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elite14eva
04-17-2006, 12:37 AM
Dolphins Team Report
4/14/2006

By Jason Cole
Miami Herald http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gif


DRAFT BUZZ: Having traded for QB Daunte Culpepper and signed CB Will Allen, S Renaldo Hill and LT L.J. Shelton, the Dolphins are looking to take the best available player or perhaps trade down; they have talked to a number of teams about deals. The team hopes a trading partner falls in love with one of the cornerbacks or wide receivers who are expected to be available at the 16th spot. TARGETING: The top three needs are a nose tackle who fits well into a 3-4 scheme, a top-flight cover cornerback and a wide receiver who can be a No. 2 or 3 target as a rookie. At nose tackle, the Dolphins got by last season with Keith Traylor, who missed two games because of a knee injury. He'll turn 37 in September. The team drafted DT Manny Wright last season, but he is better suited to play in a 4-3 scheme because he isn't a hold-the-point defender. Candidates at tackle include Oregon's Haloti Ngata and Florida State's Brodrick Bunkley. Drafting a lockdown cornerback would allow the team to make Travis Daniels the nickel back. Miami is looking at Virginia Tech's Jimmy Williams, Florida State's Antonio Cromartie and South Carolina's Jonathan Joseph. The most intriguing spot the Dolphins could look at is wide receiver; they have had Ohio State's Santonio Holmes, Florida's Chad Jackson and Miami's Sinorice Moss in for visits. The team wants to give Culpepper another significant weapon and make his transition into the Dolphins' offense easier. That said, don't be surprised if the Dolphins stray away from all of those positions in the first round. The Dolphins had Texas QB Vince Young in for a visit in case he falls to them. They also could take an outside linebacker with great pass-rushing skills who could fill the spot vacated when Junior Seau was let go.

SoFloDolFan
04-17-2006, 12:39 AM
nice, thanks for the heads up, I just really wish I knew what was going to happen on draft day. I can't wait.

NickJr.
04-17-2006, 12:42 AM
Good info, but really nothing new. Bring on the draft already.

elite14eva
04-17-2006, 12:44 AM
nice, thanks for the heads up, I just really wish I knew what was going to happen on draft day. I can't wait.i'm with ya buddy.

Delphis
04-17-2006, 12:45 AM
This has to be one of the toughest decisions....BUT, because this draft IMO is so loaded with talent....

I would probably trade down as well and pick up a coveted 2nd round pick.

1) Trade down..cornerback or Sinorice Moss

newlownorder
04-17-2006, 12:46 AM
If there isn't a guy who slips like crazy at 16 I really hope we trade down for extra picks because there is a ton of talent late in the 1st round.

icephinfan
04-17-2006, 12:47 AM
Trade down and hopefully get a 2nd round pick as well.

elite14eva
04-17-2006, 12:48 AM
yeah we need to trade down to make up for the 2nd rd pick we lost.

FansinceJan'72
04-17-2006, 12:50 AM
manny lawson or bobby carpenter or trade down

Koehler13x
04-17-2006, 01:08 AM
The team drafted DT Manny Wright last season, but he is better suited to play in a 4-3 scheme because he isn't a hold-the-point defender.

Ok, I'm not exactly too comfortable with this comment. Either Saban plans to switch back and forth between 3-4 and 4-3 pretty often with Manny going in for the 4-3 sets or Manny may be a waste of talent that may not quite fit in with our team. Hopefully Saban can work with him to help him become a better 3-4 tackle instead of just looking past him.

TPA_Finz
04-17-2006, 01:09 AM
Good stuff.Just a few more days and we'll see what happens

Roman529
04-17-2006, 01:18 AM
Trading down is looking better and better. I listened to an interview with Mangold, Ohio State's Center, and he sounds like he really has it together...I would love to trade down and get Mangold late in the 1st, or maybe we can grab someone else and take Mangold in the 2nd....either way, it would be nice to get a 1st and 2nd rounder.

icephinfan
04-17-2006, 01:19 AM
Does anyone think we can get a really good deal in a trade, I keep thinking back to the trade when the Giants and Chargers swapped QB's but the Giants gave another #1 to the Chargers, I still don't get that.So, I was just wondering if we can get another #1 or more 1st day picks??? Thanks

PALMA
04-17-2006, 01:21 AM
Last year when we were gung-ho on getting a 2nd round pick we wound up with Roth. Now I'm not calling Roth a bust, that would be stupid, but I doubt he ever returns 2nd round value. Let's stick at 16 and get that impact player by going BPA.

Coral Reefer
04-17-2006, 01:24 AM
Ok, I'm not exactly too comfortable with this comment. Either Saban plans to switch back and forth between 3-4 and 4-3 pretty often with Manny going in for the 4-3 sets or Manny may be a waste of talent that may not quite fit in with our team. Hopefully Saban can work with him to help him become a better 3-4 tackle instead of just looking past him.


You can rest easy knowing that comment is Jason Cole's opinion on what Manny Wright is capable of.
Any analysis from any of the sports writers from the Herald or the Sentinel you can throw right into the trash.

Saban is well aware of the defense he runs and which prospects will fit it. I'd be willing to bet they took that into consideration when they drafted Manny Wright.

