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    Drafting players who have dropped through injury?

    With Marcus Lattimore expected to make an impact for San Fran this year, it made me think, with the small chance that players from round 4 on, make any impact year 1, why not draft players who have dropped though injury and 'redshirt' them for one year?

    Players such as James Hurst, EJ Gaines, Brent Urban, Anthony Steen, Joe Don Duncan, DeAndre Coleman, Antone Exum, Yawin Smallwood, Brandon Thomas, Aaron Colvin and Marion Grice, please feel free to mention others I missed.

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    Ronald Powell could be a steal if he can come back from the two knee injuries. The guy was the top HS recruit and started looking like a beast in 2011, then blew his knee in the sring, came back too early and blew it again in the fall.


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    We drafted 4 injured guys last year and had the most underperforming class of rookies.

    I'm all for using a later pick on an injured guy a la DE Adawake Ogunleye from Indiana and sits out a year and then becomes a beast, but last year almost all the guys were hurt. Please bring in healthy and durable starters early take chances later. We need starters and depth across the board!

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    I'd be looking at Thomas, Coleman, Gaines, Colvin, and Exum in the later rounds.
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    Easley comes to mind.
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    Ireland had a strange fascination for drafting injured players last year. This is OK to do for an occasional player, but the top 4 last year was frankly irresponsible. I'm also sure that Hickey has received feedback from many, to not consider this Ireland Draft strategy.
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    Easley, Brandon Thomas, Spencer Long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cullenbigcstill View Post
    We drafted 4 injured guys last year and had the most underperforming class of rookies.

    I'm all for using a later pick on an injured guy a la DE Adawake Ogunleye from Indiana and sits out a year and then becomes a beast, but last year almost all the guys were hurt. Please bring in healthy and durable starters early take chances later. We need starters and depth across the board!

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    This. We need our draft picks to make an influence straight away. All too often Miami have drafted players with an injury red flag, and as a result, we screw ourselves. Hopefully hickey has a better idea on drafting players than what Ireland did.
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    Teams with good depth can afford to take a flyer on injured players and wait to see if they develop. Teams, like the Dolphins, that need contributors from the draft cannot afford to take that chance until the 6th or 7th round. We saw first hand how Jamar Taylor's, Will Davis', and Dallas Thomas' injuries negatively affected our depth chart.

    On a similar topic, I wouldn't take a flyer on a player with character issues until the 7th round or as an UFA.
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    I would draft Thomas late....love his skill set and believe he could be a starter in the NFL...
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