Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Post Free Agency Rush 2013 NFL Mock Draft


Now that Free Agency is settling out the Draft picture is becoming more clear. There is still plenty of time for thing to change, but some picks a pretty much being determined by key moves in Free Agency. 

Round 1
  1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14): Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M - This pick seems more likely by the day. The Chiefs released Winston, and now Albert is supposedly being shopped. Looks like Alex Smith will be the guy in Kansas City and he needs to be protected.
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14): Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon - Gus Bradley is going to want what he had in Seattle, plenty of speed. As an OLB in a 3-4 front Jordan can rush the passer or drop into coverage, and in the 4 front he can rush with his hand in the dirt. 
  3. Oakland Raiders (4-12): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia - If the Raiders cut Palmer they will have to take Smith here or settle for someone in the 3rd at the earliest. Smith and Pryor go into camp and battle it out.
  4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12): Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida - Floyd has been rising for weeks. By taking Floyd the Eagles also help their secondary. Floyd, Sopoaga, and Cox could be a really nice front three for the Eagles. 
  5. Detroit Lions (4-12): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama - I am personally sick of mockingthe Lions a corner every year. Houston is good but Milliner is better. Finally the Lions can get a physical corner to solidify their secondary. Milliner is also very fast running a 4.3 40 at the Combine.
  6. Cleveland Browns (5-11): Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU - The Browns run a hybrid defense and Ansah can play hand in the dirt or standing up. Ansah looked like a stud in the Senior Bowl and was making plays everywhere. The Browns will expect him to do the same.
  7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan - Fisher is the best player available here and  he will be the one to protect whoever the quarterback is for the Cardinals' blind side. Fisher could potentially get the nod for the first pick overall if the Chiefs like him more than Joeckel.
  8. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee - Is Patterson worth the 8th pick overall? No, but he has a ton of upside and ability. Buddy Nix is looking to make Buffalo’s offense more explosive and they can not do that with just Stevie Johnson.
  9. New York Jets (6-10): Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia - Calvin Pace, cut. Aaron Maybin, cut. Bryan Thomas, old. So you see the problem here. Rex Ryan’s 3-4 has no rushing linebackers and that needs to be fixed. Jones has had an odd offseason, but is still a beast on the outside.
  10. Tennessee Titans (6-10): Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama - It doesn’t matter that Andy Levitre was signed. Warmack is the best player available and adding him will only improve Jake Locker and CJ2K.
  11. San Diego Chargers (7-9): Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma - Is Phillip Rivers regressing because of Phillip Rivers, or because he is being murdered behind an awful offensive line? Regardless of who’s fault it is the Chargers need to upgrade and Johnson had a great Senior Bowl week and Combine.
  12. Miami Dolphins (7-9): Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina - A lot of Dolphins fans will be blowing up about this pick, but I am also a Dolphins fan. Remember when Ireland made the unsexy pick of Mike Pouncey? How did that workout? Pretty good in probably 99% of Dolphins fans eyes. This may not be a sexy pick, or even a major position of need. Corners are needed, but Cooper could be a star next to Pouncey.
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9): Xavier Rhoads, CB, Florida State - Tampa Bay really needs corner help and they will find it from a local Floridian. Rhoads is a very physical corner and excels in man coverage.  He will also provide run support on the outside.
  14. Carolina Panthers (7-9): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri - Richardson was in consideration for the top pick at one point, but the hype has dwindled down. This doesn’t mean he isn’t going to be good. It’s time for the Panthers to finally take a defensive tackle in the first.
  15. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU - The Saints secondary is awful. You know what would help that? A pass rusher. Mingo could be the best pure pass rusher in this class, but there are questions about his effort. Even if he can't play all three downs his rookie season he can have an Aldon Smith role his rookie season.
  16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia - the Rams have lost Amendola and Gibson, so weapons for Bradford are needed. Austin will probably play in the slot, but anytime he gets the ball in his hands he can take it to the house. Also Steven Jackson has left and Austin could see some time there as well.
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah - Casey Hampton is over the hill and Ta’amu is gone. Lotulelei shouldn’t fall this far, but after the heart condition scare at the combine teams may look for more “sure things” at tackle.
  18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas - The Cowboys need secondary help and Vaccaro can provide that at safety or even  as a nickel cornerback. Vaccaro is a better tackling version of Earl Thomas, and Thomas is a pretty good safety.
  19. New York Giants (9-7): Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State - I feel as if all the Giants select are defensive ends. Jerrys Reese loves defensive ends and he picks a good one here in Werner. Some compare him to Jared Allen, but I think he is more of a Chris Long.
  20. Chicago Bears (10-6): Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State - Brown has been getting a lot of buzz lately because of his athleticism. He is a complete linebacker and can stay on the field for all three downs. Briggs, Williams, and Brown would help Bears fans over the Urlacher heartbreak.
