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The not so Crystal Ball: 2nd round mock

The first round went so well, so why not try it again right? I can promise you there will be a ton of trades in the 1st half of this draft. Although this may be a complete waste of time, as promised here is my 2nd round mock.

33 Jacksonville Jonathan Banks, CB Mississippi State
34 San Francisco Jesse Williams, DT Alabama
35 Philadelphia Geno Smith, QB West Virginia
36 Detroit Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
37 Cincinnati Jonathan Cyprien S, Florida International
38 Arizona Ryan Nassib QB, Syracuse
39 New York Jets Matt Barkley QB, Southern California
40 Tennessee Tank Carradine DE, Florida State
41 Buffalo Manti Te’o LB, Notre Dame
42 Oakland Robert Woods WR, Sothern California
43 Tampa Bay Zach Ertz TE, Stanford
44 Carolina Keenan Allen WR, California
45 San Diego Larry Warford OG, Kentucky
46 St. Louis Eddie Lacy RB, Alabama
47 Dallas Menelik Watson OT, Florida State
48 Pittsburgh Arthur Brown LB, Kansas State
49 New York Giants Damontre Moore DE, Texas A&M
50 Chicago Kevin Minter LB, Louisiana State
51 Washington Phillip Thomas S, Syracuse
52 New England Justin Hunter WR, Tennessee
53 Cincinnati Terron Armstead OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
54 Miami Jamar Taylor CB, Boise State
55 Green Bay Quinton Patton WR, Louisiana Tech
56 Seattle Gio Bernard RB, North Carolina
57 Houston Alex Okafor DE, Texas
58 Denver DJ Swearinger S, South Carolina
59 New England Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB, UConn
60 Atlanta Margus Hunt DE, SMU
61 San Francisco Travis Kelce TE, Cincinnati
62 Baltimore Khaseem Green LB, Rutgers

I am not even going to bother doing a 3rd round mock because it will be so far off base. (But just so you know I see the Dolphins targeting OT Brennan Williams & FS David Amerson.) Dolphins pick up excellent value in the 2nd with 1st round talent CB Jamar Taylor. Anyways, I hope you all enjoy! Hope this mock goes better than the one from yesterday. Enjoy tonight.

Follow @Phinfanalyst throughout the night for updates

Grading round 1 of the Dolphins draft.

Well, it is safe to say not many of us ‘experts’ saw this coming. Jeff Ireland is wheeling and dealing like a man possessed. Jeff Ireland reportedly began the trade up process targeting a certain WR many DolFans have been drooling over. However, the Bills refused to trade their pick within their own division. Instead of standing pat, which we fans have become accustomed too, Ireland put his foot further on the gas and traded up to #3 overall. At this point, my twitter feed was absolutely filled with an overreaction of Ireland hate; assuming Mr. Ireland was drafting OT Lane Johnson. The pick of DE/LB Dion Jordan was shocking, and much of the Ireland hate quickly transitioned into praise for the once hated General Manager.

The trade itself was an absolute steal. According to the typical draft value chart the dolphins should have given up their 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th. The Dolphins were able to keep their 3rd and 5th round picks. Jeff Ireland definitely ‘won’ the trade. The past weeks leading up to the draft fans were worried the ‘desperate dolphins’ were going to give up that very pick they used to get to number three, for OT Branden Albert. Instead, it is looking like Ireland may steal Albert for a 3rd rounder and was able to get an elite prospect in return. The trade itself warrants an A+.

Now for the player they traded-up for; Dion Jordan. Dion Jordan arrived at Oregon as a 5 star TE prospect despite the fact he missed his entire senior year of football. Jordan was involved in a house fire that year, leaving severe 2nd and 3rd degree burns on over half of his body. Jordan battled through those injuries and became quite the versatile star at Oregon. Jordan was recruited as a TE, but Chip Kelly decided his body type was a better fit at WR. Yes, you read that right, less than two short years ago the player the Dolphins selected at #3 overall to play DE/OLB was a wide receiver. The Wide Receiver experiment ended when Jordan gained about 25 lbs. of muscle filling out his lanky frame. This muscle allowed Kelly to move him back to a crowded TE position. Kelly saw this athlete and new he could not let him waste away on the sideline. This moved Dion Jordan to the position he plays today. Dion Jordan is simply a phenomenal athlete. People compare him to the likes of Aldon Smith, Demarcus Ware, and former Dolphin great Jason Taylor (not bad company). Of course those comparisons are used to explain his pass rushing capabilities, however there is so much more to Jordan. Jordan played both CB and Safety last year in Oregon. So if all goes well the Dolphins drafted an Aldon Smith-type pass rusher with superior coverage ability… Remember how we all got tired of the defenses inability to cover TEs? Yeah, Jeff Ireland was apparently tired of that too. That being said, Jordan is a fairly raw pass rusher. His spin move and ability to blow past the OT to set the edge are both two of his phenomenal skills. Jordan lacks the strength to bull rush strong OTs and can get easily thrown off course. However, his frame will allow him to easily put on some upper-body strength fixing these issues.