Aqua4Ever04
04-17-2006, 01:27 AM
I say use that 16th pick to draft Jimmy Williams, Tye Hill, Jason Allen or Donte Whitner. To me that is a very obvious solutition to what is still our biggest hole at defensive back. I don't like taking the chance that Will Poole will return and become a superstar but I think he might be able to do it. Also, we need to understand how much better suited Daniels is to play the nickle and cover those 3rd slot guys.

Just my 2 cent, but I say we keep that pick and go with DB.

Our 2006 secondary:

CB: Will Allen
CB: Will Poole/ (maybe one of these 3) Jimmy Williams / Tye Hill/ Jason Allen
Nickle: Travis Daniels
FS: Donte Whitner
SS: Yerimiah Bell

ASUFinFan
04-17-2006, 01:32 AM
trading down always looks good when we dont have many drafts picks as we do. not much new in that article but thanks for the info. I cant wait for this draft...see what Saban has up his sleeve again.

tonto_phin
04-17-2006, 02:09 AM
It's time to unpimp Ze Patriots!
Oh Snap! Dolphins football in Ze house!

:shakeno:

Miamifin23
04-17-2006, 02:17 AM
Stay at 16 unless we get a huge deal to move down a little. We need safety help BADLY... Draft Whitner at 16.

BDFphinsfan
04-17-2006, 09:48 AM
Gotta wait until the day, cant wait.

Dors156
04-17-2006, 10:27 AM
Trade down and hopefully get a 2nd round pick as well.


yea we desperately need a 2nd pick

Motion
04-17-2006, 10:48 AM
I just really wish I knew what was going to happen on draft day.

What fun would that be?

Motion
04-17-2006, 10:51 AM
I say use that 16th pick to draft Jimmy Williams, Tye Hill, Jason Allen or Donte Whitner. To me that is a very obvious solutition to what is still our biggest hole at defensive back. I don't like taking the chance that Will Poole will return and become a superstar but I think he might be able to do it. Also, we need to understand how much better suited Daniels is to play the nickle and cover those 3rd slot guys.

Just my 2 cent, but I say we keep that pick and go with DB.

Our 2006 secondary:

CB: Will Allen
CB: Will Poole/ (maybe one of these 3) Jimmy Williams / Tye Hill/ Jason Allen
Nickle: Travis Daniels
FS: Donte Whitner
SS: Yerimiah Bell

I think Bell is more suited to play FS, and Renaldo Hill will be a strong candidate for the starting SS position.

Lee2000
04-17-2006, 12:07 PM
You can rest easy knowing that comment is Jason Cole's opinion on what Manny Wright is capable of.
Any analysis from any of the sports writers from the Herald or the Sentinel you can throw right into the trash.

Saban is well aware of the defense he runs and which prospects will fit it. I'd be willing to bet they took that into consideration when they drafted Manny Wright.

My understanding is that he gets some information from the Dolphins regarding what they would like to do. I realize his opinion is in the things he writes, but some of what Miami is interested in or has commented on previously is also in the content he writes. Saban has identified NT as a priority even with Manny on the roster. That is fact and not fiction. I believe Manny may be suited for 3-4 defensive end because he is relatively quick for a big man and can get into the backfield. The NT is more suited to holding the point of attack and occupying linemen. Bowens was often criticized for not making more sacks by some when he was doing exactly what he was supposed to do.

Lee2000

Montella
04-17-2006, 12:43 PM
i hope we trade down and get a 1st and a 2nd round draft pick for our #16 pick. here are some players we could draft then...

1st round:
we need a speed rushing olb, if we don't sign arrington:
manny lawson (north carolina state), ernie sims (florida state) or kamerion wimbley (florida state)

2nd round:
we need a young safety playmaker
pat watkins (florida state), ko simpson (south carolina) or daniel bullocks (nebraska)

3rd round:
we need another young wide receiver behind chambers
brandon marshall (central florida), demetrius williams (oregon) or martin nance (miami ohio)

4th round:
we need another young ol guy to develop into a starter
rob sims (ohio state), derek morris (north carolina state) or guy whimper (east carolina)

7th round:
best players available

Koehler13x
04-17-2006, 02:51 PM
i hope we trade down and get a 1st and a 2nd round draft pick for pur #16 pick. here are some players we could draft then...

1st round:
we need a speed rushing olb, if we don't sign arrington:
manny lawson (north carolina state), ernie sims (florida state) or kamerion wimbley (florida state)

2nd round:
we need a young safety playmaker
pat watkins (florida state), ko simpson (south carolina) or daniel bullocks (nebraska)

3rd round:
we need another young wide receiver behind chambers
brandon marshall (central florida), demetrius williams (oregon) or martin nance (miami ohio)

4th round:
we need another young ol guy to develop into a starter
rob sims (ohio state), derek morris (north carolina state) or guy whimper (east carolina)

7th round:
best players available

Scratch your second rounder because we don't have one. It was traded for Daunte.

Motion
04-17-2006, 03:09 PM
Scratch your second rounder because we don't have one. It was traded for Daunte.

If you read his post he clearly states that IF we could trade down he would like that to happen.

wazzy
04-17-2006, 03:15 PM
If we can trade down into early 20s and pick up a 2nd rounder that would be awsome. Does anyone know any trading partners that Dolphins could be contacting?

dominizzo
04-17-2006, 03:15 PM
Love the read