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The Dolphins lost two, count 'em, two games last year when the tragic combination of poor coaching and bad right tackle play got together.

Miami lost to Baltimore and Buffalo -- two home games -- because coaches trusted right tackle Tyson Clabo to block a premier rusher in the final few minutes of a game one on one. And Clabo, inexplicably matched one on one against Terrell Suggs and Mario Williams with no tight end or running back help, gave up sacks that led directly to Miami's losses.

Clabo, a tough competitor and good man, took responsibility for losing the Buffalo game while coaches (Mike Sherman and Joe Philbin) defended the idea of putting him on an island in the game's most important series.

And so you're wondering how important it is that general manager Dennis Hickey find a good starting right tackle in the draft?

Well, as it is possible the coaching decisions might not change because Philbin is still in charge, the player at right tackle must be much better because who wants a repeat of 2013?

And so it is with that perspective that starting today we break down some of the key positions the Dolphins must address in the May 8-10 draft along with some of the players they have shown interest in selecting.

I'll tell you the players, some strengths, some weaknesses, where they might be available and how they might fit Miami's plans.

Today we start with offensive tackle.

Consider: 

OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff McGill (Canada): He's 6-5 and 298 and that is a little troubling because he is seemingly under prototype bulk. Although he competed well at the postseason All-Star games, there has to be some worries about the level of his competition as he played in Canada. He's very smart -- studying to become a doctor -- but that can work both ways, depending on whom one speaks. It takes the right kind of mindset to feel enough desperation to succeed. Some people that have other careers they can fall back on -- such as medicine -- don't exhibit that kind of full-fledged commitment. Projected 5-6 rounder.

OT Seantrel Henderson  Miami: He's 6-7 and 335, was a prep star but has never lived up to the billing, suspended or benched multiple times at Miami. Never made full use of his gifts. Often overweight at Miami. Projected 4-5 rounder.

OT Ja'Wuan James  Tennessee: He's 6-6 and 311, very fluid, senior with 49 games of experience, was in the shadow of teammate and LT Antoine Richardson until 2013 when he outplayed Richardson. He's a legitimate second round player and his experience in the SEC suggests he'll be ready to start right away. Dolphins would be lucky to have him available at No. 50.

OT Cyrus Kouandjio  Alabama: He's 6-7 and 322, has bigger reputation based on exposure than his play suggests he should have. Lingering knee questions that he denies exist. Strictly a right tackle. Likely a late second round or third-round pick.

OT Cornelius Lucas  Kansas State: He's 6-7 and 316 pounds. He's got prototype size but he's got a medical red flag in that he's nursing a stress fracture in his foot that prevented him from participating at the Combine or in private workouts. He's got the wingspan of a jetliner. He's very athletic and actually played tight end for a while. And although he plays with aggressiveness at times, there were questions about his motivation prior to last season.

OT Kevin Pamphile Purdue: He's 6-5 and 310, some see him as a guard while others say he can play tackle and is more valuable there. Either way, he's new to the offensive line, having switched from DT to G in 2011.

OT Garrett Scott Marshall: He's 6-5 and 307 and is a likely late-round project, although scouts say his stock is lately rising. His durability is a bit of a question because he missed mutliple games last season with an ankle injury and was slow to return. Second team All-Conference USA as selected by coaches witin the league.

OT-G  Billy Turner  North Dakota State: He's 6-5 and 315 and also is considered a guard-tackle tweener by some. I listed him as a guard on Monday but because he's interesting I want to discuss him here. He struggled early on in Senior Bowl practices at both guard and right tackle, showing poor leverage. By the end of the week of practices, however, Turner was fully integrated and didn't seem out of place or overmatched. He has very good punch. Good balance. Good quickness for his size.

It seems if the Dolphins want to target James they can trade down in the first round, add perhaps an extra third or fourth round pick and still get the Tennessee right tackle to be their starter in 2014.

Kouandjio is not a value pick at No. 19 and probably not in the first round. That's what many NFL scouts believe despite a local newspaper reporting that the "Dolphins like Kouandjio in the first round."

Maybe later in the draft.

But not at No. 19.

 

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M.Bryant is my personal favorite WR in this draft. Not saying that he is the most talented. Just that I would love him in a Dolphins uniform.

