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Where Dolphins needs, wants and must haves stand

First a quick refresher course on material covered over the years on this blog: The Dolphins personnel department, at least this group that has been mostly together since 2008, rates their offseason priorities in three general categories ...

Needs.

Wants.

Must haves.

Must haves are players that play positions that are an absolute necessity to field a team in the fall. Must haves have the ultimate priority. If the Dolphins don't fill their must have list, they are doomed. And that obviously means the world is doomed. So not wanting to doom life on the planet, the Dolphins always address their must haves.

By the way, when the team fails to properly address must-haves, it goes to training camp and ends up signing stopgap veterans such as Marc Colombo in 2011. Who wants that?

Needs are players that play positions that are necessary to upgrade the team but don't meet the urgency of a must have. A need, for example, comes at a position where a player already at that position is lacking and the team wants to replace. But if you don't upgrade the spot, at least the team has a body to play the position at some tolerable level, even if it requires holding your breath and pinching your nose.

Wants are the least urgent of the categories. These are players that play positions that the personnel department would love to address, but often cannot. The last three years or so, the Dolphins wanted to upgrade the tight end position. But because starter Anthony Fasano was a C-plus to B-minus player at the spot, the team put it off and put it off. The team had a want at tight end. But, well, the franchise didn't fall apart because tight end wasn't properly upgraded.

Got it? Good, refresher over. Now let's skip to today.

The Dolphins are about one week past their breakneck run through free agency and just over two weeks from the draft. And so it is time to assess where the Dolphins stand going to that draft. It is time to assess what the team's wants, needs and must haves are today.

This, of course, is my opinion. It does not reflect what the team is thinking because I have not asked team personnel. (Frankly, this is a bad time to talk to those guys because they are locked in rooms for long hours everyday in draft meetings. Nobody has time for wittle 'ol me :-(

Here we go:

Must haves: Offensive tackle qualifies because the Dolphins lost Jake Long to the St. Louis Rams and didn't really replace him. The club either needs a left tackle so that Jonathan Martin can go back to right tackle, or it needs to add a right tackle to start while leaving Martin stays at the left tackle spot where he finished last season. Either way tackle is a must have ... Cornerback is a must have in my humble. The Dolphins might not agree based on how much love GM Jeff Ireland showed Dimitri Patterson weeks ago while at the NFL annual meeting. Me? I'm not sold on Patterson as a solid starter and I cannot be completely sold that Brent Grimes will be back to his old Pro Bowl self by the start of the season. Richard Marshall is also back from back surgery, but again, the next season he plays without being injured for the Dolphins will be the first. Yes, the Dolphins have bodies at the position but all of them, ALL OF THEM, come with question marks.

The must-haves this year are particularly important to address because they both involve the passing game. The tackle must protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The cornerback must defend the pass. And the NFL, by the way, is a passing league.

Needs: Defensive end has to fal here because Cameron Wake cannot do it all by himself. Yes, the Dolphins have high hopes for Josh Kaddu as a rush specialist (which I reported last month). Yes, Olivier Vernon has promise. Yes, the club has a starter opposite Wake in Jared Odrick. But none of the players I just mentioned is proven as a very good 4-3 NFL defensive end ... Tight end makes this list because while the Dolphins added Dustin Keller, that was a one-year rental. Charles Clay isn't the answer and neither is Michael Egnew. Meanwhile, Fasano is gone. So you need to draft somebody for the future.

Wants: The club wants to add a defensive tackle. Yes, another one. Remember that Paul Soliai and Randy Starks will be in the final year of their deals in 2013. Also, Vaughn Martin is only signed for two years ... The club wants to add a safety. Yes, Reshad Jones is a keeper. But Chris Clemons is on a one-year deal that shows the team likes him, but doesn't love him. While Clemons can be the starter this year, Miami wants to upgrade the spot for long-term ... Kicker qualifies here. Dan Carpenter had a poor 2012 and finisihed the season on injured reserve so the club cannot go into 2013 without bringing in someone -- perhaps a priority free agent -- to at least compete ... A running back would be nice, too. Yes, Lamar Miller will be the guy and Daniel Thomas is expected to back him up. But Thomas is often injured and you probably need three guys. Are  Marcus Thigpen or Jonas Gray that guy? I don't know. I'd rather bring another body in there just in case.

