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Dolphins, Naanee agree on one-year deal

No, he's not a game-changer. No, he's not expected to replace Brandon Marshall.

But the Dolphins expect veteran experience and solid play out of Legedu Naanee after he signed a one-year deal with the club this morning. Naanee will compete for a roster spot.

So does this end Miami's need for wide receiver help in the draft? Probably not. But instead of drafting multiple receivers the Dolphins might now be in a position to not need to double down on the position as they previously have done at other positions such as cornerback.

To make that point, the Dolphins recently continued working out draft eligible receivers. The latest of these is University of Miami receiver Travis Benjamin, who worked out for the team.

Benjamin finished his career at UM with 2,146 receiving yards, one of only six players in school history to to eclipse 2,000 yards. He caught 41 passes for 609 yards in 2011. Benjamin also was an outstanding punt returner for Miami, avering 11 yards per return and served as the kick returner as well.

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How far will Tannehill drop if the Fins pass on him at #8?

I believe he could drop like Brady Quinn did and possibly into the second round if the Seahawks and Chiefs also pass on him (where he should be taken).

I'd take Weeden for 6 to 8 years. Universaldraft.com had a great article on him. Or any other QB not named Tannehill.

Clue - I believe we got a 2nd and a 7th for Welker.

As for the draft, this thing reminds me of the Brady Quinn draft. The one where everyone is chanting "Brady" at the draft party and then Miami selects Ted Ginn and everyone boos!

So we will all watch the draft, Tannehill will fall to us at #8 (after the top story of the draft will be where is Tannehill going) and everyone will start a "Ryan" chant.

The pick goes up to the commissioner, and instead of hearing Tannehill (or even Coples or Ingram) we hear the Dolphins have selected DeCastro or someone like him!

Probable? Possible?

Lege-doo-doo
are problems are solved

Craig M -- I agree with you. BB was just lucky to draft Tom Brady. If he was that convinced he was going to be a franchise QB, you don't wait until the 5th round to draft him. BB got LUCKY!

As for Ryan Mallet, who knows if the guy will be good. It doesn't seem like he is a fit for the Dolphins new West Coast Offense. I think fans are pissed though that he fell to the 4th round and Miami didn't take a shot at him (instead trading up for Daniel Thomas, who the jury is still out on).

I think the moral of the story is Miami needs a franchise QB (duh!) and we can't sit around hoping one falls to us or hope to get lucky like BB did with Brady. IF we have identified that one of these QBs is a franchise QB, we have to be aggressive (to a certain extent) and go and get him.

I am NOT advocating trading up to the #3 pick for Tannehill. BUT If he is there at #8 and you think he could be a franchise QB for you then you draft him. DO NOT TRADE BACK! You do not risk losing a franchise QB.

Now perhaps Miami has no interest in Tannehill and it is all a smoke screen. Perhaps they are locked into someone else. If that is the case, fine. But be sure you are aggressive and go and get him (without giving up the farm).

Tannehill goes by Cleveland's second first round pick. There is no way he drops to the 2nd round unless every team out there is BSing interest in him. Even if he does fall, someone (like a Miami) will trade back up into the first round and select him. (Similar to what happened with Tebow).

Someone will use a #1 on Tannehill. Likely a high #1. Doesn't matter if most GMs see him as 2nd round talent.

Mallett's skill don't match well with the WC offense. He's slow footed, with bad footwork, and he was at his worst in big games. He lasted until the 3rd round, because 32 other teams passed on him 77 times. Why do we know more than those other teams.

Mallett's skill don't match well with the WC offense. He's slow footed, with bad footwork, and he was at his worst in big games. He lasted until the 3rd round, because 32 other teams passed on him 77 times. Why do we know more than those other teams.

Posted by: Michael

Michael -- Just cause 32 teams passed on him 77 times doesn't mean he doesn't have potential. When Miami was looking at him last year, they were not running a West Coast Offense so that is irrelevant. Many teams will pass on QBs even if they have them highly ranked just because they already have a starter and don't want to use a high draft choice on what will likely be a player on the bench for them. Your argument is irrelevant.

