Friday, April 30, 2010

Dolphins sign undrafted TE Dan Beaudin

A few days after reports surfaced of the Miami Dolphins signing eight undrafted rookie free agents, the team has apparently signed a ninth by adding Montana tight end Dan Beaudin.

Initial reports were unclear as to whether Beaudin was actually being signed by the Dolphins or merely trying out at the team's upcoming minicamp, but Missoulian reporter Fritz Neighbor has confirmed to me via email that Beaudin was in fact signed.

Beaudin's addition gives the Dolphins 75 players on their 80-man active roster. The team will need to clear five roster spots to make room for their to unsigned restricted free agents (Ronnie Brown and Anthony Fasano) as well as their eight unsigned draft picks.

Background

A Montana native, Beaudin was a letterman in basketball, football, and track at Noxon High School. He went on to letter in all three sports at Montana as well.

After redshirting at Montana and earning Outstanding Scout Team Player of the Year honors in 2005, Beaudin moved into a starting role with the Grizzlies in 2006 and caught 12 passes for 150 yards and two scores.

Beaudin split time as a starter with Steve Pfahler in 2007, opening six of 12 contests and catching six passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. He was named an honorable mention All-Big Sky selection and was earned Academic All-Big Sky honors.

A Big Sky and Academic All-Big Sky selection again in 2008, Beaudin caught 13 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown in 13 games.

Beaudin posted his best numbers as a senior in 2009, setting career highs in receptions (31), receiving yards (342) and receiving touchdowns (three) in 15 games on his way to honorable mention All-Big Sky honors for the third consecutive season.

The 6-foot-4, 256-pound Beaudin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.99 seconds and went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was offered a tryout at a Minnesota Vikings minicamp before receiving a contract offer from the Dolphins.

Analysis

It's not surprise to see Beaudin signed, as the team's rookie minicamp is coming up and the team has no such tight ends on the roster.

It's also not a surprise to see another Montana Grizzly signed by the Dolphins, as the team has developed somewhat of a pipeline to the school with running back Lex Hilliard and Pro Bowl placekicker Dan Carpenter.

Beaudin doesn't possess great speed or receiving skills and is really a blocking prospect at the next level. He is an extreme long shot to make the Dolphins' final roster ahead of John Nalbone or Kory Sperry, and will really battle just to make it to training camp in July.

Meanwhile, I've updated my projected Dolphins depth chart as of April 30, which you can view and download here.


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Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Dolphins' 53-man roster if the season began today

The regular season doesn't begin for just over four months, and the Miami Dolphins team we see today might be quite different by then.

The Dolphins will hopefully add a veteran or two at key positions of need (outside linebacker and free safety), and you never really know what guys are going to come out of nowhere and surprise people.

That being said, I thought I'd look at the Dolphins' current roster, which consists of 74 active players, two unsigned restricted free agents, and eight unsigned draft picks, and see how I'd whittle it own to 53 at this point in time.

If the season began today, these are the 53 players I think would make the Dolphins' active roster.

Quarterbacks (3): Chad Henne (starter), Tyler Thigpen, Pat White
Released: Chad Pennington

Pennington is obviously much more talented than White, but I don't expect the team to give up on their 2009 second-round pick no matter how ill-suited he is for the NFL.

Instead, I think at this point, the Dolphins would have to let Pennington go, as Thigpen would still have trade value in 2011 as a restricted free agent.

Obviously, the team is likely to try and deal someone before the 2010 season rolls around, so a cut may not be necessary by then.

Running backs (5): Ronnie Brown (starter - tailback), Ricky Williams, Patrick Cobbs, Lex Hilliard, Lousaka Polite (starter - fullback)
Released: Kory Sheet, Tristan Davis, Rolly Lumbala

The Dolphins will be absolutely stacked at running back in 2010, with two quality starters and two solid backups/special teamers. I expect all four to make the team, but if they decided to keep only three, I think Hilliard would be the one let go.

Polite isn't going anywhere after a fantastic 2009 season, and the team typically only keeps one fullback, so Lumbala will draw the short straw unless he proves to be absolutely outstanding on special teams.

Wide receivers (5): Brandon Marshall (starter), Greg Camarillo (starter), Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, Patrick Turner
Released: Ryan Grice-Mullen, Taurus Johnson, Marlon Moore, Julius Pruitt, Roberto Wallace

With Ted Ginn, Jr. out of the picture things become a bit clearer in the receiver picture, and it opens the door for 2009 third-round pick Patrick Turner to secure a roster spot despite being a total disappointment as a rookie.

I'd say Turner will have a battle on his hands and isn't safe just yet, but there is little talent on the roster to push him. Poor man's Davone Bess, a.k.a. Ryan Grice-Mullen, is the best shot to make the roster out of the bunch, but remains unlikely.

Tight ends (2): Anthony Fasano (starter), Joey Haynos
Released: John Nalbone, Kory Sperry

The Dolphins failed to land a long-term starting prospect in this year's tight end-heavy draft, so it looks like they'll be rolling with Anthony Fasano and Joey Haynos at 1-and-2 once again. There have been rumors of a David Martin reunion, but nothing has materialized on that front thus far.

The real battle here is between Sperry and Nalbone, but that's assuming the team keeps three tight ends. Nalbone has been disappointing after being drafted in the fifth round last year, but Sperry doesn't offer a ton of upside either. I'm predicting the Dolphins go with just two tight ends to begin the season.

Offensive linemen (9): Jake Long (starter - left tackle), John Jerry (starter - left guard), Jake Grove (starter - center), Richie Incognito (starter - right guard), Vernon Carey (starter - right tackle), Andrew Gardner, Nate Garner, Joe Berger, Donald Thomas
Released: Ray Feinga, Andrew Hartline, Andy Leavine, Lydon Murtha, Justin Smiley, Dimitri Tsoumpas

The starting tackle spots (Long and Carey) and center (Grove) are all set, but there should be some intriguing battles going on at guard.

It appears third-round rookie John Jerry will work at left guard, where his primary competition will be Nate Garner. I've been high on Jerry all offseason and I suspect the Dolphins would prefer the versatile Garner off the bench.

This of course assumes veteran starter Justin Smiley won't be around, as I just can't see him sticking after being barred from offseason workouts and added to the trading block this offseason. I expect him to be released soon, with the possibility of him being dealt for a late-round pick looking less and less likely.

Meanwhile, another battle at right guard should ensue, with free-agent acquisition Richie Incognito looking like the favorite and Donald Thomas and Dimitri Tsoumpas looking to push him. Incognito has some maturity issues, but he's got the most upside and talent of the bunch, so I expect him to win the job.