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No.... You cannot always find a "Fat Boy" in later rounds. There is a damned good reason why when you turn on NFL channel all of the former players are talking about how important it is to get one of the top 3 LT's in this draft. The drop off in talent is "INSANE" between Lane Johnson (considered #3 but I would place Fisher at #3 and Johnson at #2)and Alabama's DJ Fluker.
No one is confused about how important an elite 4-3 DE is. Yet when you bring up the idea of the guy who will be blocking said DE from decapitating the QB from the blind side... You get this look reminding you of a German Shepherd staring at a ceiling fan.
If you create a vertical list of players besed on importance it would look like this...

Quarterback
Wide Out
Left Tackle
Running Back
D-Line
Corner
LBer
Safety
Center
Interior O-line (Guards)
TE
Kicker
Long Snapper
SS Players
Practice squad

Now... you can argue that one or two of these can flip flop.. But only by a position or two. Since most Miami fans are Ball Watchers & "Sexy Pick" addicts.. it would be a tough sell no matter what. I don't have to sell it... Just look at what position the winning teams draft in high rounds. They are either drafting O-line players, corners or pass rushers. They won't TOUCH a High Ranking superstar Wide Out unless he walks on water (Mega Tron, Larry Fitzgerald, Julio Jones, Andrea Johnson)Mike Wallace was a 4th round surprise. Funny how many good wide out ARE mid/late round surprises.
IMMAO... only one player is worth taking above moving up to grab a LT. That guy is Tyler Eifert. Eifert has "Star" written all over him. He has Jason Witten, Gronk, Winslow and Millers brand of DNA all over the way he plays the game.
Just a silly stat... To those who are stuck on Tavon Austin. Austin has a 30.08" arm length. Tyler Eifert has a 33.18" arm length. That is 3.10" more PER ARM... Or a total of 6.20" in total Reach. Add to that Austin Height of 5-9 to Eiferts 6-6... And a bit of Fuzzy Oblozo math later you have a guy in Eifert who can offer a target of 5.2' wide and nearly 12' high with a jump (which he does very well).... That is like Half the width of s bedroom wall and half again as high..... Think that would help our Young Mister RT17 score a few points???
Either protect him... or give him a quick out that he couldn't miss if he tried....

Ross can and will make the renovations himself. He is the owner and prime beneficiary anyway. He knew renovations were part of any business when he bought the team.

Simple Answer to Bess. Stedman Bailey 3rd rd. he's far more of a td threat. this guy will have 5 tds fall from his sweat glands this year. Bess has 5 tds his entire nfl career.

I'm not sure about Eifert, Milliner really killed him in that ND Game.

oscar,

realize what you just said Milliner killed Eifert. The best player in your secondary and the #1 rated overall DB in this years draft was covering a TE. Not to mention you have Golston a complete joke as a passer throwing the ball. And no other threat on the entire roster on offense. It was take away the option and then take away Eifert game plan.

Whether Milliner is the real deal or even if he isn't he was part of a great system at Bama where he was able to shine. At no point in Eifert's NFL career will the 1st or 2nd best cover even have the opportunity to cover him 1 on 1.

Look at Gronk, Jimmy Graham even guys a shade or 2 under their ability like Vernon Davis and when's the last time a team put their best CB on them in a game for as great as they are you won't see it at the NFL level.

My point exactly, you move Bess for a neglible pick and you're using a 3rd round pick to replace him. Or you can keep your 3rd pick and draft an OLB with pass rushing ability or a decent CB prospect and have a much better well rounded team in 2013.

Would you rather have Bess (who can rack up 1,000 yards in this league if starting) and a player to contribute this year in a position of weakness or a WR draftee that will take time to acclimate himself and probably be 4th on the depth chart NFL and a middling pick?

There's no point in trading Bess, period IMO.

