’’

So while the Mallett pick will certainly be the talk of the NFL, what has Patriots fans ruffled is what the team didn’t do: address their average pass rush during the first three rounds.Continued...

Armando I was watching some videos on Taiwan Jones, and he looks like a good football player in every sense. So what's the problem with him??? why is he on the board still???

LOL @ Herm Edwards...Ripping the Packers for their pick of Hawaii Running Back Alex Green...I'm sure Green will aclimate fine. Edwards point....That dude has never seen snow, he doesn't even own a pair of gloves.. Hawaii-Green Bay...It's never happened. There is a reason! Funny and sharp commentary...Suck it Green Bay!

Is the guy from Eastern Washington a return guy too? I'd love the pick in the 4th rd if so.

I'm ok with either QB Ricky Stanzi, TE DJ Williams or RB Taiwan Jones.

I think Miami could be a front runner for REggie Bush (only 26yrs old) if he cannot come to terms with a restructured deal with the Saints.

I also t hink Miami could sign a free agent or two out there and make a big splash in free agency.

We'll be alright.

LOL... Slim Shady. I hope that sticks

DD,

I'm sure Green will fine. He's a pretty good back....there's a reason Herm Edwards can't get back into the league...even as a co-ordinator...LOL.

what are you thinking abot our draft so far, and where do we go today? what do you think about giving up a third next year for Stanzi in the 4th today? Bad move?

What about TT OLB/DL Sam Ocho he is a pass rush specialist?

Taiwan Jones,D.J Williams or Virgil Green please...

Taiwan fumbles way too much for this administration. Hopefully DJ is there when we pick. Then in the sixth it`s time for speed.

Sorry guys, I think we need a pass catching TE more than a speed back. I don't want Fasano as the sole TE option again this year. Our QB needs a safety valve. Speed backs are available in FA....I'm predicting D. Williams is a Phin next year if he is deemed to be unrestricted.

Tony Sporano and Jeff Ireland took a dump on the podium and called it a NFL draft.Never seen a draft like this.Are you kidding me..Give up 3 picks for Daniel Thomas..This cat is decent but he is not NFL ready.We should have kept our picks and picked a couple of OLB gems in we have no depth at that position..Alama francis and AJ Edds?ARe you kidding me?I hope Ireland dies of gonnoreeah and rots in hell..

I think we'll try and trade back and get more picks. No must haves out there.

Craig M..What up Bro???

I like Herms energy. He cracks me up.I think he was trying to be funny, more than serious analysis...It got me.

I like the players we have aquired, and I totaly get it. I do have a problem with the way we went about getting Thomas. It seems like a lot. He must have been the number 1 back on the board for us to make a deal like yesterday.

Today we need a freekin tight end. The free agent market is slim to none there. Obviously I would love to see another speed back, or reciever. And I think we will draft a corner back in here somewhere...We will see.

Armando are the Dolphins getting rid of Kory Sheets? Why doesn't anyone recognize him as the quick back and return guy we need? He's on the roster right?

"ARe you kidding me?I hope Ireland dies of gonnoreeah and rots in hell.."

Nice, we hope the same for you Pouncey.

what station is the draft on today on the radio in FL?

ARMANDO,


DOES IRELAND LEAKS TO YOU ANY NEWS OF ANY SORT ?

Folks, you don't find speed without MAJOR flaws in the 6th. Taiwan has major flaws, hence he's on the board. Fumbler, silght, upright, questionable hands. He's better than many though. Fast TE is good, small speedster scat-back is good. WRs with speed (but needing to learn how to cut/run open routes) will be there in the 4-5. The gems will probably be the formerly star-caliber-but-injured guys. There's your risky but possibly rewarding grabs for the 4-7s.

Craig...I never answered your question...I would leave Stanzi alone. I think the ship has sailed as far as finding a quarterback that isn't a backup...I would take Mcellroy now, before I would make any trades that cost us anymore picks...

..How many guys from UNC will get drafted this year?? That team would have been loaded had it not been for all the suspensions.

Don't be surprise if the pick is boling, the guy played multiple OL positions, and is actually a good value in the 4th rd.

What makes any of you think that these guys have any idea of how to draft Speedy and Explosive players? What proof have they ever shown? Don't bet on it.

Ireland thinks he is smarter than he actually is and Ross is going to fire his arse around the end of this year.

Playing it safe, sucks and guarantees more mediocre players, instead of being aggressive and exciting.

The fans in the stadium will be booing again this year and heads will roll.

So Buffalo has picked four defensive players with four picks so far. Interesting.

My Choices for the rd 4 pick.
1. Edmund Gates WR
2. Chris Carter OLB
3. Davon House CB

SINCE DD WENT FOR MRI ,HE BECAME NICER,MORE GENTEEL TOWARD THE DOLPHINS ......

Only watched a few of his games but Stanzi looks like a Chad Henne clone to me. Totally agree, no QBs left who could help this team. Speed, speed, speed.

Hopefully D.J. Williams will be around in the sixth round.

DD,

What are your thoughts on Mallett going to NE? I don't see it ever working out....this guy will screw up in the next three years and get chopped before he starts. I bet he's not thrilled with being a clip board carrier for the next three years. Amazing how a guy most people said was most NFL ready won't play in the NFL for a while.

How about Palmer? Do you want him here?

So much for Boling.

Stanzi and McElroy will be there late. Everyone who needed a QB took one except us. No need to trade up. Grab one of them if you think they are an upgrade (to me they are), not a lot of anything is wasted 4-7s. It's all a shrug and a guess. If there's a studly speedy guy to take ahead of them, fine. At this point I'm not expecting stars, just improvements.

Searcy and Cameron....not on my list but would have been good picks.

Acho...Ouch!

Will you all STOP insisting we gave up three picks for Thomas. We gave up two picks...a 5th and a 7th. And I'm not even counting the 7th...FA acquisitions seems to pan out more often than 7th rounders.

I think we will pick Rick Stanzi

Tank, I worry about Kory Sheets. Not convinced. Wonder what his deal is off the field.

Let's face it guys, any young QB we were going to take was going to be our third stringer for a while. Kudos again to Ireland and company who don't realize you give up on a QB after only two years starting. They've realized that the problems around Henne....poor play-calling, lack of a running game, porous OL and lack of a pass-catching TE are the things that have done him in. Can he play better....of course.

Kind of liking the way this offseason is going so far...I wanted continuity and we're getting it....give Henne some competition and we're on our way. Let's just the team AFTER FA, when this tean is complete.

I hope to GOD V. Young is not a Dolphin this offseason. I bet you Marshall would get his wife to stab that crybaby.

DJ Williams won't be around in the sixth. Why would we wait. TE's are coming off now.

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