Monday, April 25, 2005

The Aftermath

G.M. Rich McKay views the draft as a means of adding depth and allowing the newcomers to learn positions they'll start in in a year or two. WR Roddy White, DT Jonathan Babineaux, LB Jordan Beck and DE Chauncey Davis will join rotations and contribute on special teams. WRs Peerless Price, Dez White and Brian Finneran have watched the team use first-round picks in 2005 on Roddy White and in 2004 on WR Michael Jenkins.

That serves notice to all three that they must improve route running and separation. Davis should back up LE Patrick Kerney and RE Brady Smith as the No. 3 end. Davis played primarily the left side at Florida State and won't spend much time at the other position because Kerney moves to the right side when Smith leaves a game.<

Tuesday, April 12, 2005


The team likely will target the best player available with its first pick, which could be Michigan WR Braylon Edwards or one of two quarterbacks: Cal's Aaron Rodgers or Utah's Alex Smith. Though the Dolphins have a good group of receivers, new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan emphasizes throwing downfield. Getting Edwards would give Miami exceptional depth at receiver and allow it to run the three-receiver alignments Linehan prefers. Smith is a favorite of Linehan, who recruited him in college, but has to learn to play under center rather than in the shotgun. The Dolphins also have scouted former Florida State QB Adrian McPherson, who put on a show at his workout but is dogged by gambling allegations from his college days and will be a mid- to late-round pick.

If the Dolphins don't take a running back in the first round, Cal's J.J. Arrington or Florida's Ciatrick Fason could be options at No. 70. Through the rest of the draft, look for the Dolphins to rebuild an aging defense with an emphasis on linebacker, safety and tackle. Saban would like to get a linebacker/end similar to the Patriots' Mike Vrabel who would allow the team to switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3.