I believe Miami passed on Mallet due to character issues OR they thought he would still be available when they selected in the 4th. Perhaps they would have drafted him in the 3rd if they hadn't moved up for Daniel Thomas.

While not a good fit now, I rather Miami had taken a shot on Mallet in the draft (AT THAT TIME) then drafted Daniel Thomas. Mallet may still end up being a franchise QB. No one knows.

Mallatt is part of the James Jones effect. James Jones was out of the Heat's rotation so he was the favorite of fans. He must be good because Spo isn't giving him a shot. Jones played extensively the last 2 games. And he exposed himself for what he was , a very limited player, Mallatt also will be exposed for the limits he has when he plays during the season.

Michael -- Just to add one more thing. Miami was FORCED to trade up for Daniel Thomas because there was a run on RBs and Miami had decided not to resign Ronnie and Ricky. Ireland was forced to make the move due to poor planning on his part.

Trading up for Daniel Thomas was a stupid move out of desperation. I hope Daniel Thomas ends up being a good player for us, but Ireland F##Ked this one up.

Let's hope he doesn't make any more moves out of desperation in this draft or we will all be screwed!

Michael -- You may be right on Mallet, you may be wrong. No one knows as he is playing behind Brady so you likely won't see him for a long time except preseason.

As for Mallet, if Miami would have drafted him, you would have likely have seen him play extensively last season after Henne got hurt. We would know by now whether Mallet could play or not. Would have been a more interesting way to watch last season.

IF Mallet couldn't have played, Miami would have had a much higher draft pick this year and perhaps would have had a better shot at RGIII or Luck.

So not drafting Mallet was bad for multiple reasons!!

Mallett's skill don't match well with the WC offense. He's slow footed, with bad footwork, and he was at his worst in big games. He lasted until the 3rd round, because 32 other teams passed on him 77 times. Why do we know more than those other teams.

Posted by: Michael | April 17, 2012 at 02:07 PM

How many times was Brady passed up? Montana? Marino? Need I go on?

No one knows more than anyone else. Including yourself. Stop pretending teams assements of players are fool proof.

They have as many holes in them as your opinion.

Lets be honest teams past on Mnallet not beacuse his bad footwork, slow footed, its becasue Eminem is his idol. No teams wants to have to deal with an Eminem at QB.

What in the world would make you think that someone with bad footwork, very slow both a foot and release, can be a successful QB in the NFL. On his 2 biggest stages in college he failed miserably. He inexplicabley threw an interception in the 4th quarter of the Alabama game to seal the game for BAma, and did the same thing vs LSU. At Michigan he was a 47% comp QB. He's just not NFL material. Now that I told you why I think he's NFL material, you tell me why he is.

Mallatt also will be exposed for the limits he has when he plays during the season.

Posted by: Michael | April 17, 2012 at 02:14 PM

Is that a fact? Written in the stars? I'd love to know your sources. I'm thinking of making a comeback and need some help getting back on my feet.

#8 Luke Kuechly MLB
#42 Kevin Zeitler RG

Michael -- That's your opinion on Mallet. You may be right, you may be wrong. I HAVE NO IDEA! But was he worth risking a 3rd or 4th round pick on when you have no franchise QB??!! YOU BET!!!

Miami obviously wouldn't be interested this year as they are set to run a West Coast Offense. But last year they weren't so that argument is also invalid.

Most scouts thought Mallet had 1st round TALENT. There were questions about other aspects of him. Once again, worth taking a risk on a 1st round talent in the 3rd or 4th round when you are lacking a franchise QB? YOU BET!

Would I trade a 3rd or 4th rounder now for Mallet? NO because Miami is now running a WCO and Mallet is not a fit for that offense.

"WHDP. I'm not picking on you dude. But I think some are going to sat they like anyone that the team picks up..The reasoning...For depth.

