First of all, I'd like to thank the over 1400 people who voted in our first "Phinsider Draft Board" poll. The results are in for who are players one through five on our very own "big board." And the top five looks like this:
1. Eric Berry, S, Tennessee - 4306 points
2. Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma St. - 2918
3. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska - 2756
4. Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma - 1469
5. Earl Thomas, S, Texas - 1323
I'll admit that while I'm not surprised at all at who the number one player on our board is, I am a bit surprised that Bryant finished in second - just barely ahead of the big defensive tackle from Nebraska. And I'm surprised, but agree 100%, with Earl Thomas being ranked in our top five. His stock is rising and the more I see of him, the more intrigued I become.
Voting for the next five spots in our big board begins now. The poll is below. You'll notice that replacing the five who are already on our board are five new prospects who weren't included in the first vote.
A quick explanation on the idea behind this poll (incase you missed it the first time) is below as well.
Rank the top five available players. Take talent, value, need, and character into account if that is what you would do if you were running the Miami Dolphins. If you don't think "character" should be a factor, then simply don't take each player's character into account when creating your own big board. It's that simple.
Players will receive 5 points for every first place vote, 4 for every second place, and so on. They will receive 0 points if they are unranked. Total points from all ballots will be added, and the 5 players with the most votes will be taken out of the pool of available players and put up on the big board. We'll then move on with ranking players 6-10 in a couple of days.
Some important notes:
This is not a mock draft. So don't treat it as one.
It does not matter if you think the player will be gone by pick twelve. This does not take into account what other teams do.
Do not think about what you think the Dolphins will do. This is our Dolphins Big Board - not Jeff Ireland's.
Got it? Good.