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2009 DRAFT PICKS
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Rd Sel# Player Pos. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 25 Vontae Davis CB Illinois #3 CB Round 1
2 44 Pat White QB+ West Virginia #4 QB Round 2
2 61 Sean Smith CB Utah #5 CB Round 2
3 81 Patrick Turner WR Southern Cal #20 WR Round 5

Senior Bowl practice comment

Turned closed the week on a high.  A big receiver, Turner showed reliable hands and the ability to get open.
4 108 Brian Hartline WR Ohio State NR Late Round Value
5 161 John Nalbone TE Monmouth (NJ) NR Late Round Value
5 165 Chris Clemons FS Clemson #7 FS Round 5
6 181 Andrew Gardner OT Georgia Tech #17 OT Round 5
7 214 J.D. Folsom LB Weber State NR Off My Board
FA ---- Brennan Marion WR Tulsa NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Anthony Kimble RB Stanford NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Orin Martin DE/OLB Virginia Tech #14 DE Round 4
FA ---- Jared Bronson TE Central Washington NR Late Round Value

 

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2009 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Dolphins did a solid job, but I disagree with their choices at wide receiver and they missed a golden opportunity late in the draft.  They did add one of the better college street free agents in Orin Martin, but he plays a suddenly very deep position on the team.

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Vontae Davis is a skilled and very athletic corner.  He is a bit of a hit or miss prospect because he doesn't always play up to his athletic ability, however, his upside is Pro Bowl caliber.  Personally, I liked A Smith a little more, because he goes out all the time and is a turnover machine, but I can't fault Miami for drafting Davis ahead of him.

Pat White was a great pick in round two.  He has a NFL-arm and is a terrific athlete.  He will be a tough player to defense when he comes in the game in short spurts since he can line up in the wildcat, the regular offense or the shotgun.  Long term he will be a very good backup for Henne as well, and could even push him to start.

Smith is a tall corner with good speed and quickness for a tall corner.  I look for Smith to earn the starting spot opposite Davis, if not later this year, then definitely by next year.  Another solid pick by Miami.

I know Miami wanted a tall receiver, but they will rue the day that they passed on Iglesias to draft Turner.  Turner looked reliable catching the ball and getting open during Senior Bowl practices, but he didn't show those skills consistently during games at USC, and doesn't have the measurables that translate into a difference-maker in the NFL.  On the other hand, Iglesias made some very good catches during Senior Bowl practices, as well as having a drop or two, but had a terrific game.  He's a gamer who will have a solid NFL career.

I also disagree with the selection of Hartline, although he is very quick, has good size and is a trough kid.  However, with under-sized but high-flying with tremendous hands Dilliard and super-fast, also quick Johnny Knox available, I would have definitely grabbed one of those two receivers over Hartline.

Although I'm not sure that Nalbone wouldn't have been available in round six, I can't find fault with selecting him since he is one of the few tight ends who can block, catch and has good speed.

I like Clemons.  Initially, he will be a special teams terror.  Down the line he should be a solid starter.  Clemons is strong, fast and very athletic.

Gardner is another workout warrior (Clemons).  He has good size, speed and athleticism.  He was a good get late in the draft, but might need a year on the practice squad before contributing on game day.

Folsom is a specialty pick.  He will perform well on special teams and could be valuable in the nickel.  However, with inside linebacker Beckwith surprisingly available here, I would have grabbed him.  Worst case Beckwith will be a solid backup.  Best case, and what I expect, is that Beckwith will grow into a solid starter.

 COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Marion is an athletic receiver who had an incredible yards per catch total at Tulsa.  However, his workout belied those results.  It will be interesting to see if he is one of those players who has better functional football speed than workout speed.  If not, his stay in Miami could be short.

Kimble is an instinctive runner with good vision.  He lacks breakaway speed.  However, if he shows he can play on special teams he has a chance to stick.

Martin was Miami's best college street free agent signing.  However, with Jason Tayor and Cameron Wake added in the offseason to go with Porter and Roth, and Anderson and Moses also on board, Martin will have his hands full making the team.  However, he will be a priority signing to their practice squad.

Bronson has very reliable hands, makes the tough catch and has acceptable speed and quickness.  He also has the frame to add bulk and strength to become a better blocker, something he will need to do to play tight end wth the Dolphins.

For chart below: red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
ARM-HAND relative to position, for ranges see ranking pages for 2009 draft

LAST NAME
at Combine
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HGT WGT ARM-
HAND
BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Davis Vontae Illinois 5'11.1" 203 S-L 25 4.40 1.47 2.52 4.07 - 6.75 37.5" 10'5"
White Patrick West Virginia 6'0.2" 197 L-L - 4.49 1.60 2.63 4.42 - 7.06 35" 9'9"
Smith Sean Utah 6'3.4" 214 XL-XL 10 4.47 1.51 2.59 4.15  - 6.92 34" 9'11"
Turner Patrick USC 6'5.1" 223 L-L 21 4.59 1.57 2.68 4.20 - - 34.5" 9'0"
Hartline Brian Ohio State 6'1.5" 195 M-XL - 4.49 1.50 2.56 4.12 10.92 6.65 34.5" 10'0"
Nalbone John Monmouth 6'4.1" 251 - 22 4.63 1.62 2.69 4.22 - 6.94 30" 9'9"
Clemons Chris Clemson 6'0.1" 208 L-XL 19 4.38 1.44 2.53 4.38 - 7.27 37.5" 10'7"
Gardner Andrew Georgia Tech 6'6.4" 304 L-L - 4.96 1.69 2.79 4.70 - 7.51 30.5" 8'11"
Folsom J. D. Weber State 6'2.4" 238 - - - - - - - - - -
Marion Brennan Tulsa 5'11.3" 187 M-M - 4.55 - - - - - - -
Kimble Anthony Stanford 6'0.2" 216 S-L 13 4.54 1.56 2.62 4.40 - 7.08 36" 10'2"
Martin Orion Virginia Tech 6'2.2" 262 S-M 24 4.70 1.59 2.71 4.53 - 7.21 32" 9'1"
Bronson Jared Central Wash 6'3.7" 253 M-M 21 4.70 1.60 2.70 4.33 - 7.15 33" 9'8"

2009 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY
Major need
     Need     Upgrade possible     Depth/possible need     Not a need

QB With Pennington for now and Henne for later, the Fins are set at quarterback.  I am not a Beck fan (football, not music) so moving him in the offseason to a team that like him and drafting or signing a new #3 makes sense.
RB Brown made the Pro Bowl, but averaged less than 50 yards rushing a game over his last 6 regular season and 1 playoff games.  Add to that that Ricky Williams is an UFA, Cobbs is a better receiver than runner and the Dolphins lost promising practice squad player Parmalee during the season and what many think of as a strength, is, in my opinion, a need.
WR Ginn Jr. finally started to pay dividends at receiver.  He is best served as a #2 who needs attention, thus forcing opposing defenses to choose to play a safety over the top of the teams' #1 wideout, or risk Ginn Jr. getting open deep.  Of course a team could double both, but that would open up the running game.  Therefore, a true #1 receiver would transform this offense more than almost any other offense in football.  Camarillo, if he comes back from injury okay, Bess and even London offer good depth.
TE Fasano played well in his first year with Miami and Martin is a good receiver at tight end who can make plays downfield.  Haynos is a good blocker.
OL Carey is an UFA and the team will need to resign or bring in a right tackle since there is no replacement for him on their roster.  At guard, Thomas looked promising before his injury and Smiley is solid.  Satele is okay, but replaceable at center.  He would be perfect as a center/guard backup.  The Fins need at least one tackle (Carey or a starter) and possible a second to provide better depth.  A center is also a possibility.
DL This is a very underrated unit.  At end I love the potential of Langford.  He will blossom into a Pro Bowl caliber player next year.  Holliday, Starks and Merling provide good choices and depth opposite Langford.  Ferguson still gets it done at a high level on the nose.  Soliai looks the part, sometimes plays the part, but Miami will probably bring in some competition for him in the draft.
LB Porter's rebirth was fun to watch, but I don't think Miami will put all their eggs in that basket next year.  In fact they signed former Penn State DE/OLB,  Wake, who had over 20 sacks in Canada last year as a free agent.  Wake was a player with great measureables who didn't stick with the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2005.  I liked him then and believe he could be the surprise of Miami's offseason.  Roth was fine playing opposite Porter but will need to improve in coverage to keep that job long term.  Inside Crowder is an UFA and may not be back, and Ayodele is steady, but replaceable as a starter.  Look for Miami to address inside linebacker in the draft.
DB The Dolphins' secondary was a unit I thought would be a mess at the beginnig of the season.  However, they came together and played fairly well as the season progressed.  At corner, Will Allen was reborn and looked like he did in his younger days with the Giants.  Goodman suddenly developed into a top cover corner.  late in the year, Nathan Jones became a big play nickel, especially on blitzes.  At safety, Bell was a tackling machine and Hill was steady and reliable.  A big play free safety would help this unit take the next step.  A young corner could also be added since Allen is aging and Jones isn't starting material.
ST Rookie kicker Carpenter was a nice find.  Paired with punter Fields, the Dolphins kicking game is solid.  Bess is a solid punt returner, but not a game-breaking threat.  Ginn Jr hasn't developed as a deference-making return man as envisioned when he was drafted.  Upgrades in the return game could be addressed in the offseason.