..Now depth is great...But to me it is just a false sense of being hopelessly devoted(Oliva Newton John Reference early on a Tuesday) to the team we a love..

What I want to see is players that actually have a chance to be productive, not just used for "depth"...Depth is important, and true I don't know how any of these signings will work out down the road...but at somepoint wouldn't it be nice to say..Hey we signed a guy to make an impact, that you could really be excited about. Instead of a rah rah depth guy Ireland can really find em player?"

Daryl,

No offense taken BUT I think Guyton & Naanee are pretty good players that at the very LEAST add depth but I do believe will make an impact. Naanee has starting experience & the last time I checked neither Wallace, Moore, or Gates do. As for Guyton--who also has starting experience--it is very possible that he could beat out Misi since Misi is moving to ILB.

And as far as Richard Marshall there's NO WAY Ireland shelled out that kind of money to him unless he thought he was good enough to start. You don't pay backups over $5 Million a year at any position.

BTW--I'm SORRY if I want to be positive today about this team & wtf are you doing quoting Olivia Newton John??? I know you like GOOD music & quite frankly you're better than that. LOL!!!! :)

Really how can you compare Mallett and Maino, Brafy, and Montana. They all play early in their careers. He's not even #2 on the depth chart Brian Hoyer is. Anyone want to trade for Hoyer.

#8 Luke Kuechly MLB
#42 Kevin Zeitler RG

Posted by: B33RCA53

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No way. Not with the 8th pick. If they want Kuechly, they will trade down first.

Lets be honest teams past on Mnallet not beacuse his bad footwork, slow footed, its becasue Eminem is his idol. No teams wants to have to deal with an Eminem at QB.

Posted by: Truth Hurts

Or having your mom as a prostitute? Are you Jeff Ireland? Seriously, I could care less if he worships or IS Eminem if he can throw the QB and help us win.

You guys are talking about a Ed string QB.

What in the world would make you think that someone with bad footwork, very slow both a foot and release, can be a successful QB in the NFL. On his 2 biggest stages in college he failed miserably.

Posted by: Michael | April 17, 2012 at 02:21 PM

I didn't know you were a scout.

Considering most scouts had him rated a 1st round talent & slid due to off field character concerns your assessment doesn't hold much water.

People who get paid to scout players liked his game. No college player coming out is NFL ready. They all have improvements to make.

Choked in big games huh? I can think of a few Hall of Famers who had their share of those in the pros. Hell, Tannehill is projected as a 1st rounder now & he didn't show up for many big games at all last season.

Don't quit your day job.

Really how can you compare Mallett and Maino, Brafy, and Montana. They all play early in their careers. He's not even #2 on the depth chart Brian Hoyer is. Anyone want to trade for Hoyer.

Posted by: Michae

You are faulting Mallet for not playing when Brady is one of the greatest QBs of all time? Are you serious? Who cares if Hoyer is #2. Tebow was supposedly #3 at one point last year. It doesn't matter!

We won't know if Mallet can play unless Brady gets hurt or retires etc.

No BAlls, Dont bash me because Im telling the truth. GM and HC wants a QB with his head on str8, Mallet likes to sag his pants in interview and talk with a twang(Hood talk). These old white men are judge mental ya know..

Welcome to Miami, home of the Miami Acorns football team.

I'm not a scout but I do read evaluations, and NO ONE had him as a 1st round talent, quite the contrary. Before posting please read the evaluations in Scout, NFL.com, ESPN. If he was so good he should have run Beain Hiyer out of town. He's a 3rd string QB.

Big balls you were the one that compared him to those 3 at 2:12. Read your pist.

Really how can you compare Mallett and Maino, Brafy, and Montana. They all play early in their careers. He's not even #2 on the depth chart Brian Hoyer is. Anyone want to trade for Hoyer.

Posted by: Michael | April 17, 2012 at 02:28 PM

LOL Now I know this is a losing battle. I wasn't comaring Marino or Montana's game to Mallet. I was comparing their draft status. How can you not?