Miami went from the worst WR group in the NFL to at least the best in the AFC East this offseason. Wallace is the legit burner, stud, deep threat this team lacked. Hartline had a good year last as a #1 and now gets to slide in a position he's more suited for as a #2. Bess is a very good slot on same level as New Englands Amendola who happens to be their best receiver at this point and then a guy like Gibson give you excellent depth in 4 WR sets and if someone goes down to injury he can step in and contribute.

No reason at all Bess should be traded unless they do something wild like draft Tavon Austin which I don't see happening.

Ahhhh quick question Mando, where do you find a "proven as a very good NFL 4-3 defensive end" in the draft? I dont see the defensive end as a need I think Vernon flashed pretty well in his rookie year give him another year. The NFL isnt always about the instant gratification we all love. Case in point someone you mentioned by the name of CAM WAKE!!!

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Draft eddie Lacy. Fins need a RB.

Throw Bess in a package with other picks, to move up to #3 and take Fisher or Johnson. I know people are tired of me going on and on about a LT , but it is our biggest hole and I feel the talent drops off DRAMATICALLY!! Our offense now has enough pieces to compete at a high level, our defense will still be top notch (not elite) I know we have 11 draft picks, but we dont need 11 rookies. I want quality over quantity. If we can nab an elite LT, its worth losing a 2nd rd pick. You will have a premium highly paid position on the cheap for the next 4 years!!

If we dont trade up, I would be happy with Eifert. I do not want to take a CB. I base all my feelings on what I read (which means I dont know s@#t) But it seems CB in Rd and Rd 2 are interchangable. TE and LT not so much

Trade up?

I would consider a trade up for only 1 player, Star Lotulelei. His predraft momentum took a huge dive when he supposedly had a medical issue with his heart which ended up being false. However, that momentum hasn't seemed to regain its form or even slightly to this point. Now it's possible it's just the media who hasn't picked back up on this. Maybe in NFL circles, real NFL circles like GMS and scouts he's back to where he belongs which is top 7 or so. But I would definitely consider a trade up for a player with his physicality and game changing ability from the interior.

Trading Bess,

What value does a slot WR with a 1 year deal left really have?

Truth is he is more valuable to Miami then any other team at this point and time. The value you get in return for a guy like Bess at "BEST" has to be a 5th. Who are you taking with that 5th that has the same level of contribution as Bess would? Odds are that 5th is practice squad player, cut or just a non-factor.

Must Have: OT and CB

Need: OG, DE, DT and FB

Don't Need: WR, TE, LB

Armando, eres un caballo!

Andy, I think Bess is OK, but have you noticed an increase in fumbles and dropped balls. Bess used to be surehanded, lately not so much. I would rather give Mathews a shot, not that he blew our socks off last year or anything

I like TE, then OL & DB in the 2nd rd. Both picks help Tanny and all the $ we spent on WR's. Also, I want a new hat, but all they got is the draft hat. Not my style. Phins get your pro shop in gear with new logo stuff.

OT,TE and CB are HUGE needs,wants,must haves,wishes,desires,selections .....or whatever...is what the FINS desperately need...in that order to me(long term of course).What else would be smarter long-term?THAT said ....the Fins also do need a DT of long-term quality and a DE.Now all of that is a given and is known and agreed upon by about 99% of Dolphin fans...and Fins personnell folks.What has not been talked about is the possible selection of a nice young RB for added depth.To place the load on unproven Lamar Miller is both unwise and overreaching.Miller risks injury if too much is placed upon him.Thomas on the other hand is a poor back-up answer too as he is a very,very,very,very inconsistent player and an injury-prone one at that.Thomas has proved little except he ll break your heart after a game or two by having terrible games thereafter and/or getting injured.Translation=Thomas is UNRELIABLE as a player....."period".The Fins braintrust hopefully are looking for more durable and stud runners to compliment Miller and spell him with added depth unlike the unreliable Thomas has shown in his body of work thus far in the Dolphin backfield.Can t wait till draft day.Would be great if Miami could select the ND TE but doubt they ll be that smart.Anyway.....good luck and GO DOLPHINS.

