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Last week we had an interesting discussion about which Dolphins were the most underrated on the roster. I listed the three most underrated as Davone Bess, Lousaka Polite, and Kendall Langford. Some others who you all made good cases for included Greg Camarillo, Patrick Cobbs, Randy Starks, Vernon Carey, Nate Garner and even John Denney.
I told you that we'd go look at the other side of this, too, and that's what we're going to do today. It may be hard because us fans never want to disrespect players on our team. But it has to be done.
So which Dolphins are the most overrated on the roster? My list of three is below.
- I really hate to do this because, as many of you know, I'm a huge Ronnie fan. And truth be told, if he could just stay healthy, there's no way Brown is on this list. I think the world of him in terms of talent. There's nothing he can't do and his combination of power and speed (for his size) is impressive. But whether he's injury prone or just has some terrible luck, Brown has suffered season-ending injuries in two of the last three seasons, missing 16 games over that span. And as a former number two overall pick, Brown has just one 1,000 yard rushing season and one 10+ touchdown season. Like I said, I'm a huge fan of Ronnie's. But it's time to see more production - and better health - out of him if, especially if he wants a new contract from the Dolphins.
- Maybe I'm just being too harsh on him. In fact, it might not even be Hilliard's fault. I blame us fans for Hilliard being included on this list. I think I've just been hearing too many fans shouting Hilliard's praises despite the fact that he really hasn't proven anything yet. He's a guy who is going to be 26 years old in two weeks and has just 89 career rushing yards on 23 carries (3.9 ypc) in his one NFL season. So what makes so many of you think Hilliard will be able to step into the complimentary role in 2010 if he had to? Do I think he's promising? Yes. His size and power intrigues me. But at this point, I've seen nothing to make me think he can (or can't) be a regular contributor to this offense. Therefore, for now, he's on this list.
Chris Clemons - Again, it's not that I think he is or will be a bad player. The big thing with Clemons is that we really have no idea what kind of player he'll be. Yet, after a rookie season that saw Clemons unable to beat out Gibril Wilson - who was terrible - it seems like many fans are going overboard because Clemons has reportedly performed well during offseason OTAs. Let's hold off on calling Clemons our long-term solution at free safety until we see him perform in some actual games, that's all. He's a kid who has the physical tools you look for in a free safety. He's got the speed and range. He has good ball skills. He can tackle relatively well. But he still has to prove that he was the mental aspects of playing the position down. Until then, he's nothing more than another kid with potential.
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