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Dolphins add another DB with final pick

I wanted cornerbacks. I got three in this draft with the latest being Don Jones out of Arkansas State University.

Jones, 5-11 and 191 pounds, has two interceptions in his career.

At the Arkansas State pro day, he ran a 4.42 and 4.40 40-yard dash, according to NFLDraftScout.com. He also recorded a remarkable 42-inch vertical jump, which has skyrocketed his draft stock. For his senior season, he recorded an unofficial 72 tackles with one interception and two passes defensed.

Jones missed the 2010 season becasue he transfered to a JUCO due to academic reasons. He had been a running back in 2009.

Jones, who played strong safety, is expected to get the opportunity to play cornerback.

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They should have taken Austin.

And Jordan may go to 10 pro bowls and end up being Ireland's legacy.
Or he may put on the 25-30 lbs that he still needs and it slows him down.
In either case Jarvis Jones went at 16 and Bjoern Warner went at 24 so was it smart to pay 12 + 42 for Jordan?
Remember the same guy that gave away a starting WR for nothing made that decision.

SIGH:

I JUST WANT THE DOLPHINS TO BE ELITE.

I DON't WANT TO HOPE TO GET IN THE PLAYOFFS I WANT TO EXPECT TOO.

WHAT THESE GUYS ARE SO POSITIVE ABOUT BEATS THE H-E-L-L OUT OF ME.

LIKE I SAID I GUESS THEY're OK WITH LOSING.

I'm SORRY I WANT MORE.

i love jarvis jones, best pass rusher in draft. pitt got a steal if he stays healthy

Cadillac is obviously trolling. Don't wsate your time feeding the trolls silly comments.

hireland,

Thanks for the post. I respect your opinion on the team' direction even if it is different than my own.

Believe me, I wanted this rebuilding process over years ago so the Dolphins could play New England and beat them when Brady was in his prime.

I think I would have been happier with the draft had he Dolphins drafted one of the top WR prospects - some of which were available well into round 4. Even if the player did not work out, it would show the Dolphins were trying to draft their own WR talent.

Jordon was in the top 5 of every mock out there. I'd take him over those LT's any day.

Still, I think if they were that high on Austin, that was the play. Those opportunities come around once every 10 years and could be the difference maker for those 10 years.

preble no chance austin last anywhere near 10 years in nfl

DC Dolfan | April 28, 2013 at 11:18 AM

It was widely publicized that the Ravens were debating Flacco/Henne till seconds before Ozzie made up his mind and sent the card to the Commissioner. After Baltimore there wasn't the huge need and Henne luckily for alot of teams slipped to Miami holding the additional 2 could have been Flacco falling there in 08 and I don't believe it would have translated to a S.B. anyway given Hennings, Lee and Comp. would have destroyed his career. You need to go to the right Coaches and system so luck plays it's part and just a couple of Yrs. ago people had B.Gabbert as the overall consensus pick in his draft and everybody and there Grandmother were picking Cam Newton's game apart and saying he would slide were we debated right here what we should do had/if he fell to our pick 12 that Yr. and how did that workout for Carolina and Jax collectively?

preble no chance austin last anywhere near 10 years in nfl

Posted by: dusty bottoms | April 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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This coming from the same FOOL who was sure Albert would be signed 10 days ago.

DC Dolfan,

I completely agree with you about Parcells. I was so disappointed in his time with the Dolphins. Probably, that is the main reason (but not the only one) why I have so little confidence in Ireland.

I can agree that the Dolphins are trying to add speed to the defense. I believe that is a good thing.

I'm uncertain about the Jordan pick; hopefully he plays at an elite level.

As I've mentioned (too often) in my posts, the lack of investment in drafted WR and TE is a concern to me. I think the Dolphins could have easily added a solid WR prospect as late as round 4 (such as Quinton Patton). If Tannehill can make the jump to elite status, he's going to need more options in my opinion. Not to mention that depth at WR is normally a good thing.

Anyway, 2013 should be interesting for the Dolphins.

The same Ireland that just gave away Bess.
I'm just not as optimistic as you are.

CadillacDeVille | April 28, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Bess is in a contract Season and is due 4 Mil this Yr. were we already invested 27 Mil a Yr. on the #1 thru 3 WR's on the team. He wasn't in the long term plan and he got what he could for him given the little leverage we had given the circumstances.

Sigh,

I don't follow you. They added the best FA receiver out there, plus Gibson. The added a Keller, and drafted a TE. So they added two WR and two TE, what is the difference if they get them in FA or the draft?

No late round prospect would have contributed much this season anyway. We needed the first 4 picks they did take.

I just don't see this comparison of DJ to JT.
Physique-wise...maybe.
But from a football and athletic standpoint, DJ reminds me more of Jevon Kearse.