Posted by Dashi,

Bryant is my personal favorite WR in this draft as well. I know of 2 knocks on the kid.

1. Drops, he's had a few drops but when I watched him most of those were bad throws from Boyd.

2. He didn't run all the routes in college so he lacks experience there. I don't see this being an issue though. This kid is 6'4, runs a 4.4 40 and can cut on a dime. He'll have no problem learning routes.



Heat owner, Arison is in on getting Sterling forced to sell, via tweet.

Great job Mr. Arison, Go World Champion Heat!

fin4life, when Fitzgerald got into the league he was pretty fast. I think youre under estimating the amount of work he put in to become a great WR.

WHo knows if Benjamin has Fitzgerald work ethic. And I did say I like Benjamin I just question his ability to seperate from corners when hes not in the redzone.

I hated getting rid of Marshall because he was big and phsyical. I hope we draft one of the bigger WR, so sick of 6ft 200 pounds WR on the teams seems like that all we have

Texas,

Agreed.

M.Bryant is a fluid athlete. He moves like a WR. Agreed. He didn't run the whole route tree, but with his agility, running routes won't be a problem. He isn't AJ Green good. But he is similar to AJ as an athlete. Tall WRs that can cut like small WRs.

On Boyd. The guy has been a disappointment. His stats look good, but that is more to do with the players catching the ball than him throwing the ball.

M. Bryant isn't strong despite his size and is a dropped pass waiting to happen. 5th rounder.

You are not kidding. I liked DeAndre last year as my third pick behind Cooper and Vaccaro. And I told you People clearly back then, Sammy Watkins in infinitely more talented than DeAndre would ever hope to be. Imagine poor Bryant.

Arison should buy the Fins. We can dream.

Hypocrisy is everywhere. This guy gets banned for private commentary on blacks BUT Daniel Snyder has a team called "Redskins" and the NFL and its chief Clown Godell do nothing. Furthermore the Redskins players are primarily black and they don't care that they play for the "Redskins". HYPOCRISY!!

I like Black Chicks but not too Black. They scratch. Something like LaLa Anthony.

albert, Snyder didnt name the team. If there is enough objection it'll get changed. Chill out.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | April 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Sorry I wanted to reply to this earlier but I was in meetings. Seeing as this is a make or break year for Tannehill I would expect we would want players to step up and produce sooner than later. These Olinemen we are looking at joining the team in the draft better be more NFL ready than our backups is all I can say, otherwise Philbin will not play them.

Typically we would be looking for players with the highest ceiling and not expect them to start if we were set at most positions I could see that (how else can a team like the 49ers spend a fourth on Lattimore knowing full well he wouldn't play last season). Problem is we are not there or even close to there and we have a big decision to make on Tannehill after this season. I would err on the side of bringing in NFL ready players this season, promise is just that, it's a crap shoot.

I like Kelvin Benjamin, definitely liked the way he played in that Champioship Game.

albert STFU already and go cry on a basketball blog.

Sterling got what he deserved.
Anyone who chooses a gold digger over a real woman deserves to be betrayed. What did he expect?
Anyone stupid enough to say those things in today's world where everything is recorded, deserves what they get. A phone call is NOT a private conversation anymore.
Sterling's 1st Amendments rights were not violated in the least. He was free to say what he did, and is still free to say those things.
The NBA has the right to do what they did, just like my company has the right to fire me if I said stupid things like that.
Just goes to show you don't have to be smart to be rich.


MIT,

Sterling was set up. The problem is he has a history of racist behavior. And They have been gunning for him.

Common sense will tell you that Sterling is more of an idiot than he is racist.

Posted by: Dashi | April 29, 2014 at 03:05 PM


I think the comments about not wanting her to socialize with Black men might have eventually gone away. Were all old enough to remember what a social Taboo/Stigma it was if you were White and your Woman had slept with a Black Man (Aside from what she was refered to for it) and believe this is the mindset of Sterling when he makes those comments. That mentality was pervasive just 30 Yrs ago and everybody old enough had a family member who probably thought along those lines and we are talking about an 80 Yr Old man at the end of the day from a different ERA and minset.

