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Dolphins must know Cyprien better than anyone

One of the defensive back draft prospects that caught the eye of many so-called gurus and experts the past month following the Senior Bowl and Indianapolis Combine is Florida International University's Jonathan Cyprien.

Here's hoping he has the attention of the Dolphins.

No, I'm not saying the Dolphins should draft Cyprien. I've never seen him play in person and have questions about him being even a third-round pick. I'm thinking fourth or fifth based on what I know.

But I hope the Dolphins do their homework on this guy because, well, it is embarrassing or should be when guys who played two, three, four years a few miles from where the Dolphins conduct business go to other NFL teams and succeed.

It suggests the Dolphins are asleep about guys that are right under their noses.

Doesn't happen, you say?

Let me share a couple of names:

Jimmy Graham.

T.Y. Hilton.

Sam Shields.

These guys played either at FIU or the University of Miami. And all were either mid-round picks or, in the case of Shields, not drafted at all.

Yet in each case, other teams valued the players more than the Dolphins. It suggests other teams knew more about the local players and had a greater conviction about them than the Dolphins.

Even when the Dolphins had those players playing a automobile ride away. Even when the Dolphins had the added advantage of being able to bring those players to their camp for "local" visits while other team would have had to bring them in as part of their more valuable "top 30" visits.

That's bothersome.

And as Cyprien is one of the few locals  coming out of either FIU or UM this year, I sincerely hope the Dolphins really, truly grind on his tape and workout and interviews and history.

Again, I've not seen Cyprien play in person. But FIU beat reporter David J. Neal has the past two years. This is his breakdown on the player:

"Good size with a  powerful neck and upper body makes him a boon in run support and why he can play strong safety as well as free. His speed to the ball is deceptively good,  whether playing the run or the pass. He loves contact, which you want even in today’s NFL, but he sometimes seeks it out too readily. Play-action and a little  shiftiness in a receiver or set victimizes him. But especially in the short zones, he’ll anticipate the play and get there with a shot at the  interception.

"He’s a natural  leader and a salt of the earth kind of guy you don’t have to worry about hearing  from at 3 a.m. unless he’s pulling a teammate out of trouble. That Cyprien’s direction and leadership often seemed to fall on clogged ears last season is one  reason FIU’s defense had an Open End Zone policy during the first eight  games."

All this suggests Cyprien should be a keeper in the NFL. For the Dolphins, who might need safety help, the marching orders should be to know more about him than any other NFL team.

Because he played just down the road.

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I can trust Martin in the right side, he just needs a helping hand from a solid RG from time to time. His mobility seems to be good enough to compensate for that.

How many young players careers have been ruined by coaching...or lack thereof....

unknown 3rd/4th rd player gets drafted by Miami....there is a GOOD chance he is either cut and on another team in 2 year...or out of the league altogether

unkown 3rd/4th rd gets drafted by Belicheat...he becomes key componet in SB runs...and play off apperances...DANNY WOODHEAD becomes a house hold name...and WES WELKER becomes a borderline HOFer....

Its all about were you land....

Where would you put the defence last year. We scored about 19 points a game last yearand still finished 7-9. I'd say that's not bad, considering the way the offence played last year.

Has nothing to do with 'finding positives in anything'. Tell me where you'd put the defence from last year.

Craig,

What I saw was a defense that usually played well for three quarters & then tanked in the 4th quarter. I also saw a defense that didn't force enough turnovers, a defense that didn't put enough pressure on the QB, & a defense that didn't tackle well in the middle of the field.

Craig M....

Hindsight of course is 20/20...

but...

You know I have been in the Flacco camp for a LONG time....and even the first time I saw him play (@ the pro level) I felt this guy had the IT factor....

and I am a HUGE believer in the IT factor....

So yes...even in 2008...I felt Flacco would be great....and there are many B'MORE who I had to convince that he had the RIGHT STUFF....from all the way back then....right up until the week of this years SB....

Kris, even Belicheat has his fair share of misses. Here's just a few 2nd round misses from him. Chad Jackson, Darius Butler (seems to have revived his career in Indy, I actually hope Miami gets him), Ron Brace, and Jermain Cunningham What about in the third round Brandon Tate, Tyrone Mckenzie, and Taylor Price ?

Brady hides all of the teams weaknesses more than Belicheat not being able to miss on any picks.

Mr.Salguero I am pretty sure you know this has been going on for more than a decade.How many players has the U of Miami sent to the pros, and in my limited recolection the only so-called skill player that they took early in ANY draft was Yaquil Green,who got injured and never accomplished anything.Generally speaking the best football players come out of states with climates that accomodate year round play of football and have relatively high populations.The three states that come to mind without any research are California,Florida and Texas.Off course you could say that about Baseball also.

