Round one of the 2010 NFL Draft was as unpredictable as ever. On Friday night when rounds two and three are held, I expect more of the same.
With Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy still on the board and over 18 hours between the conclusion of round one and the start of round two, it's likely that there will be quarterback-needy teams looking to move up into the top couple of picks. For us Dolphin fans, that's exactly what we have to hope for.
Make no mistake about it, there are still some very talented players out there. And the more guys like Clausen, McCoy, and Charles Brown that get taken before the Dolphins pick at #40, the better. Only seven players will come off the board before Miami is on the clock tonight. That means the Dolphins could have their pick from guys like Sergio Kindle, Terrence Cody, Taylor Mays (hopefully not), Nate Allen, Everson Griffen, and many more.
I believe that the biggest reason Miami's first round pick - Jared Odrick - is coming under so much fire from fans is because it didn't address a "position of need." You know what - that's fair. The Dolphins still NEED a starting free safety. They NEED at least one, and maybe two, pass-rushing linebackers. And they might NEED a nose tackle - if Odrick is not going to handle those duties on a regular basis.
As it stands now, the Dolphins have pick 40 and pick 73 overall (or the 8th pick and the 41st pick of the night). There are going to be some good players left. And these are the rounds where championship teams hit on their picks.
So who might be targeted by the Dolphins? If we learned anything from the unpredictable events of last night, it's that we really have no idea what these teams are thinking. But I'd say we should keep tabs on the following guys:
OLBs - Sergio Kindle, Everson Griffen, Thaddeus Gibson, Corey Wooten, Koa Misi, Ricky Sapp, Jason Worilds
S - Taylor Mays (hopefully not), Nate Allen, Morgan Burnett, Chad Jones, Major Wright, Reshad Jones
TE - Rob Gronkowski, Dennis Pitta, Aaron Hernandez, Jimmy Graham
CB - Chris Cook, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah
And no, I'm not crazy thinking about corners. Those two are prime candidates, thanks to their size, to convert to free safety.
But those are just some of the guys who could be potential targets. Of course, like I said above, last night proved that nothing is as predictable as we make it seem. So just sit back and enjoy as rounds two and three unfold.