Ok, so I have been experiencing Dolphin Fever recently, been checking The Phinsider and NFL.com constantly, and even made a twitter account ( @PhantomMonkey17 ). I have decided I will be more active this year, so I will do my first ever Mock Draft this year =] but Right now I wanna post My Wishlist for the offseason which will include Free Agency, and the Draft, I will admit though I don't watch much college football so the draft aspect may not be the best but I will try my best. Anyway let's partake in this journey.
So because I decided to do this so late I missed out on the first two resignings that I was in favor of which is signing Hartline and Starks. Im hoping we can reach a deal to keep Starks longer and open up some cap room since its getting smaller by the minute. let's say something similar to Hartline, 5 year 30 million dollar deal.
First Signing- Mike Wallace- 5 year 57 million deal
Pros- Elite speed, has had at least 6 Td's each season with a total of 32 or an average of 8 tds a year, forces defense to plan around him, has had 1281 yards after catch in 4 seasons and over 4,000 yards which averages about 1,000 yards per season.
Cons- Doesn't run a full route tree, drops passes, not great over the middle
Overall- He will open up room for Hartline and Bess(both capapble of working in the middle), he will force the defense to play deep which will help open our running game, will help our scoring offense, but will drop passes, but hey everyone drops passes even megatron but his tds and making the defense account for him will be worth it.
Signing #2- Martellus Bennent- 4 year 21 million deal
Pros- Great Blocker, learned from Jason Witten, Good hands, Strong/Physical, Fights for the ball
Cons- Above Average speed at best, Not Elusive, sometimes drops passes
Overall- Doesn't possess elite speed or going to make you miss tackles with fancy moves and yes he does drop some passes but again everyone does. He will make up for his dropped passes though by making a touch catch in traffic or scoring a touchdown, he is a physical receiving threat like Jason Witten, he will produce when given a chance. Last year was the first year he was given a chance, and he scored 5 TD's, He is more physical then Anthony Fasano and would be a nice upgrade. Plus with teams focusing on Wallace that will give him more opportunities to make plays.
Signing #3- Ahmad Bradshaw- 4 year 15 million deal
Pros- Fast, Tough, Elusive and Physical
Cons- Injury prone, fumbling
Overall- He has a history of getting injured, and fumbling, but as of recent he has been getting over his fumbling issues, Also he is tough, he usually plays despite being injured and still produces at a great level. He has been in the league for 5 years and has rushed for 4,232 yards and 32 rushing TDS which averages out to be 846.40 yards a season and 6.4 TDs per season which isnt great but also isnt bad considering he only had 90 attempts in his first two seasons. He also has averaged 6.8 yards a carry in his 5 seasons combined with his lowest being 3.9 and his highest being 8.3. This will lead to our next move.
Cut Daniel Thomas- Injuries and lack of production leads to Thomas's Dolphin Eviction
Signing #4-Chris Houston- 6 year 27 million deal
Pros- Consistent, Can shadow #1 Wrs, Rarely gets beat
Cons- Not a ballhawk
Overall- As PFF says he will not be confused with Darelle Revis but he is reliable and will help turn this secondary around especially with Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle's Secondary skills. Houston would be a huge upgrade over Sean Smith and could be one of the pieces that helps turn our defense into an elite defense in the next few years.
Signing #5- Eric Winston- 5 year 23 million deal
Pros- Great run blocker, excelled at zone blocking
Cons- ???? Idk, I've heard nothing but good about him
Overall- Great Right Tackle, would help ease the pain of losing Long and would help protect Tannehill, as well as open holes for Lamar Miller and Ahmad Bradshaw.
THE END OF FREE AGENCY, NOW ONTO THE DRAFT.....
Round 1- Trade with the vikings, move back to the 23 pick and acquire their 2nd round pick.
With the 23rd overall pick in the 2013 draft the Miami Dolphins select Desmond Trufant, Cornerback out of The University of Washington.
Round 2- Trade the 42, and 77 overall pick as well as the 18th pick in the 7th round to the Chiefs to get the 34th overall pick
With the 34th overall pick in the 2013 draft the Miami Dolphins select DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Reciever out of Clemson.
With the 52nd pick in the 2013 draft the Miami Dolphins select Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, Defensive End out of Florida State
With the 54th pick in the 2013 draft the Miami Dolphins select Eric Reid, Free Safety out of LSU
Round 3- No Trades
With the 82nd overall pick in the 2013 draft the Miami Dolphins select Gavin Escobar, Tight End out of San Diego State
Round 4- No Trades
With the 14th pick in the 4th round 2013 draft the Miami Dolphins select Ryan Swope, Wide Receiver out of Texas A & M
With the 4th round Compensatory Pick in the 2013 draft the Miami Dolphins select Zaviar Gooden, Outside Linebacker out of Missouri
Round 5- No Trades
With the 15th pick in the 5th round in the 2013 draft the Miami Dolphins select Terry Hawthorne, Cornerback out of Illinois.
Round 7- No Trades
with the 11th overall pick of the 7th round of the 2013 draft the Miami Dolphins select Sam Brenner, Offensive Guard out of Utah.
So I tried to do the most accurate and realistic goals that would benefit us and be reasonable. And as I said I don't know much about college football so I got my college football info off of nfldraftscout.com and looked up what positions I thought we could use at what rounds and what players were there, I then read the strengths, weaknesses and comparisons and thought they would be good fit for the Dolphins. The only one I already knew I wanted as a Dolphin was Deandre Hopkins( My Draft Crush 2013,lol). Anyways this took about 4hours to make so please read,comment, etc. Thanks, I look forward to hearing your opinions.