 

2008 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 1 Jake Long OT 6'7" 313 Michigan #1 OT Round 1
2 32 Phillip Merling DE 6'4.2" 276 Clemson #5 DE Round 1/Round2
2 57 Chad Henne QB 6'2.7" 230 Michigan #4 QB Round 2
3 66 Kendall Langford DE 6'5.4" 287 Hampton #9 DE Round 2/Round 3

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Langford is a rare big defensive end.  He has good pass rush moves and will be a solid end in a 3-4 defense.  Langford played very well in the East West Shrine All Star Game showing he could step up in competition and be the only player who could put consistent pressure on quarterbacks.
4 110 Shawn Murphy OG/OT 6'3.7" 320 Utah State   Late Round Value
6 176 Jalen Parmele RB 5'11.4" 224 Toledo #13 RB Round 4

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Parmele is a shifty runner with good speed, tremendous athleticism, and the ability to make people miss.  He will be a good change-of-pace back in the NFL.  In a draft deep at running back, Parmele could fall through the cracks, but he should have a nice NFL career.
6 195 Donald Thomas OG 6'3" 303 Connecticut #6 OG Round 3/Round 4
6 204 Lex Hilliard RB 5'11.1" 231 Montana   Late Round Value
7 245 Lionel Dotson DT/DE 6'3.5" 295 Arizona   Late Round Value
FA   Davone Bess WR 5'11.4" 193 Hawaii   Late Round Value/Free Agent
FA   Kelly Poppinga ILB/OLB 6'1.5" 240 BYU   Late Round Value
FA   Titus Brown OLB/DE 6'2.4" 246 Miss State   Late Round Value/Free Agent
FA   Matt Spanos C/G/T 6'5" 317 USC   Late Round Value/Free Agent

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2008 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

I have always liked Parcell's as a talent evaluator and he had another solid draft.  My only two minor points are that if Long doesn't become a stud left tackle, he may regret not picking Gholston, especially since he will see him two times a year; and in a draft deep at cornerback and wide receiver, the Fins didn't come up with a player at either position.  However, it's hard to argue with the players they drafted and this team had needs all over the place.

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I like Long as a player, a lot.  However, I'm not sure he will develop into an elite left tackle.  Will he be solid.  Yes.  Will he be very good.  Yes.  Will he be perennial Pro Bowl?  Maybe.  In any event he will be a top drawer long time starter for Miami.

I originally thought of Merling as a three-down end in a 4-3, with good size for that scheme to play the run, and acceptable pass rush skills.  As a 3-4 end, he is a little light.  However, he has the frame to add bulk and could be a solid end in that scheme down the line.

Henne is a good fit for Miami.  In my opinion, he has more skills and a greater upside than John Beck.  He is a pocket passer who can make all the throws and only needs experience before becoming a solid NFL starter.

Langford may have been the top "3-4" defensive end in this draft.  He is a big-body kid who can play the run and get penetration against the pass.  Coming from Hampton, he will need time to adjust to the speed of the NFL.  In five years the Dolphins may find that they have the next Aaron Smith.  A great get for the Fins.

Murphy has a mean streak and quick feet.  He only played guard for one year at Utah State, and played it very well. In retrospect, I under-evaluated Murphy.  He is a good fit for the Dolphins scheme and could wind up starting this year.

Parmele was very underrated coming into this draft.  He is a terrific athlete who runs hard and is faster than many think, and at 224 pounds runs well inside.  With often injured, but highly talented Ronnie Brown, and the more time off the field recently than on the field, Parmele could be forced into action at some point this year.  If he is, he could have an Ahmed Bradshaw-like impact.

Thomas was one of the better developmental guard prospects in this draft.  I had him rated higher than Murphy, although with only one full year as a starter, he is still a bit raw.

Hilliard would have gone higher if not for injuries.  He was a halfback in college, but could be tried at fullback.  He will have a tough time sticking on the roster at halfback.  Wide receiver Jabari Arthur would have been an interesting pick at this spot.  He is a tall receiver with good hands, excellent college production, and decent speed.  He would have had a shot to start opposite Ginn Jr.

Dotson is a defensive tackle who will be tried at end in Miami's 3-4.  He may be headed to their practice squad for further development.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Bess has a shot to stick around the team as a bottom of the roster receiver or practice squad player because the team is relatively thin at the position.  Bess has good hands, knows how to get open, but is smallish, not overly fast and not overly quick.

Poppinga could be a surprise in the Fins' camp.  He played mainly outside in college, but has the size, strength and quick feet needed to play inside in a 3-4 defense.  He could stick as a backup and special teams player.

On tape Titus Brown looks like he would be a good outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.  He was an undersized defensive end at Mississippi State.  However, his workout raised red flags regarding this transition.  He is certainly worth a look in camp.

Spanos' main benefit is that he can play anywhere along the offensive line.  He could stick on the dolphins' practice squad to be available as a backup in a pinch.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
(blue college name indicates workout #'s include Pro Day numbers)

COMBINE
YES
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Long Jake MICHIGAN 6'7" 314 37 5.17 1.76 2.97 4.73  NA 7.44 27.5" 8'6"
Merling Philip CLEMSON 6'4.2" 276 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Henne Chad MICHIGAN 6'2.7" 230 NA 4.90 1.70 2.81 4.40 NA 7.17 25.5" 8'10"
Langford Kendall HAMPTON 6'5.4" 287 24 4.95 1.65 2.84 4.68 NA 7.72 321" 9'6"
Murphy Shawn UTAH STATE 6'3.7" 320 29 5.14 1.74 2.95 4.44 NA 7.37 27" 8'4"
Parmele Jalen TOLEDO 5'11.4" 224 19 4.47 1.48 2.54 4.29 NA 6.94 41.5" 10'5"
Thomas Donald CONNECTICUT 6'3" 303 28 5.00 1.72 2.89 4.78 NA 7.45 29.5" 8'4"
Hilliard Lex MONTANA 5'11.1" 231 NA 4.68 1.63 2.70 4.20 NA 7.01 32" 10'2"
Dotson Lionel ARIZONA 6'3.5" 295 NA 5.39 1.80 3.04 4.75 NA 7.62 25" 8'3"
Bess Davone HAWAII 5'11.4" 193 12 4.64 1.54 2.61 4.27 NA 6.97 31.5" 9'10"
Poppinga Kelly BYU 6'1.5" 240 27 4.74 1.60 2.72 4.27 NA 6.88 34" 9'3"
Brown Titus MISS ST 6'2.4" 246 19 4.82 1.66 2.76 4.41 NA 7.31 31.5" 9'2"
Spanos Matt USC 6'5" 317 20 5.28 1.76 3.01 4.92 NA 7.90 29" 8'9"

2008 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY

MIA       Major Need          Need          Upgrade         Depth Need         Not a Need

