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Examining T.B.'s draft record with new Dolphins GM Hickey; UM recruiting news

None of the candidates who interviewed for the Dolphins general manager position has more experience scouting college players than Dennis Hickey, who took the job after two others turned it down and at least four others declined interviews.

Though he never made the final call on draft day, Hickey was very much involved in the Buccaneers’ draft decisions, particularly over the past nine of his 18 years with the team --- six as director of college scouting (2005-2010), the past three as director of player personnel.

How much say did Hickey have in the final decision?

“Fairly significant,” said Mark Dominik, who was Tampa Bay’s general manager from 2009 until his firing at the end of this season. “Dennis got me educated on players.”

Dominik on Monday praised Hickey’s ability as a talent evaluator, and the Buccaneers had some hits during the nine seasons when Hickey had a key position in the front office.

But like all teams, they also had some key misses, including four second-rounders that didn’t meet expectations.

"The record isn't what we wanted [28-52 in Dominik's five years as GM], but we were doing something right in the players we drafted and signed," Dominik said.

A look at those nine drafts that Hickey was intimately involved with, but again, did not make the final decision on: (Note: Bruce Allen, now with Washington, was Tampa Bay's GM during the first four years of these drafts.)

### 2005: Running back Carnell Williams, picked fifth, was a disappointment (3.8 average in seven seasons), with Pacman Jones, Antrel Rolle and DeMarcus Ware among those chosen shortly after. But linebacker Barrett Rudd, selected 36th, became a quality starter.

### 2006: Davin Joseph (23) and Jeremy Trueblood (59) became solid pieces on the offensive line. Third-round receiver Maurice Stovall had just 52 career catches.

### 2007: Defensive end Gaines Adams, taken fourth overall, didn’t quite fulfill expectations, was traded to Chicago for a second-rounder before dying in 2010 from a heart condition. Tampa also took guard Arron Sears (35), who was very good for two years before developing a neurological condition that ended his career; selected a four-year starting safety in Tanard Jackson (106); and over-drafted journeyman safety Sabby Piscitelli at 64.

### 2008: Talented Aqib Talib (picked 20th) had 17 picks in his first four seasons before being traded to New England. Receiver Dexter Jackson (58th) was out of the league within two years, but Jeremy Zuttah (83rd) has been a decent starter.

### 2009: Quarterback Josh Freeman, picked 17th, made the Pro Bowl in his second season before a sharp decline in performance led to his eventual release this past October. Defensive tackle Roy Miller, picked 83rd, started in Jacksonville this season. Only one of the Buccaneers’ other four picks (EJ Biggers) is still in the league.

### 2010: Gerald McCoy (picked third) has become a Pro Bowl defensive tackle, but the 35th pick (UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price) --- chosen one spot before Chiefs running back/Pro Bowl punt returner Dexter McCluster – is out of the league. Receiver Arrelious Benn, picked 39th (three spots before Rob Gronkowski), disappointed and was traded to Philadelphia last year. But receivers Mike Williams (101) and linebacker Dekoda Watson (217) were good value picks.

### 2011: Tampa made prudent selections at No. 20 with Adrian Clayborn (13 sacks in 35 games) and at 84 with linebacker Mason Foster (92 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions this season). But Da’Quan Bowers, picked 51st, has faded (one sack this season) after showing flashes early on.

### 2012: Dominik gives Hickey some of the credit for a draft that yielded three players that made the All-rookie team: safety Mark Barron (No. 7), running back Doug Martin (No. 31) and linebacker Lavonte David, the 58th pick, who has blossomed into a standout (144 tackles, six sacks, five interceptions this season). Safety Keith Tandy (three picks in 2013) was good value at 174.

### 2013: Tampa Bay didn’t have a first-round pick, and cornerback Johnthan Banks (chosen 43rd) has three interceptions in a backup role.

Dominik said Hickey supported the selection of quarterback Mike Glennon at No. 73, and he was the best of the rookie quarterbacks. Hickey also liked the sixth-round selection of UM’s Mike James, who averaged 4.9 yards on 60 carries before fracturing his ankle.