Agree 100% Mark. If the whole thinking about retaining Hartline was that he will get more looks with Wallace blowing off the top, then same goes for Bess, who's actually well-respected around the league as a good slot receiver.

Not sure why someone wants to get rid of good, inexpensive talent. That sounds like a win-win to me. Sure, if you can upgrade, then maybe it's worth it. But last time we got rid of a productive receiver (Welker) we got burned by it. We should learn from the past.

Rdubs,

Consider that Bess was playing out of position at times last year and working with a new QB may have increased his drops. He's still a valuable player. He doesn't cost a fortune. He still is effective and a good player working the slot. At times last year he was the only player who would make a play in the passing game for Tannehill.

I don't see any reason Bess is even being considered cut or traded. And again if anything he gets straight cut not traded. No team is giving up draft picks this time of year for a slot WR that would be of any woth to Miami

i continue to push for albert in a trade for a 2nd and 4th pick. keeps our 1st pick for a cb or te. i would be fine wtih eifert, trufant, rhodes with pick 12.

Andy,

I only trade Bess if it allows us to move up, otherwise I say keep him. I wouldnt let him go for 5th or a 6th, whats the point?

DC,

Whats up bro? Yeah I haven't even heard any rumor of Bess being cut. But what reason would they have to do so. Again Miami is finally in a position where they are deep at WR and hands down the best WR group in the AFC East. Getting rid of Bess who's in the final year of deal with much to play for at just 26-27 years old seems like a pointless move unless they did something like draft Tavon Austin or even Swope in round 2 which would seem like over kill and that point cut/trade Bess makes sense only to make more opportunities for the rookies and not enough balls to go around.

ARMANDO:

YOU're RIGHT IT's A PASSING LEAGUE.

THAT's WHY WE NEED TO STAY PUT AND GET PATTERSON IF HE's THERE.

THE GUY IS AMAZING WITH THE BALL IN HIS HANDS.

ITs A NO BRAINER.

WALLACE PATTERSON HARTLINE AND KELLER WOULD BE DANGEROUS.

MAYBE THE TOP 5 WR CORE IN THE LEAGUE FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS.

REACHING FOR RHODES WHEN HE WILL BE THERE IN THE SECOND WOULD BE STUPID.

EVEN IF HE's GONE BY OUR PICK TRUFANT WILL BE THERE.

OT IS A NEED BUT THAT HIGH OF A PICK YOU TAKE GAME CHANGERS.

WE ALREADY USED A REALLY HIGH PICK ON A OT AND WHERE DID THAT GET US?

HOW MANY TDs HE SCORED?

HOW MANY SACKS OR INTs DID HE GET?

I HOPE IRELAND LEARNED FROM THAT F--K UP.

WE NEED TO STAY PUT AND GET PATTERSON.

I'm EVEN COOL WITH AUSTIN BUT I RATHER HAVE PATTERSON.

TDs WIN GAMES NOT BLOCKING.

I'm NOT SAYING WE DON't NEED ONE OR TWO OR THREE LINEMEN OR IT's NOT IMPORTANT BUT PATTERSON WOULD MAKE MORE OF A DIFFERENCE THAN ANY O-LINEMAN IN THE WHOLE LEAGUE.

FROM HIS FIRST GAME UNTIL HE RETIRES

Agreed Andy on Bess... who cares if you get nothign for him at the end of the year. You will most likely get nothing for what you get for him in a trade and we don't need the cap relief. In addition, if hew walks at the end of the year and goes on to start somewhere else, you get a comp pick for him next year. So get the best of both worlds. have his production this year then get return when he moves on.

And especially agreed on Star ... I think Sheldon Richardson is pretty much a carbon copy of the guy physically. Both these guys would compliment the current DTs we have very well in that they are equally as strong as the guys we have but also get push in the passing game. Sort of like the same impact Suh provides for Detroit but without the dirty play or Warren Sapp provided in his prime.

i b on da kc's alberts jap zero plane.
lol

IMO there is no player worth trading up for. I would pick Vacarro, Eifert or Ansah at 12. At 2A we can get Long, Brennan or Pugh. I still sign Clabo or Winston for RT.