QB  I thought the Dolphins reached for Beck in the draft last year and I'm betting Parcells will feel the same.  Long term he could be a solid backup.  The Fins need a starter.
RB  If Brown comes back healthy; if Ricky Williams comes back healthy and committed, this could be a team strength.  However, that's a lot of ifs so the Dolphins need to add a body for insurance.  Booker's role could expand next year.
WR  I'm in the minority, but I like the potential of Ted Ginn Jr.  However, after him, there isn't much.  Booker could help a veteran team as a #3 or #4, but is of no real use for Miami.  Hagan and Camarillo are bottom of the roster types.  Miami needs two or three receivers.
TE As bad as the Dolphins' receiver situation is, they are in even worse shape at tight end.  Peele is a backup type.  The others should all be gone.
OL  This unit has some players that could survive the purge, but look for the line to be rebuilt over the next few years.  Hadnot is an UFA.  If not, he is one player who could have found a niche in the new regime.  Look for a big left tackle, and one or two guards to be added this year or next.
DL The Dolphins have some players here who could hold the fort while Parcells concentrates on other positions.  with all the needs on this team he may have no choice.  Taylor will be moved to OLB permanently.  However, If the team can find some big bodies they will and should be added.
LB A dominator at outside linebacker has always been the top priority for Parcells' teams.  He could give Taylor and Porter a shot while he rebuilds elsewhere first.  Inside Crowder could be a long term guy for Parcells.  Another inside linebacker will be added.  Zack Thomas doesn't fit this defense.
DB Of all the units the Dolphins have on defense, their secondary is the one spot where they could field an acceptable unit with their current players.  Will Allen and Goodman at corner, and Jason Allen, Hill, Bell (if resigned) and Worrell battling for the two safety spots is acceptable.  However, an upgrade at corner and safety wouldn't be a surprise.
ST Feely is a solid kicker.  Fields improved during his rookie season, but look for the Fins to bring in someone to push him.  Ginn Jr and Booker are potential stars in the return game.  Denney is a steady snapper.

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2007 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's Draft Value
1 9 Ginn Jr., Ted WR 6-0 180 Ohio State # 4 WR Round 1
2 40 Beck, John QB 6-2 216 Brigham Young # 6 QB Round 3
2 60 Satele, Samson C 6-2 311 Hawaii # 2 C Round 3
3 71 Booker, Lorenzo RB 5-10 193 Florida State # 7 RB Round 3
4 108 Soliai, Paul DT 6-4 334 Utah # 9 DT Round 3
6 181 Mauia, Reagan FB 6-0 296 Hawaii Off My Board
6 199 Mormino, Drew C 6-3 301 Central Michigan Late Round Value
7 219 Smith, Kelvin ILB 6-2 240 Syracuse Late Round Value
7 225 Fields, Brandon P 6-5 236 Michigan State Late Round Value
7 238 Wright, Abraham DE 6-2 234 Colorado Late Round Value
FA Reed, Kerry WR 6-2 200 Michigan State Late Round Value
FA Vedder, Chris SS 6-0 205 San Jose St # 8 SS Round 4
FA Lofton, David FS 6-4 212 Stanford Late Round Value
FA Pope, Geoff CB 6-0 186 Howard Off My Board
FA Love, Marquay DT 6-0 307 Houston Late Round Value
FA Wilson, Julius OT 6-4 327 UAB Late Round Value
FA Bruce, Mkristo DE 6-6 268 Washington St Late Round Value

 

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2007 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Dolphins had a decent draft.  I know that may surprise some who killed them for passing on Quinn and taking Ginn, but I actually understand that move.  They did reach in round two a bit for both players, but got excellent value with Soliai in round four and signed a college street free agent, Veddor, who I like a lot.

When a team drafts a quarterback early in round one it has to be a quarterback the team believes in 100%.  If that quarterback doesn't work out, the team is set backs years.  They don't sign any of the younger starting-caliber free agent quarterbacks and they don't draft first round quarterbacks for at least four or five years.  So if the QB they draft fails, the team struggles for years.  Obviously the Fins' management doesn't feel that Quinn is a sure thing.  In that case it is the right move to pass on that quarterback, despite his draft value.   It is much better to pass on a quarterback early in round one who becomes a star, then it is draft a quarterback early in round one who doesn't develop into a top starter.  So the Dolphins made the absolute right decision for their franchise passing on Quinn.  Now, what about their selection of Ginn Jr..  While he was my #4 rated wide receiver, selecting him ahead of Bowe and Meachem was the right move for the Dolphins.  Ginn Jr. is more than a very fast track star.  He is a good receiver.  With his speed defenses will have to shade a safety to his side whenever he is on the field.  This will open up the field for Chris Chambers who should benefit tremendously whenever Ginn Jr. is on the field.  Booker, Hagan, Campbell, Hakim, etc., the other Dolphins' receivers scare no one.  So without Ginn Jr., Chambers gets blanketed and we all saw what the result of that was last year.  So Ginn Jr. will not only be a threat to score whenever he is on the field, but he will make the other players on the filed with him (especially Chambers) better players.  So Miami fans, look beyond the stats for Ginn Jr's value on offense.  He may not have great numbers but his presence alone will improve their offense.  He also gives them a tremendous weapon on special teams.  Beck is not the quarterback I would have chosen.  I liked both Stanton and Edwards better.  However, if I'm right and Beck will not develop into anything more than an average starter, a second round pick doesn't hog cap space and doesn't preclude signing a free agent or drafting a top quarterback soon.  It is acceptable for a second round pick at QB to be a top backup who can keep things together if a starter goes down.  By the way, at quarterback for Miami this year, I personally would not trade for Trent Green unless Culpepper is definitely done.  If he's not, I would go with him, or even place him on the PUP and sign Aaron Brooks to compete with Cleo Lemon while Culpepper heals.  Satele is a very quick center who can play guard as well and is currently more adept in the pass game than the run game.  While he has excellent potential, run-and-shoot lineman have often had trouble adjusting to the NFL which raises some questions.  That is why I had a third round grade on him rather than a second round grade.  If I were going to reach slightly at this spot, I would have gone for Allen Barbre, a very athletic tackle who could develop into a starting left tackle.  Booker is a player a like.  He immediately becomes the Dolphins' primary backup and change-of-pace back.  While he is undersized he is very strong, catches the ball well, and is a playmaker.  Soliai is a freak, and I mean that in a good way.  He is a 344 pound man who ran a 5.02 forty, a 4.53 short shuttle and had a 30.5" vertical jump.  He is also a good football player.  He will eventually settle in as the Dolphins' starting nose tackle and will hold that position for a long time.  Mauia is a former defensive tackle who is currently a 290 pound fullback.  I believe he would have been available later and Miami should have drafted cornerback David Irons.  Miami's cornerbacks are overrated.  Mormini has a chance to be a solid starter.  At worst he should be a good backup.  However, with Satele already drafted at center and Hadnot on the roster there appears to be a lot of players with similar skills. I would have gone with tight end Ben Patrick at this spot.  He can block and catch.  I not convinced that former Packer David Martin will suddenly develop into a highly-valued starting tight end.   Smith is a good fit for the 3-4 defense.  He plays the run well but has limited speed and quickness.  He will be a good backup for Miami.  Miami needs a punter and Fields has a very good chance to win that job.  Wright has good speed but is too small to play defensive end in a 3-4.  He could transition to outside linebacker.  He will either hold one of the last spots on Miami's roster or will spend a year on the team's development squad learning his new position.

Miami signed a number of college street free agents worth noting.  Reed is a receiver with a nice mix of athleticism, speed and size.  He is a candidate for Miami's development squad.  Vedder is a player I like a lot.   He makes tackles, is a smart player, and has a nose for the ball.  He has a good chance to make the team.  I had a fourth round grade him.  Lofton is the son of ex-NFL great James Lofton.  He is an exceptional athlete who could win a spot as a special teams star or end up on the Fins' development squad.  Pope could challenge Ginn Jr. to a race and might even win.  He is a corner with tremendous straight line speed but needs to work on his cornerback skills.  With the nothing-special talent at corner on this team, if he shows progress he could be a roster surprise.  Love is a nose tackle with the quickness to play off blocks and make tackles.  Her is also an accomplished special teams player.  He blocked 6 kicks in college.  Wilson could stick as a backup tackle while also learning to play guard.  Long term he could be a starter at guard.  Worst case he should be a versatile backup.  I thought Bruce would get drafted.  He was productive in college but his workout threw up red flags.  However, not being drafted, and signing with a 3-4 team may serve him well.  His best chance to make a NFL roster may be to add weight to his 6'6" frame and play end in a 3-4 defense.  He is not overly fast, but is smart and makes plays.  If he can add the weight without losing any speed or quickness he could be a good backup.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
GINN JR. TED OHIO ST WR/RET 5'11.2" 178    4.38 1.46   2.48          
Ginn Jr. may be the fastest player in the draft.  He ran a 4.38 while injured.  He is a good receiver, with the skills to get better and a great return man.  He will make any team he goes to better instantly because he can score whenever he touches the ball and will have to be accounted for on every play. 

