Category: Dolphins Division

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.

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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.

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Dolphins Division: Can the Dolphins still make the playoffs?

The Miami Dolphins’ chances of making the playoffs were a long shot before they lost to the Patriots on Sunday.  However, with wins by the Bengals, Steelers, and Colts, the chances of the Dolphins making the playoffs went from slim to virtually none.  The Dolphins are currently 2 games out of the 6th playoff spot in the AFC, with only 4 games left to play.  The biggest problem is that the Steelers and Bengals, each 2 games ahead of the Dolphins, play one another in a couple of weeks.  that means one of them will get to 8 wins.  If the winning team of that game goes 1-2 in their other 2 games, they get to 9-7…..and that, in itself, might be asking for too much.

Add to that the fact that the Dolphins would need to go 4-0, including wins over the 49ers and Patriots on the road, and you get the idea that the Dolphins playoff hopes for 2012 might have faded like a South Beach sunset.  The fact that the Dolphins are probably going to finish the season 7-9 or so is disappointing.  If that happens, it will be the 4th straight year they failed to reach the .500 mark.  Really disappointing.

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Dolphins Division: Dolphins hope to stay alive versus Patriots

The Miami Dolphins kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a win on Sunday.  Now, after losing winnable games against the Titans and Bills, the Dolphins face an uphill climb to stay relevant in playoff talk.  That won’t be easy, considering the Dolphins still have to play the 49ers and the Patriots twice.  It all starts on Sunday, with the Patriots coming to town, the Dolphins should be treating this as a playoff game.

Realistically, the Dolphins will probably need to go 4-1 to finish at 9-7, to have a shot at making the playoffs.  Why?  Because the Steelers and Bengals are already a game up for the 6th wild card spot.  Just to tie one of those 2 teams, the Dolphins would need help and would need them to go 3-2.  There are scenarios for the Dolphins to make the playoffs at 8-8, but it’s too early to have a clear picture.  If you have time on your hands, check out the ESPN playoff machine.  If the Dolphins can pull off an upset against the Patriots, we can talk more seriously about the playoffs.  With a loss, the Dolphins would probably need to win out and get a lot of help.

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Dolphins Division: Dolphins slide continues, Pats off and running

The Miami Dolphins were once 4-3, but that was a long time ago my friends.  The Dolphins currently sit at 4-6 and are now 3 games behind the Patriots in the AFC East.  The rest of the division isn’t doing much better, since the Bills and Jets are tied with the Dolphins for 2nd (and last) place.  Since all 4 teams were tied at 3-3, the Pats have gone 4-0, with the rest of the division going 1-3.  That is why the standings look like they do right now.  The Pats are running and hiding with this division and if this were an election, it would already be called by Wolf Blitzer and the CNN news team.

New England Patriots (7-3 overall, 3-0 division)

The Patriots welcomed in Andrew Luck and the Colts on Sunday and the rookie QB gave the Patriots fits in the first half.  Then, a few turnovers and special teams plays later, and the Pats put up 59 points.  The Colts were outclassed by the Pats, who took a strangle hold of the AFC East with this victory.  This week, the Pats will head to New Jersey to take on the Jets (4-6) on Thanksgiving night.  The Pats will look to improve to 8-3, while the Jets will try to climb back into the Wild Card and Division races.

New York Jets (4-6 overall, 2-2 division)

The Jets finally won a game on Sunday, beating up on Sam Bradford and the Rams.  The Jets defense looked good for a change and harassed Bradford into turning the ball over.  The Jets got out to a lead, which limited the effectiveness of Stephen Jackson.  The Jets needed a win in the worst way, following their 3 game losing streak.   The team was on the verge of imploding, although I still don’t think they’re far away.  The win helped, but I could deal without the Jets players saying the Jets are ‘back’.  Please, you’re 4-6 and if you lose to the Pats on Thursday night, you’re season is over.  You aren’t back yet.  The game on Thursday night is a must win for the Jets and I actually think they have a shot.  For whatever reason, the Jets give the Pats fits and always find a way to beat them at least once per season.  Granted, the Jets could easily go out there on Thursday night and get blown out 48-10, but I’ll probably be passed out by that time anyway.  (cont’d on page 2, click below)

Dolphins Division: Playoff talk? Beat the Bills first, then we’ll talk

The Miami Dolphins had their playoff hopes punched in the gut on Sunday, losing in embarrassing fashion.  So, for the time being, we’re putting the kibosh on all Dolphins playoff talk.  Right now, this Dolphins’ team does not look like anything that resembles a playoff team.  That can change with a win over the Bills on Thursday night, but until then, the playoff talk is over.

Right now, this is a one team race in the AFC East, the Patriots are most likely going to win this division.  Since all 4 teams were tied at 3-3, the Patriots have gone 3-0, while the Dolphins have gone 1-2, and the Jets and Bills have each gone 0-3.  The Patriots are playing well and the rest of the division has fallen to the roadside.

New England Patriots (6-3 overall, 3-0 division)

The Patriots did what the Patriots do and that is win.  Last week, the Patriots got the Bills ‘A’ game, but still managed to pick up the victory and improve their division record to 3-0.  The Patriots are on cruise control and it’s unlikely that any team in the AFC East is going to make them sweat down the stretch.  The only team that could, potentially, is the Dolphins whom they play twice.  But again, the Dolphins aren’t scaring anyone right now.  This weekend, the Patriots welcome in Andrew Luck and the Colts (6-3).  This should be a great matchup between Luck and Brady (future versus past/present).