  21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6): Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia - Ogletree recently got a DUI, but is still a great linebacker with sideline to sideline ability. Burfict was a great pickup and will play inside while Ogletree could play strong or weak side linebacker.
  22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) (10-6): Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU - This maybe a little high for Cyprien, but the Rams really need safety help. Cyprien is a hard hitter and is able to provide good coverage over the top. The Rams will need it agains the Seahawks newly aquired Percy Harvin.
  23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6): Keenan Allen, WR, California - It was a tough call here between Allen and Hopkins, but Allen wins out here due to height. Allen is a very good route runner with strong hands. He will provide a nice compliment to Greg Jennings for Christian Ponder to throw to.
  24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5): Johnathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia - Jenkins is a big boy at 6’4” and 345 lbs. He is a monster and clogs the middle. He will demand attention in the middle of the Colts 3-4 defense.
  25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle) (11-5): 
    Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington - Sadly Antoine Winfield was released after a solid few years of performance in Minnesota. At the 25th pick the Vikings would love to have Trufant. Trufant is fast and shows the ability to work in man or zone coverage.
  26. Green Bay Packers (11-5): Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame - Packers fans are going to hate me for this because no one wants Te’o on their team. Te’o is a good linebacker, especially in coverage. Te’o will be great inside for the Packers. 
  27. Houston Texans (12-4): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson - The Texans finally get a compliment to Andre Johnson. Hopkins isn’t the fastest receiver, but has very strong hands and runs good routes. He even resembles Johnson’s game play a little and who wouldn’t want two Andre Johnsons?
  28. Denver Broncos (13-3): Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M - Elvis Dumerville is gone and the Broncos need someone else to rush the passer besides Von Miller. Having two great pass rushers would benefit the Broncos secondary as well. 
  29. New England Patriots (12-4): Datone Jones, DE, UCLA - Jones will be a big upgrade for the Patriots. He brings a unique skill set of strength and quickness to help rush the passer and stuff the run.
  30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3): Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State - Carradine was considered a top pass rusher in this class before a torn ACL, and even after that he still is. Their is a reason he has the nickname Tank. He creates destruction all over the field and after John Abraham has left the Falcons will covet that. 
  31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1): Matt Elam, S, Florida - Donte Whitner wasn’t very good last year, and Goldson is gone meaning the 49ers need safeties. Elam gets a reputation as just a hard hitting safety (which he is), but he also is pretty good in coverage. He won’t match up against tight ends that well, but will be an upgrade in the 49ers secondary.
  32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee - Boldin is out and Justin Hunter is in. At 6’4” Hunter is a jump ball beast and has sneaky speed due to his length. Hunter needs to add some weight, but could be the best receiver in this class.
Washington -> St. Louis: Robert Griffin
Seattle -> Minnesota: Percy HarvinRound 2
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
  2. San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City): Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
  3. Philadelphia Eagles: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
  4. Detroit Lions: Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
  5. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland): Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
  6. Arizona Cardinals: Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
  7. Cleveland Browns:
  8. New York Jets: E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
  9. Tennessee Titans: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
  10. Buffalo Bills: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
  11. Miami Dolphins: David Amerson, CB, NC State
  12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
  13. Carolina Panthers: Eric Reid, S, LSU
  14. New Orleans Saints:
  15. San Diego Chargers: Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
  16. St. Louis Rams: Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
  17. Dallas Cowboys: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
  18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
  19. New York Giants: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
  20. Chicago Bears: Dallas Thomas, OG, Tennessee
  21. Washington Redskins: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
  22. Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
  23. Cincinnati Bengals: Steadman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
  24. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis): Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
  25. Green Bay Packers: Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
  26. Seattle Seahawks: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
  27. Houston Texans: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
  28. Denver Broncos: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
  29. New England Patriots: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
  30. Atlanta Falcons: Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina
  31. San Francisco 49ers: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
  32. Baltimore Ravens: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia

Raiders -> Bengals: Carson Palmer
Colts -> Dolphins: Vontae Davis
Chiefs -> 49ers: Alex Smith
Browns forfeit pick for supplemental draft pick (Josh Gordon)
Saints forfeit pick for Bountygate


Round 3
  1. Kansas City Chiefs: Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
  3. Detroit Lions: Robert Woods, WR, USC
  4. Oakland Raiders: Kyle Long, OT/OG, Oregon
  5. Philadelphia Eagles: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
  6. Cleveland Browns: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
  7. Arizona Cardinals: Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina
  8. Tennessee Titans: Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
  9. Buffalo Bills: Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati 
  10. New York Jets: Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
  12. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina): Margus Hunt, DE/DT, SMU
  13. New Orleans Saints: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
  14. San Diego Chargers: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
  15. Miami Dolphins: Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
  16. St. Louis Rams: Jonathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
  18. Dallas Cowboys: Justin Pugh, OG, Syracuse
  19. New York Giants: Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers
  20. Miami Dolphins (from Chicago): Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
  21. Minnesota Vikings: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
  22. Cincinnati Bengals: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
  23. Washington Redskins: Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma
  24. Indianapolis Colts: Travis Frederick, OG, Wisconsin
  25. Seattle Seahawks: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
  26. Green Bay Packers: Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
  27. Houston Texans: Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
  28. Denver Broncos: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
  29. New England Patriots: J.J. Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern
  30. Atlanta Falcons: Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford
  31. San Francisco 49ers: Corey Lemonier, OLB, Auburn 
  32. Baltimore Ravens: Nico Johnson, LB, Alabama
  33. Houston Texans (Compensatory): Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern
  34. Kansas City Chiefs (Compensatory): Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
  35. Tennessee Titans (Compensatory): Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana 

Carolina -> San Francisco: Trent Robinson and Frank Alexander
Chicago -> Miami: Brandon Marshall 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

How Potential Free Agents Could Shape Miami’s Draft:



There is plenty of talk about the NFL Combine, Free Agency, the NFL Draft and what they will all bring for the Miami Dolphins. These three events are the building blocks of the NFL Offseason, and all have direct correlation with one another. They all piggyback off one another and influence offseason decisions for all the NFL teams. We’re going to go through this article breaking down possibilities for Miami in all three events and how those decisions made show correlation between all these events. 

We will begin by taking a look at the Dolphins own free agents who will need to be resigned or let go. So far none of the Dolphins have become cap causalities, but there is still time. Miami is currently third in the league for the most cap this off season, so they don’t need to cut unless they feel they do not need the player for their ability or how much they are being paid.  Here are a few Dolphins that could become cap causalities.

Dan Carpenter, Kicker


2013 Cap Hit: $3,012,500
Dead Money If Cut: $327,500
Cap Savings: $2,675,000

Their isn’t really a reason to cut Carpenter, but he did only make 81.5% of his attempts this year. Usually +80% is a good number in sports, but kickers that are paid millions of dollars to kick a football a few times a game should be better than 81.5%. After success of rookie kickers Blair Walsh and Justin Tucker Miami may look to free up some space while adding a younger kicker to their team. 

Dimitri Patterson, Corner


2013 Cap Hit: $4,600,000
Dead Money If Cut: $0
Cap Savings: $4,600,000

This is probably the most likely cap causality for Miami. Patterson played only a few games at the end of the season last year, and he played fairly well. He did not play $4,600,000 well though. Patterson is currently set to make over a million dollars more than Davone Bess, who is a quality starter. That is probably not going to happen. Patterson maybe cut and reconsidered at a cheaper price in free agency. 

Richie Incognito, Guard


2013 Cap Hit: $5,380,000
Dead Money If Cut: $1,080,000
Cap Savings: $4,300,000

This isn’t likely, but Miami is moving away from the big mauler type of offensive linemen and that’s what Incognito is. It wouldn’t be beneficial for Miami to lose another veteran on their offensive line, but for over 4 million in cap space Miami may consider it if they choose to pursue a replacement with that money. 

