Posted on: April 14, 2010 4:07 pm
Adding the explosive No. 1 receiver they've needed for years in Brandon Marshall will allow the Miami Dolphins an opportunity to go in various directions with their first round pick, the 12th overall of the draft.
Most believe the Dolphins will add a front seven defender with the pick. Nose guard Dan Williams would be a perfect fit if still available considering the eight-game suspension levied against incumbent starter Jason Ferguson. With the club moving away from aging pass rushers Joey Porter (and potentially Jason Taylor), a young pass rusher like Jerry Hughes, Brandon Graham or Sergio Kindle is also a possibility.
Another intriguing option that is quietly gaining momentum is Clemson running back C.J. Spiller.
The Dolphins finished 4th in the NFL in rushing last year, but sources throughout the league tell me that they've dangled Ronnie Brown in trade talks in the past, frustrated by his struggles with durability. Ricky Williams led the team in rushing yards last season, but can't be relied upon for ever. He turns 33 next month.
With the speedy Ted Ginn, Jr. reportedly on the trading block, adding a big play candidate like Spiller to their backfield (and return game) makes sense.
Posted on: April 2, 2009 10:58 pm
I believe the opposite.
In doing what many veteran league officials say is the cardinal sin of the NFL -- losing a young, franchise quarterback -- the Broncos have put themselves in the tougher position.
If they take full advantage of the two first round and third round picks they received for Cutler, perhaps this move doesn't come back to haunt them.
History is on their side in some ways, as the last trades to involve this many high picks occurred when the Saints and Vikings essentially traded their futures for the rights to Ricky Williams and Herschel Walker. I don't have to tell you how those trades turned out.
In reality, however, the marginal success rate of first round picks makes this quite the gamble on the Broncos' part. They had an established quarterback. Now, they're likely to enter next season with their season riding on the erratic play of Kyle Orton and Chris Simms.
With five picks now within the top 84, Josh McDaniel is building this team like the Patriots have done -- via the draft. The Broncos have given themselves the flexibility to do whatever they'd like in this draft and an awful lot of flexibility in next year's, as well.
They'll need it, because in many ways, they're starting from scratch.