Defensive lineman (8): Kendall Langford (starter - left end), Randy Starks (starter - nose tackle), Jared Odrick (starter - right end), Phillip Merling, Ikaika Alama-Francis, Paul Soliai, Ryan Baker
Suspended: Jason Ferguson (eight games)
Released: Lionel Dotson, Travis Ivey Tony McDaniel, Vince Oghobaase

With Randy Starks moving into the starting nose tackle spot, rookie first-round pick Jared Odrick will probably take Starks' spot in the three-man rotation at defensive end with Kendall Langford and Phillip Merling. It's hard to say right now who will start between Merling and Odrick, but my money is on the rookie. Either way, they will both get a ton of playing time.

I finally have the team cutting ties with 2008 seventh-rounder Lionel Dotson, who has done little in two seasons with the team, and backup Tony McDaniel, who wasn't impressive in 2009 and was arrested in February for domestic violence. I like Alama-Francis' upside better than either of those guys, though I wouldn't put it past undrafted rookie Vince Oghobaase to win a roster spot either.

With Jason Ferguson suspended the first half of the season, Soliai should stick around as the top backup to Starks at nose tackle. Meanwhile, Baker's versatility at nose and end should help him stick around as well.

Linebackers (9): Cameron Wake (starter - weakside linebacker), Karlos Dansby (starter - mike linebacker), Channing Crowder (starter - moe linebacker), Charlie Anderson (starter - strongside linebacker), Koa Misi, Quentin Moses, Chris McCoy, Tim Dobbins, A. J. Edds
Released: J. D. Folsom, Brian Johnston, Austin Spitler, Reggie Torbor, Erik Walden

It'd be nice to add a veteran to the outside linebacker mix, but Wake and Anderson are currently penciled in as the starters. Second-round rookie Koa Misi should push for playing time immediately, while Moses sticks around as a backup and rookie Chris McCoy as a project.

Meanwhile, Dansby is a lock to start inside and should be joined by Crowder in a reduced role. Edds' coverage skills could get him some time on defense as a rookie, while Dobbins should stick as a top special teamer in place of high-priced backup Reggie Torbor, who I expect to be cut.

Cornerbacks (5): Vontae Davis (starter), Sean Smith (starter), Will Allen, Jason Allen, Nolan Carroll
Released: Evan Oglesby, A. J. Wallace, Ross Weaver

The Dolphins should have a strong cornerback unit in 2010, with promising second-year players Vontae Davis and Sean Smith returning and veteran Will Allen coming back from a knee injury. I anticipate Jason Allen will stick around as well due to familiarity and special teams skills.

The battle here is for a potential fifth cornerback job, with veteran Evan Oglesby being pushed primarily by fifth-round rookie Nolan Carroll. Oglesby doesn't have any upside, which is why I like Carroll to stay as a project.

Safeties (4): Tyrone Culver (starter - free safety), Yeremiah Bell (starter - strong safety), Chris Clemons, Reshad Jones
Released: Jonathon Amaya, Nate Ness

Yeremiah Bell is the lone returning starter here, and it could be a three-way battle between Clemons, Culver, and the rookie Jones to take over at free safety for the departed Gibril Wilson.

All three guys should stick around, as they all offer some versatility at both safety positions. Jones is pretty good for a fifth-rounder and could end up winning the job.

Special Teams (3): Dan Carpenter (placekicker), Brandon Fields (punter), John Deneny (long snapper)
Released: none

There are currently no players in camp to push any of these three players, and it looks like they all should have no problem keeping their jobs in 2010.

Conclusion

With all the moves made by the other teams in the AFC East, I think Miami has a solid roster here and I like their depth at a lot of positions.

On offense, the passing game should be much improved with Brandon Marshall's addition, which should also help alleviate the lack of a play-making tight end.

The offensive line should be strong, as the returning starters are all top-notch and the new guards should do well in the unit. The team also has some quality, versatile backups in Joe Berger and Nate Garner.

The defensive starters look good as well, although the lack of proven veterans at outside linebacker and free safety are a bit concerning. I'm unsure if the Dolphins plan to add someone like Adalius Thomas or O. J. Atogwe, but if they do not, they'll need to hope Koa Misi can make an impact early and that someone pulls ahead of the pack at safety.


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Dolphins' 2010 draft picks issued jersey numbers

I'd normally post about this anyway because I'm the kind of nerd that actually gets into this kind of stuff, but there is actually some potential controversy in the numbers issued by the Miami Dolphins to their 2010 draft picks.

In particular, fourth-round linebacker A. J. Edds has been assigned No. 54, which as we all should know was worn by Dolphins great Zach Thomas between 1996 and 2007.

It's perplexing why the Dolphins chose to issue this number now, considering they hadn't issued it during the regime's first two seasons in Miami.

Although it isn't retired (only Bob Griese's 12, Dan Marino's 13, and Larry Csonka's 39 officially hold that distinction), it definitely should never be issued to another player, let alone a rookie.

The Dolphins were smart enough to not issue it in 2008 or 2009, and they didn't re-issue Jason Taylor's No. 99 during the season he played in Washington. So what changed?

It's worth at least considering that Miami's do-what-we-want, take-no-crap front office decided to stick it to Thomas after he ripped the organization for its treatment of Jason Taylor.

While that theory may be far-fetched on the surface, I've found it best never to underestimate just how low Bill Parcells will sink, just how cold he can be, and just how little he actually cares what anyone else thinks.

Regardless, someone needs to step up and make the right decision. Either the Dolphins will change Edds' number due to fan backlash (hopefully), or Edds should realize it's a mistake to wear that number and volunteer to change it.

Well, that's my two cents. Here's the full list of draft pick jersey numbers:
  • DE Jared Odrick — 98
  • OLB Koa Misi — 55
  • OG John Jerry — 74
  • ILB A. J. Edds — 54
  • CB Nolan Carroll — 28
  • SS Reshad Jones — 35
  • OLB Chris McCoy — 48
  • ILB Austin Spitler — 44

Still lacking numbers are wide receiver Brandon Marshall, whose No. 15 is unlikely to be vacated by Davone Bess, as well as the undrafted rookies, whose signings have not yet been announced by the team.

McCoy and Spitler take 40s numbers because 50 through 59 are completely full, although at least a few of them should be vacated sometime between now and the regular season.

I expect Reggie Torbor (53) to be cut at some point due to his high contract and lack of production, while Erik Walden (50), Tim Dobbins (51), Brian Johnson (57) and J. D. Folsom (59) are all far from locks to make the team.

As you can see, there will be plenty of 50s numbers for Edds to choose from before the season begins. Let's hope someone does the right thing here.


