As of right now we lack a starting FS, SOLB, carry only two OLBs and will only carry one NT for the first 8 games of the season.
FA apparently does not hold much else either and while we may be able to pull some trades there is no point factoring something that has not happened yet.
Therefor our draft would look like this if it where tohappen today.
#12 FS Earl Thomas, Texas.
We all know we need a free safety a ballhawking one preferably. Apparently we are not interested on any of the ones left on FA and I do not think this FO would hold out until after the draft to see if Ken Hamlin gets cut.
No need to talk about Thomas, we all know what he brings to the table.
#43 OLB Jerry Hughes, TCU.
4-3 teams will rate Morgan, JPP and Kindle top due to their explosiveness and good frames but I dont care much about any of them due to their stiffness and apparent uncapability to play in space. 3-4 teams looking for OLBs in the first round will go with Brandon Graham and Everson Griffen due to the fact they played for bigger programs. This leaves us as the top 3-4 team looking for a pass rusher in round 2 and we can pick anyone left.
Jerry Hughes recorded double digit sacks in each of his last 2 season in TCU , made 1st. team All-American in both and earned the Ted Hendricks award the last.
He is very fast and quick, has a great first step and is a terror off the edge. Has the fluidity and instincts for OLB. Very smart and a hard worker. He is the most OLB ready tweener in this years draft.
#72 OLB Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech.
A crowd of pass rushers will be drafted between #43 and #72 but I say Sapp, Misi and Cunningham will be taken ahead of Worilds and that can only be good for us leaving a more polished and proven Worilds slide to us at #72.
Jason made a total of 42 plays in the backfield in the last 2 years, that is a pretty good number in my opinion specially considering he had little supporting cast around him in the Hokies D-line and and was the focus of every blocking scheme.
A very quick jump off the snap, good use of hands and interesting pass rush moves, a full repertoire of them actually, he even has a punch and bull rush some DTs would envy, great leverage and will release off blocks with an explosive second effort. Good leverage and lateral step to close gaps in the running game. Great wrap up tackler who will use his whole body to bring down a player, a knack to jar the ball loose with 3 FF. Hard worker and ofetn refered to as a gym rat.
# 107 WR Scott Long, Louisville.
Woods and Long are pretty much interchangeable, we will likely reach for whichever we want most and whichever we think wont make it to this pick. They both might just make it all the way here if it wheren't because of us. I say this based on the lack of NTs after the 3rd. round and the fact we like to reach for receivers in the middle rounds.
6th rd (A) NT Al Woods, LSU.
With so many teams switching to the 3-4 NTs are at a premium Dan Williams will be gone by the mid-late first round Terrance Cody and Cam Thomas will likely be gone in the second round wile Troup will likely be gone by the third round.
Al Woods was a bit of a disapointment at LSU, specially since he was such highly recruited out of high school. But the potential is still there, untapped. His best seasons where his sophomore where he earned a starting role and seemed to be coming along but an injury plagued junior season set him back again and his senior where he recorded career high numbers but his play still left some to be desired.
At 6-3 1/2 and 309 he has a pretty good frame to keep beefing up, had a top 5 40 dash among DTs, not that it matters but it tells alot about his conditioning and athleticism, longest arms and biggest hands among DTs at 36 and 11 inches respectively. Did not lift though.
6th rd (B) TE Clay Harbor, Missouri State.
Small school prospect who many had far from draftable, an amazing workout at the combine had many scrambling for tape on him. And most like what they saw, this guy was a hero at MS leaving as all time receptions leader and third in yards.
Soft hands, crisp route runner and gives his all blocking.
A bit of a FB/TE tweener at 6-2 250. Would be brought to camp and if we see anything we like he would likely get a shot.
6th rd (C) ILB Micah Johnson, Kentucky State.
A big thumper to replace Torbor as Crowders back up. If anyone reaches for him let 'em have him but he is good value here.
I'll save us all the write up on absolutely unpredicatable 7th rounders.
Make no mistake despite the fact we would apparently not get Henne any ready made targets this draft with Woods and Long pretty much being interchangable would be BIG for the Dolphins, and this is assuming we make no moves.