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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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How many of you Cowher cheerleaders would patiently wait 13 years for him to win a ring?


That is how long it took him, and as mentioned, the refs blew the game by their own admission.

He is done. I don't even think he is a great analyst.

7th consecutive losing seasons coming up

Maybe Barry Switzer would consider a comeback

I can see 8-8 once again but is that enough to rid us of the scarecrow

Have the Dolphins won a playoff game yet?

Philbin is the worst coach I have ever seen he makes me sick to my stomach

Zonk have you ever seen a head coach the does not make adjustments

Barry Switzer?? Hope not But if Pete Carrol can do it..honestly I can't rule anyone out!

Philbin is the worst coach I have ever seen he makes me sick to my stomach

Posted by: Marc from nj | May 15, 2014 at 08:46 PM

Yeah, that is why you keep coming back. Maybe that is why you pound queer holes too?

He is done. I don't even think he is a great analyst.

Posted by: Bodine | May 15, 2014 at 08:37 PM

I can't stand him! States the obvious never anything original to add aside from Bandwagon jumper! Remember that skit they had with him in a Lab as the Mad Genious?? He used to breakdown the Pro's-n-Con's of team and I was always waiting for it to have something worth while to add and while meant as humor was anything but!

If CBS found Marino and Sharpe dead weight and were cleaning house I don't get how Cowher survives?? If not for the fact CBS has the AFC I'd never watch anyway in honesty given they can't hold a candle to the FOX crew which all play well off each other and do contribute good insight. The addition of Strahan has proven a plus he's a good commentator and cuts no slack!

The worst however has to be the NFL Network group! God there bad and that coming from a FL boy who loves Prime and the Playmaker but Mariuchi brings the sow down as the anchor given he has to keep it together while the HOF'ers rip each others thoughts and the Host (Name escapes me) is there whipping boy!

Thank god for Brock Jensen and coach lazor

Is Brock Jensen the starting QB yet ?

fin4life | May 15, 2014 at 08:47 PM

Excuse the typos guys I meant genius of course as one typo of a few!

fin2life....I was really going to write 'states nothing but the obvious', but I was too lazy! We agree.

Marty shotenheimer he's old but he can still inspire

F4L I really miss the original NFL Countdown

Where it was just Berman and Tom Jackson..

Loves listening to those two recapping Sundays action!

How about Brian Schottenheimer for HC?

Shotenheimer? Should've never been fired for Turner..fired yes..Turner no!

Where it was just Berman and Tom Jackson..

Loves listening to those two recapping Sundays action!

Posted by: Garn79 | May 15, 2014 at 08:56 PM

Berman gets his bad rap round Miami for his Bills love, "Nobody Circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills"

(Except in the SB!)

He was incredibly funny however and all the slap stick stuff today is a rip off on him!


Doom days ahead

For me, Howard Cosell single handedly made the NFL popular with his SPECTACULAR recap of the Sunday highlights on MNF. Also he was a great announcer, great interviewer, asked the tough questions, not like todays beauty parlar PC dokes.

This Dolphin draft is weird. It might just work. I heard the Rams are looking to sign Richie Incognito to mentor Michael Sam.

Shotenheimer? Should've never been fired for Turner..fired yes..Turner no!

Posted by: Garn79 | May 15, 2014 at 09:00 PM

I agree that team was way to talented to have never advanced to a SB! I felt for Marty but for wahtever reason it was his curse at 3 stops in Cle.,K.C. and SD while Norv was an OC Masquerading as a H.C. IMO!

Hickey did not bring any playmakers or help at linebackers, so if the line does not hold up, it would be a complete failure.

I predict complete failure

For me, Howard Cosell single handedly made the NFL popular with his SPECTACULAR recap of the Sunday highlights on MNF.

Posted by: Bodine | May 15, 2014 at 09:07 PM

Growing up even if the game was a dud I use to wait for the Alcoa Halftime Highlights segment with Cosell but in Berman's case it was slap stick in Cosell's case the dawn of HBO's Inside the NFL.

