• Marino to join front office Marino to join front office Miami has hired Marino as a special adviser to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and CEO Tom Garfinkel
  • Miami over Dallas Miami over Dallas Miami won it's preseason game 25-20, but showed they still have things to work on
  • TE Egnew cut TE Egnew cut The Miami Dolphins have released former 3rd round pick Michael Egnew
  • Fins outlast Bucs 20-14 Fins outlast Bucs 20-14 It wasn't pretty at times, but the Fins manage a preseason win over the Bucs

     

Fins Draft Shows Versatility

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OL Thomas just might surprise you.

Dion Jordon. Dallas Thomas. Jelani Jenkins. What do these three players have in common? Aside from them being Miami Dolphins, all three are versatile enough to play different positions.

And that was seemingly the theme of this year’s Miami Dolphin draft.

Jordon, an amazing athlete, could play the ROLB spot when the Fins line up in the 3-4 defense. He can also transition to the strong side LB or DE in a 4-3 defense.

Many times while at Oregon, Jordon dropped back into coverage on the TE or slot receiver, giving defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle the ability to disguise what Jordon will be doing.

Costing the Fins only the #12 and #42 picks, Jordon could prove to be a huge bain for opposing offenses for years to come.

Dallas Thomas, a two year starter at LT for Tenneesse, was moved inside to the left guard spot for his senior year. While some question if his footwork is good enough to transition to a OT in the NFL, he does have experience playing both.

He had a stellar career at Tennessee, and did not give up a single sack in his last two seasons there. Think about that. He faced vaunted defenses like Alabama and LSU, and not a single sack.Jelani Jenkins is a bit undersized in my opinion, but played both inside and outside linebacker while at Florida. This former Gator is agile enough to drop back into coverage (the Fins need coverage LBs as guys like Wheeler and Ellerbe are better suited as blitzers) but also quick enough to close in on opposing RBs.I expect Jenkins to contribute significantly on special teams.

Regardless of whether you love or hate this draft, there is no denying that Miami wanted versatility on the roster. And that is what they got.

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When not fighting crime or sleeping, James enjoys working out, playing with his K9 partner and his kids, participating in his "On The Fin Side" radio show, and working on this website.
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  • Only time will tell

    Jordan, Taylor, Thomas, Sims ,Gillislee & Sturges all seem to be solid picks, if they can perform up to their expectations. Ireland’s job is on the line, hopefully he hits on 4-5 of these

    I think Jordan & Taylor will be starters, Thomas may be a solid OL, Sturges replace Carpenter if he doesn’t restructure,. Sims & Gillislee could be two really nice late round selections

    We missed out on a lot of really nice UDFA

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  • Versatility, and speed.

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