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The draft picks and their roster consequences

The NFL draft is one week old today and, personally, I'm still digesting all the meat it served up. As you know, no team draft's in a vacuum. There are reasons teams pick certain players and certain positions. Like elections, drafts have consequences.

Today we study those possible consequences.

We look at each pick and follow the intended fallout to see what it means, not only for the position but for other players who were already on the roster.

First round -- RT Ja'Wuan James.

Consquence: This one is easy because it practically guarantees that Miami will get back on track in putting its first-round pick in the starting lineup from the jump. The Dolphins took a detour from that last year with Dion Jordan, but prior to that, six consecutive first-round picks dating back to 2007 had been starters on Day One. James is Miami's starting right tackle on Day One and so we can get past the idea that often-injured Jason Fox will be Miami's starting right tackle. Sure, there will be a competition. That's the right way to do it. But, um, James will win the competition. And if he does not, something went horribly, horribly wrong.

Second round -- WR Jarvis Landry

Consequence: Landry is immediately an option as a slot receiver but he will have to play special teams like the dickens to be active on game days. Here is the reason for the uninitiated: The first three WRs -- Brandon Gibson, Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace -- get their reps on offense. None play special teams. The fourth active WR has to play special teams. Period. This pick suggests the Dolphins will keep five instead of four wide receivers on the roster. Last year Miami kept only four coming out of camp. Or, failing that, one of last year's four -- Wallace, Hartline, Gibson, Rishard Matthews -- is gone. Well, yes, one of the last year's four is gone. As I've explained to you previously, Matthews' days with the Dolphins are numbered. Despite his career high 41 catches for 448 yards and two touchdowns a season ago, Matthews is not a favorite of the coaching staff, particularly head coach Joe Philbin. My column explains why. Because Landry is a second round pick, he is almost guaranteed of making the team. So that means veterans such as Armon Binns, Kevin Cone, and Damien Williams are already at a numbers-game disadvantage -- again, unless the club goes with five receivers on the roster instead of four.

Third round -- G Billy Turner

Consequence: The Dolphins have been undecided about which side (left guard or right guard) Shelley Smith will play. The Dolphins have been undecided about which position (guard or tackle) Dallas Thomas will play. Well, Turner not only looks like a guard to me but feels like a left guard. The fact he's a rookie also suggests sandwiching him between veterans Branden Albert (LT) and Mike Pouncey (C) might be a better idea than putting him next to fellow rookie Ja'Wuan James. But here's the ripple effects of that: Dallas Thomas now becomes more valuable to the Dolphis as a right tackle because he can compete with Jason Fox for the backup role. Or he becomes valuable as a swing G/T. If he's the backup RT, Fox suddenly becomes expendable. If he's the swing G/T, that suddenly puts Nate Garner's roster chances on the line, pardon the pun. Turner on the roster means David Arkin, Thomas, Fox, and Garner are in a scramble for a roster spot.

[Peanut gallery: But Mando, you didn't mention Sam Brenner ... Isn't his spot on the line as well?]

Thanks for bringing that up, gallery. In fact, the Dolphins are viewing Brenner as a C/G option. And because center is a big part of that option, perhaps the biggest part, he becomes valuable because Mike Pouncey still faces NFL sanctions for his participation in last year's harassment scandal. If Pouncey misses time, Brenner is likely the starting center.

Fourth round -- CB Walt Aikens

Consequence: The Dolphins committed two early draft picks to the CB position a year ago when they drafted Jamar Taylor in the second round and Will Davis in the third round. The fact they felt a need to go cornerback so high speaks highly of what they think of Aikens but also suggests they are hedging their bet on either Taylor or Davis -- particularly after they signed Cortland Finnegan in free agency. By the way, Don Jones had an awful draft. Not only did he get caught up in the Michael Sam issue, but if Aikens is a good special teams player he threatens Jones's roster spot. Veteran Jalil Brown also cannot be thrilled.

Fifth round -- TE Arthur Lynch

Consequence: This one really, really interests me. At first I viewed Lynch as another Jeron Mastrud -- a role player whose role is an in-line blocking TE grunt. But the more I talk to people about Lynch, the more I hear he's an underrated pass catching threat as well. No, he's not fast. He's not been dynamic in college. But he's got possibilities. And that should worry a number of guys on the roster. Charles Clay is not one of those. He's just been picked as one of the NFL's Top 100 players by a voting of his peers. (The vote means nothing other than it shows respect for Clay but at the point he's ranked ahead of Dallas TE Jason Witten, the vote loses credibility). Anyway, Lynch's addition should worry Michael Egnew. This kid has basically been on scholarship for two years because he was a third-round pick in 2012. But that was a different GM and a different coach, in that that Philbin could afford to carry some dead weight on the roster his first couple of years but he's coaching for his life now. His job is on the line in 2013. I don't see another scholarship year for Egnew. This pick also suggests the team is not as enamored with Dion Sims, a fourth-round pick last year, as it seemed. Again, Sims was picked by a different GM and, it must be noted, is pretty much supposed to be the same kind of block-first TE that Lynch is. Meanwhile, if I'm Kyle Miller, I see the writing on the wall. Lynch does not close the door on Jermichael Finley (I don't see that) or a return for Dustin Keller (his reps say he's healthy although he's not ready yet) but I can see only a crack of light through that opening.