VACCARO OR COOPER, EIFERT ARE CLEARLY THE BEST AT THEIR POSITIONS.

I LEAN TOWARDS VACCARO BECAUSE WE NEED PLAYMAKERS IN OUR SECONDARY.

WHEN DID WE EVER HAVE A SAFETY LIKE THIS?

Mark,

I much rather have a guy(Stedman Bailey) who can be a pro bowl slot wr and get me 6-8 tds, than spend a 3rd on a cb who may be nickel at best, or pass rush lb who may never crack the starting spot.

I mean why even spend a third on a pass rusher, didn't we do that with Vernon? Heck, this time next season we could potentially be talking drafting a pass rusher early rds.

I much rather have a potential pro bowler wr. Bess nearly had 1,000yds by demand only. He and Hartline were all Tannehill had to throw to. Please don't be overwhelmed by the yardage numbers alone. I like Bess, but he's far too slow. We need to add far more speed and game breaking ability tan Bess has.

k vacc

6-8 TDs as a slot guy gets you to hawaii for free ZERO times. Have you seen the WRs in the AFC? Stiff competition for the Pro Bowl

And that 1,000 yars by demand is hogwash. Who since the mid 90s got 1,000 yards receiving as a Dolphin? Chambers and Marshall. both were good players. Every other year nobody got 1,000 yards by demand or not. You don't get that production by accident.

Vernon I like but he's a maybe no need to stop the pipeline for pass rushers on his account. You can never have enough of them anyway and last time I counted we only have one and that's Wake. We need to continue hunting for more and if the seeds like Kaddu or Vernon sprout .. fine but until then you need to find more.

I like Steadman and if he were a pick then fine but I'm not getting rid of Bess for a maybe. He'd have to beat him out in camp.

Bess isn't a loss, he was an undrafted rookie fa. He cost absolutely nothing.

Lets face it, Bess has neither the speed nor game breaking ability to ever be a star in this league. He'll never be more than a dolfanactic allstar.

He'll never be td maker, and can never be counted upon to consistently get enough separation to where the qb consistently counts on getting the football to him.

It made me sick to my stomach last season, game after game, tv commentator after commentor, saying the exact same thing:

"NOT A SINGLE DOLFAN RECIEVER ON THE FIELD WAS ABLE TO GET SEPARATION."

How soon do dolfans forget. That's a sick feeling I'll never forget as a dolfan.

MARK:

SO YOU COMPARING THEM TO SUH WHO IS THE BEST DT IN THE LEAGUE AND A HALL OF FAMER?

OK SO

PATTERSON COULD HAVE THE IMPACT OF CALVIN JOHNSON OR JERRY RICE IN HIS PRIME.

SLOT WR's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aside from Wes Welker, name 1 SLOT WR consistently getting 6-8 tds a year?

Welker did, and he's been a shoe in to the free trip to Hawaii.

You have to consider the Pats don't run an outside wr dominated pass game. The TE's and slot wr are the focal point of their passing game. Even that may change since Welker's gone. Welker was the toughest slot receiver cover in the entire game. BY far, not even close.

Toronto,

Good point on the compensatory pick with Bess.

Star is a stud and is going to be one in the NFL. I project him to be similar to Suh in some areas as well. Probably no where near the pass rusher Suh is. Suh is dominant and can't be blocked one on one when his head on his right. Suh will bounce back this year, Im sure of it. But Star has the ability to disrupt and free other guys up and make everyone around him better just like Suh does.

Im not as familiar with Sheldon Richardson. I hear he's a talent but haven't watched Mizzou

As a 3rd rd pick, Bailey would be the sickest addition we could make to the team. No other position pick in that rd even comes close. Unless, of course, we got extremely-extremely lucky. But why hope for that when a more certain product like Bailey's still on the board.

Ho the hell do you skip over 28 2012 tds to grab a bucket of hope. That's what I cant get over?