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Monday, April 26, 2010

Miami Dolphins: Apr. 26 news and notes

Here are some of the Miami Dolphins-related news items floating around today:
  • After months of anticipation, the New England Patriots officially released outside linebacker Adalius Thomas on Monday. Signed to a five-year, $35 million contract with $20 million guaranteed in 2007, Thomas was a disappointment in three seasons with the Patriots, recording 14.5 sacks and clashing with head coach Bill Belichick on multiple occasions. Many are suggesting the Dolphins could pursue Thomas, including ESPN's Adam Schefter and Boston Globe reporter Albert Breer. and I am as strong an advocate as any for the move. Miami desperately needs a veteran linebacker to join Charlie Anderson, Cameron Wake, and rookie second-round pick Koa Misi. While some have suggested an ex-Ravens reunion with Rex Ryan and Bart Scott in New York, Miami can offer him a bigger role. The Dolphins also have their connections to Thomas, as new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan coached Thomas in Baltimore from 2002 to 2004.
  • Former Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick, 23, has been offered a tryout with the Dolphins at their upcoming rookie minicamp this weekend. Dick went undrafted in 2009 and tried out with the New York Jets at their rookie minicamp last May. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Dick (why is everyone snickering?) threw for 5,856 yards and 47 touchdowns with 34 interceptions. Not much of a pro prospect, Dick has not received and is unlikely to receive a contract offer from the Dolphins, but rather will simply be tasked with throwing passes to the other offensive players attending the minicamp. There is a little bit of familiarity here, as Dolphins quarterbacks coach David Lee was an offensive assistant for the Razorbacks from 2006 to 2007.
  • Guard Shawn Murphy was one of six players released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today. The Dolphins' fourth-round pick out of Utah State in 2008, Murphy was largely a disappointment in Miami and was inactive for all 22 games (21 regular season, one postseason) with the team before his release last October.
  • As both a Dolphins' fan and aspiring sports journalist, I found it interesting how Jeff Ireland explained his seemingly positive comments about Gibril Wilson in February prior to his release. Ireland was quoted at the NFL Scouting Combine as saying, "I think he's going to be a good player in the future." The local media took his words to mean Wilson was sticking around, but as Ireland pointed out, he never said Wilson was going to be a good player in Miami.
  • Ireland told reporters to "stay tuned" regarding the status of guard Justin Smiley, who has been on the trading block over the last month. The Dolphins drafted his long-term replacement in the third round of this year's draft in Ole Miss' John Jerry, so I can't imagine the Dolphins are going to bring Smiley back at his current contract. Expect him to either take a pay cut, or, much more likely, be released.
  • The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly looks at the Dolphins' current projected depth chart, although it does not include any of the undrafted rookies.
  • Mike Berardino is perplexed as to why the Dolphins' failed to address the tight end position in this year's draft, but suggests a reunion with veteran David Martin could be on the horizon. Waived from injured reserve last December, Martin was a strong backup for the team in 2008 with 31 catches for 450 yards and three touchdowns.

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Dolphins ink eight undrafted free agents

A day after selecting the last of their eight picks in the 2010 NFL Draft, reports have come out across the internet of eight more players signed by the Miami Dolphins as undrafted rookie free agents.

So far, the Dolphins have reportedly added safety Jonathon Amaya (Nevada), nose tackle Travis Ivey (Maryland), guard Andy Leavine (Florida International), wide receiver Marlon Moore (Fresno State), nose tackle Vince Oghobaase (Duke), cornerback A. J. Wallace (Penn State), wide receiver Roberto Wallace (San Diego State), and cornerback Ross Weaver (Michigan State).

UMass defensive lineman Kyle Harrington has also been reported by myself and others as having signed with the Dolphins, but further investigation has revealed Harrington has only received a tryout at the team's upcoming rookie minicamp.

The eight signings give the Dolphins 74 players under contract counting toward their 80-man offseason roster. The Dolphins also have eight unsigned draft picks and two unsigned free agents in running back Ronnie Brown and tight end Anthony Fasano.

That being the case, I expect a handful of the players currently on the roster to be let go—namely guard Justin Smiley and linebacker Reggie Torbor. The Dolphins may also trim a few of the lesser talented players off the bottom of the roster to make room for the new rookies.

In the meantime, here is some background information, scouting analysis, and predictions for each of the seven undrafted signings.



Name: Jonathon Amaya
Position: Free safety
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 203
College: Nevada
Birth date: 11/25/88
Hometown: Panama City, Florida

Accolades: Second-team All-WAC (2009)

Career stats: 236 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, seven interceptions, one defensive touchdown, 44 games played

Positives: Versatile with experience at both safety positions and cornerback ... highly productive with plenty of playing time ... quality athlete with good straight-line speed ... hard hitter with special-teams potential

Negatives: Stiff in the hips and struggles in man coverage ... lacks strength to provide good run support ... didn't play against top competition

2010 Outlook: Amaya has some potential as a safety and at the very least can contribute on special teams. He was fairly highly regarded as a free safety prospect entering the draft and even had a chance to be drafted, so he's not just a camp body. He's unlikely to knock Tyrone Culver or Chris Clemons off the roster, but he does have the ability to earn a roster spot.

Competition: Nate Ness



Name: Travis Ivey
Position: Nose tackle
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 341
College: Maryland
Birth date: 12/22/86
Hometown: Riverdale, Maryland

Accolades: none

Career stats: 54 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, 32 games played

Positives: Prototypical nose tackle size ... good strength ... some upside

Negatives: Durability concerns ... didn't play or produce much at the college level ... lacks speed and quickness off line

2010 Outlook: Ivey has the prototypical size of a 3-4 nose tackle, but that doesn't mean he has a future in the NFL. Like undrafted nose tackle Louis Ellis with the Dolphins in 2009, Ivey has a long way to go to even earn a roster spot in this league. Even with Jason Ferguson suspended for the first half of 2010, Ivey will just compete for a practice squad spot with the Dolphins.

Competition: Tony McDaniel



Name: Andy Leavine
Position: Guard / Center
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 292
College: Florida International
Birth date: 12/27/87
Hometown: Brooksville, Florida

Accolades: none

Career stats: 43 games played, 41 starts

Positives: Versatile with experience at all guard and tackle positions ... lots of playing time at the college level ... solid athleticism

Negatives: Lacks ideal bulk and strength for the pro level ... didn't play against top competition ... not much upside

2010 Outlook: Although he played quite a bit of tackle in college, Levine is probably best suited for an interior spot in the pros. Based on his weight and size as well as the Dolphins' current roster, my best guess is that he'll serve as the No. 3 center in training camp behind Jake Grove and Joe Berger. He doesn't stand much chance of making the roster and will have a hard enough time making the practice squad.

Competition: Ray Feinga, Dimitri Tsoumpas



Name: Marlon Moore
Position: Wide receiver
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 182
College: Fresno State
Birth date: 9/3/87
Hometown: Sacramento, California

Accolades: none

Career stats: 90 receptions, 1,374 receiving yards, 10 receiving touchdowns, 89 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, 16 kick returns, 365 kick return yards, 19 punt returns, 161 punt return yards, one punt return touchdown, 38 games played

Positives: Good athlete with great speed ... some deep-threat ability ... some potential as a returner

Negatives: Durability concerns ... underachieved in college ... lacks great bulk

2010 Outlook: Moore was a solid yet unspectacular receiver in college and doesn't have a whole lot of pro potential. Return potential will help his chances of making the roster, but realistically he's competing only for a practice squad spot.