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
BECK JOHN BYU QB 6'2.1" 215   4.75 1.62 2.70 4.17   6.82 29.5" 9'3"
Beck is an older prospect who has an accurate arm but not a gun.  He could do very well in a west coast offense.  He is getting a lot of attention leading up to the draft, but I'm not convinced he will ever be more than an average starter and good backup.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
SATELE SAMSON HAWAII OC/G 6'2.5" 300 25 5.26 1.75 2.96 4.29   7.47 33.5" 8'5"
Satele has exceptional quickness and is very good in pass protection.  However, playing in a run-and-shoot in college means he has limited experience in the running game and, often, run-and-shoot lineman don't transition well to the NFL.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
BOOKER LORENZO FLORIDA ST RB 5'10.3" 191 26 4.46 1.46 2.58 4.37   7.04 35.5" 10'1"
Booker is an undersized running back but he is very strong for his size and is a playmaker.  Booker gets to his top speed in a hurry.  He is also a good receiver.  He will be a good third-down and change-of-pace back and could surprise down the line and grow into a bigger role ala Warrick Dunn.

COMBINE
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SOLIAI PAUL UTAH DT/NT 6'4" 344   5.02 1.63 2.86 4.53   7.66 30.5" 8'7"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Are you kidding me?  A 344 pound tackle who runs a 5.02 forty and, even more impressively, a 4.53 short shuttle.  Soliai's short shuttle time was better than running back Tony Hunt!  This is another kid with rare athletic talent.  He is a converted offensive guard who has the size and tools to play the nose in a 3-4, and the speed and athleticism to play tackle in a 4-3.  Soliai is an underrated prospect.

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MAUIA REAGAN HAWAII RB 5'11.7" 296                  
Mauia is a nose tackle who will be looked at as a fullback.  He is a big man so if he makes the transition it will be like having another lineman on the field.

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MORMINO DREW CENTRAL MICHIGAN C 6'3.2" 299 27 5.20 1.75 2.98 4.53   7.48 28" 8'9"
Mormino has the desire, the skill set, and the athleticism to be a solid starting center in the league.  However he has short arms and needs work on his technique.

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SMITH KELVIN SYRACUSE ILB 6'2" 240 26 4.70 1.58 2.69 4.42   7.19 33.5" 9'4"
Smith had a nice East West Shrine Game, playing the run very well.  This just continued what he did at Syracuse.  Smith could be a solid two-down linebacker in the NFL.

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WRIGHT ABRAHAM COLORADO DE/OLB 6'2" 242 24 4.64 1.61 2.73 4.42   7.12 32.5" 9'3"
Wright is an undersized defensive end who at best will be able to transition to outside linebacker in a 3-4 and at worst will be a situational pass rusher at defensive end.  He is the type of player who claims one of the last spots on a team's roster.

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REED KERRY MICHIGAN ST WR 6'1.6" 200   4.49     4.31   6.72 38" 10'5"
Reed has a good combination of size and speed.  He is also a good athlete and should get a look in some team's camp.

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VEDDER CHRIS SAN JOSE ST SS/FS 6'0.2" 205                  

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Vedder played strong safety at San Jose State but may fit in better as a free safety in the NFL.  At the Inta Juice All Star Game Vedder showed good ball skills, hustled all over the field, showed speed in pursuit, and played a "heady" game. I haven't been able to find his workout numbers which could be the difference between Vedder being an extra defensive back, a down-the-line starter, or a marginal pro.

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LOFTON DAVID SAN JOSE ST FS/WR 6'0.2" 205  20  4.48 1.50 2.55 4.18   6.80 38.5" 10'5"
Lofton, son of ex-NFL star James Lofton is a gifted athlete.  He is currently more athlete than instinctive football player, but has great strength and athleticism and good speed and quickness.  He is worth a shot developing on some team's development squad.

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POPE GEOFF HOWARD CB 5'11.5" 186 15 4.27 1.43 2.46 4.17   7.13 35" 9'11"
Pope also ran track.  He has exceptional straight line speed but needs work at cornerback.

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LOVE MARQUAY HOUSTON DT/NT 6'0.3" 307 28 5.10 1.69 2.70 4.58   7.53 31" 8'7"
Love has a shot to stick on a team that plays a 3-4 defense.  He is a nose tackle who made tackles as well as engaged blockers.  He is also a good special teams player having blocked 6 kicks in his college career.

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WILSON JULIUS UAB OT/G 6'4.3" 327 17 5.29 1.83 3.08 4.97   7.79 30" 8'9"
Wilson can be a backup tackle or could move inside to guard where he could eventually become a starter.  

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BRUCE MKRISTO WASHINGTON ST DE 6'5.6" 268 21 4.93 1.67 2.88 4.52   7.47 33" 8'11"
Bruce was very productive in college but played in a scheme that allowed him accumulate stats.  His workout numbers aren't promising when translating his skill set to the NFL.  Still he's worth a shot late in the draft.

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2007 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT and FREE AGENCY
major need     need     depth/possible need     not a significant need

QB Culpepper is a question mark.  Lemon showed something, but is it enough?  Harrington has run out of chances.
RB Brown is solid.  Morris and Minor are UFAs.  Williams is, well, Williams.  Depth is needed.
WR I'll attribute Chambers' fall off to poor QB play and a bad coach.  Booker, Hagan and Welker are solid.
TE McMichael can play.  Depth is just okay.
OL LT McIntosh is an UFA.  Depth also needs to be addressed.
DL If Carter leaves a 3-4 DE is needed.  So is a backup NT.
LB Spragen is ok, but can be improved upon as a starter.
DB Underrated safeties and overrated corners.
ST Upgrade at kicker is a must, punter a possibility.

 

2006 DRAFT PICKS
Links go to write-ups at NFL.com

Miami
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 16 Allen, Jason CB 6-1 208 Tennessee # 1 FS Round 1
3 82 Hagan, Derek WR 6-2 209 Arizona State # 6 WR Round 2
4 114 Toledo, Joe OT 6-5 338 Washington # 11 OT Round 4
7 212 Evans, Fred DT 6-4 305 Texas State   > Round 4
7 226 Wright, Rodrique DT 6-5 306 Texas # 4 DT Round 2
7 233 Aromashodu, Devin WR 6-2 202 Auburn # 15 WR Round 4
  FA Riggs, Gerald RB 5-11 229 Tennessee Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA McNeil, Chris OG 6-3 307 Mississippi St Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Bray, Trent ILB 6-0 227 Oregon State # 9 ILB Round 4

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2006 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Dolphins did an excellent job of drafting for value, especially grabbling DT Wright in round seven.

With no second, fifth, or sixth round picks, and A- is an amazing grade.  Allen was my top rated free safety and safety was a major need area for Miami.  In addition to having a very fast, quick, strong, athletic, playmaking free safety (as if that isn't enough), having Allen as a starting free safety is like having a nickel corner on the field at all times.  when teams spilt out their running back as a wide receiver, the Dolphins will match up with a player with top cornerback skills.  In other words, there goes the match-up advantage the opposing team hoped to gain.  Early in the draft process Hagan was considered a first round possibility.  He then, uncharacteristically dropped passes at the Senior Bowl, both in practice and in the game.  If Hagan skipped the Senior Bowl and went straight to the Combine his draft status would have taken a bump up, not drop he experienced because of one bad week.  Hagan has good size, speed, quickness and athletic ability.  Even if there are some concerns about his hands after the senior Bowl, his production at Arizona State indicates that he catches way more than he drops.  While the Senior Bowl did bring up a red flag, Hagan was still a great get in round three.  Joe Toledo is a former tight end who I expected to have a better workout than he did.  However he was injured his senior year (again) and that may have resulted in the worse-than-expected numbers.  He did show great strength and is a boom-or-bust type with enough potential that he was not a reach in round four.  Evans is a small school prospect with good athleticism, but is a long, long way from helping a team.  He needs development and is a candiate for the Dolphins' practice squad more than for their roster.  Wright in round seven, wow!  How did my fourth rated defensive tackle (and I was not alone in giving Wright a high grade) fall this far.  I know there are questions about his desire, but light a fire under this guy and you could have a first round talent.  In fact, I'll predict that in 2007 the Dolphins will have the 3-4 defense as its base defense and Wright will be a starting defensive end in that defense by 2008 at the latest.  In the meantime, he will be a rotation player at tackle in the 4-3 this year.  In round seven, Wright represents the steal of the draft.  As if getting a second round talent in round seven wasn't enough, the Dolphins followed up the Wright pick with Aromashodu, for whom I had a fourth round grade.  He could develop into a very good deep threat for the Dolphins.  He has good hands and excellent speed.  In college, he never had a breakout season so never jumped up into the first day of the draft.  Butt as a second day pick, he was a receiver I would have targeted in round four.  The Dolphins got the potential game-breaker in round seven.

