2018 Top 10 Draft Position: DT

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This is one of a series of building up to the Draft articles designed to show you the top 10 players at the various positions in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.

1 Vita Vea DT 6′- 4″ 347 Washington
2 Da’Ron Payne DT 6′ – 2″ 311 Alabama
3 Taven Bryan DT 6′ – 5″ 291 Florida
4 Maurice Hurst DT 6′ – 1″ 292 Michigan
5 Harrison Phillips DT 6′ – 3″ 307 Stanford
6 B.J. Hill DT 6′ – 3″ 311 North Carolina State
7 Nathan Shepherd DT 6′- 4″ 315 Fort Hays State
8 Tim Settle DT 6′ – 3″ 329 Virginia Tech
9 Trenton Thompson DT 6′ – 3″ 288 Georgia
10 Derrick Nnadi DT 6′ – 1″ 317 Florida State

The Dolphins after jettisoning one of the best DT’s in the game is relying on young players much like their CB’s.

Jordan Phillips who has benefited from having Suh as a mentor these past three years has an opportunity to step up in a big way and prove his worth in what is his final season under his rookie contract and can make a huge raise or be shown the door depending on his 2018 season. They need Phillips to be more consistent and display his dominance more regularly throughout the games.

The Dolphins also doubled up last year on two young DT’s both of whom showed promise. I feel they need to add another veteran DT and not necessarily draft one this year. I do not see the need to draft a DT despite the loss of SUH.

 

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2018 Top 10 Draft Position: WR’s

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This is one of a series of building up to the Draft articles designed to show you the top 10 players at the various positions in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.

1 Calvin Ridley WR  6′ – 0″ 189 Alabama
2 D.J. Moore WR  6′ – 0″ 210 Maryland
3 Christian Kirk WR 5′ – 10″ 201 Texas A&M
4 D.J. Chark WR 6′ – 3″ 199 LSU
5 Courtland Sutton WR 6′ – 3″ 218 Southern Methodist
6 Anthony Miller WR 5′ – 11″ 201 Memphis
7 Equanimeous St. Brown WR 6′ – 5″ 214 Notre Dame
8 James Washington WR 5′ – 11″ 213 Oklahoma State
9 Dante Pettis WR  6′ – 0″ 186 Washington
10 Deon Cain WR 6′ – 2″ 202 Clemson

The WR position in Miami has been downgraded when they failed to retain one of the best competitors in the game letting Jarvis Landry go by not wanting to pay him. I still do not agree but it is what it is and time will tell especially if Jarvis continues to excel while the Dolphins WR’s continue to under perform (Parker) at the WR position.

I can see a need to draft a WR in the middle rounds because they signed an aged veteran WR with injury history and a not so proven 5′-9″ speedster Albert Wilson.

Leonte Carroo needs to step up this year, the Dolphins paid a lot to draft him so maybe now is his time.

Personally I feel Miami needs to draft a taller WR who can compete with Parker and push him for his job. I also would have no beef if the Dolphins made a draft day trade shipping Parker for a 2nd or 3rd round pick and use that as leverage to trade up and get another young tall WR to add to the fold.

Realistically i do not expect that to happen but I am tired of being teased by Parker and maybe it can be a win/win by moving him this season.

 

 


To Late For C.J. Anderson

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The Broncos released C.J. Anderson and some fans are clamoring for Miami to sign him. I would have loved for the Dolphins to have signed him before they signed Frank Gore but now that Gore is here there is no need to sign another veteran RB but Miami needs to draft another RB in the top 4 rounds so he can sit and learn  behind the current RB’s we have on the team.

Kenyan Drake has earned the right to be named the starter and Frank Gore will be a perfect complement to Drake. Gore has recently said that he is not thinking about mentoring more than just blending in and like many have said ( even some who have been dismissed) he leads by example.

Frank Gore said:

“I’m a new face. I’ve got to prove myself to a new coaching staff and also my teammates. So right now, I’m standing in the back, doing what I got to do every day, working hard and getting ready for training camp and for the season”…“I feel like I’m still playing at a high level, and I’m still having fun,” 

That shows that Frank gets it and knows his role on this team, Gore also feels he has a lot left in the tank and is looking forward to helping the Dolphins win. I love the fact that Miami have a veteran RB to be in that room because that was the issue Miami suffered with the past two years they lacked veteran leadership to balance out the youth on the roster.

It is just to late for Miami to pick up C.J Anderson and besides his cost will be an issue as opposed to drafting a young RB in the 3rd – 5th rounds in the upcoming draft.

So I do not expect the Dolphins to take on C.J. Anderson because they already have the perfect fit in Frank Gore who will compete but also be an excellent example for the team.


2018 Top 10 Draft Position: DE’s

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This is one of a series of building up to the Draft articles designed to show you the top 10 players at the various positions in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.

