If Dan Williams and Dez Bryant were both on the board at pik 12, who would u choose? (assuming eric berry is off the board)
Dan Williams- DT/NT. 6 "3". 327 lbs. 40-yard dash: 5.17. Bench Press: 27. Broad Jump. 8'00
Dez Bryant- WR. 6 "2". 225 lbs. did not attend combine.
My Case for Dan Williams: Now that we have gotten a true inside linebacker in Karlos Dansby, we should most definitely go after a wide out in the first round. Right? Wrong. The Dolphins play the 3-4 defense, and to find a true dominant force at the nose tackle position in the 3-4 is very hard. Jason Ferguson is aging and is 35. He also has receieved a suspension for first 8 games of the 2010-11 season. So, this would mean we would have to start Paul Soliai in those games, and who knows if Ferguson even comes back. If you watch the games where Ferguson was out, Soliai may have shined at some points, but not very often. The solution: Dan Williams. He is an every down player, and can plug up the holes and stop the run, something our defense lacked with Ferg's absence. He can go after the qb. I would say that he is the top nose tackle in this draft (yeah, i am not to fond of "Mount Cody"). If we draft Williams, we will have our franchise guy in the middle of our defense for years. The nose tackle is the anchor of a 3-4 defense. He is the most important part of the defense. If we draft Williams, he may draw some double teams. This would cause our beloved Randy Starks, coming off a great year, to get loose and dismantle the QB. If a nose tackle can't draw double teams and can't get to the QB, no pass rush can develop in a 3-4. That's when it seems like Tom Brady has all the time in the pocket to somehow manage to always get the ball to Welker or Moss. What is most likely to happen is that with the 11th pick the Broncos will take either Dez Bryant or Dan Williams. Here is a highlight video of Dan William's 09-10 season:
Sidenote: I just heard that Ferguson resigned with the Dolphins. After his suspension. he could help out and mentor Mr. Williams for the last 8 weeks of the season, while playing a bit.
My Case for Dez Bryant:
Now that we have gotten a true inside linebacker in Karlos Dansby, we should most definitely go after a wide out in the first round. Right? HELL YEAH! This league has become a passing league, and the Colts-Jets AFC championship game basically showed everyone that it is: The Colts' passing game beat the Jets' running game. Now the dolphins don't really have a downfield physical threat who can catch a jumpball. Who knows when Ted Ginn will break out. I think of it this way: Look at the Saints. By having a 6 "4" physical guy like Marques Colston, he draws a lot of attention. This lets all the other guys like henderson and meachem get open downfield for those deep balls. Now I'm not comparing Dez to Marques Colston. I think of him as a Larry Fitzgerald type receiver: a guy who is double-covered and still goes up there and makes the catch. He's a real red-zone threat; a guy that just goes up there and plucks the ball out of the sky. None of our receivers can do this. With a guy like Bryant, we could see the real Davone Bess next year. And who knows how great of a year Henne could have. With a Dez Bryant, the Dolphins could possibly have one of the most high powered offenses next year: Ronnie in the backfield, Dez as the #1 with great complimentary guys like Bess and Hartline and Camarillo and... well Ginn as the speedster. And if we do get Dez, could Ginn become a Desean Jackson type receiver if he gets open enough? just a thought... And also a solidified offensive to protect the QB and maybe get a pass catching tight end in one of those later rounds. With Dez, our offense would turn those boring yet fun to watch opposing defenses getting tired drives 16-play 10 min drives into 6-play 3 min drives where the opposing defense looks dumbfounded. Scoring a lot also gives the defense an easier job, knowing they are up by more points. Here is a highlight video of Bryant's 08-09 season:
So hear are my two sides for offense and defense. Discuss your thoughts below.