With the 28th pick in the NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select..
Jared Odrick, Defensive Tackle, Penn State University
I was half asleep when this pick was made, and was definitely put to sleep after it occurred. I would be lying if I said I wasn't mildly (for lack of a better word) disappointed with the pick at first glance. Alas, everybody makes predetermined judgments based off of very limited substance, and this was my doing just that.
After having read all of the comments I knew were coming from the Phinsider Phaithful, I became upset with how quick some people are to judge a pick a "waste." I mean, come on people, it's Thursday night, part 1 of 3. In April for crying out loud! There have been a mere 32 players taken, and this pick was a waste? Jared Odrick, not to mention Bill Parcells, Jeff Ireland, and Tony Sparano, is the reason we have our (even better than before) 2nd round pick back .
So shut up and listen to why you're absolutely wrong if you hate this pick:
Call me crazy, or disagree with me; either way, they hit with this pick. It wasn't an offensive play-maker, and it wasn't a free safety. It wasn't an outside linebacker on the strong or weak side. I don't think it desperately needed to be in order to be considered a hit. We addressed something of a need that was over-shadowed by other, larger needs. But considering this is just the first of about eight or nine total picks (I lost count) in this draft, including a shiny new second rounder, it's absolutely ludicrous to call for heads or consider this a waste. We've had one pick, people. One.
Also, this pick is a hit because of our staff. Sure, this pick says Parcells et al, but it screams Mike Nolan. On top of a mountain. Look at Denver's personnel: they had the season they had on defense with DJ Williams at ILB and Elvis Dumervil at WOLB. Robert Ayers had an underwhelming season at SOLB, and Mario Haggan isn't a stud by any means. Dansby and Wake at ILB and WOLB respectively looks a lot like Williams and Dumervil (after OTAs, camp, and preseason that is). Crowder's ability to stuff the run and make tackles is not unlike Haggan, and I'm sure we'll use some combination of a rookie and Charlie Anderson at SOLB. That is, unless we trade for Osi. I'm sure Merling could net us a fourth round pick. Package in a 6th or 7th, and hello new starting SOLB. But that's for another day.
Look, my point is that no matter what your thoughts and opinions are on Odrick, they're probably heavily influenced by the fact that you really wanted to see either Cody, Hughes, Williams, or Kindle at that 28 spot by the time our pick was only a few spots away. It's easy to get upset and question a pick when you don't get your way. Sure. But take a step back, look at the big picture; analyze things with a clear mind. What happened when we didn't move on any of the available WRs? We all threw hissy fits. Until, one day, Brandon Marshall magically arrived, even though our front office was so out-dated and making a huge mistake. Hell, we even made such a stink following our acquisitions of Dansby and Incognito much earlier in the offseason. We're just never satisfied, but whether you're generally for or against the guys up top, I see far too many pitchforks taking rise after a "questionable" decision (according to the fan), even when the front office has given us little other than a positive direction with mostly great decisions. Nobody is perfect, nobody will ever be perfect. Cut your losses with misses like Wilson and Wilford, but don't fault them for not trying to improve the team when nobody wanted to play in the black hole known as the Miami Dolphins following the Saban/Cameron messes.
The fact of the matter is, this front office is building the team like no front office many of us have seen before. Call it what you want; they're doing it the proper way, and continue to do so with this pick.
So drop the damn pitchforks, take a damn step back and consider the move before questioning it, and enjoy the rest of the damn draft, because we're only 12.5% finished with drafting new players for our team to become stronger with.
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