Fifth round -- LB Jordan Tripp

Consequence: People who live in the clouds will tell you this means Phillip Wheeler is out because Tripp is going to start at Middle linebacker or weakside linebacker, allowing the Dolphins to move on. Well, Wheeler may indeed be out after 2014 but not necessarily because of Tripp. It would have to do with Wheeler's performance. No, this picks should be ringing in the ears of players such as Jonathan Freeny, Jelani Jenkins, and perhaps even Jason Trusnik. This pick is immediately about special teams. And that is primarily where Freeny, Jenkins and Trusnik make their bones. Trusnik, you should know, is a fine special teams player. But he's going into his eighth season and he's scheduled to cost $1,071,688 on the salary cap. He gets cut, the Dolphins save $855,000.

Sixth round --WR Matt Hazel

Consequence: Unless Hazel is an epiphany that shines suddenly and violently out of pitch darkness, he will have a hard time making this team's 53-man roster because for all his gifts -- he's long and relatively fast -- he simply is not ready to beat out the top 4-5 guys right now. Maybe he gets the rookie scholarship and makes it just because he was drafted. That wouldn't say a lot for Williams and Cone. At worst, Hazel is a practice squad possibility.

Seventh round -- DE Terrence Fede

Consequence: The Dolphins seemed to have more defensive ends than they knew what to do with last year. With Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon and Derrick Shelby around, there were hardly enough snaps to go around for then-rookie first-round pick Dion Jordan. So how does Fede fit? Who does he beat out? None of them. I suppose he's insurance in case of injury. I suppose he is practice squad material.

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Can someone tell me why Philbin doesnt like big/fast WR or Rishard Matthews??

Lynch is the dark horse...Late round steal...Egnew and Sims are history.

Armando, yes, you're right about Hazel...But keep in mind Gibson and Hartline's injuries...That could be the reason they took Hazel in the 6th...

Jenkins isn't going anywhere...Are you kidding me?

ARH,

All I heard regarding Matthews and the coaching staff, is that he is slow to learn and has lapses of concentration

So the Dolphins are worried about Trusnik cap number, but not Gibson?

The Dolphins picked 2 WRs. One in the 2nd and another in the 6th.

Last year they carried 5 most games. This year they will carry 5 most games.

How does carrying B.Gibson and his $6M contract as a #4 WR, make more sense than keeping R.Matthews and his sub $500k salary for the next couple years. And R.Matthews is a better special teams player.

WR
1- Wallace
2- Hartline
3- Landry
4- Matthews
5- Hazel

Sam the queer football player loves him some
Cam Fig Newton

Yummy!

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home | May 15, 2014 at 12:34 PM


Impossible! Sam likes "white guys". :)

Read more here:

The more I watch Terrence Fede's highlights, the more I like this kid. He is very instinctive and can drop back in coverage, gets hands on passes at the line.I could also see him adding some weight and playing DT in passing situations. I think he could shock us and make the final 53 man roster.

Typical. The dolphins hit on a late round pick (Rishard Mathews) and numb skull Philbin wants to get rid of him. I suspect any player drafted by Ireland will be on thin ice this summer as "Phail-bin" will try hard to replace them.

Two O-line rooks, only one vet from last year's team? Can you say cohesion? Philbin needs to make up his mind so these guys can get enough snaps as a UNIT before the bullets start flying.

Ross is clueless. Philbin is slack jawed and gutless. The water boy has more football savvy than these two morons. Hickey was option number 41. High hopes. 8/8 will be a miracle.

Does anyone think Sam will be harassed on the field with all sorts of name??

F you F * G
D * c k in the booty n word
Sallad tossing f * g
D * ck sucking beaatch

Will he sue the NFl will that player be suspended im very intrested to know.. What do you guys think??

No. 1: Only an ignorant dolt would compare Brandon Gibson, a starter and playmaker, to Jason Trusnik, a backup special teams player.

No. 2: If Salguero says repeatedly Matthews is a goner, he obviously has been told that. Same way he's been told a million other things fans don't hear. So the kid is gone, barring an bizarre state of circumstances.

Woodshed, once I started looking into Fede he looks like a player. I think all the picks have a decent chance of making the roster.

I could see us carrying 6 WRs on the roster instead of the 4 last year, keeping Hazel, Matthews, and Gibson with Binns being the odd man out.

