- Dion Jordan suspended 4 games DE Dion Jordan is suspended the first four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
- Mike Pouncey has hip surgery Fins OC could be out for 3 months
- Fins suspend S Don Jones For his twitter comments about Ram's DL Michael Sam
- Fins select OT Ja'Wuan James in 1st round James should challenge for the starting RT spot
This 36-50 list completes my Top-50 board for the Miami Dolphins. I have a feeling that this list will be an interesting conversation piece in 2-3 years, for better or worse.
36) C Weston Richburg, Colorado St (6-3, 304)
Richburg would be much higher on my board if not for Pro Bowl C Mike Pouncey. Great pivot man who easily gets into his stance after the snap. Although I doubt it happens, I wouldn’t be against Pouncey moving to OG if Richburg is available at #50.
37) C Marcus Martin, USC* (6-3, 320)
Martin is an extremely mobile Center at 320 poundswho would fit in well in a ZBS. Could he move to RG?
38) DE DeMarcus Lawrence, Boise St* (6-3, 251)
Underrated player with great pass-rush moves. Can move to OLB in a 3-4 if the Dolphins switch Defenses in he next few years.
39) RB Jeremy Hill, LSU* (6-1, 234)
Hill is a tall, powerful downhill runner who broke out for LSU last season with 1401 yards and 16 TD’s.
40) RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio St (6-0, 230)
The draft’s most complete RB averaged 7.3 YPC for the Buckeyes last season.
Why are people complaining again about watching NCAA gametape out their decks in early May when it’s 80 degrees? I can get used to the NFL Draft in May. Anyway..
Continuing with what I hope new GM Dennis Hickey’s board this weekend, here are the #21-#35 picks on my Dolphins Draft Board.
21) OT JaWuan James, Tennessee (6-6, 311)
James may be more Day-1 ready RT than Taylor Lewan or Zack Martin because he is started all 37 games there in college. He has very good size, arm length, and agility for a big man, and could fit the ZBS because he can get to the second level on run plays.
22) CB Jason Verrett, TCU (5-10, 176)
Verrett is a feisty, quick-twitched player who is undersized only on paper. Like Fuller, Verrett is scheme-diverse in that he has the physicality to jam receivers at the LOS and the hip-flexiblity to turn and run with receivers downfield.
23) S HaHa Clinton-Dix, Alabama (6-1, 207)
Clinton-Dix is a center-fielder type FS with intelligence and range who would pair nicely with SS Re’Shad Jones. He took over for Mark Barron at FS, and had 7 INT’s in 2012 and 2013. He’s the typical good news-bad news Alabama player: while it’s impressive that he was a disciplined playmaker for Nick Saban, his athleticism and long-term ability is a bit overrated.
Can you feel it? We are just 4 days away from the NFL Draft.
As someone who is usually a sucker for OL’men in the 1st round, I find the LB’s and receivers much more valuble than Zack Martin at #19.
My Top-50 board continues with 11-20:
11) LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama (6-2, 234)
NFL Comparison: Daryl Washington, Cardinals
Mosley would be the perfect combination of BPA and need if he fell to the #19 pick. GM Dennis Hickey coveted LB D’Qwell Jackson before FA kicked off, which doesn’t bode well for Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler. Mosley, the 2013 Butkus Award winner for best LB in the country, is a battle-tested MLB who started 37 games at MLB for Nick Saban.
12) WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon St* (5-10, 189)
NFL Comparison: Tavon Austin, Rams
Much like Tavon Austin at West Virginia and Percy Harvin at Florida, Cooks was used all over Oregon State’s offense. He had 3180 rushing/receiving yards and 23 TD’s over the last two years at Oregon St. Cooks has a great combination of speed, route-running skills, and hands. Every bit the prospect Tavon Austin was last season, and would team with Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline to give the Dolphins one of the fastest WR trio’s in the league.
13) LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio St* (6-1, 237)
NFL Comparison: Lavonte David, Bucs
Shazier is a pesky run-and-strike OLB in the Lavonte David mold. He isn’t the same QB-of-the-Defense that C.J. Mosley was at Alabama, but had more tackles (259), Sacks (12), FF’s (7), and Tackles For Loss (40.5) than him 2012 and 2013. His father, Vernon, is currently the Dolphins’ Chaplain.
14) TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech* (6-5, 265)
NFL Comparison: Greg Olsen, Panthers
Hickey’s quickest route to success is to protect QB Ryan Tannehill and surround him with playmaking weapons. Amaro brings a missing element to new OC Bill Lazor’s offense: a seam-cutting TE with size to compliment Wallace, Hartline, and Clay. He caught 106 passes for 1352 yards with the Red Raiders last season, is an ascending talent with the route running skills of his TT predecessors (Crabtree, Welker, Amendola) on a 6’5 -265 pound frame. The addition of Amaro would allow the Dolphins to use Charles Clay as a “move” player at FB, TE, and even split out wide in certain situations.
You’ve probably heard a lot of complaining from people over the last week that the NFL Draft is in May instead of April. Not me! This just leaves more time for evaluating the talented players coming out in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Over the next week I will display my Top-50 Dolphins board. Keep in mind that these rankings are a marriage between the best players available and team needs. For example.. if the Dolphins had a bigger need at DE, I would probably have Anthony Barr a few spots higher.
Listed below are the 10 players in this draft that I would say have little-no shot of falling to #19. The Dolphins can, however, trade up for one of these players if they fall within reach.
1) DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina* (6-5, 266)
NFL Comparison: Mario Williams, Bills
Physical marvel in the Julius Peppers/Mario Williams mold who can be as dominant as he wants to be. Likely to be #1 pick by the Texans.
2) OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (6-5, 305)
NFL Comparison: Jordan Gross, Panthers
If provided the opportunity to do so, GM Dennis Hickey would be wise to leverage his 2nd round pick (and no more) in a trade-up for Jake Matthews. Matthews is a plug-and-play RT with the long-term ability to play LT He played RT from 2010-2012 before sliding over to LT in 2013 to replace Luke Joeckel. Matthews is a technically sound player with bloodlines, LT/RT versatility, and a nasty streak.
1) Re-signed CB Brent Grimes (4-years, $32-mil w/ $16-mil guaranteed).
Re-signing this Pro Bowler was priority #1 for GM Dennis Hickey. He passed his first test.
2) Signed OT Branden Albert. (5-years, $46-mil w/$25-mil guaranteed)
One could argue the Dolphins “bought” LT Branden Albert because he earned more than the Eugene Monroe, Jared Veldheer, and Anthony Collins on the market. If Albert’s back holds up, the Dolphins should have a Pro Bowl LT for at least the next two years. Hickey could not afford to strike out at at LT. And he didn’t.
3) Signed DT Earl Mitchell. (4-years, $16-mil w/ $9-mil guaranteed).
Prediction: Earl Mitchell will replace Paul Soliai in the starting lineup by the end of the 2014 season. I really like this signing. Despite playing out of place as a 3-4 NT at 6’3 – 300, the Texans allowed 3.1 YPC when he was on the field and 4.2 YPC when he wasn’t (according to Adam Beasley). He will finally get a chance to play in a 4-3 Defense, where he should hav Continue reading