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Thread: 2005 Offseason - Position by position analysis...QB, RB and O-LINE LONG POST

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    2005 Offseason - Position by position analysis...QB, RB and O-LINE LONG POST

    This seems as good a time as any to look at some of the options the Dolphins will be presented with in free agency and the #2 pick in the draft. My sources for information on prospective players will be http://tsn.ca/nfl/player_list.asp, http://www.footballsfuture.com and last years Lindy's football preview (the only magazine that I'm familiar with that has comments about every player on every team's projected roster). I'll try to focus in on the most likely possibilities..(CURRENT AGE) in parenthesis.

    QUARTERBACK - It appears as though AJ Feely(27) is safe to make the team for at least one more season. As we all know, he struggled mightily but there were so many mitigating factors that could be the reason for his poor play. With top coaches like S.Linehan & Houck running the offense we could see a dramatic improvement. All reports indicate that Saban is interested in acquiring a veteran QB to help Feely along and possibly start if he falters. For that reason, I'm not going to list younger veteran QB's like M.McMahon(26) from Detroit.

    THE OPTIONS...

    Gus Frerotte(33) - Great arm...Well versed in Linehan's offense...excelled in 2003 filling in for an injured Culpepper with 6 TD's and only 1 INT in 2 starts (both wins)... Can sling the ball into tight spots. Will have hot streaks. Knows his role and has helped Culpepper develop…Seems to get worse the more he plays…Makes costly mistakes, especially when he tries to make too much happen in the red zone.

    Kelly Holcomb(31) - Has struggled since a solid 2002 season with 17 TD's and 17 INT's over the last 2 injury plagued seasons. Simply hasn't stood out when given the opportunity to be a starter. Lacks a top arm or athleticism.

    Kurt Warner(33) - Excellent accuracy. Hits his receivers in stride so they can gain yards after the catch. Has a very good arm. An excellent decision maker who quickly diagnoses and exploits coverages…Since 2002, Warner has only 10 TD’s to 16 INT’s..Has developed happy feet in the pocket and will make poor throws when not set properly. Will force some passes and give up some interceptions. His fastball has lost a little zip.

    Jeff Garcia(34) - Reads defenses very well and makes excellent decisions. Puts a nice touch on the ball and can get it deep if he has to...Career 2-to1 TD-to-INT ratio. Small, slow, and weak-armed. Fails every tape-measure test. Has a funky delivery. Has taken some hits in recent years and is getting brittle.

    Aaron Rodgers(R) - Top prospect...If drafted would likely spend a year as Feely's backup to better learn the system...He has a strong, accurate throwing arm and is capable of making all the throws…Does a great job of taking what the defense gives him underneath...Shows good mobility.

    Alex Smith(R) - Biggest strengths are his intelligence and the efficiency he plays with. He sees the field very well and makes smart decisions. He is a true junior, and he needs to bulk up to take the beating the NFL is going to give him.

    Others..Charlie Batch, Jeff Blake, Vinny Testaverde, Tony Banks

    RUNNING BACK - Very well could be the key to offensive success in 2005. Linehan employed a myriad of backs in his time as OC of the Vikings. He seemed to use the pass the set up the run (very different than what we are used to around here). If Saban gives him autonomy as has been reported, Linehan could be allowed to mold the offense as he sees fit. Mewelde Moore, Ontarrio Smith & Michael Bennett all fit the same mold, so I wouldn't be surprised to see the Dolphins use a smaller, speedy back. Lamar Gordon should be given a chance to start because he fits the mold..great pass catcher..speedy. More than likely Minor will be gone and S.Morris will move back to FB.

    THE OPTIONS...

    LaMont Jordan(26) - Career 4.8 yds per att in first 4 years...a short, wide runner with power who can cut on a dime. Has good vision and can find a hole. Breaks tackles and finishes runs....Can't get on the field on passing downs because he doesn't read the blitz or run tight routes.

    Ronnie Brown(R) - One of the more complete backs in this draft...has great size and very good speed. He is a physical runner that is very tough to bring down...will move the pile an extra two yards once he is hit...has the cutting ability to make the first defender miss, and the speed to get to the perimeter and break the long run...a quality receiver out of the backfield, displaying soft hands when asked to catch the ball.

    Cedric Benson(R) - Shaved off his dreads to further separate himself from comparisons to Ricky Williams...has been called a "better" version of Ricky..has very good tools across the board and looks like he is going to be a very good NFL running back...runs very hard between the tackles, and has the strength to fight for extra yards...has the ability to make people miss, and the speed to go the distance....has also displayed the ability to be a solid receiver out of the backfield. Benson is about as consistent as you can get, and he shows up to play every week.

    Cadillac Williams(R) - Does a lot of things very well...has excellent acceleration to and through the hole, and has the ability to cut and make defenders miss...runs with authority, and battles for the extra yard....possesses great vision, and just seems to know where the hole is. He is a willing inside runner, and still has the speed to be a threat on the outside... He has a slim build, and he could really use some extra pounds. It would help him be a stronger interior runner, and help him be more of a workhorse.