CaneRock | April 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Totally disagree, the FREAK was 6'6" and all of 265 to 270 when drafted out of UF to go with his 4.5/40 speed. Had a great outside rush to go with inside bull rush due to his devastating power, hence the nickname the "FREAK"

yeah parcells was horrible for us. wish he would of gone to falcons

SERIOUSLY PEBBLE?

AUSTIN?

U WOULD BE CRAZY TO TRY AND GO THRU OUR SCHEDULE WITHOUT A DION JORDAN.
I TOLD EVERYONE; DESTROY BRADY AND RECLAIM DIVISION.

go finssssssssssss

NE has already began their downward slide. Brady is getting older, more injury prone, doesn't have his safety net Welker anymore. They've been on top for longer than most teams, I say they are going to fade for the next several years now.

Let NE worry about Tannehill Miller and Wallace.

brady wasnnt injured. replaced welker with younger player who is very good in amendola.now the defense isnt very good.

Pebble,

Sorry if I was not clear.

I agree that Wallace is a good signing.

Gibson is from the Rams who evidently did not think enough of him to seriously try to resign him even though the Rams were determined to find WRs and TEs for their so-called franchise QB. Gibson may be good or he may not be.

Keller had so many injury concerns last year that it has to be a concern. If fully recovered, he can be an excellent TE. The key word is 'if'.

Hartline disappears too much during games.

I still think a draft pick on one of the many, many, many WR prospects in the 2013 draft would have been best. That's just my opinion.

I don't understand how anyone can dislike the Dion Jordan pick. The guy is excellent in coverage and is an exceptional speed rusher. You can line him up just about anywhere on the field.

I'm just never going to understand some of you guys, ever.

Miami Needs this year Offense
1. #1 WR Got Wallace #1 Receiver out there
2. TE Got Keller in FA and Simms in draft
3. RB got Giseelle in Draft
4. OL Lance Louis Free agency, Dallas Thomas Draft, have Will Yeatman who the Fins are very high on, John Jerry, who came in at great weight, Martin who spent all offseason pulling trucks in Southern California. Lost Jake Long who played 12 games last year and 13 the year before. Can still sign FA Clabo or Winston.

Miami Needs Defense

1. Pass rusher Drafted the 3 best player in the draft, Dion Jordan
2. CBs signed Pro Bowl Free Agent Grimes and drafted Taylor, who many thought was a top 20 pick and will start immediately and depth
3. Safety have Reshad Jones and resigned Clemmons
4. Upgraded linebacker core

I don't know what more you guys expect. You all say build through the draft then if the player doesn't produce first year you call him a bust. That's garbage. Yeatman, Jerry, Vernon, Egnew are all guys who with an offseason and time under their belts can be major contributors to this team.

Let this coaching staff work and figure it out and actually play some games before you start moaning and whining day after day

And nobody is complaining we didn't draft enough or not enough DTs. We are making progress here! Lol

The thing I like most of all and a few others here agree is that our LB core was shaken and stirred both in free agency and in the draft. We also brought in a bunch of defensive backs which solved a need. We added O-linemen in free agency and the draft(and doubt we are done there). We maintained our defensive depth on the d-line(I feel Ireland might be clearing cap space to sign Starks to a long term deal and get him off the franchise tag). Our receivers and TEs are an upgrade over last year by far, anyone can see that. RBs there plenty to chose from and new players pushing for playing time. There's actual depth at some positions now. If we stay healthy, start strong and Tannehill grows into the player I hope he can be, the Fins could be competing for a wild card at the end of the year.

The big issue now in regards to how this team performs this season is our schedule and that our new injured players return as good as before and on schedule to start the season.

Cadillac,

'Remember the same guy that gave away a starting WR for nothing made that decision'.

Not EXACTLY true, man.

Here's the facts:

Egnew and Davis were the results. You're obviously a GENIUS if you know what these guys are going to turn out to be, 'cause at this point nobody knows for sure, not even you.

One other point, if they hadn't taken Marshall's salary off the books, no way they would have been able to add Wallace in FA. I'll take Wallace over that selfish, flake Marshall any day of the week. Let's talk again when Marshall flairs up again.

dusty,

Amendola was always hurt in St Louis so we will see how it plays out. I believe the problems in N.E. started the minute there F.O. was taken appart. Remember Pioli and Scout Dir. Dimmitrof (Atl.) picked the players before Belichik took over as H.C./G.M. which has doomed many a Coach in the past like Shula for instance. The Coach can't spend the entire Season watching tape on prospects. Really nobody outside of Jimmy Johnson has enjoyed success in the dual role and alot of that was him going from UM to Dallas and knowing alot of the Fla. talent he would draft 1st hand.