What killed him was the part of the audio not getting as much pub. were he states that he feeds them (refering to Back people) and buys them they're cars and homes, WOW! They don't earn it, he buys it for them! This flies at total Slave Masta mentality and the one who brought it up while the Jet made an idiot of himself the last 2 days on TNT with a bunch of comparisons to this and what Jackie Robinson, Ali, Medgar Evers and MLK went through was Barkley.

I thought Chuck was right on saying that it was those comments that were the most disturbing. In closing kudos to Mickey Arison for being the 1st and really only White Owner to come out quickly and condemn Donal Sterling given the other Mark Cuban played politics sitting on a fence with his comments. I do however wonder about this lifetime ban because this is America and we have a 1st ammendment right to be racist, Biggoted ect.. So while he may not be allowed to attend any team or NBA function can they really make him sell????

Some bloggers are saying that Seattle wanted Ireland's picks so that they would know who NOT to pick.

Don't believe everything you hear.

Mike,
So that makes it OK? I guarantee you if they were named the "Blackskins" it would not matter who named the team it would be a huge issue. Problem is Native Americans don't get the respect or have the political clout that other groups do. So we get the Mike's of the world saying "Chill Man".


I suspect most of us don't agree with what he said BUT, it's a fine line when you start punishing people for what they say and think in their private lives. BUT, I guess you never made it to the first amendment review in your law career.

Posted by: albert | April 29, 2014 at 03:05 PM

I alluded to this very point in my last post these comments were made in the privacy of his home and recorded without his consent. So there is a fine line here with regards to the precedent Adam Silver is attempting to regulate.

They should make Ross sell while their at it. A horrible owner.

I got agree Dashi. I think the NBA has been trying to get rid of Sterling for a while just for his incompetence. And to get rid of him over something that was said in an argument with his love interest is bush league. Like you cite, his own personal interest has never got in the way of running his club.

is he a bad owner, yes. Is he stupid, yes.

But FUKK you TMZ for ripping into someone's personal life in a moment of weakness. That is pure garbage.

oscar, the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice

Also, anyone who thinks Sterling is actually being punished should realize he can just sell the team, and make MILLIONS IN PROFITS off this debacle. And some other gold digging b!tch will be right there to be his girlfriend.

albert,
that is right, freedom of speech as long as it doesnt infringe apon others rights... Just bc you have the freedom of speech doesnt mean that you can say whatever you want.. thats not the intent.

regular, Fitz and Marshall are 3 times the athlete benjamin is and they obviously applied themselves.

However, now that Fitz is getting older, Arians is speaking more of moving him closer to the Qb and to take advantage of physical mismatches.

Same thing should apply here.

The other teams' best corners are not going to play inside. And if they do, fine, Wallace and hartline can have at 2nd rate cover guys for the first time in years.

And other teams don't have 6'4 slot corners and benjamin although below average atheltically for a WR is extrememly gifted for a TE when matched against S or LBs and too big for nickel or dime CBs.

I've seen cases where People say offensive things on purpose that will get very negative feed back on the Big Media. That is always done for $$$.

albert, not enough people think its so wrong. If the Indians gain support for their cause it'll be changed. Thats how things seem to work. I do think the name may be changed in the future. And what about Devils? Should that be changed too?

albert the worst part of this is guys like Michael Jordan standing on their moral soap box talking about how bad a man Sterling is...

yet behind basketball, the two things Mj is most famous for is infidelity and being a degenerate gambler...

interesting where we choose to draw the line..

Darkoak @ 3:27 and the problem is we will never get there as long as our first mission is to plug holes on our roster.. sometime you need to draw the line.

massD, if you say those things to your girl, does your company have the right to fire you over it?

I've never heard of such a thing happening.

mattybinnc,
This was a private conversation he was having with someone. Not a public speech, not a memo at the office not a published article. A private conversation. If we are all honest who among us can say that he, in the privacy of their home or the confidentiality of friends, have not discussed or expressed thoughts that might be offensive to certain groups? Let he who has never sinned cast the first stone my friend.

Mike, Snyder has gone on record as saying he will never change the name Redksins ...

And Mickey Arison is Jewish, not exactly white...

Also, anyone who thinks Sterling is actually being punished should realize he can just sell the team, and make MILLIONS IN PROFITS off this debacle. And some other gold digging b!tch will be right there to be his girlfriend.
Posted by: MassDolphan | April 29, 2014 at 03:35 PM

Agreed Mass, he paid I think $12 million in '83 for the Clips The Bucks just sold for $550 million and they are not worth nearly as much as the Clippers. Sterling is going to cash in big.