The Dolphins signed three college street free agents of note.  The first was running back Gerald Riggs.  He is a back that could find a niche as a short-yardage and goal-line runner.  However, I like Kay Jay Harris an UFA the Dolphins signed last year and who spent the year on the Dolphins' practice squad better in that role and as a legitimate backup to Brown.  If Harris makes the Dolphins' roster as I expect, the Riggs could take his place on the practice squad.  McNeil has great athleticism, quickness, and strength.  He needs coaching and work to develop into a skilled NFL lineman.  However, he has a chance to be a good player.  Bray was a great free agent signing.  He is, plain and simple, a football player.  He is made for inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense because while he does not have good speed, he has excellent read and react skills, and is a heady player.  I had a fourth round grade on Bray.

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Allen Tennessee 6'0.7", 210 4.39 1.50 2.55 3.81 11.17 6.75 17 39.5" 10'11"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Allen is a versatile athlete who can cover and has a nose for the ball.  He is strong for his, very fast, extremely quick, can cut on a dime, and is a top athlete.  Allen could play corner or free safety.  At corner he will be solid, but at free safety he could be dominate.  In addition to being a top safety he would be like having an extra cornerback on the field when offensive aglinments call for him to step out in coverage.
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Hagan Arizona State 6'1.6", 208 4.42 1.50 2.59 4.07       39.5" 10'5"  
WR
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Hagan's value seems to be dropping some heading into the combine.  He is a nice receiver, but that may not be enough to hear his name called in the first two rounds. He lost ground at the Senior Bowl and could drop significantly by draft day if he doesn't have a good combine.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Hagan was inconsistent catching the ball during the Senior Bowl Games, and during Senior Bowl practices.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Hagan was an extremely productive college receiver accumulating over 1,000 receiving yards in each of his last three seasons in college.  Hagan also averaged over 15 yards a catch during that time with 17 touchdown receptions and a high of 83 catches his Junior year.  There was some good and some bad in Hagan's post-season.  He had a very poor week during the Senior Bowl, but then rebounded at the Combine where he showed better than expected speed and quickness.  His superb athleticism was no surprise.  Hagan is falling too much in my opinion from where he started because of one bad week.
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Toledo Washington 6'5.3", 332 5.11 1.80 2.99 4.66   7.92 32 29" 8'3"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Toledo is a former tight end and is a very athletic tackle.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Toledo had a good Combine.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Toledo looks more athletic on the football field than he tests.  I expected better workout numbers, but was pleasantly surprised by his strength.  All-in-all Toledo is still an intriguing prospect.  He is late to the tackle position and was injured his senior year and that have impacted his workout numbers.  Speaking of injury, Toledo has had trouble staying on the field.  A hit or miss type with enough upside to be selected in round four.
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Evans, F Texas State 6'3.6", 305 5.12     4.65   7.71 18 34.5" 9'1"  
DT - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Strickly a developmental project.  He has good athleticism for the position but may not get drafted.
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Wright Texas 6'4.6", 303 5.12 1.70 2.94 4.47   7.85 31 32" 9'2"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Wright is an athletic defensive tackle who can play the run and rush the passer.  He has good skills, is strong and quick.  Based on talent and potential alone Wright could sneak into the third round.  Based on a perceived lack of desire he could fall to round three.  Wright's best year was a sophomore where he had 80 tackles and 7.5 sacks.
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Aromashodu Auburn 6'2.1", 202 4.35 1.55 2.56 4.17 11.38 7.05   39" 10'0"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Aromashodu seemed to make a good catch each day during Senior Bowl practices.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Aromashdu was an underachieving deep threat for Auburn.  He averaged 25 catches for about 500 yards and 4 TDs during his last two years.  He has good hands and excellent deep speed.  Aromashodu could be a better player in the NFL than he was in college.
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Riggs Tennessee 5'10.6", 229 4.59     4.25   7.15 17 36.5" 9'7"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Riggs is an inside runner who was injured his senior year.  In his junior year he rushed for 1,100 yards.  He is a one dimensional back who doesn't have the speed to get to the corner, or any real experience catching the ball.  Riggs could help a team as a short yardage back but is a long shot to be a featured back.
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McNeil Mississippi St 6'3.2", 307 5.00     4.57   7.81 35 31.5" 8'0"  
OG/C - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - McNeil is fast, quick, strong, and a good athlete.  He is more athlete at this point than finished product, but has a lot to learn before he can be an asset on the field.  However, he is an excellent development prospect.
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Bray Oregon St 6'0.3", 227 4.88 1.67 2.88 4.36   6.69 18 32" 9'1"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

Bray is a football player.  However, is a bit of a tweener.  He doesn't have the speed to play in the middle in a 4-3, and doesn't have the size you'd like to play in the middle in a 3-4.  That is why he will fall to day two in the draft.  However, whatever team drafts him will find out that if you play him, he'll produce.  Personally, I would draft him for a 3-4 and know that his hustle and instincts will make up for his lack of size.
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET -  Bray showed good tackling skills, particularly in the open field at the East West Shrine Game.

 

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2006 TEAM NEEDS
prior to free agency

MIA
QB Frerotte did okay.  However, okay is not good enough.  Rosenfels is an UFA and will, most likely leave, so the Dolphins will, at a minimum need a backup.  However, they should find a new starter (immediate or developmental), so Frerotte can return (now or next year) to being a backup.
RB A deep unit with or without Ricky Williams.  In addition to Brown and Williams, the Dolphins have Morris and Minor, both NFL caliber running backs.
WR Chambers finally had a big year.  The talent was there, the offense wasn't.  Booker can still get it done on the other side, but an upgrade wouldn't hurt.  Welker was effective as a slot receiver.  Boston and Gilmore are UFAs.  A sleeper on the roster for next year is Gibson.
TE Another deep unit.  McMichael is a good receiver and adequate blocker.  Diamond and Holmes are better player than most people think.
OL Starting center, McKinney, and disappointing backup tackle McDougal are UFAs and both will be allowed to leave.  Stating LT McIntosh carries a big price tag, is not a dominate left tackle, and will probably follow them out the door.  Starting guard Hadnot, a scrapper, will move to center.  The Fins will look for a starting left tackle, and a player to challenge at right guard in the offseason.
DL This unit is good for the 4-3, but it will be interesting to see if the 3-4 becomes the dominate defense this offseason.  The players, on the line, are there for either system.  If it does, Taylor will move to OLB, and Hoilday slides outside to end.  The two other starters, Traylor and Carter remain where they are.  Two youngsters, Wright and Roth, as well as two vets, Zognina and Bowens are good subs.  There is age in the starting lineup, however, so some more young blood should be added.
LB The reason the Dolphins haven't gone to the 3-4 as their base unit is that this unit is not set up well for that alignment.  Thomas is good in space, but is not big enough when having to fight off tackles.  In a 3-4, Crowder and Seau or Pope could play inside, but there would be no role for Zack.  Look for the Dolphins to bring  in some young outside linebackers capable of playing in a 3-4, or 4-3 (i.e. not converted defensive ends, larger current OLBs), and an inside linebacker ideal for that scheme as well.
DB It wouldn't surprise me to see three new starters next year.  Madison will be cut for cap purposes.  He also doesn't fit well in Saban's defense.  Daniels played well as a rookie and could the lone holdover.  Nickel corner Howard also carries a high price tag and could be cut.  At safety, Jones is the priciest of all (say renegotiate or bye-bye) and Schulters in an UFA.  Bell is the only safety on the roster capable of stepping in as a starter.  Major changes are brewing.
ST Mare rebounded to have a good year.  Jones punting was at a Pro Bowl level.  Welker is an exciting return man.

