Tag:Miami Dolphins
Posted on: April 23, 2010 2:07 pm

AFC East First Round Comments

Following the conclusion of the draft, I'll be providing grades for all 32 teams. I've begun the process of writing these grades up based on what transpired in the first round yesterday. I'll be posting comments for each team, by their division, in the blog over the next few hours.

Here is how I saw the action from the AFC East perspective:

Buffalo Bills:
The Bills may be lacking at the other offensive skill positions, but the addition of running back CJ Spiller, they boast one of the more talented and explosive backfields in all of the NFL. Spiller's great speed and elusiveness make him a big play threat on every snap, but there were other, bigger needs for this club.

Miami Dolphins:
By trading for Brandon Marshall the Dolphins eliminated their primary need with their second round pick (and a 2011 pick) and quickly recouped it, as well as added a fourth round pick and veteran linebacker Tim Dobbins on Thursday by dropping 16 spots in a trade with the San Diego Chargers. The Dolphins were still able to reinforce their defensive line with the selection of the steady and versatile Jared Odrick, who some teams felt might go in the top 15.

New England Patriots:
No one gets better value on draft day than the Patriots, as they masterfully slip down the board, pick up extra picks and then add players who should have been taken earlier. Just as they did last April with the selections of defensive backs Patrick Chung and Darius Butler, the Patriots traded down in the first round (twice, actually) and found the steady Devin McCourty still on the board. McCourty isn't as flashy in man coverage as Kyle Wilson or Patrick Robinson, but he's a sounder overall defender and a force on special teams.

New York Jets:
After aggressively leaping up in 2009 to land Mark Sanchez and Shonn Green and trading for veterans Antonio Cromartie and Santonio Holmes in the off-season, New York (perhaps surprisingly) simply took the best available player in cornerback Kyle Wilson with the 29th overall selection of the first round. The Jets know that to get past Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in the playoffs, they need to be athletic in the secondary. With the addition of the big play specialist Wilson, they'll be even better against the pass - a scary thought, considering they led the league by a wide margin last year.

Posted on: April 17, 2010 10:38 am
Edited on: April 17, 2010 10:40 am

Multiple teams talking trade

Many have speculated that the alteration in the the NFL draft schedule is going to lead to more trades than before.

According to sources throughout the league, the St. Louis Rams (owners of the first pick), Seattle Seahawks (6, 14) Cleveland Browns (7), Denver Broncos (11), Miami Dolphins (12), New England Patriots (22), Philadelphia Eagles (24) and Dallas Cowboys (27) are all actively exploring trade opportunities.

The Cleveland Browns have been one of the more aggressive teams, speaking with the Rams about moving up to get Sam Bradford with the first overall pick, but also exploring dropping down, as well.

The Seahawks would like to add a pick between their second first (14) and their only second rounder (60th overall). Their recent mini camp proved they have significant holes to fill on both sides of the ball.

Denver has wide receiver Dez Bryant and center Maurkice Pouncey high on their board. They will consider Bryant at 11, but if he's off the board, they'd like to drop down a few spots and still get Pouncey.

Miami would like to recoup the second round pick they lost in the trade for Brandon Marshall and feel that the player they're likely to get at No. 12 won't be significantly better than one they might get in the lower teens or twenties. With their need for a playmaking wide receiver filled, look for the Dolphins to add a front seven defender.

The Patriots already own three second round picks, but Bill Belichick believes the second round is where the values lies in this draft.

It has been reported (originally by Sports Illustrated's Peter King) that the Eagles were aggressively looking to move up. I have been able to confirm this, but counter to King's story, which has Philadelphia looking to move up for either Eric Berry or Earl Thomas at safety, I'm told a different player is the Eagles' real target. Middle linebacker Rolando McClain, given the team's need for a thumper inside and the significant drop-off at the position after McClain, would seem a likely candidate.

Dallas is also exploring aggressive trade-up options. Owner Jerry Jones loves Dez Bryant and will consider moving into the late teens should the Oklahoma State receiver fall to that point.

The first round of the 2010 draft is shaping up to be every bit the drama-filled event the NFL had hoped in moving it to primetime Thursday night. 

