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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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Ron in Dallas @ 4:54

If you're still listening..that is soo true!

How much are we paying Clay next year?

Someone mentioned earlier about it being Ross's fault for putting Ireland in a crappy situation..

You don't really believe Ross came up with that on his own do ya? No way!! That's got Greasy Jeff Ireland written all over it!!!

Jarvis will never be a better pick for us than Carlos Hyde would have been. Also darfting another WR and DE to finish the draft was so sad when we could have gone after LB or S prospects. At rounds 6 and 7 there were also a few decent powerback options left over.

I can't believe Daniel Thomas is back for yet another year too be honest. The guy is so soft for his size with no vision to hit the hole on anything close to a consistent basis. Miller is a flying machiene but doesn't really have much ability to make people miss. Gillislee hasn't had much of a chance either, like the rest of the 2013 class.

Philbin is the biggest problem I agree with Dolphfan Rick. Dashi is also spot on with the opinion that Matthews makes more sense to keep than Gibson.

I think I'm going to rabbit punch all of you in the liver. Starting with Ape Tamer. Oh and 2 watt you get it 2 times.

Jarvis Landry WILL be the best WR on the Miami Dolphins.


fin4life, as I'm sure you know, the Broncos employed a chop/cut blocking scheme that was the scourge opt the NFL. They got away with it because of Elway love, probably.

Posted by: IMAWriter | May 15, 2014 at 05:50 PM

Normally I don't disagree with you but here you're wrong IMO! The Guard or Center engaging high with a Tackle or Guard chopping was done by every team in the NFL from the time of the League merger (66-96) till the practice was outlawed in the late 90's!!

DL countered by firing out of their stance at OL's knees which Marty Lyons did to Dwight Syevenson a Monday night long ago for example! There's tape were the very respected Joe Gibbs is seen in the 80's drawing up how to block Lawrence Taylor were they purposely tried (the Tackle) to Re-direct him outside were the T.E. would chip him low (It was a legal play)!!

It was common until Pro Bowl DT Jerry Ball of Detriot had his knees ripped up by Denver on Monday Night as well when Tagliabue outlawed it!! It had ZERO to do with scheme!! If you go back now and see video of those Broncos teams you'll see how on running plays they all moved together pulling across the line opening up the cut back lanes, the definition of zone blocking. T.Davis was a find but Clinton Portis for example was not! Drafted to replace TD Portis was maybe the best ONE-CUT RB of his ERA and never enjoyed the same success in Gibbs (2nd run as H.C) COUNTER TREY scheme!

Jarvis Landry will be the best WR in the history of the NFL

Michael Sam documentary coming out

WHEN MICHAEL SAM SMELLS HIS TEAMMATE ON HIS BOYFRIEND'S

Breath there will be trouble in the Rams lockerroom.

Michael will be very grabby on the field.

Michael Sam documentary coming out

Posted by: Interested ? | May 15, 2014 at 06:26 PM

Now that we know that OWN was involved (Oprah Winfrey Net) it makes sense. Anybody seen her reality train wreck about Linsay Lohan?? God knows it got press up the gazoo with every Network giving comercials for it!

He could have said, "Mr. Ross I believe that would be a big mistake because chances are the media will catch wind of this and we'll lose our Coach anyway along with alientaing potential hires"


Posted by: fin4life | May 15, 2014 at 06:07 PM


I have to disagree here. This sounds like your are looking for an excuse to blame Ireland. At that time, I believe Ireland was still in his 20's or no more than 31 and suddenly in a very high profile position. Green as grass. Ross was the elder statesman and has been working high end business deals since long before Ireland was born.

Ross should have known period. If it is obvious to everyone in the media half his age, it should have been to him. I don't buy his 'being new to the NFL' or not realizing the media atttention excuse for one second.

Ireland more likely was too intimidated to go against him, or maybe Ireland even did suggest that, we don't know.

The only thing in my mind he could have done was at least call the HC and give him a heads up 'off the record'.

Either way, it's all old and meaningless news now, but I do think it hurt Ross more than it did Ireland.

I dont believe the Juwan James jerseys are selling much.

Bodine @ 6:39

Ross's own explanation is that he went to feel Harbaugh out about the Michigan job.

Ross is the biggest contributor to Michigan and the 'Ross School of Business' at Michigan is named after Stephen Ross. Harbaugh played QB there so Ross already knew him anyway.


Ross's own explanation is that he went to feel Harbaugh out about the Michigan job.

Ross is the biggest contributor to Michigan and the 'Ross School of Business' at Michigan is named after Stephen Ross. Harbaugh played QB there so Ross already knew him anyway.

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | May 15, 2014 at 06:45 PM

If ya believe that I have some snow in Alaska to sell ya. LMAO!!

ETF,


Thats not what Harbaugh said lmao!


Ireland more likely was too intimidated to go against him, or maybe Ireland even did suggest that, we don't know.

The only thing in my mind he could have done was at least call the HC and give him a heads up 'off the record'.

Either way, it's all old and meaningless news now, but I do think it hurt Ross more than it did Ireland.