Mike,
Devils? Really? Maybe we can off set it by banning Saints. Not enough support? So we judge what is right and wrong by support. Not morality or justice. Interesting. I am beginning to understand how this works now. It's NOT right or wrong it's whats popular. I get it.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | April 29, 2014 at 03:41 PM

Is that a year with so many NFL ready talents, and still a question mark at QB? Honestly I don't know if it's the right time for that strategy. I want Tannehill supported as best the Fins front office an coaches can this season so that we can know if he's the next one.

I bet a million worse things have been said on an NBA court than what Sterling said in that tirade he had on his huer


Sterling got what he deserved.
Anyone who chooses a gold digger over a real woman deserves to be betrayed. What did he expect?
Anyone stupid enough to say those things in today's world where everything is recorded, deserves what they get. A phone call is NOT a private conversation anymore.
Sterling's 1st Amendments rights were not violated in the least. He was free to say what he did, and is still free to say those things.
The NBA has the right to do what they did, just like my company has the right to fire me if I said stupid things like that.
Just goes to show you don't have to be smart to be rich.

Posted by: MassDolphan | April 29, 2014 at 03:28 PM

A very well worded post maybe one of the most level headed comments on tht subject and Sterling's rights but he isn't an employee of the NBA but instead one o 30 Principle Owners with no By-Law in their books that supports the actions taken by the Owners employee (Sterling is one) NBA Commissioner Silver.

Don't mis-interpret me here I have nothing but condemnation for his remarks just wonder about the legality of the NBA's actions?? As far as I'm concerned he can get in his car and drive over to Mel Gibson's for a pow wow!

MIT, if I ever said those things to my wife and they got public my company would show me the door so fast my head would spin.
Of course, I am married to a REAL woman, not some gold digging b!tch whose self esteem, values, and morals are so low she dates almost-dead men for their money. My wife would never betray me like that.
Sterling is an idiot. His ego is so huge and frail he thinks dating young gold diggers is something to be proud of. If I were rich and old I'd look upon women like that with disdain and tell them to get lost and go find some other sucker to live off of.

It is a fact, that if Management, from Ross down to the water boy on this Team, has really been fixed, it will take us 3 years to achieve consistent respectability among NFL Teams. However, if this Organization has not been repaired in the proper manner, then we could all say goodbye to the Miami Dolphins Franchise as we previously knew it here.

Who is worse Sterling or Incognito. and why?


Also, anyone who thinks Sterling is actually being punished should realize he can just sell the team, and make MILLIONS IN PROFITS off this debacle. And some other gold digging b!tch will be right there to be his girlfriend.

Posted by: MassDolphan | April 29, 2014 at 03:35 PM

I read it was a 20 Million Dollar investmant and the Clippers today bein an L.A. franchise are worth North of 700 Mil today!

So are we calling it the Marino or JJ curse?


I do however wonder about this lifetime ban because this is America and we have a 1st ammendment right to be racist, Biggoted ect.. So while he may not be allowed to attend any team or NBA function can they really make him sell????

Posted by: fin4life | April 29, 2014 at 03:28 PM


His 1st amendment rights are not being violated. Has any governmental sanctions been cast upon?

"HELL NO!"

What about "FREE ENTERPRISE"? That a right to make money. If you have a member of your enterprise that casts aspersions on the amount of money you make. Well, you also have a "RIGHT" to exercise all means "LEGALLY" at your disposal to remove this "ASPERSION".

Donald Sterling's 1st Amendment right has still been protected, and so has the NBA's rights of "FREE ENTERPRISE.

The American system of civility can be such a beautiful thing and such a beastily thing all in the stroke of a single moment. God Bless America, fellas!

It is also a fact, that ALL the Population of this World is now under scrutiny 24/7. Me, I got used to it many years ago. But, slightly paranoid People like YG might have a hard time adjusting to that fact. At the same time, I got Nothing to hide.

You guys are opening a can of worms with the Sterling thing. It's like debating politics and religion at work. Never a good idea. The NBA, NFL etc are like the military they govern themselves.

Owners know that going in. Our opinions don't matter but public perception certainly matters and private or not, what he said is now public.

