I like what the Dolphins did this off season. Suh is a star caliber player that gives the defense attitude. Jordan Cameron brings a higher ceiling than Clay. Kenny Stills is a younger Mike Wallace that fits into the system better. I applaud the resigning of Delmas and Moore. I believe Dion Jordan would be a beast in the OLB position. I think Vernon and Wake are going to have a monster season. It is also time to see what those two young corners we picked up in the draft a couple years ago are capable of. Yes, this has been a good offseason for the Dolphins. The draft is on the horizon, making it the right time to dig into my hopeful predictions for this year’s draft. I’m not an NFL scout, but I have followed the team since 1990. I don’t know if that makes me an expert or a simpleton. I’m guessing both, but here goes:
- Devante Parker-Round One: Take a receiver. I love Landry as my number three slot receiver. I love Stills as my number two split/deep threat. I even think that Matthews has potential. What we need is a number one receiver in the likes of Andre Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, and Dez Bryant. Get Parker. Give Tannehill that extra punch in his toolbox. He is a reliable threat that can get you plenty of YAC and that works well with Tannehill’s short to intermediate passing game.
- Round Two: Take a running back. Lamar Miller is solid. Maybe even good. What he is not, however, is Le’Veon Bell or AP. What we need is a tank. A big, bruiser of a back in the likes of Eddie Lacy. Someone who can be the bowling ball to Miller’s flash. Wear down the defense, then bam, breeze by them for a TD. A strong run game establishes the play action and that is something that Tannehill excels at.
- Round Three: Guard. We need to solidify the talent on the Oline. I love our interior. I also think the guard we took in last year’s draft should be solid this year. Didn’t we trade our number three pick for Kenny Stills? Yep. That doesn’t rule us out from trading back into the round. Do it. Or trade for a young, solid guard utilizing our number four and one of our number five picks. Make it happen.
I am not going to bother going through the additional rounds. The philosophy of taking the best talent on the board is always going to be the best one to follow. I believe we use this year’s draft to retool the offense. Next year we use the draft to solidify our defense. It has been a while since I have had much reason to be excited about the Dolphins. I am beginning to get the vibe that may be about to change.