Posted by: Bodine | May 15, 2014 at 06:39 PM

I'm not looking to lay blame on Ireland directly but I think it hurt his NFL Exec. career alot more than it hurt Steve Ross! You bring up some good points and we will never know for sure but he could have in the very least called "Off the record" As you say even though tha would have probably constituted a bigger breach of ethics?!

Ireland was very new to the post, yes! But in his 20's or 31? try Mid-40's! the only G.M. in Pro Sports I can think of who was in his 20's was the guy who put together the Red Sox team that won a few W.S. Crowns for John Henry (A name were all to familiar with)

The point I made was that the episode led directly to nobody wanting to work with him while Sparano a simpathetic figure. Your here you know this! He goes with Philbin who'd never called a game in his life out of desperation in 2012 or am I wrong here as well??

By the way on our topic of conversation a few weeks ago I sent you a reply but late because I was on my way home from the office.You were making a point about your Mom and I replied there was no place for that type of behavior. It's exhibited by those frustrated with life that would assume make life difficult for everybody but at the end of the day regardless of Race or Religion we all have them in our ranks!!

ETF I hadn't heard that before. Michigan being his cover story..

ETF made that one up.

Dashi and ETF both make stuff up. Same person?

Where is the fA QB from Dakota ST

Who buys O lineman jerseys?
Jake Long had to be a #1 pick to get his jersey sold.

Take your retard meds LOL.

Oh he must be mad we didn't draft sissy boy Manziel.
Move to Cleveland LOL. You will not be missed.

fin4life...For some reason I thought Ireland was much younger when he became GM. Thanks for the correction.

On that other stuff, I hear you. No worries. My Mom obviously is from a different era where things were way different, so I have to sympathise with her on certain things. A senior citizen suddenly expected to know a foreign language in her own country is a bit much.

Me, I churn out the Spanglish when necessary and I don't really care too much.

ETF I hadn't heard that before. Michigan being his cover story..

Posted by: Garn79 | May 15, 2014 at 06:56 PM

Yes it's true! Ross wanted Harbaugh and when Stanford played in the OB Classic that Yr. they had there 1st meeting with him. Harbaugh was the Wolverines QB in the 80's when a player. I don't know if they knew each other prior but the rest is true.

Posted by: Bodine | May 15, 2014 at 07:07 PM

He looks younger and the Boy wonder routine while working with Parcells and Jerry sort of fed into it.

Harbaugh turned down the Miami job.

Gawd..starving for some fball!! If it were in the cards I'd fly to Fla just to watch ota's

Does anyone else think NE reign is over?

Posted by: fin4life | May 15, 2014 at 06:21 PM
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Much of what you say is so, but DENVER is where it became a fine art. Reason I say this is when Kubiak became Houston coach, guys like Arien Foster, only decent at UT, undrafted, becomes a super star. It's NOT a coincidence.

Garn, I earlier predicted the Bills would shock the world with that defense and tie for the division title, and win with more conference wins.
I'm not retracting that predictions I woke up and realized........
The Bills are the BILLS. LOL

Is Brock Jensen the starting QB yet?


Does anyone else think NE reign is over?

Posted by: Garn79 | May 15, 2014 at 07:12 PM

The Pats under Belichik have become a methodical machine!! This Yr. in FA they give Revis a 2 yr. deal and Browner a front loaded deal they can void after 2015 to make a run in the next 2 Yrs. Brady has left on his contract. They drafted a good core group of young players defensive players in 2013 who all got valuable time last Yr. shocking the League (I think Bill working a different scheme from week to week helped immensely) and now drafted what appears to be the future post Brady which could come as soon as 2016.

Let that sink in for a minute!!

They drafted the QB that most experts believe after polished may in fact have the best release (ELITE) of this QB Class while grabbing themselves a good RT prospect in C.Fleming

(Alot of over priced Vets on there OL with somebody holding out every Yr. it seems)

Along with a LG that if Belichik can coax max effort out of him can be the Interior Line steal of this draft!! Jon Halapio has 1st Rd talent but 7th Rd dedication!! The more you look at it the more you have to respect Belichik while hating him all at the same time because he's thinking two moves ahead even now with Brady still aboard with 2 Yrs. left on his deal!

IMA yeah I'm right there with ya..they flat out scare me!!

Everyone says they lost Byrd..there very confident in his replacement!! If you put manning on Bills, not would they go to SB but also win.

As Fins one thing we've got goin for us is they lost Pettine which I think was a big part of their success. Schwartz? Meh..not really sure what he'll bring to table But my point is at least their D has a learning curve in a new sys & we face them early this yr..could be to our advantage vs them & NE.

IMA LMAO.. Didn't read end of your post before replying!!!! Guess I'm alone there!!!

ITMAWRITER STOP MAKING STUFF UP! YOU WILL JUST GET BUSTED AGAIN AND LOOK EVEN MORE DESPERATE TO SOUND IMPORTANT.


Much of what you say is so, but DENVER is where it became a fine art.

Posted by: IMAWriter | May 15, 2014 at 07:21 PM

There your right because they were the team that finally took it to far!

I don't see a couple of my posts..anyone else having issues?

