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