YG4, I agree we will draft someone to replace Bess. Bess is nice but we can get someone younger, quicker, cheaper and with more upside in the draft. Bess will be trade bait IMO.


Vernon I like but he's a maybe no need to stop the pipeline for pass rushers on his account.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | April 10, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Im not against adding more pass rushers. Vernon's a 3rd pass rush pick. If adding him 3r rd last year, why add more 3rd rd pass rushers?

I do not see Bailey as aa maybe. I believe the kid's the real deal. He's just projected slot because he's only 5'10. Pound for Pound, Bailey is as good as any wr in this draft. He's outproduced all of them the last 2yrs in college too.

i like Bailey in round 3 for sure

Mark,

If we added another pass rusher, I would like to see a bold move. Move up and get Ansah. Did you know that Ansah had 9 passes defensed and an interception last season at DE?

This means he doesn't have to always get sacks or pressures, he's a Sultan of Swat also. This guy is as effective as JJ Watt knocking down passes. Also swatted passes lead to int's for teammates.

If we're going to go pass rush, we need to stop pussie footing around with and go for the juggler. Forget adding them 3rd rd and later and selling dolfans bs in a perfume bottle.

Ansah also ran a 4.63 40, this means you can drop him off the line in zone coverage at times to disguise your pass defense. I mean the sky is the limit in what a dc could do with him.

Im sure Coyle would feel like a kid in candy store if he had Ansah.

A 4.63 40, means Ansah has the speed to run with TE's if you w3anted to drop him off in coverage. It also means he has the speed to play olb in certain defensive disguises.

This dude can be a total defensive freak with a dc clever enough to use all of his talents.

Exactly why I say, stop pussie footing around with the pass rush position and go get "ZIGGY"(Ansah) Freak!

1- Vaccaro S
2- best CB available
2- Justin Pugh OT
3- Sted Bailey WR
3- best CB, TE or guard

rounds
4, 5, 5 - LB, DE, DT

Bess playing against teams #1 or #2 Cb last year v him playing against their #3 or #4 this year is a big difference

Mando, can you envision any scenario in which the Fins lose more than 6 games? I can't.

Ansah,

NO WAY! He's a raw athletic, talent with very little production at all. He had 4.5 sacks and 6 QB hits. He made 10 plays behind the LOS all last season. He's not even a 1 year wonder. He's a "potential" guy.

Bad pick if he were the pick at #12. He's too hit or miss for Ireland's shaky track record.


Mock A

1st Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
2nd Jonathan Cyprien S FIU
2nd David Amerson CB North Carolina State
3rd John Simon DE Ohio State University
3rd Ryan Swope WR Texas A&M
4th Xavier Nixon OT Florida
5th Lonnie Pryor FB FSU
5th Eric Herman OG Ohio
6th Latavius Murray RB UCF
7th Nathan Williams OLB Ohio State University
7th Ray Graham RB Pittsburgh
7th Steve Beauharnais ILB Rutgers

Mock B

1st Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
2nd Jonathon Banks CB Mississippi State
2nd Khaseem Greene OLB Rutgers
3rd Reid Fragel OT Ohio State University
3rd Kiko Alonso ILB Oregon
4th Le'Veon Bell RB Michigan State
5th Dion Sims TE Michigan State
5th Chris Harper WR Kansas State
6th Joe Kruger DE Utah
7th Khalid Wooten DB Nevada
7th Braden Wilson FB Kansas State
7th Knile Davis RB Arkansas

on yestreday I put here about the draft pick and the man ansered me but now it is not here buy any ways he said the players the Dolphin take so thanks but also what is the day of this is it soon?? they should have to take good players I think so they will be good in the futore and also when do they first come so the dolphin fan can talk to them about what they will do?? I do not see this any where on here or maybe it is by the radio and not here?

Justin, are you serious? Cordarelle wouldn't even have been the 2nd best WR on his college team if Da'Rick Rogers (Justin Hunter is also better) had his head screwed on straight. And you want to compare him to the best that ever played? I can't even tell if you're being serious or not to merit a worthy retort...