Competition: Ryan Grice-Mullen, Taurus Johnson, Julius Pruitt, Roberto Wallace



Name: Vince Oghobaase
Position: Defensive end
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 302
College: Duke
Birth date: 1/24/87
Hometown: Houston, Texas

Accolades: Two-time honorable mention All-ACC (2008, 2009) ... Sporting News Freshman All-ACC (2006)

Career stats: 160 tackles, 13 sacks, 42 games played

Positives: Ideal size and strength ... solid athleticism ... smart, hard-working player with good technique ... pretty productive with a great 2008 season ... lots of experience as a four-year starter in the ACC ...

Negatives: Minor durability concerns and coming off a season with a lingering knee injury ... a bit of an underachiever that hasn't realized his potential ... no experience in the 3-4 scheme

2010 Outlook: Oghobaase is one of the more talented undrafted free agents picked up by the Dolphins, and may have the most pro potential of the bunch. He's probably got more upside than 2009 undrafted free agent Ryan Baker, who ended up making the team and playing as a rookie, so I wouldn't put it past him to earn the final reserve defensive end job.

Competition: Ryan Baker, Lionel Dotson, Ikaika Alama-Francis



Name: A. J. Wallace
Position: Cornerback
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195
College: Penn State
Birth date: 5/23/88
Hometown: Waldorf, Maryland

Accolades: U. S. Army All-American (2005)

Career stats: 98 tackles, four interceptions, 47 kick returns, 1,128 kick return yards, one kick return touchdown, 50 games played

Positives: Good height and size for position ... great speed and has been timed in the 4.3s in the 40-yard dash ... plenty of playing time at a top college program ... strong kickoff returner

Negatives: Not a lot of starting experience in college ... doesn't play as fast as timed speed would indicate ... once suspended for failing to attend classes

2010 Outlook: Wallace does have some pro potential, but he was never able to really establish himself as a starter prior to his senior season. He has an outside chance to earn the Dolphins' fifth cornerback spot, but the practice squad seems more likely at this point.

Competition: Evan Oglesby, Nolan Carroll, Ross Weaver



Name: Roberto Wallace
Position: Wide receiver
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 223
College: San Diego State
Birth date: 5/10/86
Hometown: Oceanside, California

Accolades: none

Career stats: 73 receptions, 940 receiving yards, four receiving touchdowns, 31 games played

Positives: Ideal size and bulk ... great speed for his size with a 4.4 40-yard dash against the wind at his pro day ... some upside

Negatives: Doesn't have great hands ... still raw as a receiver and is more of a physical specimen than a football player ... average jumping ability ... doesn't really stretch the field

2010 Outlook: Wallace's blend of size and speed makes him an ideal practice squad candidate, but he's nowhere near ready to contribute at the pro level. He's a practice squad candidate only.

Competition: Ryan Grice-Mullen, Taurus Johnson, Marlon Moore, Julius Pruitt



Name: Ross Weaver
Position: Cornerback
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 108
College: Michigan State
Birth date: 1/9/87
Hometown: Southfield, Michigan

Accolades: none

Career stats: 86 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, one interception, 41 games played

Positives: Good height for position ... lots of experience at the college level ... good intangibles and was a team captain

Negatives: Wasn't very productive ... lost starting job to a sophomore during as a senior ... missed 2006 season with broken ankle ... limited upside

2010 Outlook: Wallace wasn't much of a college player and has a long way to go before he's ready to play in the NFL. He's probably just a camp body and will be trying to impress the staff enough to earn a roster spot.

Competition: Evan Oglesby, Nolan Carroll, A. J. Wallace



Closing thoughts

Now into their third season running things in Miami, Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland have signed their smallest crop of undrafted rookie free agents yet as the roster becomes more and more their own.

As usual, there is a nice mix of camp bodies and guys with some real NFL potential, and I'm much more excited about some of these signings than others.

Safety Jonathon Amaya and defensive end Vince Oghobaase are my current favorites, as I feel they have the most upside of these seven and thus the best chances to earn roster spots with the Dolphins.

Obviously, Amaya and Oghobaase are also strong candidates for the practice squad in the event they don't make the active roster. Meanwhile, Roberto Wallace's physical tools make him an intriguing practice squad candidate as well, and I think A. J. Wallace could find a home on the developmental squad too.

The Dolphins will likely sign a few more undrafted free agents between now and training camp in July. These players will report the first rookie minicamp this upcoming Friday, which will also include a crop of undrafted players participating on a tryout basis in hopes of landing a contract.

In particular, it wouldn't surprise me to see the team add another body at tight end, offensive tackle, strong safety, and maybe even kicker or punter to spell Dan Carpenter or Brandon Fields in training camp.


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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

Accolades:
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



Thoughts

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.


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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Dolphins go for defensive depth on draft's final day

After spending Friday addressing some needs with outside linebacker Koa Misi and guard John Jerry, the Miami Dolphins spent the final day of this year's draft focusing on defensive depth.

Entering the day with seven picks, the Dolphins finished with just five following a few trade-ups.

First, the Dolphins gave up the No. 126 pick and No. 179 pick for the Dallas Cowboys' 119th pick to select Iowa linebacker A. J. Edds.

Later, Miami sent No. 174 and No. 219 to Washington for No. 163, used on Georgia safety Reshad Jones.

In all, the Dolphins added linebacker A. J. Edds (Iowa), cornerback Nolan Carroll (Maryland), safety Reshad Jones (Georgia), linebacker Chris McCoy (Middle Tennessee State), and linebacker Austin Spitler (Ohio State).

A. J. Edds

Primarily a special teams player for the Hawkeyes as a true freshman in 2006, Edds earned Freshman All-Big Ten honors with nine tackles and a forced fumble.

Moving into a starting role at outside linebacker in 2007, Edds finished the season with 80 tackles (3.5 for a loss), an interception, and a fumble recovery in addition to Academic All-Big Ten honors.

Edds was once again an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2008, and earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors after racking up 59 tackles (4.5 for a loss), two sacks, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and an interception.

As a senior in 2009, Edds finished fourth on the Hawkeyes' squad with 78 tackles and added half a sack and five interceptions on his way to second-team All-Big Ten honors from the league's coaches.

Measuring in at 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds, Edds posted two sub-4.7 forty times at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

An athletic linebacker with good coverage skills, Edds projects inside in Miami's 3-4 scheme and will try to establish himself on special teams.

Nolan Carroll

After redshirting as a true freshman in 2005, Carroll served as a reserve wideout and special teams player in 2006, failing to catch a pass while returning five kickoffs for 60 yards.

Following a move from receiver to cornerback in 2007, Carroll recorded 14 tackles and returned five kickoffs for 84 yards during his sophomore season.

Carroll saw significantly more playing time on defense in 2008, appearing in 10 games with four starts at cornerback. He finished the season with 37 tackles (one for a loss) and eight pass deflections.

