We recently completed our mock off-season over at the Panthers' site. As surrogate GM for the Dolphins, I did my best to help your team given the "rules of the game." I think I did pretty well, but I'm eager to read what you ladies and gents think of your 2013 team. I'm prepared to be skewered, so don't hold back.
Note: I franchised Starks before the Phins did, kept Moore and Hartline as well. It's early, but so far not looking too bad.
1) Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
2) Marcus Wheaton, WR, Oregon St.
2) Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise St.
3) Philip Thomas S, Fresno St.
4) Ray Graham, RB, Pitt (Bad pick)
5) Aaron Tipoti, DT, Cal
7) Matt Summers-Gavin, OG, Cal
UDFA) Steve Williams, CB, Cal
DT Randy Starks (Franchise $7) PFF grade +3.5
CB Greg Toler ($2) PFF grade +6.8
S Rashad Johnson ($1) PFF grade +0.4
OT Sam Baker ($5) PFF grade +11.6
DT Kevin Vickerson ($1) PFF grade +4.0
DT Terrance Knighton ($7) PFF grade +4.2
DE William Hayes ($2) PFF grade +12.0
DE Derrick Shelby
DT Kheeston Randall, Tony McDaniel, Chas Alecxih
LB Austin Spitler, Jonathan Freeny, Lee Robinson
CB Brian McCann, Julian Posey, Nolan Carroll, RJ Stanford, DeAndre Presley
S Jonathon Amaya, Kelcie McCray
Interior line depth is young and unproven.
Secondary has a lot of new parts that will have to gel.
WR – major upgrade adding veteran Reggie Wayne and rookie Marcus Wheaton.
TE - adding Dwayne Allen is a big upgrade over Fasano. Allen was a reliable target for Luck last year. He showed in Indy the ability to run the seam pattern and adds a strong red zone threat.
OT – Lost Jake Long (who was pretty bad in 2012), but gained veteran Sam Baker (had back surgery before 2012 season, then had his best season ever, except against Big Money). Will Yeatman played solid in reserve role in 2012, has bulked up to 305 pounds and is working out in San Diego with offensive line guru Hudson Houck. Backup Nate Garner finished the year ranked higher than teammates Jake Long and Jonathon Martin. Martin struggled as a rookie at RT, but there’s no doubt he’s a force. You can’t have too many talented OTs… am I right?
Interior O-Line starters are also stout, and they’re ready to open holes for Stewie and his new friends.
Front seven is upgraded with the additions of William Hayes, Terrance Knighton, Kevin Vickerson, and Pat Angerer (more than offsets trade of Soliai).
Summation: Gained ground on the Patriots, but probably won’t overtake them this year. Still, I feel I improved the team, maybe enough to contend for a wild card.