Now that we know who Dion Jordan is: How does he fit?
This is interesting. Jordan’s versatility will allow him to play both OLB and DE in a 4-3. Wake obviously holds down one of the DE positions. DE Odrick can be effectively kicked inside to play DT, but the dolphins are already stacked at the DT position. Also, where does last year’s 3rd round pick Vernon play into this? These are questions no one really knows the answer too, but don’t be surprised if one of these defensive linemen is traded in the next few days. Odrick, Vernon, and Soilia could be all dealt within the next few days to free up some cap space. There was not necessarily an imminent need for a DE, which is why this pick was such a shock. Look for Jordan to be a third down pass-rusher/situational player his rookie year and for him to burst onto the scene the 2014 year. The pick itself is a B+. Jordan was not a reach, as he was the 3rd best player on my board. However, they do have immediate needs (CB, OT, OG) and gave up two starters to get one elite prospect at a position that had a fair amount of depth.

Combining the trade grade and the player grade- The Dolphins and Jeff Ireland get a solid A for the first round. It is clear that Jeff Ireland is all-in this year lets hope he stays aggressive and uses his 3 picks tonight to fill-in the Dolphins immediate needs. It will be fun tonight can’t wait to see how it plays out.

@Phinfanalyst

The crystal ball: 1st Round Mock Draft

After about eight long months of intense draft preparations, we have all officially survived mock draft season and the real deal is finally here. As Mel Kiper has stated, “This has not been a comfortable year to do mock drafts.” Here we are less than 24 hours away from Roger Goodell announcing Kansas City is on the clock and there is still debate on who the pick should be. There are simply no ‘locks’ in this draft years draft, but with no ‘locks’ I can assure you there will be plenty of steals.

We here at PhinNation encourage comments, criticisms, and questions regarding our intelligence, or furthermore our sanity at this point in time. Enjoy!

Pick Position               Selection
1 Kansas City  OT     Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
2 Jacksonville  OLB      Dion Jordan, Oregon
3 Oakland       QB      Geno Smith, W.Va
4 Philadelphia  OT        Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
5 Detroit        CB        Dee Milliner, ‘Bama
6 Cleveland     DE        Ziggy Ansah, BYU
7 Arizona       OT        Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
8 Buffalo         QB         Matt Barkely, USC
9 NYJ              FS         Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
10 Tennessee    OG         Chance Warmack, ‘Bama
11 San Diego    OT         DJ Fluker, ‘Bama
12 Miami           WR          Tavon Austin, W.Va
13 NYJ           DE/OLB     Keke Mingo, LSU
14 Carolina         DT         Shariff Floyd, Florida
15 New Orleans OLB       Jarvis Jones, Georgia
16 St. Louis         OG         Jon Cooper, UNC
17   Pittsburgh    DE          Bjoren Werner, FSU
18 Dallas            DT          Star Lotulelei, Utah
19 NYG              TE           Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
20 Chicago          OT          Menelik Watson, FSU
21 Cincinnati     WR         Cordarrelle Patterson, Tenn.
22 St. Louis         WR         DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
23 Minnesota     WR         Keenan Allen, California
24 Indianapolis    CB         Xavier Rhodes, FSU
25 Minnesota      DT        Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
26 Green Bay       RB         Eddie Lacy, ‘Bama
27 Houston          QB        Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
28 Denver            CB         Dez Trufant, Wash.
29 New England   WR        Justin Hunter, Tenn.
30 Atlanta             CB         DJ Hayden, Houston
31 San Francisco DE         Datone Jones, UCLA
32 Baltimore         LB          Arthur Brown, Kansas St

The Dolphins recent rumblings sending Bess to Cleveland lead to the selection of WR/RB/KR/PR Tavon Austin. Many will consider this a luxury pick, but the combination of Mike Wallace and Tavon Austin will bring an entire new dimension to the Dolphins offense.
Be sure to follow @Phinfanlyst on twitter for further analysis throughout the draft Saturday.

Mike Wallace is officially a Miami Dolphin

The Miami Dolphins were finally able to give their fans what they wanted….and we can only hope that it leads to the Dolphins winning more games.  Shortly after the NFL free agency period officially began, the reports started leaking from Adam Schefter of ESPN that the Dolphins were engaged in contract talks with WR Mike Wallace.   Now it is indeed officially, well, pending a physical.  Mike Wallace is the newest receiver on the Miami Dolphins.  Wallace was already in Miami and is currently at the Dolphins training facility and is in the process of taking his physical.  He is expected to sign on the dotted line by 6pm tonight.  Here’s the story form the Sun Sentinel’s Chris Perk.

