While everyone is chatting about drafting Dez Bryant and trading Randy Starks, I thought I would bring up a point a little bit more... realistic. The fact is, Dez Bryant was a big risk because he was only to be had in the first round and came in with character issues. For a team that was not looking to draft a wide receiver in the first round, that equals a no go. But there was another wide receiver who was arguably as prolific as Dez, while still being a safer option because he could likely be had after the 3rd round. That wide receiver was Mike Williams (Syracuse). If anyone is looking for evidence, look no further than the Dolphins preseason game against the Buccaneers. All he did was burn Vontae Davis and make an incredible sideline catch. Since then, he's been catching multiple passes and scoring touchdowns for the 4-2 Buccaneers.
It was my opinion around draft time, and especially after the Brandon Marshall trade, that Mike Williams was the perfect fit for the Dolphins. We could've brought him in and immediately started a mentoring process with Marshall. Realistically, he would have come at the cost of either John Jerry or A.J. Edds. I realize that hindsight is 20/20, but I would rather have Williams than either of those two players, whether or not Edds was injured. Plus, it's been my general understanding that the Edds pick was a reach. There's a good chance that we could have gotten him in the 5th round, instead of Nolan Carroll or Reshad Jones. And there's a small (key word small) chance he would have slipped to the 6th or 7th rounds.
Anyways, enough of the hindsight. The fact is, the Dolphins took a VERY conservative approach in the 2010 draft. They traded down in the first round, away from the big money contracts and high risk/high reward situation of drafting someone like Dez Bryant or Dexter McCluster. They drafted team captains (every single one of them). The only exception is Reshad Jones and that's because Georgia makes a rule of not electing team captains (they elect them on a game by game basis). They sent a message to their locker room that after all the offseason arrests, they were emphasizing high character over flash and bang.
Overall, the 2010 offseason was a success. Brandon Marshall and Karlos Dansby have transformed our team into a contender, no doubt about it. A flood of high character players has resulted in a budding star linebacker in Koa Misi. He will be special, mark my words. All of his doubters need only to visit www.miamidolphins.com and look at his stats for this year. How many players on the Dolphins defense have a touchdown?
In conclusion, if I could present the Dolphins with one criticism about the 2010 draft, it would be this:
I realize the importance of character and the effect it can have on a locker room, but couldn't you have just taken one small risk and gone after Mike Williams in the 3rd or 4th round? Unlike Dez Bryant, he was a legitimate possibility.