Under normal circumstances, the draft doesn't really affect me, but the circumstances aren't normal. Truth be told, my career of choice is to get into the sports media...maybe I can get into ESPN and be the voice of the Miami Dolphins in the world of the Brady Bunch. Heh. So, I've been trying my best to analyze the draft and see what the best choice would be for Miami going into this year's draft. But...I'm still just a kid really, and the fan in me is taking over the professional I'm trying to develop into!
This offseason saw the Miami Dolphins become one of the biggest free agency players, and for the first time since Chad Pennington came to town and put the Dolphins on the top of the East, there's hope for a playoff berth. Ryan Tannehill is gonna develop into a superstar in this league (Yet to be proven, but words have power, so I'm gonna use them wisely).
While this draft class doesn't have any automatic superstars such as Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson who became an under the radar star, it's a deep class where any player could potentially become a hall of famer, but that's the case with any class, so that's moot.
There are so many things we could do it's making my head spin, and no, it's not because I'm sick on this particular day, or is it...? Anyway, there are several options, but from what I've seen and heard, the biggest topic these past few days had been the potential drafting of Tyler Eifert.
Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame is a big boy. He's 6 feet, 6 inches tall, and he's got good speed and can catch! My God, it's a no brainer right?! Wrong. I've said before that unless this guy can become a potentially Tony Gonzalez caliber player, we shouldn't use the #12 pick on him...but the more I think about it, the more my mind begins to shift towards the awesomeness of a dual Tight End tandem...how does this look?
Looks awful because it's the New England Patriots, and Gronkowski and Hernandez have been huge headaches not just for us, but for every single team they've faced. But as much as this duo makes our blood boil, they are the inspiration for this potential picture.
It's a dream come true for several Dolphins fans, and I've slowly begun to morph into that dream. Unfortunately, even if Eifert is drafted by Miami, it would mean that Dustin Keller is likely to walk the next season...of course, somehow I sense that happening even if we don't draft Eifert. I would like to believe Keller will stick around, but as this offseason has proven, money is a huge factor.
Trading up to get an elite LT is another possibility, but we'd have to give up something big to be able to draft even Lane Johnson, who is the most likely to still be available. As far as I'm concerned, in my humble opinion, we're putting too much importance on the offensive line. Now before anyone mentions how all the weapons are no good if Tannehill's on suicide watch, hear me out.
Joe Philbin is a former offensive line coach, I'm sure if it came down to it, he could develop a 3rd rounder into a starting tackle, which would allow us to take a shot at Eifert, or a corner in Dee Milliner...but wait, there are red flags with Milliner. Milliner has had several injury problems in the past. But as I'm an advocate of drafting Marcus Lattimore, I'm the same with Milliner.
Then again there's Tavon Austin...but wait, what about BPA like Jonathan Cooper? Wait, trade down and get Kenny Vaccaro...Tank Carradine, Tyrann Mathieu, Matt Elam...what if, what if, what if...AAAAAH! Sigh, the point is, there's simply too many possibilities to think about...and the only reason it matters is because of the offseason we've had. I might go nuts soon, which means only one thing! I have to work on my professionalism. Heh. The draft is less than 48 hours away, and you can bet I'll be watching every minute of it.