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Beal via Wikipedia

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Beal via Wikipedia

This is a huge win for the Dolphins, as they were able to lure the top wide receiver on the market.   Omar Kelly is reporting that the deal is for 5 years, $65 million with $30 million guaranteed.  That is A LOT of money!  We will keep you posted on Wallace’s deal, but understand that the Dolphins aren’t done (nor should they be).

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Jake Long out for remainder of season, what’s next for him and the Dolphins?

The Miami Dolphins’ worst fears became reality today, when they officially placed Jake Long on injured reserve, ending his 2012 season.  In Sunday’s game against the Patriots, Long injured his triceps muscle and was forced to leave the game.  After conducting tests the Dolphins medical staff determined that Long tore his triceps muscle.

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This news is unfortunate for the Dolphins, who have had enough trouble protecting rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.  However, Jonathan Martin, the Dolphins 2nd round pick from April, filled in admirably after Long left Sunday’s game.  For the rest of this season, Martin will take over at left tackle and Nate Garner is presumed to be the Dolphins new right tackle.  After placing Jake Long on the injured reserve list, the Dolphins signed OT Patrick Brown.

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Report: Dolphins pursuing trade for Dwayne Bowe?

The Miami Dolphins are actively pursuing a trade for Chiefs side receiver Dwayne Bowe, according to reports. We will caution you that the reports spoken about in Sports Illustrated link are unconfirmed. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports is referenced in the story and said tonight he’s personally not reporting trade talks are ongoing. BUT, Cole said it would make a lot of sense since Bowe wants out of Kansas City badly. Other reports are saying that trade talks are happening, but the Dolphins aren’t going to confirm if something is in the works, right?

The Dolphins receiving corps has been thin since the Dolphins traded away Brandon Marshall for two 3rd round picks back in March. The Dolphins have relied mainly on Davone Bess and Brian Hartline this season, but neither appears to be a true #1 receiver.  Hartline has had 1 good game and 1 career day. However, he has been mostly shut down the last 2 games. I like Brian, but I just don’t think he’s a number one receiver. He’s a good #2 or #3.  I hope I’m wrong, but I just don’t know if he is physically dominant enough to be considered a #1 receiver.

The Dolphins find themselves tied for first place (and last place) in the AFC East with the other 3 teams at 3-3. Maybe the Dolphins want to make a run at this thing….Maybe they realize it would be a good idea to get Ryan Tannehill a legit #1 receiver.  Acquiring someone like Bowe would allow the Dolphins to use 3 wide receiver sets that feature Bowe and Hartline on the outside and Davone Bess lined up in the slot, where he’s at his best.  (cont’d on page 2, click below)

Dolphins sign Jabar Gaffney, release Legedu Naanee

The Miami Dolphins just announced the signing of Jabar Gaffney, to help their very weak wide receiving corps.  Brian Hartline and Davone Bess have been the only reliable receivers for the Dolphins thus far in 2012.  On Sunday, the only other receiver to catch as pass was Legedu Naanee.  Naanee caught a 19 yard pass, but immediately fumbled the ball.  The Dolphins coaching staff had seen enough and cut Naanee a few moments ago:

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A fan on Twitter, quickly followed the news of Naanee being cut with this gem:

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Dolphins trade Vontae Davis to Colts for 2013 2nd round pick

The Miami Dolphins finally pulled off a trade that had been speculated about since Thursday.  On Sunday, the Dolphins agreed to send Vontae Davis to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2013 2nd round draft pick and a conditional 6th rounder.  Jay Glazer of FoxSports broke the story on Twitter:

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Ryan Tannehill wins Dolphins QB competition

Miami Dolphins announced Monday afternoon that Ryan Tannehill has officially won the Dolphins quarterback competition.  Tannehill was named the Dolphins starting QB after a solid practice on Monday where he took all of the 1st team snaps.

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Confirmed: Tannehill to start tonight for Dolphins vs. Panthers

According to reports, the Miami Dolphins will indeed start Ryan Tannehill at quarterback tonight against the Panthers.  The Dolphins have not confirmed this report, but it’s only a matter of time.  Word of Tannehill starting tonight for the Dolphins, broke a few moments ago on Twitter after Dick Stockton did a radio interview with Zaslow and Hoch.  Stockton stated that Ryan Tannehill will indeed be the starter for the Dolphins tonight.

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The Dolphins want to see Tannehill perform against an opposing 1st team defense.  Tonight, he’ll get his chance since the Panthers are expected to play their starters until halftime.  It remains unclear just how long Tannehill will play, but I would imagine he’d at least play a quarter and a half, with Matt Moore coming out of the bullpen.  Tannehill had a strong week at practice and many (including me), thought he should get the start tonight to see what he can do.

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