YOU mentioned Mallett was passed up. I gave you examples of other guys who were passed up. If you can't support your argument, don't envoke it in the 1st place!

Ever hear of Tom Brady? Ever think that's why Mallet WONT see the field? Why would they rush him?

Like your scouting report said, he has some things in his game that need fixing. Nothing like sitting & learning behind a future hall of famer to fix things, right?

Being a phins fan, we're not accustomed to teams planning for the future & grooming players the way legit franchises do. In this regard, I am beginning to understand your confusion on the topic.

Hoyer is number 2 because Mallett couldnt beat him out. That's the great talent Mallett has. The difference between Tebow and Mallett is that Tebow was number 2 and played. Then started.

I think Kuechly is a bigger, faster version of Zack Thomas. This kid is a flat out stud!!! High motor & high character guy. Teams are going to regret not drafting him like when we took Jason Allen instead of Chad Greenway or Vontae Davis instead of Clay Matthews. Mark my words--Kuechly is the next great NFL LB.

I keep hearing people say we should take Floyd but does anyone REALLY think that Ireland is going to draft a kid that has had three (that have been publicly documented) alcohol related incidents??? Get real....

Ireland a tool

Hoyer is a year older, and on top of him in the dealth chart, that's all that needs to be said, and what draft choices do you want to give up, what a joke.

Big balls you were the one that compared him to those 3 at 2:12. Read your pist.

Posted by: Michael | April 17, 2012 at 02:39 PM

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That wasn't me Michael. Learn how to read. I am not arguing with you anymore because you are incompetent.

The Weeden article was in April 3rd sun sentinel.

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports/columnists/hyde/blog/2012/04/ draft_winds_breaking_down_bran_1.html

Worthy reading.

Really incompetent what have I said that not true.

I think Kuechly is a bigger, faster version of Zack Thomas. This kid is a flat out stud!!! High motor & high character guy. Teams are going to regret not drafting him like when we took Jason Allen instead of Chad Greenway or Vontae Davis instead of Clay Matthews. Mark my words--Kuechly is the next great NFL LB.

Posted by: We Have Draft Picks

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I agree Kuechly is going to be a stud. #8 is too high though to draft him.

Wow, home run there Jeff. LOL!! Blowing the doors off in free agency. I really would like to know what this teams plans are. Really know. Or, as most of their signings exhibit, are they just filling roster spots and totally clueless.

If we stay at 8 the pick is going to be Coples. You can take it to the bank. He's exactly the type of player that Ireland likes to draft--giants. Similar size to guys like Merling, Odrick, & Langford.

Personally I'd take Kuechly or maybe even DeCastro. If Floyd is a drunk (& it sounds like he is) he's going to be a bust.

Michael, the joke here is you.

Hoyer has been in NE longer. Being older & ahead of Mallet is an advantage for him. Considering Mallet's draft status was hindered by rumors of his character & his perceived immature behavior, having experience and pro's ahead of you will help in his maturation.

Having him low on the totem pole keeps him under the radar & out of harms way. Unlike the phins, NE isn't in a rush to get their players ready to play the next day. Why rush him?

Enough with your holier than thou routine. You think you're smarter than everyone but I got news for you, you're not.

What's with the one year contracts Mando? Obviously, legit acorns deserve at least a two year contract.

We got too many high paid average players with HUGE signing bonuses. Can't cut them and can't release them without blowing up the cap.

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports/columnists/hyde/blog/2012/04/ draft_winds_breaking_down_bran_1.html

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Michael would fit in well with the circle jerking, superior minded bloggers over at Ohio's blog. They'd welcome him with open arms.

I'll tell you one thing your argument doesn't play, period. Hoyer has 2 more years of experience a qb with such should beat out an undraft FA don't you think. Watch Mike Hartline this year he may run Mallett out if NE. If you want him we might get him after he's cut.

If I were GM I wouldn't be studying acorns. I would be studying how to beat Tom Shady and Bill Belecheat.