Star and Sheldon are both physical freaks for their position which Cordarelle is not. Star and Richardson also had excellent college production which Cordarelle did not ... not even in the same stratosphere of discussion here.

Justin,

Im big on Suh as well but he's not the best at his position in the NFL. He had a terrible season last year which I fully believe he has a huge year and bounces back but now he's a HOF?

And Cordarelle Patterson is now Megatron or Rice? What are you smoking.

I we have to keep making excuses for Bess, it only means he may be good, but will never be good enough. Why is so difficult for dolfans to part with players such as this?

You also have to remember, Philbin owes no allegiance to Bess, he's a Sparano product. I have no nostalgic love for any player that wears a fin uniform. No matter how good or bad, if he can be greatly upgraded Im all for it.

My only allegiance is to seeing this team in the best position possible to win a nfl championship. Nothing more, nothing less. I want the BEST, not the Bess. With Bess I feel like someone stole my T at the end and replaced it with an S.

Andy NJ, have to disagree with you bro. Ansah had very limited playing time. If Vacarro and Eifert are gone, I would jump all over this kid. Just my opinion but to me there is wayyyyy to much potential there.

Suh put up 8 sacks last year and had 25 total tackles. Ok so he made his prescence felt as pass rusher but missed the assignment on the run every game. He's my guy, big fan but HOF? lol

I like Ansah and have him rated #1 for pass rushers but in my opinion, I wouldn't trade up. I think Damontre Moore will be sitting there at 12 as will Mingo (who would have to play OLB). Both these guys I have close enough to Ansah. I keep the extra picks.

Sign Clabo. Move up in the draft and take Milliner, CB, Alabama. Then, best player available...

Mando,

MUSTS

1) An OT to play left or right depending on what they do with Martin. I believe Joeckel, Fisher, & Johnson will all be gone. I would definitely kick the tires on Flueker @ 12 though.
2) A CB since both Grimes & Marshall are coming off season ending injuries. I've only seen Patterson play in two games so I agree with Mando.

NEEDS
1) A RB to pair with Miller. Can't trust Thomas to stay healthy or hold on to the ball & we didn't see Thigpen play NEARLY enough on offense.
2) A legitimate TE for the future. Keller is a stop gap & my guess is that Egnew won't even make the team.
3) A Safety to compete with Clemons. I like Clemons but taking a guy like Vaccaro early or maybe Elam in the 2nd can possibly add 'playmaking ability' which Clemons lacks.
4) A Guard. If Cooper or Warmack were there @ 12 this would be my pick. Incognito is solid at LG but I'm not sure how many years he has left in his contract & Jerry is in the last year of his deal.

WANTS

1) A DE who can get to the QB. Although we need another pass rusher to compliment Wake I believe that between a slim downed Odrick & a young Vernon that we can get the job done this year. I could be VERY wrong on this.

Going to Havana (again) in a few weeks. Travel restrictions? STUFF IT! I travel WHERE I want WHEN I want.

Mark,

Not only are their question marks surrounding Moore, but, he's undersized for an 4-3 DE. Most are projecting him as 3-4 pass rush olb.

I don't know what it is but Moore scares hell out of me for some reason. I just cant pinpoint it, its something I cant explain. For some strange reason I just don't feel comfortable with.

But, who knows him better than Mike Sherman(A&M). If Sherman signed off on it I would skeptically play along with it. About the same as when Parcells drafted Henne. I'll always be waiting for the other shoe to fall.

Tracyh474,

That's something Im not against either. Walter Camp now has Milliner mocked at #10, sliding up 3 spots would be very cheap.

Ansah,

I don't see what others see. He's a combine freak who didn't show that on game day. He hustles and makes plays downfield but his production just isn't there and consider his competition this past year was games against Weber St, Utah St, Hawaii, Idaho San Jose St, New Mex St, SanDiego St. Where the production?

Obviously the skills (potential) are valued and there cause he is rated very high by most draft analyst and probably all for that matter but Im not picking him if I am in save me a##, Jeff Ireland mode.

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