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Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio on Monday declined to comment about the Dolphins’ assertion that he wanted the job but did not take it because the Dolphins would not allow him to “clean house” and immediately fire coach Joe Philbin.

ProFootballTalk.com reported that Caserio likes Philbin and planned to keep him, but the Dolphins dispute that. Comcast Sports New England reported that Caserio did not demand that Philbin be fired but wanted to have a role in determining whether he would be retained after this season.

### The Dolphins also have said that Tennessee Titans player personnel director LakeDawson was willing to retain Philbin but insisted on having the ability to dismiss him after the season. ESPN reported that Dawson did not ask for that authority, and Dawson was in meetings Monday and not immediately available to discuss it.

UM RECRUITING

We’ll have a lot more on UM recruiting in the next few days, but this much is clear: This will be a stressful week for the Hurricanes with regard to three elite local defensive prospects: Chad Thomas, Travonte Valentine and Demetrius Jackson.

Thomas, the five-star Booker T. Washington defensive end, said he remains solidly committed to UM but enjoyed his visit to FSU and hasn’t ruled out the Seminoles in interviews with several recruiting web sites.

Valentine, the four-star Hialeah Champagnat defensive tackle, previously identified LSU as his favorite and told SFHSSports.com that his LSU visit this past weekend was “amazing.” He will visit UM this weekend; the Canes are his only other finalist.

Jackson, the four-star defensive end from Booker T. Washington, told Canesport.com a couple weeks ago that he would cancel his remaining visits and fully intends to honor his UM commitment. But he visited Arkansas over the weekend and hasn’t addressed his future.

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Joe

Good stuff as usual Barry.

dyalect79

Whatever..

Mike

The Dolphins should move to Toronto. There's no hope with this franchise. NONE.

Mike

He had 4 big misses on 2nd rounders?? Sounds like we replaced Ireland with someone exactly like him. Lowest season ticket sales in history will be 2014.

u are u ... P-u

We’ll have a lot more on UM recruiting in the next few days, but this much is clear: This will be a stressful week for the Hurricanes with regard to three elite local defensive prospects: Chad Thomas, Travonte Valentine and Demetrius Jackson.

Thomas, the five-star Booker T. Washington defensive end, said he remains solidly committed to UM but enjoyed his visit to FSU and hasn’t ruled out the Seminoles in interviews with several recruiting web sites.

Valentine, the four-star Hialeah Champagnat defensive tackle, previously identified LSU as his favorite and told SFHSSports.com that his LSU visit this past weekend was “amazing.” He will visit UM this weekend; the Canes are his only other finalist.

Jackson, the four-star defensive end from Booker T. Washington, told Canesport.com a couple weeks ago that he would cancel his remaining visits and fully intends to honor his UM commitment. But he visited Arkansas over the weekend and hasn’t addressed his future.

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OHHH fer THREEE

ur class implodes, drops out of the top-20 and Goldie then gives away at least 5 more schollies at signing time to unranked and 2-star scrubs... u then will axe then next 3 years, like the last 10, "Why do we have no depths?"

jose

Hickey did not have final say on picks. Its tough to trust these guys but hope is eternal. You never know they might make a mistake and get it right.

GMan

The Bucs didn't even hire him! Need I say more?

TRW

Who else would want the job at this dysfunctional franchise? Oh if only the Dolphins would have let the New England guy come in and clean house. Philbin is nothing but a talent repellent. Here we go again.

TRW

Hopefully UM will get these good defensive linemen to sign. I am sure that they will all get substantial playing time next season and are obviously needed.

u are simply u

still, waiting

u R u

Posted by: TRW | 01/27/2014 at 09:09 PM

ur a mUhfuckin' geniUs

mike

Barry do you know the recruits visiting this weekend?I saw where three Rb were visiting Bo and the juco Rb any idea on the others?

long time cane

Fun time for Canes football now.NSD is a week or so away almost and everyone knows there are at least 2 guys Miami needs to get that would really get the town excited.There s a possibility of getting 4 or 5 but who wants to be greedy when other top schools are competing hard for their services also? T&V are the biggest gets for the Canes if they can pull it off.2014 is going to be a great year in South Florida.