Dashi, I do agree with you, I am not 100% sure Gibson's job is safe.

I too like rishard. He' a big target for Tanny and showed some flashes last year that he can hang wit the other wr's..... get rid of Binns and Hartline. .......

Haha, you missed No. 3 scourt.

No. 3: The Dolphins went with four WRs last year. They didn't go with five. Went with four. That's a fact.

Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | May 15, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Exactly what Armando hasn't a clue of. Fede said he played all 3 positions on the d-line and played as a "stand up" lb in college too. With the "position flexibility" he has, I believe he has an excellant chance to make the 53 man roster and actually contribute this year.

Armando,
In light of yet another indictment against Aaron Hernandez, why is the NFL not doing an investigation on the New England locker room and coaching staff. No one is going to convince me that some players and indeed coaches did not know about Hernandez.

Fede has "position flexibility"?

Tell me Sam, what positions you think he can play other than DE?

He's too small to play DT. He's not fast enough to play OLB. So you coming up with a new position in the 4-3 that only you know about?

A good posting, Armando, but you should be careful using a word like 'horribly' or a derivative. It could mean a trip to the re-education camp.

Albert, Matthews throws gum wrappers on the ground and pisses Philbin off. It's also been rumored Matthews throws his dirty towels on the floor.

If Joe Phail-bin fell inside a bucket of tit's he would come out sucking his thumb.

ESPN not crazy about the Dolphins draft after all. Power ranking had them drop from 18 to 24..

http://espn.go.com/nfl/powerrankings/_/year/2014/week/0

No way on God's green earth do we only keep 4 receivers. One of our WR will be injured this year and we will need bodies. I mean, come on we had to sign Marlon Moore.

I say

Wallace,
Hartline
Landry
Gibson( this kid was starting to heat up before he was injured. Not worth cutting at this point)
R.matthews ( a great #5 and cheap to keep)

But Nemo might be right, we could carry 6 WR's

Why was Odell Beckham viewed as a better NFL prospect than Landry? Landry looks like a legit slot NFL receiver. Beckham looks like a kick returner and a Ted Ginn type. Stretch the field with speed. I don't think Beckham is going to hold up too well with the size of the NFL.

cocoajoe,

Yes you are probably right. All suspension offenses under Phail-bin. Must attend littering rehab class before he can be re-instated.

Jenkins in the only LB we have that can actually cover a TE...Well, not entirely true. We have Dion Jordan but our bone head coaches want him to play DE.

Odell Beckham was drafted because his mom is "Spank Worthy"

Of course Gibson is gone. Why would the Dolphins keep a WR who is 6ft tall or higher and makes crazy tough catches?

Amando - agree on most of your points. Egnew is a bust and should have been gone last year.

I think for Lynch, Tripp & Aikens their impact on the roster will depend on how they perform in the preseason. I don't think any of them will threaten for starting, but could cost a player a spot on the depth cart

I see Landry as a lock for the 4th WR position although I see us holding onto Matthews due to concerns over Hartline & Gibson knee injuries

Sam, good point @ 12:45 about position flexibility.

Although this coaching staff from top to bottom doesn't appear to know HOW to apply position flexibility.

Same player is in the same spot, every game, every down.

No doubt Albert. Philbin is the biggest problem the Dolphins have...by far! Automatic 2 wins losing this guy.

The Dolphins just had their ass handed to them last year because rookies were being "degraded". So, what does management do to the new rookie class? Send them out to clean up yards in the neighborhood. Does anyone have a brain in this organization?

Actually 4.7 is a legit time for a linebacker.

(insert Landry 4.77 pun here)

Well gents, just like last season, it's a win-win for us.

Either we make the playoffs and succeed or miss the playoffs and Philbin is gone.

Come out sucking his thumb, hahaa, awesome.

Philbin knows he is done this year

Just doing some cap math here:

Gibson is has a 2.735 million dollar salary+workout bonus, (His cap hit is higher, but the signing bonus part of it is set in stone whether he is on the tame or not, same with all these players.)

Rishard Matthews has a 570 K salary

Hazel will have a 420 K salary

Gibson is still fairly cheap for a veteran # 3. Matthews and Hazel will be dirt cheap.

I would try to keep 6 guys depending on what they do in camp.

MiamiD20.
Tough choice.


Posted by: Giants stink | May 15, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Exactly like my post you responded to. Doesn't mean he starts any position unless he proves beastly right away. But, he can be a great "SITUATIONAL" and "ROTATIONAL" player if our DC is clever enough to realize it.

You can rotate him at DT in "PASSING SITUATIONS" for quickness to the qb. He says he's played some stand up lb in college. So who knows, if Misi's moved to inside, he may have a shot at the sam lb spot. He's more than big and powerful enough to learn to "set the edge." Even if requires dropping 10-15lbs to play at better speed.