They had to do what they had to do.

The other 28 NBA owners do have "ALL RIGHTS UNDER THE LAW" to protect their brand. Even having rights to force Sterling to sell.

It's all about protecting their brand. All about exercising their rights to free enterprise.


albert,
that is right, freedom of speech as long as it doesnt infringe apon others rights... Just bc you have the freedom of speech doesnt mean that you can say whatever you want.. thats not the intent.

Posted by: mattybinnc | April 29, 2014 at 03:36 PM

What Country did you grow up in??? That was the exact expressed intent of the 1st ammendment!! Our Four-Fathers sick of being singled out for questioning British rule made this the 1st F'n ammendment to our Constitution insuring everybodies right to freedom of thought!!

It was this very Law that Richard Nixon fought an up-hill battle against during the Vietnam War when people looking to excersize there rights burned U.S. flags outside the White House lawn. While I myself feel a Patriotic sense of duty to this Country I find the images disturbing an irreprehensible on behalf of that Generation but at the end of the day respect there inalienable right to do so!

Anyone who can read and understand English can easily see the 1st Ammendment was not violated in the Sterling fiasco:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

Rick, Rick, Everything is Public now including what you eat. There are no Secrets anymore.(please, how many times are we going to say this?)

Posted by: fin4life | April 29, 2014 at 03:58 PM

Just because you have the freedom to say something doesn't mean you can say it in my house if I don't like it. I'll throw you out, that's my right. Am I violating your rights by not allowing you to say anything you want in my house?

Also, anyone who thinks Sterling is actually being punished should realize he can just sell the team, and make MILLIONS IN PROFITS off this debacle. And some other gold digging b!tch will be right there to be his girlfriend.

Posted by: MassDolphan | April 29, 2014 at 03:35 PM


This is not about punishing Sterling. It's about the NBA having enough COMMON SENSE TO DISASSOCIATE Donald Sterling from it's MARKETING BRAND.

AKA: Mr Sterling is now very bad for business. He's poison to the brand. As evidenced with 14 companies immediately severing it's "BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS with the Clippers.

Not to mention Clippers phones ringing off the hook with fans cancelling team ticket.

Fans canceling Clipper season tickets

albert,
oh i know that i have said offensive things jokingly and if they were to come to fruition i could potentially be repremanded. Im not casting down stones on the man, but he said what he said and somehow it was recorded. At that point when it was made public then he stepped on toes. If thats the way he feels then thats how he feels but the people he associate with felt it needed to be brought public for whatever the agenda is.

Mistresses aren't meant for talking.

They are meant to satisfy while they wear nothing but a bonnet on their head.

If I were Sterling, this would have been easily justifiable.

Dashi's excuse- That is how me and her talk dirty to each other before we have s-ex. She likes the racist talk. She records it and touches herself to it. Between that and her wrinkled dick fetish, it should have been enough to win in the court of public opinion.

Wow! Many owners now tweeting with 100% cooperation with everything Silva is hammering down.

Looks Silver may get 100% of the vote to force Sterling to sell. Seems no owner wants to be on the wrong side of the vote with this.

Back to football I like Armando's post today on the o-line. It reminded of what I already thought of last year.

We have given Sherman and Philbin alot of grief over last years performance and probably rightly so but I think one of the biggest problems looking back is they thought they had better players than they actually had.

Alot of us were screaming for an end around or Tanny just to bootleg or something on alot of the 3rd and 4th and short situations.

The fact is you shouldn't have to resort to trickery all the time. You have to count on your guy winning the battle at least half the time where the RB can squeak out a yard.

I think it is a pretty fine line when your trying to teach them the right way to do things for the long haul versus winning right now.

Smoke and mirrors will only get you so far.

Please, even the People who are watching us are being scrutinized themselves. By Whom? By Us, by Them themselves, by They, by the Collective, man, by the Collective.


Posted by: Dashi | April 29, 2014 at 04:07 PM


Dashi

You go to no limits to prove your idiocy. We're all already fully convinced.

Sterling was in a no win situation. Had he done as you posted, he makes himself look a bigger jerk than he already had shown. Confession was his only SENSIBLE action.

Dashi, please grow up for God's sakes. s your homework done?

Rick came back to Football talk. jejeje

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