Paul Soliai, Defensive Tackle


2013 Cap Hit: $7,875,000
Dead Money If Cut: $1,575,000
Cap Savings: $6,300,000

This is another unlikely cut especially with Randy Starks may leave through free agency, but if Miami resigns Starks, Soliai may be considered unnecessary. If that did happen Soliai would probably shopped to be traded rather than released. Soliai could be valuable to a team that runs a 3-4 and is in need of a nose tackle. 



Next step, the Combine. The combine is not only where the top prospects from this years draft class are tested, but where NFL general managers meet with their players agents to talk new contracts. General Managers and coaches even get a chat in with other team’s free agent players and their agents. Miami will be talking heavily with their player’s agents, and the top two priorities for Miami (as told by the media) right now are Brian Hartline and Chris Clemons. Other free agents that Jeff Ireland will be talking with will be Sean Smith, Jake Long, Randy Starks, Reggie Bush, and Anthony Fasano to name a few. Lets take a look at these players and what their return or departure could mean for the Dolphins.

Brian Hartline, Receiver


Hartline had a big season this past year. He caught 74 passes for 1,083 yards, but he only had one receiving touchdown. Hartline is reportedly looking for 5 to 6 million per year, and after the year he had along with Miami’s lack of receivers he may get that. If Hartline resigns look for him to be Miami’s #2 receiver.

If he signs: He will probably be Miami’s #2 receiver and Ireland will hope to land one of the bigger name free agent receivers (Jennings, Wallace, or Bowe if he is not resigned). Even if Miami resigns Hartline and signs one of the big name receivers, look for Ireland to take a receiver early in rounds 2-4. Some names that would fit would be Terrance Williams, Justin Hunter, Quinton Patton, DeAndre Hopkins, Robert Woods, Steadman Bailey, Markus Wheaton, or Aaron Dobson. 

If he does not sign: Look for Miami to still try to sign one of the of the big name receivers. Signing one of the big name receivers will become more crucial to Ryan Tannehill’s development. Then in the draft Miami will probably look to pick up 2 receivers in rounds 1-4. The same names apply as above, but also add Keenan Allan and Cordarrelle Patterson.

Chris Clemons, Safety


Clemons is also a player who had a good year for the Dolphins and may have gotten himself a nice payday. In 2012 Clemons racked up 99 total tackles with 2 interceptions. That is a pretty good season for this being Clemons first season starting. 

If he signs: The Dolphins will appear to have two good starting safeties who know the system, but they may want to pick up a safety later in the draft like Ray Ray Armstrong from The U. 

If he does not sign: The only potential instant fix for Miami if Clemons leaves would be Jairus Byrd from Buffalo, but it looks unlikely the Bills will let their ballhawk go. The draft will have to be where Ireland picks up a new safety in rounds 1-4. Players like Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid, Phillip Thomas, Jonathan Cyprien, and Baccari Rambo would make sense for Miami.

Sean Smith, Corner


Sean Smith needed to have a big year not only for himself, but for the Dolphins as well. After trading away Vontae Davis, Sean Smith was set to be Miami’s #1 corner. He had a strong beginning to his 2012 season where he handled top receivers like Larry Fitzgerald and A.J. Green. The second half of the season Smith fell apart. End of story Smith is a good #2 and thats what his pay should reflect.

If he signs: Look for Miami to bring in some competition for Smith even if they sign him. Some free agent names to keep an eye on are Brent Grimes, Derek Cox, Cary Williams, Dominique Rodgers- Cromartie, and maybe even Nnamdi Asomugha if he is released by the Eagles. In the Draft Miami could go anywhere and pick a corner. They could go as high as Dee Milliner who would be the most logical pick at 12 if he is still available. Other names that may be seen in the Miami aqua this summer are Jonathan Banks, Xavier Rhoads, Desmond Trufant, David Amerson, and Jordan Poyer.

If he does not sign: If Smith isn’t resigned nothing really changes from the above besides the fact that Miami then presses for a corner even harder. Miami will probably try to sign a guy in free agency and take a corner or two in the draft. Some say receiver is Miami’s biggest need, but corner maybe the route Miami looks to go early in this years draft. 