I don't care how many acorns you draft. If you have two squirrels stealing all the acorns then them acorns ain't worth a hill of beans.

"I agree Kuechly is going to be a stud. #8 is too high though to draft him."

No Balls,

Is it??? I'd rather take a guy higher than he should go (a LB or G) if I believe that they are high character people & NFL ready.

People said that we drafted Pouncey too high. You NEVER take a Center than high right??? If Pouncey stays healthy & continues to play like he did last year then that's BY FAR the best first round pick we had since Jake Long & that was a Number One pick. And before we hit on Long who was the last first round pick that we actually hit on??? Exactly. IMO--Instead of trying to hit a HR, take the safer players first.

Three safest players in this draft;

1) Luck
2) Kuechly
3) DeCastro


Wake up! Is Zach Thomas HOF material? I want to compare draftee's to HOF players. Not average (little above average) players.

If I were GM I wouldn't be studying acorns. I would be studying how to beat Tom Shady and Bill Belecheat.

I don't care how many acorns you draft. If you have two squirrels stealing all the acorns then them acorns ain't worth a hill of beans.

Jack,

IMO--Only way to beat the Patriots & win the division is if Brady gets hurt (like in 2008) or when he retires.

Jake Long is the face of the franchise, Pouncey is next in line to be the face of the franchise. Sad Sad state when OLineman are the faces.

JFYI, what do you know, not much I can see. Can't you think of anything better.

I have to agree with WHDPs. Luck is safe. Not to savvy on Kuechly and DeCastro. I'm just looking at the first 10 players in the draft. Anyone else is truly a krap shoot.

Here is my take. The smarter the player the less likely they will work out. Smart QB's going round 1 pick 1 usually work out if they are SMART.

I want a bunch of grunts on this team. Cam Wake is a grunt! JT was a grunt! Zach Thomas was a grunt!

I don't want anymore officers on this team. I want GRUNTS!

Wake up! Is Zach Thomas HOF material? I want to compare draftee's to HOF players. Not average (little above average) players.

Jack,

Are you serious??? Little above average??? Zack should & IMO will be in the Hall of Fame eventually. I've seen a ton of players come & go & Zack was a tackling machine.

True Story..

I once saw Zach Thomas at Sawgrass Mills mall, I was in awe how small he was. If I'm 6ft he had to be 5'10 at most. I swear it looked like I could run him over.

He obviousley wasnt as big as his playing days but I just marveled how small he was but he was able to dominate in his hey day. Zach is a HOF whom I respect.

I said "Was Sup Zach". He said "Hello". Thats it LOL

"Jake Long is the face of the franchise, Pouncey is next in line to be the face of the franchise. Sad Sad state when OLineman are the faces."

I disagree. Everything on offense starts up front in the trenches. I say draft more O-lineman in the first round like Reiff or DeCastro. You give an average NFL QB time in the pocket & he's going to complete a lot of passes. There are people who have NO IDEA how well Marino, Brady, Brees, & Manning were protected.

I compliment you by calling you superior minded & you get your panties all twisted?

Need we more proof that you are stupid?

Sensitivity is another trait of the Ohio bloggers.

Please, enlighten us with more of your scouting reports. Do you have 1 for Dix E. Normous?

I'm not for drafting "safe" players. I am for hitting home runs. I'd take Tannehill IF you believe he is a franchise QB at #8. I don't know what the Fins are thinking. If you are convinced Coples can be a stud rushing the passer then taking him at #8 would be fine too.

While Kuechly may end up being a stud at LB #8 is still too high to draft him. I would drop back a few picks and take him. The Eagles supposedly want to move up to draft Cox. Why not trade back with the Eagles, pick up an additional #3 and #5 or so and take Kuechly there??

Gee you're so funny. I beat when you were a kid you were the last one picked because you were Dix petite.

Jacksparrow,

try copy and pasting this link.

weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports/columnists/hyde/blog/2012/04/
draft_winds_breaking_down
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