One of four team captains for the Terrapins as a senior in 2009, Carroll totaled ten tackles and a pass deflection in two games before suffering a season-ending broken tibia against James Madison.

Carroll (5-11, 204) was received positives medical results at the NFL Scouting Combine and ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at his pro day.

Regarded as a raw but talented and physical gifted prospect, Carroll will compete with Evan Oglesby and a few undrafted rookie additions for a reserve cornerback spot.

Reshad Jones

After redshirting as a true freshman in 2006, Jones appeared in 13 games (two starts) for the Bulldogs in 2007 and recorded 57 tackles and two interceptions.

As a third-year sophomore in 2008, Jones started 12 of 13 games, recorded 78 tackles, and lead the Bulldogs with five interceptions on the season.

Jones started all 13 games for UGA his junior season in 2009, totaling 73 tackles, a forced fumble, four interceptions, and seven pass deflections.

After declaring for the 2010 NFL Draft following just junior season, Jones (6-1, 214) was typically ranked as a top-10 safety prospect and one of the top strong safeties in this year's class. He posted forty times of 4.47 and 4.52 seconds while doing 22 bench reps of 225 pounds.

A hard-hitting safety widely regarded as a top-10 talent at his position, Jones was projected by some to be a second- or third-round pick. Though he projects primarily as a strong safety, he has experience at both safety spots and could get a look at either in Miami.

Chris McCoy

Following a redshirt season in 2005, McCoy served as the primary to Erik Walden with the Blue Raiders in 2006, totaling six tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble in 11 games.

McCoy again backed up Walden in 2007, appearing in 10 games (three starts) and recording 17 tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a pass deflection.

Moving into the starting lineup during his junior season in 2008, McCoy racked up 25 tackles (five for a loss), three sacks, and two fumble recoveries.

McCoy as named the Sun Belt Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season in 2009, leading the conference with 20 tackles for a loss while adding 64 total tackles, a career-high seven sacks, two fumble recoveries, and a blocked kick.

McCoy (6-3, 261) posted a 4.7-flat 40-yard dash time at his pro day in March with 23 bench reps, a 33-inch vertical leap, and a 10-foot, 3-inch broad jump.

A gifted pass rusher with prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker size, McCoy will push Erik Walden and Brian Johnston for a roster spot.

Austin Spitler

After redshirting and working on the scout team in 2005, Spitler recorded seven tackles as a special teams player for the Buckeyes in 2006.

A special-teamer again as a redshirt sophomore in 2007, Spitler totaled 26 tackles and a sack.

Spitler served as a backup to James Laurinaitis in 2008, recorded just 11 tackles due to missed playing time with a sprained knee.

As a fifth-year senior in 2009, Spitler saw his most extensive playing time on defense, finishing the season with a career-high 38 tackles, one sack, and one interception.

Spitler (6-2, 243) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 second during pre-draft workouts. He will push for a special teams spot as a backup inside linebacker.

Undrafted Free Agents

With the 2010 NFL Draft having reached its conclusion, the Dolphins and the rest of the league will be calling prospects in an attempt to sign them as undrafted rookie free agents.

As of this posting, the Dolphins have reportedly inked seven undrafted players to contracts—free safety Jonathon Amaya (Nevada), nose tackle Travis Ivey (Maryland), wide receiver Marlon Moore (Fresno State), defensive end Vince Oghobaase (Duke), cornerback A. J. Wallace (Penn State), wide receiver Roberto Wallace (San Diego State), and cornerback Ross Weaver (Michigan State).

I'll have more on these players and any more undrafted free agents the Dolphins sign in an article once they are all confirmed, but you can follow me on twitter for updates on any more signings I come across.

For reference, the Dolphins signed 19 undrafted free agents in 2008, but just 10 in 2009. The high number the year before was likely due to it being the first offseason with the current regime in place.

Also, just in case anyone is wondering, some notable undrafted signings from around the league thus far include:
  • 49ers — RB LeGarrett Blount (Oregon)
  • 49ers — QB Jarrett Brown (West Virginia)
  • Bears — WR Freddie Barnes (Bowling Green)
  • Bears — Brandon Minor (Michigan)
  • Bills — OLB Antonio Coleman (Auburn)
  • Broncos — RB Chris Brown (Oklahoma)
  • Buccaneers — QB Jevan Snead (Ole Miss)
  • Cardinals — CB A. J. Jefferson (Fresno State)
  • Chargers — OLB Brandon Lang (Troy)
  • Chargers — WR Jeremy Williams (Tulane)
  • Colts — RB Javarris James (U. of Miami)
  • Cowboys — FB Chris Gronkowski (Arizona)
  • Jaguars — LB Kyle Bosworth (UCLA)
  • Jets — CB Donovan Warren (Michigan)
  • Raiders — LB Brashton Satele (Hawaii)
  • Ravens — LB Mike McLaughlin (Boston College)
  • Saints — LS Clint Gresham (Texas Christian)
  • Seahawks — DT DeMarcus Granger (Oklahoma)
  • Steelers — QB Daryll Clark (Penn State)
  • Titans — RB Stafon Johnson (Southern California)
  • Vikings — QB Ryan Perrilloux (Jacksonville State)

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2010 NFL Draft Day Three Chat

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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2010 NFL Draft Rounds 2-3 Live Chat

Dolphins trade down in first round, select DE Jared Odrick at No. 28

It took a little longer than expected, but the Miami Dolphins finally a chose a player in the first round of the draft.

After trading down from No. 12 to No. 28 that also landed them linebacker Tim Dobbins from the Chargers, the Dolphins used San Diego's pick to select Penn State defensive end Jared Odrick.

It was a questionable pick, to be sure, but I'll get to that in a minute. First, a breakdown of the trade and some background info on the players Miami acquired tonight.

The Trade

Dolphins receives:
  • San Diego's first-round pick (28th overall -- used to select Penn State defensive end Jared Odrick)
  • San Diego's second-round pick (4oth overall)
  • San Diego's fourth-round pick (126th overall)
  • Linebacker Tim Dobbins
San Diego receives:
  • Miami's first-round pick (12th overall -- used to select Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews)
  • Miami's fourth-round pick (110th overall)
  • Miami's sixth-round pick (173rd overall)

The Dolphins now have ten picks in the 2010 NFL Draft, including the one used to select Odrick. Their other picks are:
  • Round 2, Pick 40 (from Seattle through San Diego)
  • Round 3, Pick 73
  • 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)

Tim Dobbins

A first-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior at Iowa State, Dobbins was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Dobbins (6-1, 246) appeared in all 32 games during his first two seasons with the Chargers, recording 39 tackles and a forced fumble while primarily playing special teams.

Moving into the starting lineup with eight starts in 16 games in 2008, Dobbins totaled a career-high 57 tackles, three forced fumbles, one interception, and four pass deflections.

As a top backup linebacker behind starters Stephen Cooper and Brandon Siler in 2009, Dobbins racked up 55 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, an interception, and a pass deflection.