Lake Long, Offensive Tackle


This is the big one for Miami. Jake Long was Miami’s #1 overall selection in 2008 and he looked as if he would be a cornerstone of the franchise. After the last two years of ending up on injured reserve Jeff Ireland isn’t looking to pay Long the payday he is looking for. That payday is always subject to change. Even though Long says he feels the strongest he has in years it is still in question of how he will preform in the future. 

If he signs: This is looking like a long shot at this point. He is asking for top NFL tackle money and Ireland isn’t looking to dish it out. Lets say Long takes a pay cut and he comes back to Miami. Best case he gets over his being injury prone and gets back on track of being Miami’s cornerstone tackle. Worst case He keeps getting injured and was a waste of money. If Long is signed look for Miami to pick up someone late or a undrafted free agent to add some depth. 

If he does not sign: Miami will bump Jonathan Martin to left tackle and look to draft someone to play right tackle in the draft. Some guys that would fit in Miami are Lane Johnson, Kyle Long, Oday Aboushi, Justin Pugh, or Brian Winters. All of these guys fit the bill for more athletic offensive tackles.

Randy Starks, Defensive Tackle


Randy Starks has been great since he arrived in Miami. He has been a Pro Bowler and has created a force in the middle of the Dolphins defense. Starks is the one free agent on this list that should get paid and deserves it. Not only a is he a force on the field, but also a leader in the locker room. 

If he signs: Miami's dominant front seven returns and the Dolphins wont have to worry about picking up depth at the defensive tackle position until late in the draft or in the undrafted free agents.

If he is not signed: First of all look for Odrick to bump inside and go back to his college position of 4-3 defensive tackle. This class is deep at defensive tackle so Miami just needs to decide how they feel about what they currently have on the roster. If they choose to pick up a tackle early look for them to go with names like Sheldon Richardson, Kawann Short, Sharrif Floyd, and Bennie Logan in rounds 1-3. If the Dolphins decide to pick up a project to replace Soliai next year if he departs Josh Boyd, Baker Steinkuhler, or Everett Dawkins to add depth. 

Reggie Bush, Running Back


Reggie Bush has begun to live up to his Draft hype, and it’s because Miami finally gave him the chance to be a feature back. Bush still has his struggles running between the tackles, but has steadily improved each year. His first year with the Dolphins he had his first 1,000 yard rushing year. Bush also was a leader on the team who players around the locker room respected.

If he signs: The likelihood of Bush bring resigned at this point is even more bleak than Miami resigning Long. Lamar Miller was drafted in the 4th round last April when he was looking to be a potential first round prospect. After Miller had a very good rookie campaign, Miller will probably be the feature back in 2013 and Daniel Thomas will be the teams change of pace. If somehow Bush is resigned the team will be set on running backs just like they were in 2012. 

If he does not sign: Lamar Miller will be the feature back in Miami if Bush isn’t resigned, and Thomas will be the bigger back. Miami will look to add some depth unless they feel confident in Marcus Thigpen can pick up the slack as the number three back. If not the Dolphins could look at these players in rounds 4-7, Le’Veon Bell, Jonathan Franklin, Christine Michael, Knile Davis, or Onterio McCalebb.

Anthony Fasano, Tight End


Fasano is the most unappreciated players on the Dolphins roster. He blocks well, he catches well, and he leads well. Fasano will never be a top tier tight end in the NFL, but he is a consistant player who the Miami Dolphins should really try to keep in their ball club. 

If he signs: Miami will still be looking for a #1 tight end. In free agency some options could be Jared Cook Jr. (if he is not franchise tagged) and Jermichael Finley (if he is released by Green Bay). If they don’t get one in free agency look for one of these rookies to be wearing a Miami Dolphins hat on Draft day, Zach Ertz, Tyler Eifert, Gavin Escobar, Travis Kelce, Levine Toilolo, or Joseph Fauria. 

If he does not sign: The same applies here as it does above. Just the need becomes more urgent. They may even add two like the Colts did last year for Andrew Luck. 

Mock Offsesason

Let me begin this by saying I am not going to throw out any signing lengths because I am not a GM and do not know the current situations in and out. I will keep the signings reasonable. 