There are possibilities that exist with his "position flexibility". He did say he played all 3 D-line positions and some stand up lb in college.

Andre Johnson 40 time: 4.41
Reggie Wayne 40 time: 4.45
Brandon Marshall 40 time: 4.52
Dez Bryant 40 time: 4.52
AJ Green 40 Time: 4.5
Larry Fitzgerald: 4.63

Landry isn't meant to burn you, he's meant to catch the ball and solidify the Red Zone along side Clay (if our QB/OL can accomplish throwing Red Zone TDs is another story). He's a possession receiver.

Plus, it's not like you run straight for 40 yards in the NFL, you have to cut, make moves, and play smart. I think we'll be just fine with Landry.

Landry ran a 4.65 in his second combine attempt (injured - alledgedly) and 4.51 at his LSU Pro day (uninjured - allegedly)

Hickey is awesome
he got us a fat guy confused about how to hold a $5.00 wood handled hand saw & some other nobodies


Farmer stole the Bills 1st round pick of 2015, got the best QB in the draft John Manz at a great value an excellent CB to pair man to man coverage w Haden and a some great prospects

In what decade do we get a franchise QB?

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home | May 15, 2014 at 01:06 PM

Ireland moved up from from 12 to 3 and got Jordan last year and only gave up a 2nd round pick. That's 9 spots for a 2nd round pick.

Cleveland went up 5 picks and gave up a lot more.

I would say that Ireland stole one from Oakland, but I wouldn't consider him a good GM.

Cleveland also performed similarly with Richardson and Weeden in the 2012 draft (with Farmer there) and failed miserably. I have a feeling the cursed Browns franchise will follow suit with this draft.

get 'em all dolfans

whoops, meant Bills went up 5 picks

Outside the rookie O-lineman I am more concerned with how last years draft steps up. Jordon, Taylor and Davis.

NeMo

It's extremely tough to keep 6 wr's on any team. Doing it effects depth or st's in other areas. Exactly why at least 1-2 of those wr's would need to be great st's players too.

Adding fat to one area, almost always means "going lean" in another. If having 6 wr's were so easy to do, all 32 NFL teams would have 6 w's. Easy to say, very difficult to actually do.

Posted by: Giants stink | May 15, 2014 at 12:49 PM

At 6'3 275 lbs, Fede is not exactly a small guy. If he bulks up 15-20lbs (not hard considering he went to a small school that probably didn't have a great training staff) he could be a fast DT. He ran in the 4.7s on his forty.

I know he is just a 7th rd pick but he could be a productive player for us.

NeMo,

The Fins will save about $3M if they cut Gibson. Yes, he will still cost about $3M to the cap. By why waste $6M and a roster space for a #4/#5 WR who doesn't play special teams.


He ran in the 4.7s on his forty.

I know he is just a 7th rd pick but he could be a productive player for us.

Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | May 15, 2014 at 01:15 PM


Exactly why I said he could also drop 10-15lbs and play the SAM(no pun intended) if Misi moves inside.

If Misi moves inside, I don't think we have another Sam on the roster. But, we do have plenty of Wills. So, who knows, maybe this could be the line of thinking in drafting Fede. Hopes that he can transition into the Sam spot if Misi transitions well into the Mike.

Mando, great article. You are the best.

The great thing about if Fede could transition into the Sam, we would then have a legit pass rusher that can get to the qb in a blitz situation on that side.

We all know Misi isn't great getting to the qb at the Sam.

Dashi, thats true. What if he comes into camp though and plays like a good number 3. He was doing pretty good before the got hurt last year in my opinion. I guess we have to wait and see for training camp.

Sam, that is true. It will be interesting to see what happens come training camp.

Posted by: SAM I AM | May 15, 2014 at 01:13 PM

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You can keep 5 and one on the practice squad though which is what Hazel is probably a candidate for.

MD20, look at those WRs you compared to Landry speed wise. None of them look like Landry, do they?

And Landry's time from his pro day was 4.61 according to this site that is very reliable with these things.

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=119383&draftyear=2014&genpos=WR

Regardless, it's not jsut his speed. It's his size, vertical, broad, cone, shuttle.

THEY ALL SUCK.

Mando, great job as usual with this breakdown.

My favorite item: Scholarship is up for Michael Egnew.

I thnk it's harsh to call Gibson a 3 or 4 wr. i think if he stayed upright all year, he would've been our #1.

Just heard on Rush that oprah cameras had been at the homosexaul's house for two weeks and the kiss and crying were staged for a show.Also Jones has been sent to a reeducation camp per the Gay NFL and your Federal Government.

Protect Tanny and we got a damn good youmg qb. My opinion...he was sacked a ton last yr...he is still learning and our OL RBs and WRs did not really assist him.

Other than Clay...dude is good!

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