A restricted free agent in the 2010 offseason, Dobbins was tendered a one-year contract by the Chargers and re-signed on April 19, 2010.

Jared Odrick

Odrick [pronounced ODD-rick] played in 12 games for the Nittany Lions as a true freshman, recording 12 tackles on the season and notching his first career sack against Minnesota.

Prior to suffering season-ending hand and ankle injuries in 2007, Odrick appeared in eight games and recorded 16 tackles, two sacks (one each against Florida International and Wisconsin) and a blocked kick.

Odrick experienced a breakout season as a junior in 2008, appeared in 13 games while recording 41 tackles (9.5 for a loss), 4.5 sacks, and a forced fumble on his way to first-team All-Big Ten honors.

As a senior in 2009, Odrick totaled 43 tackles (11 for a loss) and seven sacks while being named first-team All-Big Ten, Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and a first-team All-American.

A 6-foot-5, 304-pound defensive tackle, Odrick drew interested from numerous teams prior to the 2010 NFL Draft as both a 3-4 defensive end and 4-3 defensive tackle prospect.

He was ranked the 25th-best prospect and fourth-best defensive tackle prospect at Scott Wright's Draft Countdown, and the 27th best prospect by NFLDraftScout.com.

Analysis

While there were some prospects I wouldn't have minded taking with the 12th pick, I was definitely open to the idea of a trade-down prior to the draft and was ecstatic when Miami made the move.

I think the Dolphins did a fairly good job in this trade, especially with getting back into the second round fairly early on with the 40th overall pick.

If you consider that the Dolphins acquired San Diego's first- and second-round pick in exchange for Miami's first and a swap of fourths, then the Dolphins essentially got linebacker Tim Dobbins for a sixth-rounder, which I'd say was a good move.

Dobbins, 27, is a solid special-teamer with starting experience. He could easily spell the end for overpaid backup Reggie Torbor, and could theoretically push the very average Channing Crowder for the starting inside linebacker spot opposite Karlos Dansby.

As for Odrick, I can't say I'm happy with this move. It's not that he isn't a good player. A proven, strong, athletic, high-motor guy, Odrick was probably the best 3-4 defensive end prospect in this year's class and is absolutely a perfect fit as a five technique in the Dolphins' system. (For those of you wondering, no, he doesn't fit the mold of a nose tackle or outside linebacker in our scheme.)

It's just that he wasn't needed. Even if you assume that 2008 second-rounder Phillip Merling hasn't progressed as much as the team would have liked, starters Kendall Langford and Randy Starks have both been highly productive. Furthermore, Langford has four more years until he his unrestricted free agency, while Starks still has three years remaining on his contract.

Odrick is a safe pick and absolutely can be a productive player in Miami's system. His addition obviously doesn't bode well for Merling, as Odrick has all the talent to become a contributor in the Dolphins' defensive line rotation.

I simply don't understand the pick given a) Miami's depth at the end position; and b) the fact that there were quality players at need positions, like Alabama nose tackle Terrence Cody, South Florida safety Nate Allen, and linebackers Sergio Kindle and Jerry Hughes of Texas and TCU, respectively.

The Dolphins also did well acquiring a high second-round pick after dealing theirs in the Brandon Marshall trade, but they now enter day two of the draft having taken a defensive player, yet not having addressed their three biggest needs on that side of the ball in nose tackle, outside linebacker, and free safety.

Day Two Outlook

The Dolphins head into the second day of the draft with one pick each in the second and third rounds, at No. 40 (acquired from San Diego in the trade down; acquire from Seattle for Charlie Whitehurst) and at No. 73.

One has to assume the Dolphins will look to address one of their defensive needs with the 40th pick, though after the Odrick pick, who the hell knows.

Only eight picks away to start the second day, possible prospects that are still currently available and could fall to Miami include: safety Nate Allen (South Florida), safety Morgan Burnett (Georgia Tech), nose tackle Terrence Cody (Alabama), defensive end/nose tackle Linval Joseph (East Carolina), outside linebacker Sergio Kindle (Texas), safety Taylor Mays (Southern California), outside linebacker Koa Misi (Utah), outside linebacker Ricky Sapp (Clemson), and outside linebacker Jason Worilds (Virginia Tech).

If the Dolphins were to go offense, players of note would include wide receiver Arrelious Benn (Illinois), wide receiver Eric Decker (Minnesota), tight end Dorin Dickerson (Pittsburgh), tight end Jimmy Graham (U. of Miami), tight end Rob Gronkowski (Arizona), guard John Jerry (Ole Miss), running back/wide receiver Dexter McCluster (Ole Miss), tight end Anthony McCoy (Southern California), tight end Dennis Pitta (BYU), and wide receiver Golden Tate (Notre Dame).

Day two could also be the day where the Dolphins eventually move trading-block inhabitants running back Ronnie Brown, guard Justin Smiley, and quarterback Tyler Thigpen; however, I don't see the team getting more than a mid-to-late pick for any of them.


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Thursday, April 22, 2010

2010 NFL Draft First Round Live Chat

Final 2010 NFL Two-Round Mock Draft

The first round of the 2010 NFL Draft takes place tonight, and it's time for my final mock draft.

My mock draft, which began as a first-round mock and has since expanded to cover the first two rounds, has been through many changes which you can view in each version below:

Previous versions:


Round 1

1. St. Louis Rams: QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma — The Rams need a franchise quarterback desperately, and all indications are Bradford will be their pick.

2. Detroit Lions: DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska — A franchise left tackle to protect Matthew Stafford is tempting, but the Lions also need defensive line help and can't pass on a talent like Suh.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma — The Buccaneers haven't had a quality defensive tackle for some time, and McCoy would be a fantastic fit.

4. Washington Redskins: OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma — The third Sooner to go in the first four picks, Williams gets the nod over Okung because he's a slightly safer pick and a better fit for Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State — Branden Albert might be best suited on the right side of the line, and Pioli has to pull the trigger when the best left tackle in this draft falls to him at No. 5.

6. Seattle Seahawks: OT Bryan Bulaga — Walter Jones won't be around much longer if he even plays in 2010, and Bulaga would be a perfect replacement on Carroll's new zone-blocking scheme under Alex Gibbs.

7. Cleveland Browns: S Eric Berry, Oklahoma — Everything falls into place for Mike Holmgren and the Browns, who get the play-making safety they are looking for in Berry.

8. Oakland Raiders: OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers — Not even Al Davis is dumb enough to reach this high for workout warrior Bruce Campbell, but he'd be crazy not to address offensive tackle here.

9. Buffalo Bills: QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame — The Bills' long-term answer at quarterback isn't currently on the roster, and Clausen is a quality prospect to add to the mix.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech — Even with the addition of Aaron Kampman, the Jaguars could use a long-term elite pass rusher as both Derrick Harvey and Quentin Moses have underperformed.