I know you're a Flacco guy. Put Tannehill's numbers beside Flacco in their rookie years and he compares favourably, with a lousy supporting cast. If you'd been a Baltimore fan in '08 you'd be clamouring for QB competition at the position after Flacco's rookie season. Look who he's become. We need to give Tannehill that chance.

Craig,

Couldn't agree more. Why are people writing this kid off after ONE year??? Are you people insane??? Our best WR was traded & we didn't add any WR's or TE's worthy of an NFL contract except Matthews who didn't do anything until Week 13 & Long had his worst season as a pro. Give the kid a freaking chance.

NeMo btw his whole 2007 draft. Not one player is left on the team from that draft.

Can we trade Ireland for the Niners gm Baalkee?

Hindsight of course is 20/20...

but...

You know I have been in the Flacco camp for a LONG time....and even the first time I saw him play (@ the pro level) I felt this guy had the IT factor....

and I am a HUGE believer in the IT factor....

So yes...even in 2008...I felt Flacco would be great....and there are many B'MORE who I had to convince that he had the RIGHT STUFF....from all the way back then....right up until the week of this years SB....

Kris,

But he's NOT great. He wasn't even having a good season until Cameron got fired. The entire team picked up their play but make no mistake--Boldin, Smith, & Jones ALL played great & made him look better.

You put Flacco on last year's Dolphin team & you think we would have made the playoffs??? No way. The next great or elite QB in the NFL after Peyton, Brady, Rodgers, Brees, & Big Ben is Andrew Luck & I'd take him ANY day of the week over Flacco or Ryan or Eli.

Can we also do a 52 player and hc trade with the Niers?

Hell, we dont make the playoffs with Tom Brady playing qb for us last season. Who are you kidding?

Without Tom Brady the Pats win the division woth a 10-4 to 11-5 record last season.

Without Brady the Pats win the division last season. They just wouldnt crush the competition in the same fashion.

Also, extending Brady 3yrs with guaranteed money, isnt a glowing endorsement in where Bellichick feels Ryan Mallet is right now.

It was Flacco's 5th season & he didn't even complete 60% of his passes this year. His QB rating was 87.7. That's far from great.

Bottom line--Flacco is an extremely lucky QB with a very good arm that was drafted by a well run organization that gave him a running game, WR's, TE's, a very good O-line, & a very good defense.

Ireland has more busts then Dolly Parton!

NeMO, I wanted Cordy Glenn during the draft last year at that spot. Sure Glenn may never develop into a great LT, but he will be a very good RT. At least he has the strength and body to play in this league. Martin so far has been a fat nerd.

The last 5yrs Bellichick has been playing chessmaster, while the rest of the division has been playing table tennis.

Posted by: We Need Playmakers | February 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Hmm...... Cam-moran gets fired and Flacco catches fire.

Cam-moron gets fired and Flacco looks like all 5 of the top 5 qb's rolled into one.

Hmmm....................................

Mando you can say the same thing about any team.

Hahaha, more stupid shite YG says ...

NE wins the division with a 10-4 record. So NE becomes the first team to win the division with 3 bye weeks?

armando, how many hookas is rodman running around with in n.korea?
lol

2nd year in the a row we've been thru this with the sb winning qb debate. Elite or not, the Dolphins havent had a qb wear a sb championship ring since:

Wait for it.......wait for it......wait for....... it...

BOB GRIESE.............................................

playing the phinz 2 x's a season is like 2 extra bye weeks for ne.
lol

Jordy Nelson is a dang good white WR.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | February 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM

I see its operational hours at state pen. The CPA(child preditor alligator) head acconted for here.

Next head count 5 pm, the child preditor will be gone. Head count on it. LOL...

preditor? acconted? 10-4 =16?

Hookd on fonics werks fur me, right YG???

Dude, get off the crack ...

The Dumbshit the Child Preditor @ State Penn sya:

NeMO, I wanted Cordy Glenn during the draft last year at that spot. Sure Glenn may never develop into a great LT, but he will be a very good RT. At least he has the strength and body to play in this league. Martin so far has been a fat nerd.
Posted by: Mark in Toronto | February 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM


May never develop into a great LT, but will be a very good RT? We already drafted that guy, Jonathan Martin.

Remember, the same guy youve been blasting since draft day? LOL....

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | February 28, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Crack? Child Preditor Alligator(CPA) we know how you like your crack. Filled with pipe.

Kris, White needs to hang up the cleats. There's a better version of him coming out this year, Denard Robinson. But he's smart enough to know he ain't no NFL QB and is trying to be a gadget, slot WR, Percy Harvin-type. White is NOT an NFL QB whether he was messed up by Sparano or not.

But the blame for that should be put squarely on the shoulders of one HOF'er, Bill Parcells. Probably the dumbest draft pick he ever made.