Free Agency:

Resigning

Randy Starks (Tag)
Brian Hartline
Chris Clemons
Nate Garner
Anthony Fasano
Austin Spitler
Pat Devlin

Cut 

Dimitri Patterson
Tony McDaniel

Signings

Greg Jennings
Derek Cox
Jared Cook (Assuming he isn’t franchised)

Draft


 Round 1: Xavier Rhoads, CB, Florida State - Rhoads is no Leon Sandcastle, but he fits the build of the long and lank corner that Richard Sherman has every team in the league wanting. Rhoads ran a faster 40, a higher vertical, and has longer arms than Sherman. Rhoads will look good across from Derek Cox.


Round 2: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee - Some people will dislike this pick because of his lack of focus and coming off an knee injury the year prior. If Hunter gets over the lack of focus with some coaching he could be the next Randy Moss. He is tall and can go up for the ball along with taking the top off of a defense. 


Round 2: Kyle Long, OT/OG, Oregon - Long could play tackle or guard due to his athleticism and that is exactly what Miami wants for their zone blocking scheme. He could fill the Dolphins right tackle or left guard (putting Incognito back to right) need.


Round 3: Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M - Swope ran a mind blowing 4.34 40 at the Combine, which is the same as West Virginia’s Tavon Austin. After Sherman gave the nod on Tannehill and brought in Javorski Lane and Jeff Fuller, Philbin will probably take a good listen to Sherman on Swope. Bess’ contract is also up after 2013 and Swope could be a great replacement.


Round 3: Quanterus Smith, DE,  Western Kentucky - In 2012 Smith was leading the nation with 12.5 sacks before he tore his ACL. He had 3 sacks against Alabama and made D.J. Fluker look like a human turnstile. at 6’5” 250 lbs, Smith could add another 10-15 lbs and become a great defensive end. 


Round 4: David Quessenberry, OG, San Jose State - Athletic offensive lineman who will work well in Miami’s zone blocking scheme. He will need some coaching and to add some more strength, but could give John Jerry a run for the starting spot. 


Round 5: Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford - Toilolo should have stayed at Stanford for another year and has his own time as the #1 guy. Toilolo could still be a very good tight end but has been over shadowed by Zach Ertz this offseason. At 6’8” Toilolo is a big body intermediate and red zone target. 


Round 7: Ray Ray Armstrong, S, Miami - Armstrong was at one point a potential first round pick, but after problems with a school booster Armstrong was dismissed from Miami. He is a monster in the secondary at 6’3” 227 lbs. Don’t be fooled by Armstrong’s size. He is quicker than advertised and will make plays in the secondary. He will also lay the lumber. If Clemons is resigned, but doesn’t live up to his pay Armstrong may become his replacement. 



Round 7: Mike James, RB, Miami - Another Miami man staying in Miami here. The Dolphins did well with their running back pick from Miami last year, and they will take another who is more of a thumper. He also has surprisingly good hands out of the backfield. Daniel Thomas has been injury prone, and if James pans out the Dolphins may find themselves with an all Miami backfield. 


Summary

Between the Draft and Free Agency Miami fills their needs and add depth. 

QB: 1. Tannehill 2. Devlin 3. FA
RB: 1. Miller 2. Thomas 3. James 4. Thigpen
FB: 1. Lane
WR: 1. Jennings 2. Hartline 3. Bess 4. Hunter
5. Swope 6. Matthews 7. Fuller
TE: 1. Cook 2. Fasano 3. Clay 4. Toilolo
5. Egnew
LT: 1. Martin 2. Yeatman
LG: 1. Incognito 2. Watford
C: 1. Pouncey 2. Samuda
RG: 1. Jerry 2. Watford
RT: 1. Long 2. Garner 3. Brown

LE: 1. Vernon 2. Smith 3. Shelby
DT: 1. Starks 2. Soliai 3. Odrick 4. Randall
RE: 1. Wake 2. Smith
LOLB: 1. Burnett 2. Freeny
MLB: 1. Dansby 2. Spitler 3. Kaddu
ROLB:1. Misi 2. Trusnik
CB: 1. Cox 2. Rhoads 3. Carroll 4. McCann
FS: 1. Clemons 2. Armstrong 3. Wilson
SS: 1. Jones

K: Carpenter
P: Fields

Dolphins fans should get excited about this offseason and regular season. With the right moves in the off season and more consistency from the players and coaches themselves this could be a playoff year for Miami. This could also be a train wreck for Miami of this season is a whiff. Lets see what Ireland and Philbin have up their sleeves.