 

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2005 COLLEGE DRAFT

Miami - links below go to NFL.com reports Jaybird Jaybird
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Ranking Value Board
1 2 Brown, Ronnie RB 6-0 233 Auburn # 1 RB Round 1
2 46 Roth, Matt DE 6-3 272 Iowa # 6 DE Round 1
3 70 Crowder, Channing ILB 6-2 247 Florida # 4 ILB Round 2
4 104 Daniels, Travis CB 6-2 194 Louisiana State Late Round Value > Round 4
5 162 Alabi, Anthony OT 6-5 310 Texas Christian # 13 OT Round 4
7 216 Vickerson, Kevin DT 6-4 295 Michigan State   > Round 4
FA   Harris, Kay-Jay RB 6-1 238 West Virginia # 8 RB Round 3
FA   Holmes, Alex TE 6-2 265 USC Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Sesay, Victor TE 6-5 277 Missouri Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Davis, Josh WR 6-0 191 Marshall Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Bigby, Atari SS 5-11 214 Central Florida Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Turner, Lionel OLB 6-2 258 Louisiana State   > Round 4
FA   Berlin, Brock QB 6-1 221 Miami   > Round 4
FA   Thompson, Orrin DT 6-5 315 Duke   > Round 4

 

The Dolphins had a good draft from a player value perspective.  While they got a second round pick in the Surtain trade, they drafted a first round talent with that pick (Roth).

The Dolphins drafted the player they needed with the second pick in the draft.  Running back Ronnie Brown will be a star in the league.  He has speed.  He has quickness.  He has strength.  He can run, and he can catch.  He looks like a big Marshall Faulk.  In round two, the Dolphins stole Matt Roth.  Roth was the one pass-rush specialist who had good size.  He can play end in their 4-3 (which they will initially play), or, when they switch to a 3-4 (probably full time in 2006), Roth can lose weight and play outside linebacker.  Crowder fell to round three because of his knees, not his talent.  If healthy, he will be one of the Dolphins' starting inside linebackers in 2006 when they switch full time to the 3-4.  Coach Saban knows Daniels better than anyone having coached him last year.  He certainly has the measurables to be an effective corner.  However, he will have to hot the weight room to improve his strength.  Alabi is an excellent long term project at tackle.  He has the athleticism and skills to be a solid starter down-the-line.  With questions surrounding Chester and Bowen, Vickerson will be given a long look.  He was a late bloomer in college and could become a good rotation player.

The Dolphins signed a number of college street free agents of note.  Their best signing was Kay-Jay Harris.  Harris is a 6-1, 238 pound runner who runs under 4.5 in the forty.  He is also an excellent athlete.  He needs to stop dancing, and become more of a power back, or a back that makes one cut and goes.  I had a third round grade on Harris, who was one of the older players in the draft (played four years of minor league baseball).  He could be an excellent backup for Ronnie Brown.  Alex Holmes and Victor Sesay will battle for the third tight end job with Miami.  Holmes is the better player, while Sesay has the higher upside.  Both can catch the ball, but Holmes is the better blocker, while Sesay is the bigger target (6'5" to 6'2").  Josh Davis is the type of player who sneaks up on you.  He has adequate speed and quickness, but runs good routes, and has good hands.  Atari Bigby should make the team, even if just for his ability to play special teams.  It will be interesting watching the battle between Bigby and second-year player Eiland.  One should stick, the other will be cut.  Lionel Turner is coach Sabans' second former player on Miami.  He could be a practice squad candidate.  His value could come in 2006 when the Fins go to the 3-4 full time.  He played outside at LSU, but lacks the speed to play there in the NFL.  He could be effective inside in the 3-4. Quarterback Brock Berlin is worth mentioning because he is staying at home after an up-and-down career at the University of Miami.  He will have a difficult time sticking with the Dolphins, but should get early action in preseason games to show his wears.  Orrin Thompson gets the final mention because of the position he plays.  The Dolphins will be looking for defensive tackles, particularly ones that can play the nose in the 3-4.  Bowens and Chester two experienced defensive tackles are currently big question marks.

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Brown RB 4.32 1.50 4.08   7.12 18 34" 9'9" 23
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: The best combination of size, speed, ability, and attitude of all the running backs in the draft.  Should be a workhorse back in the NFL.  Reminds me of a bigger version of Marshall Faulk.
NFLFans.com reports:
He can do it all, has great size and speed, runs people over and can get outside as a ballcarrier. He is also a great receiver out of the backfield and a good blocker.  He is simply the best RB in the draft, and the most complete prospect at the position that I have seen in years.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
RB Ronnie Brown, one of two top-rated Auburn backs, made a statement that he should be the first RB off the board on April 23rd. The 233-pound Brown sizzled over his 40-yard dash clocking in around 4.40 in his first heat, with several sources having him at 4.32 in his second heat. Brown was also reportedly very good in the positional drills including the pass-receiving drills.
InsideThe League.com reports: 
Auburn RB Ronnie Brown measured in at 6-foot-0 and 233 pounds at the NFL Combine. He recorded times of 4.40 and 4.38 in the 40-yard dash.  ESPN radio had Brown's run as fast as 4.36!
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Roth DE 4.80 1.68 4.36   7.65 26 32" 9'4" 16
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Has excellent pass-rushing skills.  Roth always plays hard and has good size and speed.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Roth showed good pass rush skills during the Senior Bowl game.
Pat Yasinskas of the Charlotte Observer (www.charlotte.com) reports: Iowa's DE Matt Roth displayed strong pass rush skills during Senior Bowl week and could have pushed his stock into the first-round.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Iowa DE Matt Roth, who just flew around opposing OTs all afternoon (Wednesday at Senior Bowl practice), was the top player in the North lineup; not only is Roth quick, he's got a high-energy motor
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports: 
Iowa DT Matt Roth was  very disruptive at Senior Bowl practice on Tuesday, putting a lot of heat on the QB.
InsideTheLeague.com reports:
  Iowa DE Matt Roth showed top athleticism, but also better strength and power than expected on the second day of workouts for the North team, impressing scouts at the Senior Bowl.
Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports
: Iowa DL Matt Roth showed an impressive combination of size and speed during Monday's, Jan. 24, Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Alabama.
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Concerns about Crowder's knee has him dropping on draft boards.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
One of the best inside linebackers in the draft, and one of the few in the last few years who could be a legitimate first round pick. Will make tackles all over the field.
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Daniels CB/FS 4.43 1.67 3.98   6.62 7 37" 10'2" 10
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Davis has good speed, quickness, and athletic ability.  He will have to hit the weight room, however, because 7 strength-lifts just won't get it done in the NFL.  If he improves his strength he could be an effective role player as a safety/corner hybrid.
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Alabi OT 5.17 1.84 4.60   7.64 18 32.5" 8'9" 29
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Alabi is a better athlete than player right now, however, he has excellent athletic skills with which to work.  He could be a good player in time.
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Vickerson DT 4.96 1.79 4.66   7.64 20 35.5" 9'0" 14
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Vickerson is a tough guy with good size for a defensive tackle.  He was a late bloomer in college and, if he continues to progress, could become a rotation player in the NFL.  Vickerson is a developmental prospect.
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Harris RB 4.48 1.61 4.10   7.22   40" 10'2" 12
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Harris is faster, and quicker than I thought, and a better athlete than I thought.  If he lifts in the twenties (or improves his strength), he could be one of the better runners in the draft after the top three.
NFLFans.com reports:
Big man with good speed, can get outside and fly or take the ball inside and run you over. Great vision, passion for the game.  Harris will get overlooked in a deep RB class.  He is older (4 years in the minors) than the other seniors. With a little time, Harris could be really good
Allen Trieu of NFLDraftShowcase.com reports: Harris' has some wear and tear already which could scare some teams off as his running style will also wear down on him. But when he is healthy, Harris is an outstanding physical presence and has great athletic ability for a back so big. He should be a 3rd or 4th Rounder.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Harris looked good at times, and pedestrian at times during the Senior Bowl game.  He showed a burst, but not the strength I expected.
Carlos "Big C" Holmes of www.daytondailynews.com reports:
Kay-Jay Harris continued to make his presence felt in more ways than one (at Senior Bowl practice) when he steam-rolled Virginia Tech DB Corey Fuller, who was attempting to tackle the bruising back. When Fuller managed to scrape himself up from the field, he had the look on his face of "did anybody get the number of that bus?" Harris has fared well, but the questions surrounding him are about his durability and the fact that he is 26 years old.
Pat Kirwan of NFL.com reports:
Kay-Jay Harris was very physical in the contact drills and flashed a Jamal Lewis-type style (Senior Bowl practice).
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
West Virginia RB Kay-Jay Harris, a 230-plus pounder has shown surprising quickness this week.
Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports:
West Virginia RB Kay-Jay Harris had several good runs during Senior Bowl practice Tuesday, Jan. 25.
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Holmes TE           18     28
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Holmes showed excellent hands during the Senior Bowl game.  He could be a useful NFL player as a blocking tight end who catches the occasional short pass for a touchdown or first down.
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Sesay TE 4.88   4.33 11.98 7.46 20 28.5" 9'0"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Sesay is a good receiving tight end, he is a big target and has reliable hands.  However, for a 6'5", 277 pound man, he is an ineffective blocker.
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Davis WR 4.51 1.61 4.24   7.20   37.5" 9'10" 17
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Davis runs good routes and has good hands.  He doesn't have top speed or quickness, but could be a good third receiver who can get open and catch the ball.
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Bigby SS 4.53   4.11 11.35 7.00 19 35" 9'4" 23
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Bigby has decent speed and strength, and excellent quickness.  He could catch on as a special teams standout.  Down-the-line he could be a good backup safety.
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Turner OLB 4.91   4.66   7.40   31.5" 9'5"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Turner  is a big-time hitter, and a good leader.  He is, however, lacking in athletic ability, and may have to move inside in a 3-4 defense to find a role in the NFL.
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Berlin QB 4.94   4.45   7.51   30" 9'1" 13
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Berlin wasn't on the field that much during the Senior Bowl game and did nothing of note - good or bad.  He is a long shot to make a roster next year, but some team could keep him on their developmental squad. 
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
  Brock Berlin of Miami had to put his whole body behind the throw to get his passes downfield.
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Thompson DT           24      
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Thompson is a strong man who was the anchor of Duke's defensive line.  He is more of a run-stuffer than a pass-rusher.  He will need to find the right situation in order to have a chance to stick.