Miami Dolphins (4-5 overall, 1-1 division)

The Dolphins played like crap on Sunday. They know it. We know it. The world knows it.  The Dolphins are on a short week, so they’ll have to have a short memory and put that game behind them.  The short week means that there is less time to correct mistakes.  But it also means there’s less time to dwell on a pitiful performance.  The Dolphins have gotten back to basics this week in practice, focusing on fundamentals.  We hope it shows up on Thursday night in Buffalo.  The game will be the first one that Ryan Tannehill plays in prime time.  We think he’ll rebound from his rookie-like performance on Sunday and play well on Thursday night.

Picking up a win on Thursday night is important for many reasons.  First, Chris Clemons called the game a ‘must win’ (but aren’t they all?).  Second, a win would allow the Dolphins to get back on track before heading home.  Third, a win and the positive vibes return to the Dolphins for 10 days as they prepare to take on a Seahawks team that is playing very well.  We’re interested to see how this young team rebounds from the humiliating loss to the Titans on Sunday.  It’s games like the one on Thursday night that show you what these guys are made of. (cont’d on page 2, click below)

 

Dolphins Division: Dolphins facing must win against Titans

The Miami Dolphins shot themselves in the foot a number of times on Sunday against the Colts.  And now, the Dolphins are looking up in the standings at the Patriots.  The Dolphins had an opportunity to put some space between themselves, the .500 mark, and some AFC East rivals, but failed to slow down Andrew Luck enough to eek out a win.  Now, the hard work begins, as the Dolphins must go on another winning streak if they want to have a chance at the playoffs later this season.  There is only a 2 game difference between first and last place in the AFC East, but that can change very quickly.

New England Patriots (5-3 overall, 2-0 division)

The Patriots were off last week and they are in the middle of the soft part of their schedule.  This week, they host the Buffalo Bills (3-5) in a game that they should win.  Next week, the Patriots welcome in the Indianapolis Colts.  The Colts are 4-1 at home, but just 1-2 on the road, so this should be another win for the Patriots.  It is very possible that the Patriots will be 7-3 through their first 10 games of the season.  The Dolphins know this and if they want to have any chance at the division, they’ll need to take care of their own business the next 2 weeks to keep the Patriots within striking distance.

Miami Dolphins (4-4 overall, 1-1 division)

The Dolphins are coming off of another tough loss and must rebound.  The Dolphins last 3 losses have each come by only 3 points.  They’re close, but those tight games are games that good teams win.  Those are the type of close games that playoff teams win.  The Dolphins must correct their pass defense if they want to make a run at this thing, otherwise we will simply use the rest of this season to evaluate which players will be around in 2012.

This week, the Dolphins return home and take on the Tennessee Titans (3-5). Although the Dolphins defense has it’s issues, the Titans are coming off of a game that they let up 51 points to the Bears.  The Titans were terrible last week in all 3 phases of the game (offense, defense, and special teams).  The Dolphins must correct their course this week and move back over the .500 mark.  To do so, they need Ryan Tannehill to continue to protect the football and they must learn how to cover opposing receivers/tight ends.

Side Note: I will be attending the Titans/Dolphins game this Sunday.  If you’re going to be there, let us know and maybe we can meet up to tailgate.  Just send us a message on Twitter (@PhinNation) or via email (Bill@PhinNation.com)  (cont’d on page 2, click below)

Dolphins Division: Dolphins look to claim share of AFC East lead

The Miami Dolphins took their first big step in putting themselves in position to make a run at a playoff spot in the AFC. The Dolphins win over the Jets evened their divisional record at 1-1 and improved their conference record to 3-2. BOTH will be important when late December rolls around and playoff spots are determined.  Additionally, the Dolphins win over the Jets, knocked the Jets to 3-5, putting their hopes of the divisional title on life support.

Earlier this month, when the Dolphins were 2-3, we laid out their road map to the playoffs.  The Dolphins have won their last 2 games, which sticks to the script.  Next up, the Dolphins must win 3 of their next 4 games (@ Indy, vs. Tenn, @ Buff, vs. Seattle).  The 3 AFC games are most important because they are against teams that are tied with or trailing the Dolphins in the race for a wild card spot.  In a perfect world, the loss would come against the Seahawks because they are a non-AFC team so it wouldn’t hurt the Dolphins AFC record.

Did you now the Dolphins are currently the hottest team in the AFC?  The Dolphins hold the AFC’s longest winning streak at 3 games.  This week they can take a big step in both the AFC East and AFC wild card races, if they can find a way to beat the Colts in Indianapolis.  Here’s a look at the current layout of the AFC East and what’s ahead for each team.

New England Patriots (5-3 overall, 2-0 division)

Two weeks ago, the Patriots were tied with the rest of the AFC East at 3-3.  After a gut-check win against the Jets at home and a dominating win against the Rams in London, the Patriots are on top of the division, all by themselves.  The Patriots played solid defense against the Rams and their offense looked like it was back to it’s old ways.  The Patriots are off this week and then play host to the Bills and Colts the next 2 weeks.  There is a very real possibility that the Patriots will be 7-3 through their first 10 games of the season.  (cont’d on page 2, click below)