Determining what the Dolphins may do this weekend in the 2007 NFL Draft and how these new players will impact our team over the next 3 to 5 seasons is a crapshoot and therefore, my guess about what will occur this weekend is just as valid as any other NFL expert I will assume. My angle at tackling what positions we will draft takes an obvious approach although this common sense theory seems to not be a popular one among what the mighty analyst are saying as far as I can tell.
Many analyst including the great Mel Kiper are forecasting our round 1 pick will be DT
Amboi Okoye. Others are saying OT Levi Brown. Brown certainly makes sense to me more than DT in this first round. Some say Brown is a reach at the nine hole, I say it is not a reach if we need an OT and Brown is the second best and still available on the board and both QBs are not on the board any longer. Personally I donâ€™t think it will matter because both Brown and Okoye will be gone by the time our turn on the clock. Yes our defensive line is the oldest starting in the entire NFL, but at least we can say we have our starting defensive line already sealed up on the roster, whereas we can not say we have a true left OT already on the roster. This leads me to my common sense theory.
The first aspect of the upcoming draft I look at is what holes did the 2006 roster have on it and what can we do to improve our weaknesses from a year ago? The second thing to look at is which starters and players have we lost during free agency and what have we done to replace the players lost? We downgraded our starting TE by bringing in David Martin although I am sure Cameron likes to be rid of McMichaels off the field issues. We have gutted the backup RB position by saying goodbye to Sammy Morris, Darian Barnes, and Travis Minor. To me you have to count Wes Welker 3 times, as a #3 WR, Punt Returner, and Kickoff returner. We have lost 5 offensive linemen counting McMichael. Here is the entire list.
Ex Dolphins lost this offseason
Bennie Anderson, OL; Darian Barnes, RB (NYJ); David Bowens, DE (NYJ); Kevin Carter, DE (TB); Joey Harrington, QB (ATL); Jeno James, G; Eric Kimble, WR; Olindo Mare, K (NO); Damion McIntosh, T (KC); Seth McKinney, OL (CLE); Randy McMichael, TE (STL); Travis Minor, RB (STL); Sammy Morris, RB (NE); Wes Welker, WR (NE)
What has Cam done this off-season to offset these lost Players?
First of all, Iâ€™m glad Cam has let 5 of our offensive linemen and 3 RBs leave the squad. They were mostly below average players and we need to clean house. Cam has done almost nothing this off-season to backfill the 11 offensive roster spots lost during free agency. He signed a backup OTMike Rosenthal, and signed 35 year old FB Cory Schlesinger who is on the down slope of a decent career. So in conclusion, Cam has done almost nothing to improve upon or replace the 11 offensive players lost during the off-season.
So what does this mean and how does it impact the draft.
Cam is an offensive minded coach, and we have lost 11 roster spots this off-season on the offensive side of the ball. Cam has done little to replace these players in free agency so far. Our offense has poor red zone effectiveness, no quality QB in a decade, poor RB depth, and a horrible offensive line. Cam will spend the majority of our draft picks on offensive line and offensive skill positions. Cam likes to incorporate a RB by committee approach, and if he takes a RB somewhere in the first 6 picks, then perhaps this means Cam is thinking Ricky Williams has a very short life expectancy in Miami. On defense, look For Cam to go LB, DE, DT, and CB in four of the picks, but the other 6 picks will be offense.
I still think of that Fielder come from behind win versus Oakland the first game after the tragic day of 9/11 as one of he more exciting games I have witnessed in some time.
I never thought I would say this, but I think Jay Fielder has been our best starting QB since Marino retired in 2000. Heres to hoping that I wonâ€™t be able to say that much longer.