2005 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Rosenfels QB, Minor RB, Perry LS, Knight S, Robinson DT
Key RFA: Greenwood LB (3rd), 
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER

QB: Feely has a chance to be a good NFL starter.  I said a chance, not a good chance.  Fiedler will, most likely, be cut.  Rosenfels has shown some skill, but will have to be better than a second day pick to be brought back to be the third QB.  A veteran to play behind (and maybe, eventually ahead) of Felly is needed.
RB: RB: Gordon, Morris, et all won't be the answer at starting running back for the Fins.  They are capable backups.  Look for the Dolphins to draft a starting running back this April.
WR:
Chambers is close to all pro.  Booker is a fine compliment.  Boston is a wildcard. With Gilmore, Newsome and others on hand, the Dolphins do not have a  need at this position.
TE:
McMichael and Lee are a solid one, two.  Perry is a capable three and good long snapper, but is an UFA.
OL: OL: A terrible unit.  Hopefully Carey can get in in his second year, and james will bounce back.  If not, there should be (but won't be) five new starters.
DL: DL: Taylor is one of the best.  D. Bowens was capable on the other side but is best suited as a number three.  T. Bowens is good, but the mileage is showing.  Everyone else is so-so.
LB:Thomas is still top-notch, but Pope is a good young linebacker who may be given a chance to start if the price tag on Thomas is too high.  Moore is a young player who was a high draft choice but hasn't lived up to expectations.  Greenwood is an RFA who is one of those steady, unspectacular backers who are important on good defenses, but invisible on suspect defenses.  Seau will have to rework his contract to stay.
DB: DB: If Surtain leaves, the Dolphins have Poole and Howard on hand.  Madison is still productive, but clearly the number two corner behind Surtain.  Knight will probably not be resigned so the Dolphins will have two new starting safeties.  One could be Bell who has looked good in limited action.  The Dolphins need to draft a safety and a corner.
ST: ST: Mare carries a big salary and is no longer in the top echelon of kickers.  He could be a salary cap casualty.  Turk is a steady old pro at punter.  Welker added fun and talent to their return game.

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2004 COLLEGE DRAFT

Miami
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 19 Carey, Vernon G 6-4 363 Miami (Fla.)
4 102 Poole, Will CB 5-10 193 Southern California
5 160 Bua, Tony SS 5-11 218 Arkansas
6 174 Hadnot, Rex C 6-2 323 Houston
7 221 Pape, Tony G 6-6 323 Michigan
7 222 Pope, Derrick ILB 6-1 226 Alabama

 

While some questioned the Dolphins giving up a fourth round pick to ensure they got Vernon Carey, I did not.  The Dolphins needed Andrews or Carey at that spot no matter what, or their draft would have been a disaster.  Their offensive line was their major weakness coming into the draft, and that's not a good thing when your main weapon is Ricky Williams, you plan on starting an inexperienced quarterback (Feeley), and you need to win NOW.. . and they got their man, Mr. Carey.  Poole was available in round four because of a drunk driving incident prior to the draft.  He had an early round two grade from me.  While on the surface Poole looks like a luxury because of the presence of Surtain, Madison and free agent signee Howard; Poole will play dividends in a year or two when the Dolphins are forced to let Madison go because they can't afford too much salary cap being tied up in cornerbacks.  Bua is this years' non-linebacker being moved to outside linebacker.  Last year it was Jenkins, and he looks to have panned out.  Personally, I'd leave Bua at strong safety and hope he can eventually turn into an intimidator from that spot.  An intimidator is something the Dolphins' defense desperately needs.  Bua as a linebacker, though, is too light to be an intimidator, and is a wasted pick.  Hadnot was worth a sixth round pick.  He could develop into a quality backup.  The Dolphins got two steals in the seventh round.  I had fourth round grades for both Pape and Pope.  In fact, Pape could be the major-surprise, quality starter from this draft in a couple of years.  Pope is good enough to win a roster spot, and for the Dolphins' sake, good enough for them to keep Bua at safety.  The Dolphins signed some quality college street free agents.  However, many of the players I like best are at positions where it may be tough for them to make the team.  One player that will have a difficult time, but who I predict will stick, is running back Fred Russell.  With Travis Minor and Leonard Henry  ahead of him as backups to Ricky Williams, it may appear that there is no room for Russell.  However, he could emerge as a specialist.  He has good speed, is strong and is a better playmaker than either Minor or Henry.  With Minor one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, look for the Dolphins to keep Russell so next year he is the third back behind Williams and Henry.  While Russell has a chance, running back Renaldo Works is a quality free agent who may see the "no room at the inn" sign on the Dolphins' roster.  Another interesting free agent is tight end Ben Moa.  He is a perfect candidate for the Dolphins' developmental squad.  Kevin Millhouse is the final free agent I will mention here.  I like this kid a lot.  He has size and speed and is a very good athlete.  Here is another quality player that, I predict, will force his way onto the roster.  To do it, he will have to beat out Korey Banks and Alphonso Roundtree, two players who looked good last year in camp.

PLAYER/ TEAM NEWS PRIOR TO DRAFT

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Carey G/T 6-4 3/8, 335 5.33 - 5.00 8.10 30 - 7-5
Carey
Miami

#2 ranked OL  by Jaybird

Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: He probably won't get his wish, but Miami (Fla.) offensive lineman Vernon Carey still would like a chance to play at tackle, before being moved inside to guard, where it seems most teams project him. "In the end, it's not going to matter, because I feel I'll succeed at either position," said Carey, who certainly looks more the part of a guard from a physical standpoint. "But let's be honest, huh, tackle is the glamour position."
Brian DeLucia of SportingNews.com reports: Vernon Carey will give a team a boost in the run game at right guard. He's very explosive in the lower body and has tremendous natural strength that always him to get movement in-line. He moves well laterally for his size in pass protection, but needs a lot of refinements with his techniques. His conditioning must also improve significantly to eliminate the soft areas of his frame. There's a lot of boom or bust potential here. That's dangerous ground for a guard in the first round.
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Poole CB 5-10 1/8, 193 4.50 4.03 12.02 - ill 6.60 16 33½" 10-0
Poole
USC