NE keeps losing AFC championships and SB's. They haven't won it in a long time now. Amendola isn't going to know the offense like Welker did. Brady is not tough, his chances of getting hurt at his age are just that much more, especially playing against us. Ravens and Giants have showed the NFL how to beat them. I think NE is going on a downward slide starting with last years AFC title game.

speed....top to bottom

Bobbyd12 | April 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Great post!

I remember last season at the start of camp saying that we were officially rebuilding and the coaching staff is seeing what we have on the roster while the front office try's to free up cap and accumulate picks. You could tell they weren't happy with what they had at many positions on the team. There were malcontents in the locker room and players that had way to much to say about how the team shoul be run.

In contrast lets look at the rebuild now (accepting it was a rebuild that started the day Marshall was traded). Would you say the team is better now? With the amount of turnover we've had would you think we are in year two of a rebuild?

Craig M @11:57,

Agree with you here as well by the way also worth noting that Bess was due 4 Mil and is in a contract Yr. were it's highly doubtful after this Yrs. investment we would have given the #4 WR on the team a 4 to 5 Mil a Yr. contract.

If bess was still all that, I wonder why we didn't get more for him? He had very poor YAC. How many 1st downs did he miss last year? If he was Mr. Automatic like some of you propose, we should have scored on every posession.

WE LET HIM GO SO WE CAN GET BETTER. At least we are trying.

Anything less than making the playoffs will be an abject failure. There is no reason for us not to get in this year. None.

With so many new players, new schemes for them, teams don't really have any tape on us. I see Sherman and Coyle being in attack mode just like Ireland has been. I think they are going to play wild and free, let it all hang out.

While I LOVE the Dion trade up (I actually don't believe it will pay off right away), the pick I might like the best is the addition of Taylor. The Dolphins did really well to get this guy where they got him. He's EXACTLY what they needed. Looking forward to seeing this guy play as a Dolphin.

DOLPHINS FINALLY HAVE SWAG AND CHARACTER.

MY GOD...HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN? 10 YEARS? lol

There were malcontents in the locker room and players that had way to much to say about how the team shoul be run.

Darkoak | April 28, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I did take notice of that during the HARDKNOCKS special last Yr. and was very put off by the players (Locker Room Leaders) telling the H.C. that in the future when a move like Ocho-stinko is made they would like it run past them 1st, I was like HUHH!!!!

Funny how none that went to the H.C. are on the team anymore (Bush, Dansby, Long) I feel were light Yrs. ahead of were I saw us in the last dance with Sparano were we now know Vontae didn't have to come in shape and the lunatics ran the asylum.

Did you guys catch Sherman on the Finsiders w/ Aponte and Ross?

Sherman "guarantees Tannehill will be a lot better this year". That is the first guarantee I have seen a coach make. Philbin will probably fire him for saying it, but I thought it was a strong statement.

I'd rather give a guy like Matthews the chance to grow in this offence than have him miss reps and sit on the bench for a guy who's not going to be here next year. I think it's INSANE how many people are up in arms because we gave up on our 4th WR. You'd think we were Pittsburgh and just let Wallace walk away. Weird stuff from some fans....

I don't see why some of you don't think Dion will make an impact right away. Try watching his highlight reels. I don't know how they are going to deal with this kid while Wake is burning up the other side. He is versatile, he can cover, he looks like a major disrupter to me.

How many times did I see bloggers say we needed someone to rush besides Wake? Well, you got the best one in the draft. The guy is flexible like silly putty, fast, long arms, covers ground and space and has elusive moves. Sports Science clocked his spin move 3 times faster than Dwight Freeney!

What more could you possibly have wanted?

I really hope Egnew shows up this year if he does we have a very good offense minus maybe a OL or two. Imagine three WR (Hartline, Wallace, and Gibson) then our three TE's in the middle (Sims, Egnew (very fast for size), and Keller). All I have to say is wow and that isn't even listing the RB"s. I have been a fan since I was born (about 29 yrs) and I haven't been this excited in awhile. By the way I think Martin can be a very good LT not elite but very good.

Craig M | April 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM

My thoughts exactly! LMAO! By the way good catching up after a while!

I do wonder who is on Ireland's radar for FA OL since he said he isn't done yet. Does this mean ALbert or Winston?

fin4life,

Cheers, man. I feel the same. Happy Sunday.

What a GREAT offseason, so far. I'm really excited about what this team has done this offseason. The talent level has been upgraded and the depth has been greatly improved. I'm not sure what else Ireland has up his sleeve but I can't WAIT for September to get here. It's going to be long Summer.

Bobbyd12 | April 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Great post!

Posted by: fin4life | April 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM

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+2

And I'm going to be out picking up some new Dolphin gear. I'm sure I'm in the minority but I LOVE the new logo. Nice upgrade. I've got a trip to Scotland coming up this Summer and I can't wait to show some of it off over there.

