• Tanny and Fins BEAT down the Texans Tanny and Fins BEAT down the Texans QB Tannehill sets an NFL completion record at 25 in a row as the Fins whip the Texans 44-26
  • Dan Campbell replaces Philbin Dan Campbell replaces Philbin TE coach Dan Campbell is named interim head coach after Joe Philbin is let go
  • Fins lose preseason game to Panthers 31-30 Fins lose preseason game to Panthers 31-30 However, the Dolphin starters were dominate and took a 14-0 lead before they were pulled
  • S Delmas lost for season S Delmas lost for season Louis Delmas tore is ACL in practice with the Panthers


Draft Day Two Thoughts

TE Michael Egnew could prove a huge gem in Miami's new offense.

After the first three rounds of the draft, I cannot help but come away feeling like the Dolphins have made a start in the right direction. I felt that the Dolphins got some excellent value, but they still have some room for improvement.

The Fins selected Ryan Tannehill in the first round. I have started for some time that I thought the 8th overall pick was a bit high for Tannehill. But after years of neglect of the QB position, the Fins did not have much of a choice.

I like Tannehill’s upside, though he is still somewhat raw. It will probably take a year or more to develop him into a starting NFL QB. Still, the drafting of Tannehill represents the organization’s decision to focus long term rather than their “win now” mentality. This paradigm shift could be the beginning of the team’s return to prominence.

In the second round, the Fins took Stanford OT Jonathon Martin. I like the pick from a value stand point. Martin was a first round talent, and the offensive line is a weakness. Martin should be able to come in and start at right tackle from day one. He will be a major improvement over retired Marc Colombo.

Martin is highly intelligent and focused. He turned down a scholarship from Harvard for an athletic scholarship at Stanford. He is driven and will give 100% effort both on and off the field. Drive and intelligence is something you can’t coach. You either have it or you don’t…..and Martin has it in bunches.

Having said that, I view the holes at receiver and defensive ends as bigger needs. And there were several solid players at both positions still available when Martin was selected. But I guess this tells us that the coaching staff is not as high on John Jerry or Lydon Murtha as we thought. I also think it gives Miami leverage when it comes time to sit down with Jake Long and talk about a new contract.

In the third round, Miami selected Olivier Vernon with their first 3rd round pick. I was not fond of this pick at the time, and am even less so the next day. Vernon missed half the season in 2011 for accepting money from boosters (character concerns). That after posting a career high of only 6.5 sacks in 2010.

I also question his drive as it seems he either takes plays off, or loses focus and does not maintain his assignments. This pick reminds me a lot of Koa Misi pick….the FO hoping to develop a player into something more than he really is. To me, this pick is a blemish on a rather solid draft so far.

Miami ended round three by taking Mizzou tight end Michael Egnew. To me, this is a tremendous pick and should give Miami QBs a big target to throw to ala Rob Gronkowski and/or Aaron Hernandez of the Patriots. My first thought was “Philbin is getting his Jermichael Finley!”

In 2010, Egnew posted 90 receptions for 762 yards and five TD and was named an All-American. His numbers in 2011 dropped significantly, but I think a big part of that was the loss of his QB Blaine Gabbart to the NFL draft.

Egnew has good hands and runs solid routes, both very important in Miami’s new WCO. I think Egnew can make an immediate impact on an offensive roster starved for playmakers.

Overall, I feel pretty good about this draft. Yes, I think the holes remain at receiver and at pass rusher, but there is still some talent left on the board, and Miami cannot hope to fill every hole this year. The rebuilding has begun in Miami, and to me it feels like a step in the right direction.

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  • Nice, concise post. I hope your fears for Vernon do not come to pass. One thing I do like about him, he’s a Florida product, and I think local is an advantage, not sure why we don’t go to the well more often.

    The Egnew pick seems pretty good as you said, and at the right spot, because this is not a great draft for tight ends, no point in taking one any earlier than 3rd or 4th. Yet, it’s a need pick for us, we need to make it a team strength not a weakness.

    I agree with your observation about “drive and intelligence.” I don’t know about you, but I’m seeing Philbin and Sherman’s influence in this draft, and on Ireland. We have drafted some very intelligent players, and my guess is that will continue, as we move away from the Parcell dumb and slow model, to smart and responsive. (BTW, Sparano, imo, contributed nothing to the conversation. Now Ireland has a real coach to give him feedback, and you can’t tell me that’s doesn’t make a difference. It does).

    I am worred about the WR spot. We have today of course, but honestly I don’t think the next name we hear is even going to be that position. And if this was the plan, then how glaring a mistake is it to let Marshall go? We don’t know how our offense is going to run without Marshall or his replacement, but we are sure going to find out this season!

    We’re not going to be very good this year, but we will make a huge leap the following year. Think of the big differences in that one year: The new system will be installed and running smoothly. The Henne mistake is long behind us, and either Moore or Tannenhill will run the offense. The hole where Marshall is will be plugged. The O line finally solidified, and Jake will either be here or not be here (both which are good, because if he’s traded, we get great value for him). After this one year, we can finally say we’re moving forward.

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  • I believe the dolphins will regret not taking a wideout or pass rusher in the first round. I would have rather drafted one of those two positions and then drafted Osweiler. Well I believe we should sign two wide receivers; Mcnutt and Streeter. The remaining spots should be used on pass rushers. Who knows, we may find a diamond in the rough.

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      I don’t think Streeter is even on Miami’s radar. He is a speed guy but does not have good hands or run crisp routes….both of which are VERY important in a WCO.

      I like Tannehill because while he is raw, he has tremendous upside and knows Sherman’s offense. I think he can develop into a solid QB in the NFL….at least that is my hope.

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    • As fans, we can’t have it both ways. We can’t yell at them for not taking a QB in the first round, and then bark at them when they do. Commit. This was move we had to make.

      I like this draft, considering all the needs we had walking into it. You can’t draft a WR in the first round when you have no QB of the future and a crumbling O line.

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