F4L anyway yeah I'm tired of letting it sink in ;)

I saw you post earlier on Shaw as HC predecessor, I was just curious how you'd feel if Chucky were hired?

Dolphins announce Eric Stokes as their assistant general manager.

IMA, home, ETF = blog fibbers

Dolphins signed Stephen Williams, Demetrius Wright

Dolphins cut Ryan Langford

Dolphins announce Eric Stokes as their assistant general manager.

Posted by: Garn79 | May 15, 2014 at 07:57 PM


Yeah, that was hours ago. Thanks for the news flash... BTW, Lincoln SHOT!

Funny how some people think they are the only ones reading the major sites. I mean, this is last stop. Never is there any breaking news here.


I was just curious how you'd feel if Chucky were hired?

Posted by: Garn79 | May 15, 2014 at 07:54 PM

We know he knows O and is a Rah Rah type that seems to get the best out of his guys. However in the past he did take it to far with Sapp and Keyshawn were they tired of him ended up costing them given they were a young core.

I suppose it depends? I wouldn't want him making personnel decisions! His personnel moves in Tampa were he had control was lousy!! His drafts terrible!! Besides do you think he wants out of his cushy gig? ESPN pays him 3.5 Mil a Yr. (Last time he was thought of for another run PFT posted his salary)

He works what?? During the draft breaking down QB's then does 16 weeks of Monday Night. I would stay put if I was him unless I was sure I wanted back in! Leaving the booth was the Kiss of Death to Matt Millen who some saw as next Madden once upon a time!

Oldie, your welcome!

Some of these lame brain bloggers will be chanting for Gruden and Cowher for another 30 years LOL. They both had plenty of opportunities to bite. The jobs they have right now are far more enjoyable with less pressure and far far less hours. The only way they leave the booth is to retire completely.

If Gruden or Cowher try again and fail, their credibility will be done. They won't even get another booth gig. They know a good thing when they see it.

Besides, they are both financially set. Do you really think they want to work 60 - 80 hours a week for 11 months out of 12?

Obviously not.

However in the past he did take it to far with Sapp and Keyshawn were they tired of him ended up costing them given they were a young core.

Posted by: fin4life | May 15, 2014

Yep that's what I like about him, no nonsense type & gets most out of his guys. We've underachieved for how long?
I think Sapp was waay tired of Keyshawn But I've never heard Sapp mention anything negative towards Chucky. Do tell!!! I know you've got a story there somewhere!

Cowher is done & I wouldn't want him anyway. Great sideline presence with the whole Leno chin thing but in my opinion anyone who stands by Cordell Stewart for 5yrs???? That's like sticking by Tebow!! And I don't think he'd of gotten anywhere without Lebeau.

Chucky on other hand is still plenty young & sure he's got a cushie gig, they all do but he'll get the itch again I believe & when asked about coaching again all he usually says is he's not interested in any of the current coaching pos avail. I think we'll see Chucky again someday under his ideal circumstances

Pouncey has Billy Turner and JuWan working out with the vets. ALREADY!

Who's complaining?

Mark. Your conclusions on Landry are all based upon his numbers at the combine. Wouldn't a bad hammy effect all his combine numbers? He sure looks quick and athletic to me.

Posted by: garyinstuart | May 15, 2014 at 08:19 PM
MIT only here between 9-5


I think Sapp was waay tired of Keyshawn But I've never heard Sapp mention anything negative towards Chucky. Do tell!!! I know you've got a story there somewhere!

Posted by: Garn79 | May 15, 2014 at 08:11 PM

They parted ways when Sapp went to Oakland on a sour note were Sapp took his shots saying they would have eventually won with Dungy, Yadda, Yadda, Yadda! It was really about Gruden making the Exec. decision to let Sapp walk. They kissed and made up since with the re-union when Sapp inducted but Big Warren felt slighted by him towards the end of his playing days. To compound the issue was the way Gruden F'ed up his drafts never replacing those core guys. I'm sure Rick can expand given he lives in Tampa.

Is Brock Jensen the starting QB yet?.

Has Zonk found a girlfriend yet?

Zonk, pay for it if you have to. Choose something fine. You and society will be better for it.


Cowher is done & I wouldn't want him anyway. Great sideline presence with the whole Leno chin thing but in my opinion anyone who stands by Cordell Stewart for 5yrs???? That's like sticking by Tebow!! And I don't think he'd of gotten anywhere without Lebeau.

Posted by: Garn79 | May 15, 2014 at 08:17 PM

If Ben Roethliberger doesn't fall in his lap in the 04 QB draft he never wins a SB either! Big Ben had a lousy game in the SB (PLUS the refs jobbed the Seahwaks!) That aside he never rips off all those wins without his young QB. Also remember that in Div-Rd 05 Bettis fumbles the game away and it's Roethlisberger running the play down the field who tackles the DB saving the game for Pitt. So much of them finally getting there was on Big Ben! After Srewart he went to Tommy Maddox for Christ sakes!!

I would pay gruden whatever he wants to be the head coach just give him a blank check

This team needs toughness first and foremost philbin is a woose

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