Posted on: April 16, 2010 5:18 pm

Addition of Ginn means Spiller won't be a 49er

San Francisco's trade for former Miami wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. likely means they won't now be willing to invest a pick in Clemson running back CJ Spiller.

The reason is simple. At least some of the reason why San Franciso had been intrigued by Spiller was his return ability. Spiller returned seven kickoffs for touchdowns over his career. The 49ers finished last in the league last year in punt returns and haven't had anyone return more than one kickoff for a score in the same year in the past 20 seasons.

Ginn returned two in the same game last year.

Considering how Miami had been looking to rid themselves of Ginn and the cheap cost with which the 49ers were able to fill one of their greatest needs, this appears to be one of the few NFL trades in which both teams came out winners.
Posted on: April 14, 2010 4:07 pm

Marshall trade frees 'Fins to get creative in 1st

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: February 25, 2010 10:45 am

Upcoming NFL personnel podium schedule

As mentioned in a previous post, San Francisco GM Scot McCloughan and head coach Mike Singletary led off today's interviews.

They will be followed by:

  • Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz
  • Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey
  • Pittsburgh Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert
  • Miami General Manager Jeff Ireland
  • Kansas City General Manager Scott Pioli

Posted on: January 26, 2010 5:42 pm

FB John Conner replaces Charles Scott for South

LSU running back Charles Scott failed the physical to participate in the Senior Bowl but because he was in town yesterday was measured by scouts anyway.

To fill his spot on the roster, Kentucky fullback John Conner was added to the South roster. He participated in this afternoon's practice, wearing #32 and sporting a Miami Dolphins helmet.

The Dolphins, of course, are coaching the South...

Conner is among the only true fullbacks worthy of draft consideration. The former walk-on played in a school record 54 games for the Wildcats and is not only a devastating lead blocker, he's an underrated runner and receiver. Considering the use Tony Sparano and his staff got this year out of Lousaka Polite, Conner should get plenty of reps in practice.

Posted on: January 9, 2010 2:43 pm

Senior Bowl Coaching Staffs -- Mia vs. Det.

In prepping for what will be my tenth Senior Bowl, I was pleased to read that the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins will be the coaching staffs in place for the Mobile all-star game classic.

For one, Jim Schwartz and Tony Sparano are innovative, high-energy coaches that will push the players throughout the week of practice. If everything I've heard about these teams' practice habits are correct, the drills and scrimmages will be run efficiently. Teaching and coaching will be a focus, but the players won't be over-worked on scheme or re-working their technique. They'll be allowed to play and, more importantly, audition for the hundreds of scouts in attendance.

Secondly, with their varied offensive and defensive schemes, we'll get an opportunity to see these prospects preparing to play in or prepare for the 4-3 and 3-4 defenses, as well as pro-style and Wildcat offenses. The variety of scheme is particularly important for judging whether 'tweener players could effectively transition to an NFL system -- as in the case of undersized pass rushers potentially making the jump to the rush OLB position in the 3-4 or "Slash" quarterback types.

Considering the coaching choices, I'll not be at at all surprised when some of the more hotly debated senior prospects that fit in these two categories -- Tim Tebow, Dan LeFevour, Sergio Kindle, Ricky Sapp, Wille Young, etc. are ultimately invited to this game.

Posted on: April 25, 2009 6:52 pm

Falcons take DT Jerry, Dolphins are up

The Falcons addressed their need for a defensive tackle with Peria Jerry, putting Miami on the clock.

The Dolphins have needs at pass rusher (OLB), cornerback and wide receiver. Given the way this mock has gone, I'd be surprised by a receiver pick here. I've been told the Dolphins are not as high on Clay Matthews as many have suggested.

A. Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC
B. Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
C. Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
D. Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut
E. Paul Kruger, DE, Utah

The Dolphins are quite high on Utah defensive end Paul Kruger and could take him here, as well. Most teams view him as a 2nd round pick.

The Dolphins took Davis... who I projected to go one pick later -- 26th overall to the Ravens in my final mock.

The Patriots are now on the clock. They, like the Dolphins, have needs at CB and OLB. Matthews and Butler are possibilities. Don't be surprised by a Beanie Wells or Donald Brown selection, either.
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