Speaking of Alcoa and the NFL I suggest you guys get a Copy of Alcoa can't wait Fantastic Finishes! It's the "AWSOME" for sure! The best last minute stuff with the Great NFL Music from NFL Films! Gives me a rush!

I predict complete failure

Posted by: Go gogo | May 15, 2014 at 09:11 PM

I predict all your posts will continue to be failures.

Tanne to Wallace only hope

No hope in "I know nothing"


Now that your down memory lane remember Tinsley Sports Don Shula Show right before Monday Night with Chuck and Shula?

I heard Oprah was doing another queer show with Zonk and gogo.
And they have marc sucking buttt on camera.

Alcoa Fantastic Finishes ® - YouTube


In went and found it for you guys enjoy!

Yep felt for Marty also But like you say 3 cracks at it and Norv..very surprised they stuck with him as long as they did.

Don't remember where Norv went, Min? But if he doesn't succeed there I think his career is over..imo

Watch out for posted links. i caught a virus from one

Alcoa Fantastic Finishes ® - YouTube


In went and found it for you guys enjoy!

Posted by: fin4life | May 15, 2014 at 09:17 PM

the 1st part is a bit boring it's in 3 parts and you have to find the continuation off on the right hand side of the video.

Can this line hold up?

Lt - Albert All pro
Lg - smith 6 round career backup, goo run blocker, badd paa protector
C - Pouncey All pro
Rg - undecided, backup or small school rookie
Rt - James a 2nd round pick talent player with a 1st round order

Is this a good enough line to hold up and allow tanne to complete to Wallace in stride?

The bomb is the only salvation

Watch out for posted links. i caught a virus from one

Ya could surround Tannepuke with all pros and he'd still stink.


This blog is the most important thing in our lives.


Can fondling be far behind?

Fondling will only be accepted in the night games.

Can't wait for the mike Sam Homo hour on Oprah ooooooooobbbbbbooooyyyyyy

Can they compare sausages

go @ 9:27

If Smith can keep Turner on the bench then why'd we draft him 3rd there were still good players out there.

If Turner can keep Smith on the bench then Hickey really didn't help the OL in FA.

You see the problem?

Did we get new playmakers? No
Didi we get help at lb to stop the run? No
Did we fix the OL? Maybe

So, basically the same team as last year, now trying to fix the line.

With same team I would expect same results. The only thing I saw last year that could make Miami a contender is Tanne hitting Wallace in stride.

Line holds up, tanne hits Wallace. Our only hope

Wallace was there, Tanne did not show up

TannePuke cant hit the broadside of a barn if its more than 10 yds away.

Can't wait for the mike Sam Homo hour on Oprah ooooooooobbbbbbooooyyyyyy

Posted by: Marc from nj | May 15, 2014 at 09:40 PM

The whole spectacle is really unfair to the 37 people that eventually get cut. And what about Sam, what if his position coach wants to cut him? Then what?
I bet you some player that gets cut sues Oprah/Sam over the show as a distraction.

Etf, anyway you slice it is a small school rookie now plagying against the big boys. How much can we really bet on this guy on day 1?

And I don't mean start, I mean during the game.

Not one single soul out of the one thounsand and one names blog knew who the hell was turner

Both James and Landry were SHOCKED they were picked so early. What does that tell you?

We need to go 5 wide and send everyone deep.
Line must hold...

Order ETF




We got one guy from a school so small, that nobody knew it exist it. In fact the dude is the very first player in the school history to be drafted

C'mon MAN

That school played intramaural touch football

And when we think deeper about that guy from the so small school, Merit

Wouldn't the evaluation time have been more worth it studying deeper a guy, say from, Alabama?

Things that make you go hummmm

He may still be able to play though.
You figure u have to be really good coming from a small school.
His combine numbers are top #6.

Heck, half the team is udfa cheap scrubs.

The level of competition has everything to do on how good you look on the field

They signed a DB from Alabama.
IDK if they looked at the lineman

Grimes was an undrafted free agent , so was wake are they scrubs half the league went undrafted

I wonder how many more times ESPN is going to air the homokiss???? Every friggen day since it happened.


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