Sunday, April 25, 2010

Miami Dolphins 2010 NFL Draft Recap

The Dolphins came away from the 2010 NFL Draft with eight players selected, and focused heavily on defense.

In fact, seven of the team's eight picks were on the defensive side of the ball, with third-round guard John Jerry of Ole Miss the lone offensive players selected by Miami.

In order to get to know all the players drafted by the Dolphins a little better, here is some background information about each as well as some initial predictions of their roles with the team in 2010 and beyond.

Name: Jared Odrick
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 304
College: Penn State
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 28
Birth date: 12/31/87
Hometown: Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Accolades: All-American (2009) ... Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2009) ... Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year (2009) ... two-time first-team All-Big Ten (2008, 2009) ... Parade and U. S. Army All-American (2005)

2010 Outlook: With the recent announcement that Randy Starks will start at new tackle in 2010, the defensive end picture becomes much more clear. Odrick will immediately factor into a three-man rotation with Kendall Langford and Phillip Merling, and could actually jump Merling in terms of playing time.

2010 Projection: Starting right defensive end

Competition: Phillip Merling

Name: Koa Misi
Position: Outside Linebacker
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 251
College: Utah
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 40
Birth date: 1/17/87
Hometown: Santa Rosa, California

Accolades: First-team All-MWC (2009) ... second-team All-MWC (2008) ... first-team all-conference (2006 - JUCO)

2010 Outlook: The Dolphins entered the draft with a huge need at outside linebacker, and Misi was the first one drafted by the team. He probably won't start full-time as a rookie, but he should compete for playing time on defense right away.

2010 Projection: No. 2 right outside linebacker

Competition: Charlie Anderson, Quentin Moses

Name: John Jerry
Position: Offensive Guard
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 328
College: Ole Miss
Drafted: Round 3, Pick 73
Birth date: 6/14/86
Hometown: Batesville, Mississippi

Accolades: First-team All-American (2009) ... first-team All-SEC (2009) ... second-team All-SEC (2008) ... Freshman All-American (2006) ... Freshman All-SEC (2006)

2010 Outlook: Jerry is exactly the kind of lineman the Dolphins look for and he's someone they've had their eye on since coaching him in the Senior Bowl. With Justin Smiley on the outs, I expect him to compete for and eventually win the starting job at left guard.

2010 Projection: Starting left guard

Competition: Nate Garner

Name: A. J. Edds
Position: Inside Linebacker
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 246
College: Iowa
Drafted: Round 4, Pick 119
Birth date: 9/18/87
Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana

Accolades: Second-team All-Big Ten (2009) ... honorable mention All-Big Ten (2008) ... three-time Academic All-Big Ten (2007, 2008, 2009) ... honorable mention Freshman All-American (2006) ... first-team Freshman All-Big Ten (2006)

2010 Outlook: An athletic linebacker who is strong in coverage, Edds could use that skill to give the Dolphins something they've sorely been lacking in recent years. He'll primarily focus on special teams as a rookie, but he could push for playing time as the backup to Karlos Dansby.

2010 Projection: Backup inside linebacker

Competition: Reggie Torbor, Tim Dobbins, J. D. Folsom

Name: Nolan Carroll
Position: Cornerback
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 204
College: Maryland
Drafted: Round 5, Pick 145
Birth date: 1/16/87
Hometown: Green Cove Spring, Florida

Accolades: none

2010 Outlook: Carroll is a raw but athletic cornerback prospect with some upside. He will compete for a final cornerback spot and special teams role with the team as a rookie in hopes of eventually developing into a contributor on defense.

2010 Projection: Fifth cornerback

Competition: Evan Oglesby, Jason Allen

Name: Reshad Jones
Position: Safety
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 214
College: Georgia
Drafted: Round 5, Pick 163
Birth date: 2/25/88
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Two-time second-team All-SEC (2008, 2009) ... College Football News second-team Sophomore All-American (2008)

2010 Outlook: Jones was one of the best value picks by the Dolphins in 2010, and could end up being a significant contributor despite being taken on the third day. He will be groomed at safety slowly as a rookie and will play special teams while backing up Yeremiah Bell.

2010 Projection: Backup strong safety

Competition: Chris Clemons, Tyrone Culver

Name: Chris McCoy
Position: Outside Linebacker
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 261
College: Middle Tennessee State
Drafted: Round 7, Pick 212
Birth date: 11/25/86
Hometown: Villa Rica, Georgia

Accolades: Sun Belt Co-Defensive Player of the Year (2009) ... first-team All-Sun Belt (2009)

2010 Outlook: McCoy has some potential as a pass rusher, but he's not there yet and isn't likely to contribute as a rookie. He's not a lock to make the roster and will have to compete with a handful of guys, including former Blue Raiders teammate Erik Walden, for the final outside linebacker spot.

2010 Projection: Practice squad

Competition: Brian Johnston, Erik Walden

Name: Austin Spitler
Position: Inside Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 243
College: Ohio State
Drafted: Round 7, Pick 252
Birth date: 10/26/86
Hometown: Bellbrook, Ohio

Accolades: none

2010 Outlook: Spitler is similar to Edds in that he's athletic and good in coverage, but he doesn't have nearly the experience or pro-readiness. Even if Reggie Torbor is cut, which I assume is coming at some point, it seems unlikely he'll beat out Edds, Tim Tobbins, and J. D. Folsom for a backup spot.

2010 Projection: Practice squad

Competition: Tim Dobbins, A. J. Edds, J. D. Folsom


While the Dolphins didn't address every position they needed in the draft, I'm fairly pleased with how it all turned out.

Many of us were a bit perplexed by the Jared Odrick pick in the first round, but now that we know Randy Starks will be moving to nose tackle, it makes a lot more sense. Odrick was easily the top player at the 3-4 end position in this year's class and has a bright future. I do have to wonder what Miami does if Dan Williams is still on the board when they are picking, though.

Many people are wondering why the Dolphins opted for Koa Misi over Sergio Kindle at outside linebacker in the second round. Maybe they were one of the teams concerned about Kindle's knee, or maybe they just liked Misi better. Either way, it's not as if the Dolphins were the only ones that passed on Kindle, as he fell a lot farther than anyone anticipated.

John Jerry was one of the players I thought Miami may draft for a long time, and I'm happy they landed him. Some people wanted the team to go defense again there, but guard has been a bit of a weak spot for Miami the past few years. With Justin Smiley on the way out, Jerry provides the team with a long-term, high-upside guard to replace him.

The Dolphins went heavy for defense on the third day of the draft, and I particularly like the Edds and Jones picks. Edds' coverage skills could be a great value in the next few years, while Jones was a steal in the fifth and has starting potential at either safety spot.

One thing I notice about a lot of the players Miami chose is that they were all regarded by draft prospect website as players "on the rise." The Dolphins went for hard-working, leadership-types, which is something that could definitely pay off down the line.

The Dolphins' still need another outside linebacker and starting free safety before the 2010 season begins, and I suspect the team could go after a short-term veteran fixes to fill both roles.

Former Dallas Cowboy Greg Ellis, Derrick Burgess, or Adalius Thomas (if he is released by the Patriots) could be options at outside linebacker, while Darren Sharper, Ken Hamlin, and O. J. Atogwe are players to consider at free safety.

How do you feel about the Dolphins' draft in 2010? Share your thoughts on the forum here!