- Suh Signs! Ndamukong Suh receives nearly $60 Million signing bonus with $114+ Million total over 6 years
- WR Hartline cut after 6 seasons WR Gibson was also released
- Mike Tannenbaum hired... ...as Dolphins' executive VP of football operations
- Philbin retained Coach Philbin was given a contract extension
Dolphins Top-20 board for Day 3 (Rounds 4-7)
If you told me that GM Jeff Ireland would land the #1 player on my board on both Thursday (Jordan) and Friday (Taylor), I’d remind you that the Dolphins always take my least favorite player in the NFL Draft (Jason Allen, Pat White, Daniel Thomas).
1) S Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse (5-9, 213)
Like Cyprien and Swearinger (2nd rounders), he’s a hard-hitter whose range is good enough. Could compete with Chris Clemons sooner rather than later. Shocked everyone at the combine with
2) OT David Bakhtiari, Colorado* (6-4, 299)
Athletic RT who plays bigger than his size indicates. Likely would’ve stayed for his Senior season to improve his draft stock if Colorado weren’t such a trainwreck.
3) WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech (6-0, 204)
Falling because he doesn’t stick out in one particular area. Solid across the board.
4) RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford (5-9, 214)
Fills need for power and pass protection in a #2 RB. Strong, durable inside runner who ran for 2860 yards and 23 TD’s in his last two years at Stanford. Daniel Thomas now can be traded for a 7th rounder in 2015, or a bag of Fritos,or.. anything.
5) RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA (5-10, 205)
Franklin would compliment Lamar Miller well because of his toughness between the tackles and pass-protection skills.
6) DE Alex Okafor, Texas (6-4, 264)
I believe strongly in stockpiling big, athletic pass rushers a la the New York Giants. Likely would be buried on the depth chart at first, but would be a starter in 2014 or 2015 when Cameron Wake is 33 or 34.
7) DT Jesse Williams, Alabama (6-3, 323)
Solid, but not flashy. I think he’ll be a 10-year starter in this league. Would start in 2014 when Starks and/or Soliai leave for Free Agency.
8) G Brian Schwenke, California (6-3, 314)
If I was willing to take Schwenke in the late 2nd round, I’m willing to take him in the middle of the 4th. Perfect fit at LG in Mike Sherman’s zone blocking scheme. He drops a little on my board because I expect 3rd round pick Dallas Thomas to play Guard.
9) QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse (6-2, 227)
My #1 QB in this draft because of quick release and arm strength. Definite boom-or-bust type who could be a better developmental option than Pat Devlin.
10) WR Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech (6-2, 217)
Led the SEC as a sophmore for Tennessee before a season-long suspension forced him to transfer from Tennessee Tech. Looks every bit the part. Rogers in the 4th Round would be an appropriate risk, especially when considering he’d be the team’s tallest WR/TE on the roster.
11) DE Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky (6-5, 250)
2012 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year tore his ACL this past November and could begin the 2013 season on PUP. So why would I spend a 4th rounder on him? Smith had 3 sacks in September vs. Alabama, the only ranked team on WKU’s schedule, while matched up with D.J. Fluker most of the game.
12) OT David Quessenberry, San Jose St (6-5, 302)
Max Lukas would love every minute of this. Quessenberry started 39 games in the WAC, and has an impressive combination of size and athleticism.
13) S Phillip Thomas, Fresno St (6-0, 208)
Miami native led the nation with 8 INT’s as a Senior. The type of mid-round DB Jeff Ireland has been successful with in the past.
14) LB Kevin Reddick, North Carolina (6-3, 240)
Reddick would solve the depth issue at Linebacker because of his ability to play all 3 positions in the 4-3.
15) LB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers (6-1, 241)
Playmaking runt (6 sacks and 6 FF’s in 2012) isn’t a fit and doesn’t fill a need. Just get him on the team and watch him make plays.
16) S Earl Wolff, North Carolina St (5-11, 209)
Underrated player who emerged from late-rounder to 3rd-4th round pick with a 4.45/40 time. Wolff is a better athlete than people give him credit for.
17) WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M (6-0, 205)
Swope will earn his cheddar in the slot because of his great hands and route running skills, not because of his unexpected 4.4/40 time or relationships with Sherman and Tannehill.
18) S Bacarri Rambo, Georgia (6-1, 211)
Battle-tested SEC safety that is always around the football. Athleticism is better than he gets credit for.
19) S JaJuan Harley, Middle Tennessee St* (6-0, 203)
Caught everyone’s attention at Florida State’s Pro Day with a 4.4/40 at 6’0 – 203. May be worth a roll of the dice.
20) WR Josh Boyce, TCU (5-11, 206)
Reminds me of former Dolphins WR Marty Booker: stocky, powerful possession WR with underrated ability to get downfield.
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