1 Bradley Chubb DE 6′- 4″ 269 North Carolina State
2 Marcus Davenport DE 6′ – 6″ 264 Texas-San Antonio
3 Sam Hubbard DE 6′ – 5″ 270 Ohio State
4 Arden Key DE 6′ – 5″ 238 LSU
5 Rasheem Green DE 6′- 4″ 275 Southern California
6 DaShawn Hand DE 6′- 4″ 297 Alabama
7 Duke Ejiofor DE 6′- 4″ 264 Wake Forest
8 Josh Sweat DE 6′ – 5″ 251 Florida State
9 Ade Aruna DE 6′ – 5″ 262 Tulane
10 Chad Thomas DE 6′ – 5″ 281 Miami

Much like the CB position Miami is pretty set at DE. They have an ageless veteran in Cam Wake that is on the tail end of his career but last years rookie draft pick Charles Harris hopefully will develop into that next star DE for Miami. The Dolphins also brought in  8 year veteran DE Robert Quinn as well as the disappointing Andre Branch who had a bad season last year but says he was not 100% healthy. All together the Dolphins have 8 DE’s on their roster just before the draft and maybe they intend to trade someone?

But for now the Dolphins should have DE as a low priority as they are overloaded at that position with a mix of youth and veteran players.


2018 Top 10 Draft Position: CB’s

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This is one of a series of building up to the Draft articles designed to show you the top 10 players at the various positions in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.

1 Denzel Ward CB 5′ – 11″ 183 Ohio State
2 Jaire Alexander CB 5′ – 10″ 196 Louisville
3 Mike Hughes CB 5′ – 10″ 189 Central Florida
4 Josh Jackson CB  6′ – 0″ 196 Iowa
5 Isaiah Oliver CB  6′ – 0″ 194 Colorado
6 Donte Jackson CB 5′ – 10″ 178 LSU
7 Carlton Davis CB 6′ – 1″ 204 Auburn
8 Anthony Averett CB 5′ – 11″ 183 Alabama
9 Tony Brown CB  6′ – 0″ 199 Alabama
10 Duke Dawson CB 5′ – 11″ 197 Florida

The saying is you can never have enough CB’s in the NFL but Miami is sitting pretty good at this position on the roster as both of last years starters are young CB’s recently drafted high enough to be very good in a few years.

I do not see them drafting one early in the draft because they have far to many greater needs but as you know the Dolphins under GM Chris Grier and Mike Tannenbaum they believe in drafting the BPA no matter the position an attitude I do not agree with at this stage of the Dolphins development, there are far to many holes in the starting roster to ignore.


2018 Top 10 Draft Position: OT’s

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This is one of a series of building up to the Draft articles designed to show you the top 10  players at the various positions in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.

1 Connor Williams OT 6′ – 5″ 296 Texas
2 Mike McGlinchey OT 6′ – 8″ 309 Notre Dame
3 Kolton Miller OT 6′ – 9″ 309 UCLA
4 Martinas Rankin OT 6′- 4″ 308 Mississippi State
5 Tyrell Crosby OT 6′ – 5″ 309 Oregon
6 Orlando Brown OT 6′ – 8″ 345 Oklahoma
7 Brian O’Neill OT 6′ – 7″ 297 Pittsburgh
8 Chukwuma Okorafor OT 6′ – 6″ 320 Western Michigan
9 Desmond Harrison OT 6′ – 7″ 292 West Georgia
10 Alex Cappa OT 6′ – 6″ 305 Humboldt State

You can never have enough offensive line help and Miami though seemly well positioned this year with the current lineman on the roster you never know if one should slide and Miami take one but I do not expect that to be in the early rounds but maybe the later rounds with an eye for development and competition down the roster.

I feel college OT’s are well suited to be cross trained to play anywhere across the line and if Miami should see one they like after the 5th round I can see one being drafted. But for the most part I am not expecting this position to be addressed in this years draft.


2018 Top 10 Draft Position: OG

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This is one of a series of building up to the Draft articles designed to show you the top 10  players at the various positions in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.

1 Quenton Nelson OG 6′ – 5″ 325 Notre Dame
2 Isaiah Wynn OG 6′ – 3″ 313 Georgia
3 Will Hernandez OG 6′ – 2″ 327 Texas-El Paso
4 Austin Corbett OG 6′- 4″ 306 Nevada
5 Braden Smith OG 6′ – 6″ 310 Auburn
6 Wyatt Teller OG 6′- 4″ 314 Virginia Tech
7 Sean Welsh OG 6′ – 3″ 306 Iowa
8 Taylor Hearn OG 6′- 4″ 330 Clemson
9 Skyler Phillips OG 6′ – 2″ 318 Idaho State
10 Cole Madison OG 6′ – 5″ 308 Washington State

Miami finally did something that they failed to do over the recent past and paid decent money for a Guard so it no longer appears that they need to address this position early in the draft this year but as I said most likely they will take some lineman in the later rounds and I am sure they will invite UN-Drafted free agents and maybe find a veteran looking for a team after being displaced by a draft pick.

But for now this is not one of my high priorities for Miami this year as they have greater needs as I have identified in my other top 10 position articles…

The Draft is fast approaching!

Can’t wait!