Ship shape

Can't wait for Rosso the puckered anus face clown to sell or die.

mike

Re Hickey: 18 years at TB and they don't even give him an interview? Not good.

Marios

Caserio was never in on Fins, probably working for Mr. Spygate to see what Fins were up to.

Not our rival

Posted by: u R u | 01/28/2014 at 02:48 AM

Hush nerd, no one cares about your fake internet rivalry.

Marios

So Mr. Ross wants a GM who reports to the CFO(Aponte) which is exactly what Ireland refused to do.

Shows that Ross did not get message that the person in charge of electing players should take his shopping list to the CFO so he/she can make it happen cap wise.
Instead he wants the cap person to give him a list of groceries we can afford so he can choose from the list, hmm. A bit strange.

Also, if I was a GM and at the end of the year wanted (input or authority?) on whether the HC should be fired or not, is that asking for too much?

So then he went out looking for a GM who can't control his personnel choices, can't have input on HC's use of his players, and answers to the boss who lives in another city?

My background is business and this is a very strange set up for a man who has had so much business success, but you never know, it just might work if they can work TOGETHER.
But strange it is, I'll be positive about it and say he is thinking "outside the box". Ross did make that part of his success, as you don't get far with the herd mentality and most of these GMs are egotistic brat, so let's see.

What happens with Brian Gaine?

My background is reading

You're mistaken, the GM doesn't report to the CFO, the CFO and GM report directly to Ross.

AnonymousCane

Valentine to LSU...take it to the bank!...... jmo

Jackson and Thomas to da U!

RichmondHeightsCane

Valentine would be a great addition, but the U don't have deep pockets. I wish him well, and hopefully he pursue an education too. What is the graduation rate at Florida, Alabama, FSU, LSU, and Miami?

Does not matter who signs next week! Can the coaching staff lead, teach, and prepare for game day? Football is football, regardless of level. The only difference is adjusting to the speed of the game from pop warner to NFL. Manning and Brady are elite QBs today, because they have learned how to get rid of the ball due to the size and speed of the players. DC have adjusted by moving defensive players closer to the LOS, and teaching them to perform in open space...not zone.

once in a while a new scheme may be successful...Auburn. Next year, teams will be more prepare and that scheme will not be successful...nothing but a new formation to run the triple options.

Marios

You're mistaken, the GM doesn't report to the CFO, the CFO and GM report directly to Ross.

Posted by: My background is reading | 01/28/2014 at 10:15 AM

No, I'm not wrong.
Ireland left because he was told he would have to report to Aponte. So were the candidates.

False

This isn't a subjective disagreement we're having Marios and you are mistaken.

Every single sports reporter in South Florida has reported the same thing, that the structure presented to the candidates had Aponte and the new GM reporting directly to Ross.

There hasn't been a single report that suggested candidates were told they would be under Aponte.

green

http://georgiatech.blog.ajc.com/2014/01/28/acc-and-espn-could-be-headed-for-nine-game-schedule/

If a nine-game ACC schedule comes to pass, it may not happen for reasons of schedule balance or to satiate fans’ desire to see more cross-divisional teams. Naturally, the impetus could be ESPN.

At the conference’s meetings this week, the ACC and ESPN are expected to have an update on where things stand in regards to a possible ACC channel. Should it go forward, ESPN will likely want more “inventory” to put on the channel, meaning an additional conference game.

TV money may trump. The Georgia Tech Athletic Association projects it will receive $22.2 million from the ACC in the 2015 fiscal year. (That’s $5.5 million more than was previously projected. The increase is due in part to the league signing its grant of rights, which was worth about $1.1 million per school from ESPN.) That is largely ESPN cash. That number would increase in the future if plans for an ACC network are realized.

It feels like something is coming. And, if ESPN has its say, nine-game league schedules could be part of it. For fans, at least, that wouldn’t be a bad thing.
-- ajc

BIG DADDY WEAVE

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