    Chester Taylor(25) - Excelled filling in for J.Lewis last year with 2-100 yd games in 4 starts...Runs low to the ground and makes smart, economical north-south moves...Has no breakaway speed and very average burst through the hole. Poor blocker. Wears down.

    Dominic Rhodes(26) - Limited action behind James...Darting, low center-of-gravity runner who makes quick cuts. Has a great burst and hits the hole hard. Can make people miss...A liability when pass blocking. Not a very polished receiver.

    Derrick Blaylock(25) - 8 TD's in 5 starts could be a product of the system...Ran for 186 yds & a TD vs the Saints...Decent quickness and some cutback ability. Can catch and has some open-field moves...isn't powerful or extremely fast. Doesn't always hit the hole with authority.

    Correll Buckhalter(26) - Coming off knee injury that wiped out his entire 2004 season...Has some speed and burst to the hole and will break some tackles. Decent receiver...Not a great cutback runner. Will get bottled up if the hole isn't right in front of him. Has had character issues in the past.

    Anthony ( A-Train) Thomas(27) - Lost his starting job to T. Jones last year..A classic workhorse who gets it done between the tackles. Finishes every run. Reads and sets up his blocks well...Isn't a great blocker. Doesn't have the elite vision to find holes on his own. Lacks breakaway speed.

    Others...Ron Dayne, Amos Zereoue

    OFFENSIVE TACKLE – Saban himself has indicated that LT is one of the top priorities for the offseason. This leaves D.McIntosh & W.Smith somewhat in limbo. Will the fact that O-line coach H.Houck already worked with McIntosh help him or hurt him? Is Wade Smith a lost cause? This is yet to be determined. All that is certain is that Saban stated that he will not “overhaul” the line and will likely only make one significant addition. It would be logical to assume that St. Clair will at least be given an opportunity to continue to start at RT since he was fairly consistent. Another question is whether Houck & Saban will view Vernon Carey as more of a G than a T.

    THE OPTIONS…

    Jonas Jennings(27)LT - A widebody. Rock solid technique. A battler with a mean streak. Can be overpowering as a run blocker…Has trouble with speed rushers, who get the edge on him at times. Doesn't have the footwork of an outstanding left tackle…Would be a great fit with a veteran team dependant on the run looking for a young run-blocking tackle.

    Jammal Brown(R) - As a pass blocker, he shows good agility, and has long arms to keep the defender away from his chest. Physically, Brown is a very good athlete, with very good lateral agility. His long arms allow him to keep the defender off his chest…He can run block, but he doesn’t play with a great deal of power and doesn't dominates at the point. Brown plays right tackle, but his athletic skills should allow him to move over to the left side in the NFL.

    Alex Barron(R) - Tall, with very long arms, and is lanky, which shows room for growth potential. He is a very good athlete, displaying very good agility in pass protection. He slides well in either direction, and can adjust on the move. His long arms also allow him to lock on to the defender and keep them from getting under his pads…He needs a complete overhaul in his run blocking game.

    Kareem McKenzie(25)RT - Great size and wingspan. Quick feet. Moves well. Can explode out of his stance. Gets good push and can redirect his opponent…Still improving his technique. Could be more physical and intense.

    Oliver Ross(30)RT - Great wingspan. Lots of experience in the system. Latches on and can get some drive. Good footwork and some quickness…A turn-and-steer guy who doesn't blow people away. Not a polished technician. Doesn't always play with passion.

    Stockar McDougle(28)RT – Born and raised in Deerfield Bch, FL.. Massive, strong player. Can engulf and overwhelm opponents when run blocking…Doesn't have great quickness or agility. Gets heavy. When he gains weight, he's too stiff and too slow to do the job. Makes mental errors.

    Floyd Womack(26)RT - Versatile…Has worked out at every line position but center…Not a full time starter in Seattle..A huge specimen who can be a road grader when blocking straight ahead. Has learned to pass block with better technique….Will lunge and lose balance. Gets too heavy and loses foot quickness. Not a great blocker in space.

    Victor Riley(30)RT - Has shown the ability to be a dependable player whether moving the ball on the ground or through the air. He has the lower body strength to beat average defenders off the snap, and the reach to keep back pass rushers…shows an inability to adjust to the moves of a quicker rusher, and often has to overcompensate, which can cost a quarterback time.

    CENTER & GUARD – Jeno James looks to be the only interior lineman that will remain a starter, the other positions are up for competition. As we all know, Seth McKinney was below average and he must improve greatly if he is to remain the starting C. If not, he will face a challenge from a free agent, a rookie or possibly Rex Hadnot & St.Clair who both played C in college. If Hadnot doesn’t get in the mix at C, he should have a shot to win the RG position. If V.Carey is moved to guard, Hadnot will face stiff competition.

    THE OPTIONS…

    Joe Andruzzi(29)LG – Started every game for the last 2 world champion Patriot teams…Smart, hard working tough guy…a great fit for a young team looking for leadership and consistent play…He gets great angles on his blocks, and opens up wide lanes for slashing runners…He is susceptible to superior bull rushers who can beat him on brute strength.