Bodine I'm keeping my expectations for Jordan low right now because he's a rook. The guy I'm expecting to see step in and perform is Vernon. We need a pass rush bad and I'm hoping Odrick comes inside on passing downs and Big Paul comes out and Vernon comes in. I'm still wondering if Soliai isn't going to be dealt at some point, as much as I like him I feel he's no longer a scheme fit for us.

: Bodine | April 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM

No one disputes that he's a player but in my case just wondering how long it will take for him to be a full time contributor (all around game)

It took JT 3 full Seasons to finally maintain his weight and be a complete DE in what was the same body type essentially. You also saw it last Yr. by the way with Vernon who needs to bulk up his 255 Pd frame as well to contribute full time. No denying that DJ is a physical beast but wonder if we didn't just drop the 3rd pick of the draft on what will be a part time player to start.

I am 66 yrs. old, but I am not brain dead.

All the draft anylasts were raving about Dion Jordan until we picked him. Now he was a reach?? He is injured?? He's too small?

I am not a conspiracy theory kind of guy, BUT WHAT THE HELL IS THAT ALL ABOUT?

Just a thought. If Jordan becomes what we HOPE he'll become, make game changing plays, etc isn't that perhaps worth MORE on a per game basis than a TE, even one as solid as Eifert?
Aside from my dislike for anything Notre Dame m(and their mostly over-rated players the past 20 years), we're always talking here about wanting GAME CHANGERS, PLAY-MAKERS. Also, much is said about the Fins, and Ireland going for the "safe" pick.

So ireland (whom I'm not especially on board with thus far) MAKES the bold selection, and some here are complaining?

I'm willing to wait till Dion is healed, give him a year, THEN evaluate the situation.

f4,

I see your point, but I don't know if that is a reason to pass on him if he becomes the player you expect in 2 to 3 years. You have to make the investment, can't count on every high pick to start out on fire. Also, DJ comes rated well higher than JT ever was coming out of school.

Darkoak,

I agree with you. The expectations for Dion this guy need to be tempered. He's a very athletically gifted player but he's not a finished product yet. There will be an adjustment period for him to the NFL. Like you, I expect Vernon to have more impact this season. I'm fully expecting to hear all the 'Dion is a bust' crap from many on here.

Fukk 'em!!

JPP didn't come in and have immediate impact for the Giants. The expectations were tempered. He was expected to ADD to what they had. Why would Jordan be any different? 'Phins fans live in a fantasy world sometimes.

Remember these guys from the 1st round 2008 draft? The first two were thought to even go higher. None of them played close to their draft hype and of course one was a huge bust.

5 Glenn Dorsey DT
6 Vernon Gholston DE
7 Sedrick Ellis DT


My point is that while some of you say DJ may only be a part time player at first, you can't even know if the 'sure fire' ready to start full time picks will be nearly as good as you expect.

Posted by: Everybody Knows | April 28, 2013 at 12:33 PM

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The TV media are unabashed Jets or Pats Fans, hate UM, etc. Many times they'll purposely either go to commercial or do an interview, thus bypassing the Fins pick and any discussion thereafter.
What's more, they don't even attempt to hide this. At least, we have the satisfaction of knowing the J-E-T-S have sucked, will suck, and will until Rex is out of there, which will happen by mid-season.
If we're patient, and Philbin is the right guy at the right time, the AFC EAST will be OURS in 2014. After that, Bellicheat and Brady retire.

Other scenario is post 2014 season, Brady retires, Philbin is fired, and Ross offers Bellicheat, renamed Mr Bellichick 10 million to coach the Roger Goodell mandated Berlin Dolphins.

Chris Long DE went #2 overall same year. Took him a few years to get up to speed and still not likely #2 caliber.

If DJ is a gamble, I like it better than all of the above.

ESPN airing a review of the Draft at 1pm. Going to see if I can pick up any nuggets about our picks.

Craig I get that the "this guy's a bust" crowd is usually premature with there condemnation of a player, like not even seen him play premature. I give a player a couple of years before I lose patience, let them learn the pro game and follow coaches and trainers directions before throwing them in the gutter.

Vernon was specifically a pass rusher at UM and a solid one I expect to see him post a minimum of 6 sacks this Yr. but run support was/is the issue here lets see if Coyle can light a fire in him because when not pass rushing effort declines.

Bodine and I don't agree on everything, but IMO, especially as it concerns Jordan I believe his is a correct way to look at this pick. Our future is 2014 and beyond.
Hopefully, we'll turns some heads this year, play hard, no egregious injuries.
By mid-season, we should have an inkling of what Jordan is about. Also, as was mentioned, this gives some of our 2nd year players a chance to make a name for themselves.

He is 6'7" and runs a 4.5.

He is a dream come tru for Dolphin fans and a NIGHTMARE for others.

Regarding new LB's. They need to be 18 - 20% more impact on game than previous.

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