11. Denver Broncos (from Chicago): WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State — Brandon Marshall is officially gone, and I simply see no way they go into the season with Jabar Gaffney as their No. 1 wide receiver.

12. Miami Dolphins: S Earl Thomas, Texas — The Dolphins have other needs at linebacker and nose tackle, but both those positions can be addressed with more talent later in the draft. Thomas would give the team the play-making safety they've been lacking.

13. San Francisco 49ers: G Mike Iupati, Idaho — The Niners have soured on David Baas in the starting lineup, so drafting one of this year's best guard prospect would be a good decision.

14. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver): RB C. J. Spiller, Clemson — Lacking any kind of playmaker on offense, Spiller would be a huge addition to Pete Carroll's offense.

15. New York Giants:LB Rolando McClain, Alabama — The Giants need a middle linebacker to replace Antonio Pierce, and McClain is far and away this year's best inside linebacker.

16. Tennessee Titans: DE Jason Pierre-Paul — The Titans need an elite pass rusher after the departure of Kyle Vanden Bosch, and "JPP" could be the second coming of Jevon Kearse (when he was good).

17. San Francisco 49ers: CB Joe Haden, Florida — The Niners are lacking a playmaker in the secondary, and Haden is this year's best corner.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida — This team doesn't have many needs, but Justin Hartwig desperately needs replacing at center.

19. Atlanta Falcons: LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri — Curtis Lofton is a strong player inside, but the Falcons need to upgrade over Mike Peterson at weakside linebacker.

20. Houston Texans: RB Ryan Mathews, Fresno State — Steve Slaton shouldn't be carrying the entire load, so Mathews is brought in to create strong dual-back system.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: S Taylor Mays, Southern California — With Earl Thomas off the board, the Bengals opt for the next-best safety to help replace Chinedum Ndukwe and Chris Crocker.

22. New England Patriots: TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma — With Benjamin Watson now in Cleveland, Tom Brady could use a real receiving threat at tight end.

23. Green Bay Packers: LB Sergio Kindle, Texas — Clay Matthews III was fantastic as a rookie, but Aaron Kampman is gone and the Packers could use another true 3-4 outside linebacker.

24. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State — The Eagles parted way with their best cornerback in Sheldon Brown, so Wilson would be a nice addition opposite Asante Samuel.

25. Baltimore Ravens: WR Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech — Even with the acquisition of Anquan Boldin, the Ravens could still use a more long-term receiving prospect with Derrick Mason close to the end and Mark Clayton's regression.

26. Arizona Cardinals: DT Dan Williams, Tennessee — The Cardinals haven't gotten much production out of Alan Branch and Gabe Watson, so Ken Whisenhunt gets his own version of Casey Hampton here.

27. Dallas Cowboys: OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland — Flozell Adams has been released, Doug Free is unproven, and Marc Colombo has had his share of injury problems, so Campbell would be a nice project for the Cowboys.

28. San Diego Chargers: DT Terrence Cody, Alabama — Jamal Williams is gone after being released this offseason, so Cody would be a nice long-term replacement as one of the top 3-4 nose tackle prospects in this year's class.

29. New York Jets: LB Jerry Hughes, Texas Christian — The Jets are close to landing Jason Taylor, but a team with few holes has the luxury of picking almost any position. Hughes would be a nice long-term project for Rex Ryan's defense.

30. Minnesota Vikings: CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama — Antoine Winfield isn't getting any younger, and there is little talent behind him.

31. Indianapolis Colts: OT Charles Brown, Southern California — Charlie Johnson and Tony Ugoh have been less than stellar, so this athletic former tight end would make a nice project for the Colts at left tackle.

32. New Orleans Saints: LB Daryl Washington, Texas Christian — The Super Bowl champs don't have a ton of needs, but they have essentially no talent at linebacker aside from Jonathan Vilma.


Round 2

33. St. Louis Rams: DT Jared Odrick, Penn State — The Rams just dealt Adam Carriker and don't have many good prospects on the defensive line.

34. Detroit Lions: RB Jahvid Best, California — The Lions can always use more playmakers, and Kevin Smith is coming off a torn ACL. Best would be a nice complementary back and quality returner.

35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S Nate Allen, South Florida — Tanard Jackson just doesn't cut it as a starter, so local-product Allen would be a nice pickup.

36. Kansas City Chiefs: LB Brandon Graham, Michigan — Tamba Hali looks to be taking to their new 3-4 scheme, but there is little young talent beyond him at outside linebacker.

37. Philadelphia Eagles (from Washington): DE Everson Griffen, Southern California — Daryl Tapp and Alex Hall aren't enough to replace Chris Clemons at defensive end, and Griffen could be the second Trojans defensive lineman drafted by the team in five years.

38. Cleveland Browns: QB Colt McCoy, Texas — After passing on Jimmy Clausen with the seventh overall pick, Mike Holmgren gets his long-term quarterback prospect here in the second round.

39. Oakland Raiders: DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida — Oakland has little talent at defensive end with Kamerion Wimbley staying at outside linebacker, and Dunlap is the kind of high-upside athlete Al Davis covets.

40. San Diego Chargers (from Seattle): CB Devin McCourty — The Chargers could use help filling the void left by Antonio Cromartie at corner, and McCourty has the return skills to eventually replace Darren Sproles if he leaves via free agency.

41. Buffalo Bills: DT Torell Troup, Central Florida — Kyle Williams is a horrible fit at nose tackle in the Bills' new 3-4 defensive scheme, so a better prospect for the position is greatly needed.

42. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Chicago): WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame — The Buccaneers are sorely lacking a starting wideout after the departure of Antonio Bryant, so it's time to get Josh Freeman a real target.

43. Denver Broncos (from Miami): LB Koa Misi, Utah — Robert Ayers was disappointing as a rookie, so the Broncos could use a bit more youth and talent in their pass rush.

44. New England Patriots (from Jacksonville): QB Tim Tebow, Patriots — He has to go somewhere, but who knows where? If anyone can come up with some creative ways to use Tebow, it's Bill Belichick.

45. Denver Broncos: S Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech — Denver's secondary is looking like a nursing home, so it'd be nice to add some quality youth at safety.

46. New York Giants: DT Brian Price, UCLA — Chris Canty was a free-agent disappointment, while Fred Robbins is now out of the picture.

47. New England Patriots: RB Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss — Their second dynamic offensive addition of the round following Tebow at No. 44, McCluster would boost the Patriots' return game while giving them a nice eventual replacement to third-down back Kevin Faulk.

48. Carolina Panthers: WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois — Steve Smith is now on the back-end of his career and there is little talent behind him, so the Panthers would be wise to use this pick on a receiver to replace Muhsin Muhammad and eventually Smith.

49. San Francisco 49ers: LB Sean Lee, Penn State — Takeo Spikes doesn't have many years left, so a long-term inside linebacker next to Patrick Willis is needed.

