Saturday, May 21, 2016

Insider Buzz: Tunsil's Ankle Led to Draft Fall, Could Be Worse Than Jack's Knee

Cause for concern?

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2640926-insider-buzz-tunsils-ankle-led-to-draft-fall-could-be-worse-than-jacks-knee

Monday, May 02, 2016

So in touch. Or not

A few weeks ago I heard a snippet about Steven Ross bringing on a partner. I was intrigued. Could this owner be on his way out? Turned out that he was merely doing some planning and got approval to head in a direction...eventually.

Last week I heard that one thing Tannenbaum likes to do is make a splash in the draft. And he drafted a guy who generated more media attention for 3 days than anyone else or really the draft itself. Wow. Under the category of there's no such thing as bad publicity, he made that splash.

Will the guy be any good? Who knows? But the hype machine was in full effect.

The second day I was talking with a friend who said the Dolphins drafted a quarterback in the second round. And I said "excellent competition for Tannehill!" and he stopped and said "no CORNERback"

For a few moments both Saturday and when I heard about Ross I had thought maybe I might be interested in this team a little. But they still have the owner and the QB.

So carry on.

The Ricky Williams wannabe was just a fun diversion for a moment.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Shame for Laremy Tunsil

Throughout the entire Mock Draft season, no one, at least those in their right minds, had Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil falling below 4 picks let alone all the way down to the Dolphins at pick 13.

In my last Mock Draft posted on Tuesday, I thought the Dolphins could get lucky this year.

We were due!

But never in my right mind did I think it would include getting Tunsil. He never even crossed my mind.

We all know how it happened. Just prior to the draft, Tunsil's twitter account was hacked and a video of him smoking pot was posted.

Some teams removed him completely from their draft boards. 2 other OTs were picked ahead of Tunsil.

When Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley went at 6, the first OT to get picked, I thought that Mike Tannenbaum had posted that video of Tunsil.

He was the likely suspect to me. Not Tunsil's step father.

When I saw the video, the Tunsil I see is younger than the Tunsil drafted today so the video is probably quite old.

Regardless, Tunsil is a Dolphin. He will be in Miami.

He walked on the stage and I noticed that what should have been a great moment in this kid's life was reduced from the traditional big ole bear hug from Goodell to a chest bump and a warm hand shake instead.

That's a shame.

Tomorrow's presser should be another big moment in both the team's and Tunsil's futures. But it won't.

Instead, there will be lots of questions about the video and lots of questions about the vetting Miami had done heading into the draft.

I would have to believe the Dolphins didn't do much.  Who would've seen this coming.

Too bad the kid won't get his big day in Miami. Too bad he lost out on a big happy hug from Goodell.

Thats a shame.

And a good thing for us.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2016 Miami Dolphins 7 Round Mock Draft (Dream Draft with Trades)

Sometimes the stars just align. Sometimes you just catch a break.

With my final mock edition of the 2016 NFL Draft those stars did align so maybe, just maybe, there is hope for us after all. I utilized a computer app to select for the other 31 teams.

With trade ups and downs, here is what we wound up with. If it could only be true!!

When our first pick rolled around at 13 Ezekiel Elliot, Vernon Hargreaves,  Eli Apple and William Jackson III were all sitting there.  The Lions offered their 1st Round at 16 and their 2nd Round at 15 for our pick. Since I would have been happy with any of those 4, I took the trade to add another 2nd round pick.

As luck would have it, all 4 were still available at 16 so when the Colts offered their 1st Round at 18 and 2nd Round at 17, I took that trade too.

Round 1 Pick 18: Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State - enough has been said about this dude already

With the 2 new 2nd round picks, I decided to get back into the first round after picks 23-25 went for corners and there was only one more good one left. It took until the Cardinals picked at 29 to find a trade partner for our 2nd round picks 15 (from Lions) and 17 (from Colts).

Round 1 Pick 29: William Jackson III, CB, Houston - tall athletic corner that can start immediately and will have to add a little bulk

Below is how the first round went through our pick at 29:

Round 1 Pick 1 (1) (L.A.) Chargers: Joey Bosa, DE/OLB, Ohio State
Round 1 Pick 2 (2) (PHI) Giants: Jalen Ramsey, FS/CB, Florida State
Round 1 Pick 3 (3) (S.D.) Rams: Jared Goff, QB, California
Round 1 Pick 4 (4) Cowboys: A'Shawn Robinson, DT/DE, Alabama
Round 1 Pick 5 (5) Jaguars: Myles Jack, OLB/ILB, UCLA
Round 1 Pick 6 (6) Ravens: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
Round 1 Pick 7 (7) (S.F.) Titans: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Round 1 Pick 8 (8) (CLE) Saints: Darron Lee, OLB/ILB, Ohio State
Round 1 Pick 9 (9) Buccaneers: DeForest Buckner, DE/DT, Oregon
Round 1 Pick 10 (10) (NYG) Eagles: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Round 1 Pick 11 (11) Bears: Sheldon Rankins, DT/DE, Louisville
Round 1 Pick 12 (12) (N.O.) Browns: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Round 1 Pick 13 (13) (MIA) Lions: Shaq Lawson, DE/OLB, Clemson
Round 1 Pick 14 (14) (OAK) Falcons: Germain Ifedi, OT/OG, Texas A&M
Round 1 Pick 15 (15) (TENN) 49ers: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
Round 1 Pick 16 (16) (DET) Colts: Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky
Round 1 Pick 17 (17) (ATL) Packers: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
Round 1 Pick 18 (18) (IND) Dolphins: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Round 1 Pick 19 (19) Bills: Jarran Reed, DT/DE, Alabama
Round 1 Pick 20 (20) Jets: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
Round 1 Pick 21 (21) Redskins: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
Round 1 Pick 22 (22) Texans: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Round 1 Pick 23 (23) Vikings: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
Round 1 Pick 24 (24) Bengals: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
Round 1 Pick 25 (25) Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
Round 1 Pick 26 (26) (SEA) Rams: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
Round 1 Pick 27 (27) (G.B.) Raiders: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
Round 1 Pick 28 (28) Chiefs: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Round 1 Pick 29 (29) (ARI) Dolphins: William Jackson III, CB, Houston

Round 2 Pick 11: Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State - #1 ranked OG and will start immediately

Round 3 Pick 10: Deion Jones, OLB, LSU - when a 6'1", 222 lbs. monster runs a 40 at his pro day at 4.38 seconds you grab this chiseled guy and let him play special teams and backup OLB until he proves himself worthy of starting..

Round 4 Pick 9: Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU - 6'6", 285 lbs and a 34 1/2" arm length, he has the size to back up Wake and work hard in the weight room while learning better technique to eventually take over

Round 5 Pick 8: Sean Davis, FS, Maryland - solid versatility as a backup comes to mind as this 6'1", 201 lbs. thumper can start at FS if needed and is tall and athletic enough to play corner in a pinch.

Round 6 Pick 11: Cody Core, WR, Ole Miss - 6'3", 205 lbs. workaholic, great attitude, can play special teams very well which may be how he can stick around

Round 7 Pick 6: Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB, West Virginia - 6'2", 243 lbs weight room junkie that will have to throw his body around and "take the pain, take the pain" to make the roster

Round 7 Pick 10: Caleb Benenoch, OT, UCLA - 6'5", 305 lbs. possible swingman who can back up at Guard and Tackle in a zone scheme

If all falls into place, we would wind up with 3 starters at RB, CB and OG plus good depth at OLB and DE.  Maybe even a couple Special Teamers to boot.

I hope you enjoyed following this series as much as I have putting it together for you. Lets see how the real deal falls starting on Thursday night at 8 PM.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

"Twas The Night Before The Draft"

Thursday night the NFL Draft starts at 8 PM.  Since it seems like Christmas to many a fan, lets continue, for the 4th anniversary, our new holiday tradition tomorrow night by grabbing a cold one or two, sit down with your loved ones in your favorite players' jerseys and recite the following.  I hope it brings you good cheer and good luck.
           

             'Twas The Night Before The Draft
                                         By Carl Leone

‘Twas the night before the draft and all through the league,
Not a GM had rested, all feeling fatigue.
Their draft boards assembled, each scout had his say,
From highest to lowest,  “Oh, that one can play”.
The prospects were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of great riches danced in their heads.
Since end of last season, teams knew were they’d pick,
From the worst to the first, their spot was affixed.

To trade up or trade down or snag that one guy,
Decisions, decisions, which one do they try.
From Kiper and Davis and even Mayock,
All threw in their two cents with plenty a mock.

They run a spread offense and defense, a zone.
Make sure he fits in or this choice they’d blown.
When free agents sign, when picks they are traded,
Each mock is redone ‘fore they’d even faded.
We’ve seen and we’ve heard from all who attest,
They love this one player, now that one is best.
Agents are bragging, their client’s a stud,
But rumors can circle, now he’s just a dud. 

They pimp them, now primp them so all are impressed,
From Armani to Brioni, to the T’s they are dressed.                                     
Come ‘morrow at night, the invitees will shine,
For GMs and coaches, their jobs on the line.
They’ll wait in the green room, some are brought to tear.
To fall like Brady Quinn, is their greatest fear.
The NFL Network and Sportscenter tell
All of their stories ‘tween hugs from Goodell.

The owners get checks out and practice with smile,
“He’s who we wanted. Look! He’s on my speed dial.”
Some fans will be happy, some fans will be sick,
As the winning contestant announces a pick.

Who knows what’s the answer, no future is clear,
Will they bring them Lombardi or even a cheer?
There’s no proven science nor certain gimmick,
Just all fervent prayers to Dear Ole Saint Pick!

Phins Up!!!
 
Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Saturday, April 23, 2016

2016 Miami Dolphins 7 Round Mock Draft (3rd Edition: Elliot vs CB in Round 1)

There are obviously lots of mocks out there for the first round. Most have us taking a corner, Vernon Hargreaves III or Eli Apple and then some have us taking Ezekiel Elliot to play running back. 

Given Mike Tannenbaum's history, I wouldn't be surprised to see us trade back and pick up a second round pick or even more.  Did anyone expect the price that the Rams or the Eagles paid to move up to the 1st and 2nd picks?  I thought they paid a ransom.

What most mocks out there are not showing is the full value of our entire draft in relation to filling most of our needs.  We need a starting CB and could use a RB. If we draft Elliot in round 1, about time we get to our next pick, all the corners who are projected to be able to step in and start from Day 1 could be gone.

If we take the CB in the first round, we can still get a good RB later.  I think that will be the game plan for our draft this year.

Look at the following two drafts I just filled by utilizing a computer app to pick for the other 31 teams.  The value of any player should match the value of the pick used or at least be in the general neighborhood. You can look up the skinny on these draft prospects on either cbssports.com or nfl.com or any other number of other sites offering their opinions.

Elliot Draft:

Round 1: Ezekiel Elliot, RB, The Ohio State University
Round 2: Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State (the value for available corners was not worth it to draft one here, the top 8 were gone with a major run starting near the end of the first round and into the second round)
Round 3: T.J. Green, FS, Clemson (same issue for a corner)
Round 4: Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn
Round 5: Sean Davis, FS/CB, Maryland
Round 6 Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
Round 7: Caleb Benenoch, OT, UCLA
Round 7: Lawrence Thomas, DE, Michigan State

CB Draft:

Round 1: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida (first CB off the board)
Round 2: Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State (top OG in draft)
Round 3: Derrick Henry, RB, Arkansas (surprised he fell, probably due to over 400 carries last year)
Round 4 Darian Thompson, FS, Boise State
Round 5: Scooby Wright III, ILB, Arizona
Round 6 Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
Round 7: Branden Allen, QB, Arkansas
Round 7: Caleb Benenoch, OT, UCLA

If we go Elliot and we don't get lucky with either CBs Kendall Fuller, Sean Davis or Artie Burns still available in Round 2, we may have to double down at CB later in hopes of getting one guy to be able to step up and start. 

However, if we go CB in first round, we can still get a good RB later and utilize a Running Back by Committee approach.  

What do you think??? Please keep in mind that all drafts are a crap shoot when factoring in the player's ability to stay healthy and if they meet or exceed their projected talent. No one knows for sure.

BTW...sorry for the delay in posting another draft.  Two weeks ago, I was at the Masters for the first time and this past week I had cataract surgery (so much for missing holding calls while reffing high school football)

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
  

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Should Miami Trade Up In The First Round?

Just how bad does Miami want Ezekial Elliot?

There have been reports that Miami will have to trade up in order to land him. I would be ecstatic if he is a Miami Dolphin in the first round of this years draft BUT not at the expense of giving up a future pick to move up. 

Here is my case for staying put at # 13. 

Look, Miami has a plan this offseason, that much is obvious. Grier, Gase and Tannebaum have put values on players and stuck with them throughout this offseason. Look at Vernon and Miller, hell, even look at CJ Anderson, they could have offered him more making it near impossible for Denver to match but they didn't. Why? Because they placed a value on him as a player and stuck with it. I personally like that approach.  

They are all in that Gase is going to be the next Bill Belichick and he is going to extract every ounce of talent out of the Roster we already have. Why would they change their mind now? Tannehill is going to be fixed as well as Suh, Mario Williams, Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso. According to the brass of the Phins, those players were simply victims of being in the wrong scheme. That has yet to be seen, we shall see...

RB is extremely deep in this draft. Again, would I like Elliot? ABSOLUTLEY! But would I Be happy with Derrick Henry? Heck yeah! It is being projected that a good RB can even be drafted in day 3. So there is that.

Have we forgotten about Damien Williams? He has decent hands and can pass block, hence the label "3rd down specialist" that he has had for a few years now. If Gase is that good, why can't he coach him up on a few things and have our backfield look like this:

Ajayi, Williams, and Unknown RB drafted in the 2nd or 3rd day of the draft? 

AAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNDDDDDDDDD, let us all not forget that there will be a ton of talented players cut from around the NFL as teams trim their rosters for the season. Another RB can come from that as well, fairly cheap.

What does this all mean? It means they most likely won't trade up for him. Especially with a chance he may be there at 13 anyways. After they lost out on CJ Anderson, there was a feeling around Miami of "eh, we tried, no harm no foul" so they are obviously not in panic mode about a RB. 

What do you think? Stay out at 13? Or trade up? Why?








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Saturday, April 09, 2016

We still call it JRS!

Apparently, the naming rights deal fell through so JRS will now be called....

Wait for it....

Are you ready for the excitement?

No....

You can't be....

Its going to be....

New Miami Stadium

He can't even get the name right! (eyes roll)