#5 ranked CB by Jaybird

Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: The three fastest-rising draft prospects, according to one AFC personnel chief: wide receiver Mark Clayton of LSU and two Southern Cal players, cornerback Will Poole and defensive end Kenechi Udeze.
NFLFans.com reports: Poole is a physical cover corner with great athleticism, and a solid tackler who has a nose for the ball. He played his senior season at USC after spending his freshman season at Boston College, and the prior two years at Ventura Junior College.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Poole worked out, but he has been sick for about a week. It would be unfair to post his times.
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Bua OLB 5.11.4, 210  4.67 - 11.16 6.70 15 36" 9-9
Bua
Arkansas

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: Linebacker turned safety, Bua still plays with a linebacker mentality, is “Football smart” and has a knack for being near the ball. Constantly compared to the Rams Adam Archuleta.
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Hadnot C 6-1¾, 320 5.22 - 4.64 - 28 25" -
Hadnot
Houston

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: Rex has good intangibles and will probably develop into a good but not great center in the NFL. He will join a large class of OCs in this years drafts that will likely make rosters but will probably become backups at both center and guard positions. That is not to say that he may surprise everyone and achieve a higher level of success if he gets into a system that can benefit from his strengths and minimize his weaknesses.
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Pape T 6-6, 324 5.22 1.83 4.60 8.01 29 26½" 8-3
Pape
Michigan

#8 ranked OT by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: Needs to get into a good nutritional program and into a NFL weight room to develop additional body mass and increase over-all strength, especially lower body and legs. Like many college guys coming in they did not have the resources to do so while attending school and playing under the rules of the NCAA.  Pape is a pro-typical OL in the mold of previous Michigan OL Jon Jansen & Jeff Backus. Tough, mean, and plays with the black and blue passion of a blue-collar offensive lineman. He is a little slow in recognition of blitz schemes and will need to refine a few techniques but do not be fooled, this guy could probably start at OT in the NFL his first year. However, it might be to his benefit to be in a situation where he can develop his strength and techniques before being thrown into the fire. Has tremendous upside and potential.
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D Pope O 5-11 1/8, 233 4.60 4.55 - 7.53 22 33" 8-11
D Pope
Alabama

#11 ranked OLB by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: Nothing wrong with his tools, skills, or attitude. He just needs to answer his durability questions with the team physicians and prove that he can either play at the undersized LB he currently is, or develop his limited frame to play bigger and more powerful; or possibly convert to strong safety.
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Russell 5-7, 195 4.47 - - - - 21 - -
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Iowa

Jaybird: below 4th round

Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports: Projected: 4th to 6th round. Good or bad move to come out early? The ghosts of Sedrick Shaw and Tavian Banks live on. Russell has speed and quickness, but there's nothing all that special about the diminutive Hawkeye to make him a featured NFL back. He'll have to be seen as a third down back or a change of pace to get drafted on the first day.
Vic Ketchman, of jaguars.com reports: Iowa's Fred Russell, 5-7, 195, is an Amos Zereoue look-alike. Russell is short and powerful, plays hard and is shifty in the open field. He's a true change-of-pace runner, but he'll have to improve his hands before he can return dividends in the passing game. He's a third-round candidate.
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Works 5-11¾, 216 4.52 - - 4.07 6.90 20 36" 10-0
Works
Oklahoma

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: Renaldo Works was stuck in the backup role to Quinten Griffen for most of his career and then in his senior year was forced to share carries with Kejuan Jones, so his inexperience will hurt him in the draft. He would be good as a change of pace back, short yardage, as a pass receiver out of the backfield, or on special teams.
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Utah

Jaybird: below 4th round

Eric Edholm of ProFootballWeekly.com  reports: Under the radar -TE Ben Moa, Utah — One of eight semifinalists this year for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end, Moa has tons of baggage in his background, including a troubled childhood and a gunshot wound that nearly killed him in 2000. Yet those around him say he has reformed. His skill is unquestioned, and he could fit a role at 6-1 and 252 pounds similar to what Jim Kleinsasser does for the Vikings. Moa was a “flex” tight end in college who also lined up at the Y-WR spot at times and ran the ball effectively as a tailback. He even threw a game-winning pass for a two-point conversion to finish off a 45-43 triple-overtime win over Air Force.
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Millhouse CB 6-0 7/8, 208 4.36 - - - 21 40" 9-8
Millhouse
Hawaii

Jaybird: below 4th round

Gil Brandt of NFL,com reports: Millhouse ran outdoors on a rubber track for times of 4.36 and 4.46. He added 21 reps, a 40-inch vertical, and a 9-8 long jump. He really looked good.
Eric Edholm of ProFootballWeekly.com reports: Under the radar - CB Kevin Millhouse, Hawaii — Millhouse got off to a great start this offseason by debunking the notion that he had average speed. He ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at his pro day, and at 6-0 and 200, that will get you some notice. His stock has improved from that of a priority free agent to a player who's likely to be drafted somewhere in the sixth or seventh — possibly late fifth — round. He was the only 6-foot cornerback in this year’s draft to run a sub-4.4 40.
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Williams FS 5-11 3/8, 204 4.60 - - - 21 36½" -
Q Williams
Wake Forest

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports:  FS Williams has the size and desire scouts love, very raw though and will need to really impress at the NFL Scouting combine.

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2003 COLLEGE DRAFT

Miami
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
2 49 Moore, Eddie OLB 6-0 237 Tennessee
3 78 Smith, Wade OT 6-4 296 Memphis
3 87 Whitley, Taylor G 6-4 321 Texas A&M
5 156 Lee, Donald TE 6-3 249 Mississippi State
5 169 Tolver, J.R. WR 6-1 202 San Diego State
6 181 Jenkins, Corey SS 6-0 220 South Carolina
6 209 Provost, Tim OT 6-5 301 San Jose State
6 213 Bell, Yeremiah CB 6-1 191 Eastern Kentucky
7 248 Williams, Davern DT 6-3 300 Troy State

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2003 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

No argument with the selection of Moore, an underrated prospect in round two, but I would have found it difficult to pass on OT Wayne Hunter.  Also, Dolph-fans, how interesting would Miami's receiving corps be with Tyrone Calico opposite Chris Chambers long term?  Wade Smith fills a need at tackle but may not have the upside of the aforementioned Hunter.  Whitley will provide depth, but I think Holland, who was available at this spot, has a higher upside.  Lee, a good blocker, could develop into a good compliment to starter Randy McMichael.  Tolver should stick as a possession receiver.  Jenkins is a good athlete who will be tried at linebacker.  Provost is definitely worth a sixth round shot.  He could develop.  Bell is coming off an injury.  While he played corner, Bell could be a very good developmental player as a free safety.  He is a hitter and has a nose for the ball.  Williams is a big man who can play the run but lacks collapse-the-pocket and pass-rushing skills.  Perhaps the most interesting player to end up on the Dolphins came after the draft.  They signed quarterback Josh Blankenship as an undrafted free agent.  After the top six quarterbacks (and maybe Seneca Wallace), Blankenship is the player, I personally, would have selected first, as a quarterback to develop for the future.
Moore WORKOUT NUMBERS Great Blue North (GBNReport.com) reports that LB Eddie Moore, 6' 1/2", 231, ran a 4.65 in the forty and a 37"vertical leap. Additionally he had a 7.12 3 cone drill, a 9'10" broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times.
Tolliver The Great Blue North (gbnreport.com) reports  San Diego State's WR J.R. Tollver could not run under 4.7 for the 40 at the combine.
Provost Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports Tim Provost-OT-San Jose State did 21 reps, weighed 301-pounds had a 28.5" vertical, and a 8'7" Long jump
D Williams WORKOUT NUMBERS Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports Davern Williams-DT-Transfer from Auburn pro day numbers: 6030, 309, 37" vertical, 33 reps, 5.25 forty

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 2002 COLLEGE DRAFT

GRADE : C


When you factor in RB Williams and OLB Greenwood, this draft grade becomes much higher.  McKinney was good value in the tyhird round at a position of need for the Dolphins.  McMichael could win the starting TE job and has the skills to succeed in a Norv Turner offense.  Lowe is more of an athlete than a solid corner but will help on special teams and could be a useful player in dime packages.  Simmons will have to display good return skills to stick because the Dolphins are deep at WR.


Links below take you to NFL.com's report on player, position or college team.

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
3 90 McKinney, Seth C 6-3 300 Texas A&M
4 114 McMichael, Randy TE 6-3 247 Georgia
5 161 Lowe, Omare CB 6-1 196 Washington
5 170 Simmons, Sam WR 5-9 200 Northwestern
7 241 Henry, Leonard RB 6-1 206 East Carolina

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