50. Kansas City Chiefs (from Atlanta): DE Tyson Alualu, California — Tyson Jackson had a rough first season and Glenn Dorsey isn't look so good in the Chiefs' 3-4 scheme, so a prototypical 3-4 end would be a good pickup.

51. Houston Texans: CB Patrick Robinson, Florida State — With Dunta Robinson now in Atlanta, the Texans need another young corner to team with Glover Quin.

52. Pittsburgh Steelers: DE Alex Carrington, Arkansas State — The Steelers could use some youth at defensive end with Aaron Smith, Brett Kiesel, and Nick Eason as their top three players at the position.

53. New England Patriots: LB Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech — With their fourth pick in this year's draft, the Patriots finally address their big need at outside linebacker with a rising prospect in Worilds.

54. Cincinnati Bengals: TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona — After passing on top tight end Jermaine Gresham at No. 21, the Bengals get a more complete prospect here in Gronkowski.

55. Philadelphia Eagles: LB Navorro Bowman, Penn State — Even after acquiring Ernie Sims from Detroit, the Eagles could add some more talent to the linebacker corps with this high-upside local product.

56. Green Bay Packers: OG Rodger Saffold, Indiana — After drafting a raw Bruce Campbell in the first round, the Packers address the offensive line here with a quality zone-blocking tackle/guard prospect in Saffold.

57. Baltimore Ravens: CB Chris Cook, Virginia — With Samari Rolle retiring, Chris Carr better suited for special teams and Lardarius Webb coming off a torn ACL, the Ravens could use more talented youth in the secondary.

58. Arizona Cardinals: OT Vladimir Ducasse, Massachusetts — The Cardinals' offensive tackles have been horrendous in recent years, so it's time they brought in a fresh face to develop at tackle.

59. Dallas Cowboys: WR Taylor Price, Ohio — Price would be a nice upgrade over Patrick Crayton on punt returns and could develop into a good complementary receiver to Miles Austin.

60. Seattle Seahawks (from San Diego): WR Damian Williams, Southern California — Peter Carroll needs help at receiver with so many bust acquisitions at the position by the organization, and Carroll sticks with familiarity by grabbing Trojans product Williams.

61. New York Jets: DE Linval Joseph, East Carolina — The Jets don't have many glaring needs, but Joseph would be an intriguing prospect to add on the defensive line and could work at either nose tackle or end.

62. Minnesota Vikings: DT Lamarr Houston, Texas — Pat Williams isn't getting any younger, so it's about time to draft his eventual replacement.

63. Indianapolis Colts: CB Javier Arenas, Alabama — The Colts have a lot of unproven talent at corner, and Arenas would be a nice addition.

64. New Orleans Saints: TE Jimmy Graham, Miami (Fla.) — The boisterous Jeremy Shockey is often banged up and will be 30 this season, so the Super Bowl champs could add Graham as a high-upside project to develop.


Concise version

Pick Team Player Position School
1 St. Louis Rams Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma
2 Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma
4 Washington Redskins Trent Williams OT Oklahoma
5 Kansas City Chiefs Russell Okung OT Oklahoma State
6 Seattle Seahawks Bryan Bulaga OT Iowa
7 Cleveland Browns Eric Berry S Tennessee
8 Oakland Raiders Anthony Davis OT Rutgers
9 Buffalo Bills Jimmy Clausen QB Notre Dame
10 Jacksonville Jaguars Derrick Morgan DE Georgia Tech
11 Denver Broncos (f/ CHI) Dez Bryant WR Oklahoma State
12 Miami Dolphins Earl Thomas S Texas
13 San Francisco 49ers Mike Iupati OG Idaho
14 Seattle Seahawks (f/ DEN) C. J. Spiller RB Clemson
15 New York Giants Rolando McClain LB Alabama
16 Tennessee Titans Jason Pierre-Paul DE South Florida
17 San Francisco 49ers (f/ CAR) Joe Haden CB Florida
18 Pittsburgh Steelers Maurkice Pouncey C Florida
19 Atlanta Falcons Sean Weatherspoon LB Missouri
20 Houston Texans Ryan Mathews RB Fresno State
21 Cincinnati Bengals Taylor Mays S Southern California
22 New England Patriots Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma
23 Green Bay Packers Sergio Kindle LB Texas
24 Philadelphia Eagles Kyle Wilson CB Boise State
25 Baltimore Ravens Demaryius Thomas WR Georgia Tech
26 Arizona Cardinals Dan Williams DT Tennessee
27 Dallas Cowboys Bruce Campbell OT Maryland
28 San Diego Chargers Terrence Cody DT Alabama
29 New York Jets Jerry Hughes LB Texas Christian
30 Minnesota Vikings Kareem Jackson CB Alabama
31 Indianapolis Colts Charles Brown OT Southern California
32 New Orleans Saints Daryl Washington LB Texas Christian
33 St. Louis Rams Jared Odrick DT Penn State
34 Detroit Lions Jahvid Best RB California
35 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Nate Allen S South Florida
36 Kansas City Chiefs Brandon Graham LB Michigan
37 Philadelphia Eagles (f/ WAS) Everson Griffen DE Florida
38 Cleveland Browns Colt McCoy QB Texas
39 Oakland Raiders Carlos Dunlap DE Florida
40 San Diego Chargers (f/ SEA) Devin McCourty CB Rutgers
41 Buffalo Bills Torell Troup DT Central Florida
42 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (f/ CHI) Golden Tate WR Notre Dame
43 Denver Broncos (f/ MIA) Koa Misi LB Utah
44 New England Patriots (f/ JAX) Tim Tebow QB Florida
45 Denver Broncos Morgan Burnett S Georgia Tech
46 New York Giants Brian Price DT UCLA
47 New England Patriots (f/ TEN) Dexter McCluster RB Ole Miss
48 Carolina Panthers Arrelious Benn WR Illinois
49 San Francisco 49ers Sean Lee LB Penn State
50 Kansas City Chiefs (f/ ATL) Tyson Alualu DE California
51 Houston Texans Patrick Robinson CB Florida
52 Pittsburgh Steelers Alex Carrington DE Arkansas State
53 New England Patriots Jason Worilds LB Virginia Tech
54 Cincinnati Bengals Rob Gronkowski TE Arizona
55 Philadelphia Eagles Navorro Bowman LB Penn State
56 Green Bay Packers Rodger Saffold OG Indiana
57 Baltimore Ravens Chris Cook CB Virginia
58 Arizona Cardinals Vladimir Ducasse OT Massachusetts
59 Dallas Cowboys Taylor Price WR Ohio
60 Seattle Seahawks (f/ SD) Damian Williams WR Southern California
61 New York Jets Linval Joseph DE East Carolina
62 Minnesota Vikings Lamarr Houston DT Texas
63 Indianapolis Colts Javier Arenas
CB
Alabama
64 New Orleans Saints Jimmy Graham TE Miami (Fla.)


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