• Fins cut Grimes Fins cut Grimes The Fins release CB Brent Grimes, freeing $6.5 million in cap space
  • Mario Williams signed Mario Williams signed DE Mario Williams signs a 2 years deal with the Fins
  • Fins trade for CB Maxwell Fins trade for CB Maxwell Fins swap 1st round picks with the Eagles for CB Maxwell and LB Alonso
  • Adam Gase hired Adam Gase hired Coach Gase was hired as head coach of the Dolphins


Brian Catanzaro’s Top 10 Fins Board Part I

There are 3 rules for reading this board:

–Eliminate these 7 players from discussion who have little-to-no chance of being available at #12: QB Geno Smith, OT Luke Joeckel, OT Eric Fisher, DT Sharrif Floyd, DT Star Lotulelei, CB Dee Milliner.

–This is MY board for the #12 pick, not Jeff Ireland’s.

–Criticism is welcomed as long as it doesn’t begin with “We don’t need a ….” comment. I subscribe to the Giants/Ravens/Packers/Patriots draft philosophy of taking the best available player while using need as a tie-breaker. There is no reason to read on if you’re uncomfortable with that.

Here are picks 6-10

10) G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (6-2, 311)
Closest NFL Comparison: Wade Smith (Dolphins)
Dolfans would storm Dolphins HQ’s with torches and pitchforks if Jonathan Cooper were selected with the #12 pick. Me? I could stomach it. Cooper is a plug-and-play OG perfectly suited for Philbin and Sherman’s ZBS. He combines TE-like athleticism with the size and strength (35 bench reps). Cooper teams with C Mike Pouncey to give the Dolphins two Pro Bowl players. Comparisons to former HOF LG Randall McDaniel are extremely accurate given Cooper’scombination of balance, strength, and intellegence. Don’t laugh at the comparison – Wade Smith has become a Pro Bowl player at LG for the Texans in Gary Kubiak’s zone blocking scheme.

Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes

Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes

9) CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St* (6-2, 217)
Closest NFL Comparison: Aqib Talib (Patriots)
Rhodes is the consensus #12 pick in mock drafts because he immediately replaces Sean Smith’s ability to match up with bigger WR’s in the redzone. Still, he’s not my pick at #12 for 3 reasons: too-big frame, hips, and CB depth in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. He lacks the polish of a dominant boundary CB with additional questions about running with smaller WR’s in the Danny Amendola/Santonio Holmes mold here in the AFC East. It would make more sense to draft one of the eight players listed above while waiting for a CB in the 2nd round because it a very deep class.

8) DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU* (6-4, 241)
Closest NFL Comparison: Michael Johnson (Bengals)
Mingo is a quick-twitch edge rusher with freakish athletic ability. He’s a raw player who underachived last season at LSU with only 4.5 sacks, but could be one NFL coach away from being another Jevon Kearse. He lacked effort in his Junior season, and often looked like a sloppy football player who didn’t quite “get it”. Mingo and Wake on 3rd down would be terrorizing for opposing QB’s. Even if Mingo struggles to adapt to the LDE spot after playing RDE at LSU, he could succeed Cameron Wake, who turns 32 at the end of the 2013 season.

7) DE Ezeikel Ansah, BYU (6-5, 271)
Closest NFL Comparison: Carlos Dunlap (Bengals)
Buyer beware. Ansah is the biggest mystery in the Top-15. He has a great size-speed combo (4.63/40 at 271 pounds) but only had 10 tackles in two season at BYU before a mini break-out season in 2012 (4.5 sacks, 1 FF). He could be the best athlete available at #12.

Florida State DE Tank Carradine

6) DE Tank Carradine, Florida St* (6-4, 276)
Closest NFL Comparison: Cameron Jordan (Saints)
“Tank” was on his way to being a Top-10 pick before tearing an ACL in late November vs. Florida. His workout on April 20th will mean everything. He’s a big, powerful DE who terrorized opposing LT’s for 11 sacks and 13 tackles-for-loss in his final 12 games with the ‘Noles before tearing his ACL. Extremely powerful RDE (32 bench reps) who plays with a wide base and great speed for his size.


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    Michael – Werner played at the same high level when Carradine went down. My interest in both players is definitely based on what I see from them individually. Carradine is the more talented player, but Werner is more consistent and isn’t coming off a torn ACL. I expect Carradine to recover from his torn ACL, especially given the recent successes in recording from this injury.

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  • That should have read: “Sure he might NOT have the biggest impact in 2013 because he won’t be 100%…”

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  • Carradine: long term, don’t most players recover fully from ACLs anymore? Sure, he might have the biggest impact in 2013 because he won’t be 100%, but I think it would be smart to evaluate what you expect him to be in 2014 and beyond. Given his collegiate production and general talent I certainly think he’s worthy. QUESTION: how much did Carradine and Werner look better than they really are because they were on the field together?

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  • I look forward to seeing the other half.

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