Friday, April 23, 2010

Dolphins grab LB Koa Misi, OG John Jerry on draft's second day

Unlike the first day of the draft when the Miami Dolphins chose a player (Jared Odrick) at possibly their deepest position (defensive end), the team spent their two second-day picks addressing some of their biggest needs.

With the 40th overall pick, acquired from San Diego in a day-one trade, the Dolphins selected Utah defensive end Koa Misi, who will play outside linebacker in the team's 3-4 scheme.

Later, the Dolphins made their first offensive pick of this year's draft, choosing Ole Miss guard John Jerry in the third round with pick No. 73.

Internet rumors early on day two had the team acquiring outside linebacker Cliff Avril from the Detroit Lions for a fifth-round pick, but these reports turned out to be erroneous.

Heading into day three of the draft, the Dolphins have the following picks:
  • Round 4, Pick 126 (from San Diego)
  • Round 5, Pick 145 (from San Francisco)
  • Round 6, Pick 174 (from Washington)
  • Round 6, Pick 179
  • Round 7, Pick 212 (from Kansas City)
  • Round 7, Pick 219
  • Round 7, Pick 252 (compensatory selection)

Koa Misi

A California native, Koa Misi played one season at Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to the University of Utah in 2006.

Starting 11 games as a sophomore, Misi recorded 67 tackles (eight for a loss), 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and two pass breakups.

As a junior in 2008, Misi earned second-team All-Mountain West Conference honors after totaling 68 tackles (8.5 for a loss), three sacks, three forced fumbles, and six pass breakups.

Misi earned first-team All-MWC honors as as senior with 71 tackles (9.5 for a loss), five sacks, and three forced fumbles—all career highs.

During pre-draft workouts, Misi (6-3, 251) post a 4.75 40-yard dash, 4.27 shuttle time, 7.07 cone drill, and 38-inch vertical leap.

John Jerry

After attending Hargrave Military Academy in 2005, Jerry transferred to Ole Miss in 2006 and started 12 games for the Rebels as a true freshman. He played in 12 games again in 2007, starting nine at right guard.

Starting all 13 games at right tackle opposite Michael Oher in 2008, Jerry earned second-team All-SEC honors and helped the Rebels' tailbacks rack up over 2,000 yards on the ground and quarterback Jevan Snead throw 26 touchdowns.

Jerry was a first-team All-SEC selection as a senior in 2009, starting eight games at right tackle and another four at right guard as Rebels running back Dexter McCluster totaled over 1,600 yards of offense.

The brother of former Ole Miss and current Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry, who was the 24th overall pick in 2009, John Jerry (6-6, 328) ran the 40-yard dash in 5.15 seconds. He participated in the 2010 Senior Bowl, where he was coached by the Miami Dolphins' staff with the South squad.

Analysis

While I wasn't initially pleased with the Jared Odrick pick (this has been somewhat alleviated following Jeff Ireland's revelation that Randy Starks will move to nose tackle), I was pretty pleased with Miami's day-two picks of linebacker Koa Misi and guard John Jerry.

In fact, both Misi and Jerry were among a handful of players I mentioned in yesterday's Odrick article as players that could interest the Dolphins on day two.

The Dolphins chose Misi with Kindle still on the board, which says to me they had to have been one of the teams' significantly concerned about the former Longhorn possibly needing microfracture surgery in his knee.

Misi's college production isn't phenomenal by any means, but he is a strong 3-4 outside linebacker prospect. He is a bit of a "workout warrior" and has a lot of upside due to his athleticism and high motor.

I don't expect Misi to start as a rookie, but I do think he will factor into the pass-rushing rotation that also includes Charlie Anderson, Cameron Wake, and an as-of-yet unsigned veteran free agent.

As for Jerry, I'm quite excited about the pick and I'm happy to say I'd been talking about it all offseason. I actually counted five previous articles I'd written dating back to January mentioning how Jerry and the Dolphins would be a great fit.

Even with all the glaring needs on defense, guard was certainly a need as Justin Smiley is obviously not in the team's plans and no one has been able to lock down the right guard spot in recent years.

Jerry is a perfect addition to the Dolphins' offense, as he is a big, strong, mauling offensive lineman that fits the team's power-blocking scheme.

According to Jeff Ireland, Jerry will compete at the left guard spot likely to be vacated by Smiley, while free-agent acquisition Richie Incognito will compete at right guard.

I would guess Donald Thomas and Dimitri Tsoumpas will push Incognito on the right side, while Nate Garner will be Jerry's primary competition on the left side. However, I like the chance of both Incognito and Jerry of starting in 2010.

Day Three Outlook

The third day of the draft will be the most difficult to predict, as the team has more picks than the previous days, they are more likely to move up, down, and acquire more picks, and teams often draft for best player and depth rather than need.

With seven picks currently in-hand on day three, the Dolphins will likely try to address a number of areas to add depth and maybe even find a starter or two to develop.

Feasibly any position is on the table with that many picks, but here are a few things I'd look for in particular:
  • A running back to develop for the looming departures of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams in 2011, such as LeGarrette Blount (Oregon), Anthony Dixon (Mississippi State), and Jonathan Dwyer (Georgia Tech).
  • A speedy wide receiver that can push Patrick Turner and help in the return game, like Jacoby Ford (Clemson) and Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati).
  • A tight end to develop as a long-term starter, like Dorin Dickerson (Pittsburgh), Clay Harbor (Missouri State), Anthony McCoy (Southern California), and Dennis Pitta (BYU),
  • A true nose tackle like Cam Thomas (North Carolina).
  • Another pass-rushing linebacker like Justin Cole (San Jose State), Everson Griffen (Southern California), Brandon Lang (Troy), Ricky Sapp (Clemson), George Selvie (South Florida).
  • An inside linebacker to play special teams and be groomed as a starter, like Jamar Chaney (Mississippi State) and Micah Johnson (Kentucky).
  • A corner for depth like Perrish Cox (Oklahoma State), Trevard Lindley (Kentucky), Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (Indiana Pa.), Syd'quan Thompson (California), and Donovan Warren (Michigan).
  • A pure returner like Brandon Banks (Kansas State) and Trindon Holliday (Louisiana State).


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