We've spent a lot of time talking about what the Dolphins should/might do with the first overall pick in the draft. However, like many of you, I also feel that the key to this draft will be those middle rounds where valuable starters are found (rounds 2-5). Well Barry Jackson has some info for us on who the Dolphins will be bringing into Davie in the coming days:
The Dolphins scheduled at least two left tackles for visits, Nebraska's Carl Nicks (highly skilled, but character issues) and Virginia Tech's Duane Brown (a converted tight end who impressed at the combine).
Besides Michigan QB Chad Henne, among others on the Dolphins' radar as a possibility to open Round 2 (if he's there) is Boston College offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus, who met with top Dolphins officials on the day they worked out Ryan in Boston. Cherilus projects as a quality right tackle, but struggled somewhat at left tackle as a senior.
And those are just some of the names that Jackson throws our way. I'd suggest checking out the full article to get all the names that he supplies us with.
A couple thoughts on this and then I'll open the floor to you guys. First, we know it was reported last week that the Dolphins' draft board, in terms of the first overall pick, is complete. And I think that all these "other" players heading to Davie in the coming days would be just further evidence that Miami's board for #1 is indeed complete.
Secondly, it's very interesting that the Dolphins seem to be making linebacker a priority. A lot of people feel that this team has other, more important needs than the linebacker spot. However, I'm on board here with the thinking that linebacker is important. This team needs to improve their run defense and, even though they have by bringing in guys like Jason Ferguson and Randy Starks, more can certainly be done. Some Dolphin fans, though, place a high emphasis on cornerback as a top need. And while I would love to see a talented corner brought in here, I left a corner off of my ideal mock draft because I think the Giants showed you don't need great corners to win in this league. Rather, you need to stop the run and rush the passer. So I'm not surprised that the front 7 is getting a ton of attention this offseason. And I won't be surprised to see the Dolphins address the front 7 early and often on draft weekend.
And lastly, don't read too much into the names that Jackson throws at us. What I mean is don't assume that the Dolphins will take Jake Long first overall just because they happen to be bringing in a lot of front 7 players. Also, don't assume this means that Jason Taylor will be traded (though I'm still thinking it will happen). Just take it for what it's worth - a team doing their homework.
Oh, and I did notice one of my favorite prospects in this class, Beau Bell, on that list. God I'd love to have him in Miami next to Channing on the inside of the 3-4!!
Anyways, thoughts below...