- 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
- Fins season ends on low note Jets down the Fins to end their season 8-8
Fins 2013 Draft Final Thoughts Part I
The NFL draft is over, and so begins the “long, dark winter” of Football off-season. No more football related news until July….unless you count the endless parade of offensive tackles that Miami is bringing in.
So as we as fans begin our “hibernation” from football, I thought I would wind down with some final thoughts on this year’s draft.
Is there a Fin fan that isn’t happy with Miami trading up to select DE Dion Jordon? I haven’t found one yet. At most, I’ve chatted with a few guys who are cautiously optimistic about it. Everyone else….thrilled!
Almost everyone agrees that Miami got a bargain in terms of what it cost them to move up. Miami should have worn a mask to the trade with the Raiders because the Fins almost stole the #3 pick.
To the media pundits who said that Miami reached for Jordon, I just have to shake my head. Two weeks ago there wasn’t a mock draft out there that didn’t have Jordon going in the top 3….top 5 at worst.
Miami trades up9 spots to take the best defensive player in the draft, and fills a need doing it.
I want to caution Miami fans right now. Jordon does not graduate from Oregon until June. And he is still recovering from surgery on his torn labrum. So he will need 3 or 4 months to fully recover.
That means no rookie camps, spring OTAs….nothing.
He will be ready for the start of the season, but I promise you he’ll be behind the learning curve. (Just like OT Jonathon Martin was last year.)
Jordon will start from day 1, but he will need time to develop. Jordon was a “long term” pick, meaning the team expects a big payoff further down the road, not after his first few weeks.
He is going to have a few growing pains. But that won’t stop some Fin fans from labeling him a bust because he isn’t playing like Jason Taylor after Week 3.
Look for Part II in the next day or so.
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