We are now just one day away from the 2008 NFL Draft and, like many of you, I can’t wait to get this thing started. In particular, I’m very excited to see what the Dolphins do with their 2 second rounders on Saturday. Usually, I’d do a little mock draft and attempt to predict who the Dolphins might take. Of course, some might say it’s easier this year to predict correctly because of the fact that we already know who
However, that’s not true. This year is as hard as ever because of whom the Dolphins have running the show (Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland) and their very tight lips. Also complicating things is all this Jason Taylor trade talk that is going on right now. So because of that, I’m going to take a different approach. Instead of trying to predict who they will take, I’ll instead lay out some positions and players who I feel the Dolphins might target between rounds 2 and 3. And we’ll even include some late first rounders just incase the Dolphins are able to trade
Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
Of course, I’m referring to the position that Jason Taylor plays, which I do think the Dolphins will address at some point in this draft regardless of it they trade Taylor or not.
Lawrence Jackson, USC, 6’4, 271 –
Defensive End/Defensive Tackle
This position I’m referring to here is the one that Vonnie Holliday currently plays. Holliday could very well be in a make-or-break season in terms of his future in
Trevor Laws, Notre Dame, 6’0, 304 – Laws has both the size and strength that you look for in a defensive end for the 3-4 system. He’s also quite athletic for a man of his size, which makes Laws an even more interesting prospect. But if the Dolphins want him, they’d have to likely spend their #32 pick on him, as he’s unlikely to last to #57.
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This is a tricky position to try and predict because I don’t think there is a consensus as to who the top 3 or 4 tight ends are in this draft.
John Carlson, Notre Dame, 6’4, 255 – Carlson is a very good athlete who has reliable hands and is good at getting open. He’s also one of the better blocking tight ends in this draft. However, he’s not a big time threat. He’ll probably go somewhere in round 2.
I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Dolphins take a receiver in rounds 2 or 3, especially if one of the top ones slip a little.
James Hardy, Indiana, 6’5, 217 – Hardy is the receiver I like the most in this draft class because of his combination of great size and solid speed (4.5 40). He’s a great natural athlete and possesses reliable hands. He can also leap through the roof, which makes him an ideal weapon inside the redzone. I’d love
I also think that Andre Caldwell and/or Earl Bennett could be potential targets at #64 if the Dolphins do indeed want to take a receiver in the first half of the draft.
I also wouldn’t rule out additional offensive lineman being added sometime in rounds 2 or 3, specifically if guard Chilo Rachal is still available at #57. You might also have noticed a few positions I left off that some feel are pressing needs, quarterback and cornerback to be specific. So I’ll address that quickly.
I don’t think the Dolphins are really interested in a quarterback in the top 3 rounds. All this Joe Flacco and Chad Henne talk, in my view, is a smokescreen to get teams who do want QBs to trade up ahead of
As for cornerback, I just think that the Dolphins will hold off on spending a high pick on that position, instead focusing on the pass rush. After all, the Giants didn’t have great corners last year when they won. And you can find solid CB depth in rounds 4-7. So unless you have a shot at one of the top 5 or 6 (DRC, McKelvin, Jenkins, Talib, and Cason), you might as well pass on cornerback in those early to mid rounds.
I do think that inside linebacker is a need as well, but I just don’t think any of the top prospects really fit the Bill Parcells mold. Personally, I’d love to see the Dolphins take Beau Bell in round 3 or maybe even Curtis Lofton in round 2, but I just don’t think it will happen. In fact, if I was able to make the pick at #64 and could have any player who will realistically be there at that spot to open day 2 of the draft, I’d take