    Marco Rivera(32)RG - A very good blocker in space…He attacks defenders off the snap, and will push the pile for an inside runner. He lacks the mobility to get out to trap or pull, so his ideal suitor will feature a power back or inside slasher. In the pass game, he locks on to his opponent effectively, and has the intelligence and recognition to anticipate the moves of his opponent and neutralize them.

    Dominic Raiola(26)C - Very quick and athletic, with adequate size. Plays hard. Has become a better technician who gets good position when pass blocking. Blocks well in space and against a moving target. Can long snap...Isn't exceptionally powerful. Still developing as a pass blocker.

    Robbie Tobeck(34)C - Strong and tenacious. A high-effort type. Makes good calls. Won't make many mistakes. A clubhouse leader...Doesn't move well. Won't be much good on a sweep or screen. Quicker tackles can slice past him.

    Bennie Anderson(28)RG - Powerful run blocker. Very good upper-body strength. Has great size and can engulf his opponent….Limited quickness and range. Not effective as a pulling guard. Quick rushers can get past him. At 335 lbs, will get fat and lose stamina.

    Casey Rabach(27)C – Started 16 games for the first time in 2004.. Smart and hard working. Has decent footwork and technique. Moves well enough to pull and trap….Isn't overpowering and doesn't always get leverage.

    Rick DeMulling(27)LG – Has been a full time starter the last 3 years for the high flying Colts offense…Good size, power and technique. Gets good position. Blocks well on the move. Can play anywhere on the interior line. Tough and dedicated….Not a great straight-ahead blocker.

    David Dixon(36)RG – Despite his age, has not missed a start the last 2 years..has played in Scott Linehan’s offense for the last 3 years.. Massive individual. A road grader as a run blocker….Struggles as a pass blocker. Quicker tackles can get around him and he has trouble picking up blitzing linebackers.

    Cosey Coleman(26)RG – Dolphins chose not to pursue him last offseason…More of a finesse player than a brute, Coleman possess the rare combination of good footwork, lower body strength, and the arm extension needed to keep defenders at bay. While he may lack the mean streak most teams look for in a lineman, Coleman would be a great fit in a precision attack that calls for many different qualities.

    Jermane Mayberry(31)LG - Gets by on brute force. He pushes the pile and gets great leverage at the point of attack simply by exerting his force. Ask him to move around in a specialized offense and he will be lost immediately. He doesnt have the athleticism required to pull and trap, and would quickly become a liability.

    Ben Hamilton(27)LG - Smart, dedicated player. Has good technique and fundamentals. A converted center who can play anywhere on the interior line. An old-school Broncos lineman who is great when pulling and trapping…Struggles to keep his weight up. Doesn't generate a lot of push when blocking in line.

    Elton Brown(R)G – He’s got great size, and plays with a lot of strength on the field. If he gets his hands on you, you’re all but done in the running game. He moves very well laterally, and is a very good overall athlete for an interior offensive lineman. He may even have the ability to slide out to RT, which will only increase his value. Brown has a ton of experience, and should be ready to play early in his NFL career.

    Ben Wilkerson(R)C - Has awesome quickness, great hands and just knows how to play the position. Is very athletic, he should become a fine pulling offensive center in the future, he has the speed and quickness to do so…He is not a giant that just dominates physically and that could be a problem in the NFL.

    Others…Roberto Garza G, Rich Tylski G, Chris Gray G, Rich Braham C

    Next..I will work on WR's, FB & TE's
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    I wonder why you dont have the option, if we cannot trade down, of selecting one of the 3 top rated rb's??? And for that matter you dont have any options of us drafting a rb at all. All the options you post are free agents and what we already have
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    Nice effort.

    I'd take Benson at RB, get Frerotte at QB and sign LT Jennings and C Raiola in FA.

    I dont think that this is to unrealistic.
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    Jammal Brown is a RT. He is not an NFL LT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PHINSfan
    I wonder why you dont have the option, if we cannot trade down, of selecting one of the 3 top rated rb's??? And for that matter you dont have any options of us drafting a rb at all. All the options you post are free agents and what we already have
    Actually I did do rookies..I don't know what happened..somehow I left them out this time..I fixed it..the top 3 rookie RB's are there now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by finsnchips
    Nice effort.

    I'd take Benson at RB, get Frerotte at QB and sign LT Jennings and C Raiola in FA.

    I dont think that this is to unrealistic.
    For some reason Raiola wasn't listed on the sites I went to...I'll add him to the mix.
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    You left Kurt Warner out of the mix for vet QB's. Warner is exercising his option to get out of his contract and, while he has his flaws, he is as good a choice as there is out there. He won't ever be the player he was with the Rams but could be a competitive backup and would be better under Linehan than he was last year on the Giants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Da 'Fins
    You left Kurt Warner out of the mix for vet QB's. Warner is exercising his option to get out of his contract and, while he has his flaws, he is as good a choice as there is out there. He won't ever be the player he was with the Rams but could be a competitive backup and would be better under Linehan than he was last year on the Giants.
    No prob..I actually was going to put him on the list..then I forgot.

    He's in there now.
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