Child Preditor Alligator(CPA) Mark, may of may not smoke crack. But we sure know that he loves his crack smoked. LOL...

Dude, get off the crack ...
Posted by: Mark in Toronto | February 28, 2013 at 12:38 PM

I'll bet youve never told a guy to get off of your crack before. LOL...

IT'S THE QB STUPID.

Be careful of Child Preditor Alligator(CPA) Mark. He isnt seeking male bonding. He's seeking male romance.

However, when on the outside, little boys are his 1st drug of choice. YEW............ LOL...


we know how you like your crack. Filled with pipe.

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | February 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Who the hell are you referring to when you say "WE". Is there actually someone in here that even "EVER" agrees with you??

who gets the l a gig,
jax buff or miami?
lol

Here's evidence Child Preditor Alligator(CPA) Mark loves turningt this blog into the cess pool that he is:

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | February 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Until that post, I never said a word to that creep. LOL...

Posted by: Huh???? | February 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Yo mama does. Tell her that your child support money's in the mail. Thats the lie Ive been telling her the past 30yrs. Dumbbitch! LOL...

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | February 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Thats what I thought Biatch, hide behind your keyboard in your mommas basement and think your poverty uneducated unfunny ass is all that. But i damn well guarantee that if you were face to face with me, your ass wouldnt be smilin too much, not unless you like the look of bloody gums and no teeth.

even "EVER" agrees with you??
Posted by: Huh???? | February 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Even Ever?

Why couldnt you have just left it at "EVER" apeshit? LOL...

Posted by: Huh???? | February 28, 2013 at 01:08 PM

When will we "even ever" meet for this fight? LOL...

Chess master minus his early 2000's defense and no video tape = 0 Superbowl Wins.

Nemo....

I agree to a certain extent....

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | February 28, 2013 at 01:08 PM

Illiterate DumbFVcks like yourself wouldnt have comprehended the meaning otherwise, of course thanks for just proving that once again.

Posted by: Huh???? | February 28, 2013 at 01:08 PM

When will we "even ever" meet for this fight? LOL...

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | February 28, 2013 at 01:10 PM

When your momma decides to unchain you from the basement, U just let me know when and where biatch!

but 3 SB trips....and 3 AFC championships....and a few AFC championship games....

PLUS...

Playoffs EVERY YEAR except 08...and they still finished 11-5...with MATT CASSEL....

Darkoak...

you want to do our RESUME in the same time period....

the floor is yours....

Never had my gums and teeth "even evered" before. This may be lots of "unfunny".

Unfunny is not a word. Sounds if graduated Are Institute for lower learning. Well, also it could be that you grown accustomed to speaking english with "no teeth" for the last past 30yrs. Just like yo momma gives great "gum jobs".

LOL....

Don't forget about missing out on Alfred Morris from FAU

Ape Institute for lower learning.

Hey "HUH", bet you were "teacher's pet", and I do mean teachers pet you baby gorilla you! LOL...

Now, heres a complete dumbass trying to insult another poster for not making sense, and yet he uses words like preditor? acconted? and poor math skills like 10-4 thinking that this adds of to a 16 game regular season.

Yeasterdays Bong4Ever, do you have to continue your best at looking so god damn stupid???LoL

ROTFLMAO.......................................

Child Preditor Alligator(CPA) Mark, now changing his screen name to "HUH".

Hey great coach no question but the post I commented on said the last five years. And I just stated the obvious.

Yeasterdays Bong took his higher learning from the same school where he would dig through the trash and find recycled condoms so he would be able to take some back to his dope head friends trying to make it out like he just got layed

Your a nasty guy Yeast Boy!!!

LoL

WNP...

I'm not witing Tanne off...I'm just commenting on his body of work to this point...

The pick was pure HOPE @ worst....QUESTIONABLE @ best....

and WNP...

The offense was having a good year WITH Cam Cameron...they had scored 50 plus twice prior to his firing...the TEAM was 9-3 or something like that...the problem wasn't Cam Camerons offense...so muc as it was Cam Camerons personality clash with Flacco....that's what lead to his firing....I used to listen this stuff all day long when I lived in B'more....

Mark, I wouldn't have minded Glenn either. I think the Bills took him 1 spot before the Dolphins if I remember right. Hopefully Martin can get focused and work out hard to make a jump in year 2.

NeMo, the Dolphins took Martin one spot before Glenn. That's what bothers me I guess...

YG, I only post to you in my name. Hard to believe someone else things you are as big a loser, moron, and retard and waste of space as I think you are? I don't think so ... other people notice the same stupidity I do.

Easy Choice,

The "easy choice" for you would be to take a cyanide capsule right now. Life just wasnt meant for you. But dont be sad, life just isnt for every.

Remember Easy Choice, its an "easy choice". LOL...

Easy Choice,

Remember, even your parents wouldnt miss you. LOL...

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