Much of the Miami Dolphins draft day strategy was dictated by the mid-April trade, which yielded the franchise Brandon Marshall. With their need at receiver filled the Dolphins looked to plug holes on the defensive side of the ball and collect extra picks to make up for those lost in the Marshall deal.
The team made a big move down draft boards after trading with the San Diego Chargers, dropping from the 14th selection of round one to the 28th. In that spot they chose Jared Odrick, which represents excellent value. Many felt Odrick would be drafted earlier in round one based on his ability to play defensive tackle or be used as a two-gap end. The need was created when the team decided to move Randy Starks to the nose tackle position. That move is highly questionable yet there’s no denying Odrick was a bargain in the final stages of round one.
In return for moving down 14 slots the Dolphins acquired the 40th pick of the draft from the Chargers and used that selection to draft Koa Misi. The off season losses of Joey Porter and Jason Taylor created a major void at the rush linebacker position, and Misi is pegged to plug the hole. The Utah defensive end definitely has the athleticism to hold down the spot and to his credit, showed linebacker skills throughout the Senior Bowl. It could be baptism under fire for Misi as Miami must manufacture a pass rush from their front seven.
Offensive lineman John Jerry was moving up draft boards but we still think he was a bit of a reach in round three. He’s a big, plodding blocker better off in confined quarters. Though he’s been listed at the offensive tackle spot we’ve always graded Jerry as a guard, the position where he’s been placed on Miami’s depth chart.
Miami came away with a good player in round four, selecting outside linebacker AJ Edds. The former Hawkeye is well suited for a 34 alignment and his nasty attitude on the field will sit well with Bill Parcells. Round four is right about where we rated Edds, who could develop into a starter in time.
The team looked to the defensive backfield with a pair of picks in round five, initially selecting cornerback Nolan Carroll. The Maryland product has the measurables to play at the next level but has never been anything other than a flash in the pan. He’ll have to elevate every facet of his game to make the roster in September. The team initially targeted Robert Johnson of Utah with their other selection in the frame but turned their attention to Rashad Jones when Johnson came off the board. At the top of his game Jones is a terrific safety, effective in both run support and pass coverage. Problem was Jones seemed lost on the field for most of the ’09 season at Georgia. He could end up as a real steal if he gets his game back on track and plays up to his level of ability.
Two picks in round seven yielded another pair of defensive prospects. Linebacker Chris McCoy was solid value in the last frame. He comes off a terrific season and will be used as a situational pass rusher that can stand up over tackle or line up with his hand on the ground. McCoy’s game is moving north and we would not be surprised at all if he makes the final cut. Austin Spitler was a sleeper we spoke about during Ohio State’s pro-day back on March 12th. He’s a solid inside linebacker prospect that will have to make his mark on special teams.
Overview: When grading this draft one must factor in the acquisition of receiver Brandon Marshall. And though Marshall could implode at any time off the field, there’s no question he’ll be a big asset for Chad Henne and the Miami offense. The Dolphins came away with good players who, for the most part, fill needs. Moving Randy Starks to nose tackle could be risky, especially considering the team bypassed numerous opportunities to select nose tackles throughout the seven rounds. They also passed up a number of good safety prospects along the way- though Jones could be fifth round steal. On paper the Dolphins look like a much better team after the draft and a number of the players selected should produce as rookies, which is the bottom line.
The off-season of upheaval for the Buffalo Bills continued into the NFL Draft as many wondered which direction the organization would move. Would the team take Jimmy Clausen in round one? Dan Williams with the ninth pick? Or trade down then select Tim Tebow? The franchise has come under heavy criticism for their front office moves since the end of the ’09 season and they hoped a good draft would turn the tide of opinion in their favor.
The Bills came into the draft with desperate needs everywhere yet opted for running back CJ Spiller with the 9th pick of round one. Off the field escapades by Marshawn Lynch has soured the organization on the former first round pick and the belief is Spiller will be the team’s main ball carrier in the future. Yet when the draft ended Lynch was still on the roster and the front office said there were no plans to move him. This picks makes little sense to us for a number of reasons including the available talent at other positions, which are of greater need to the team. The fact we feel Spiller will never truly develop into a number one ball carrier on an NFL level is also a reason to dislike the pick. Alternatively Spiller was a much better choice ahead of the overrated Jimmy Clausen, yet we fell there were better options available to the Bills.
In round two the team pulled another surprise choosing Torell Troup of Central Florida, hoping he’ll fill the need at nose tackle. In our minds this was a mistake as better talent was available at the defensive/nose tackle position and to a greater extent, we don’t feel Troup will develop into a nose tackle at the next level. Troup is a solid athlete with nice size, yet holding the point of attack was never his forte’. We feel he’d be better off in a conventional four-man line and was drafted at least a half round to early.
Alex Carrington was good value in round three. The Arkansas State defensive end was sensational during the Senior Bowl yet poor workouts at the combine pushed him out of round two. Carrington has the skill set and growth potential to develop into a two-gap end for the organization.
Fourth round selection Marcus Easley was also a solid pick. Easley is a terrific athlete with a large amount of upside to his game. The receiver is far from polished and will need time to develop his game before being NFL ready yet has the skills to grow into a solid number two wide out that effectively compliments Lee Evans.
Offensive lineman Ed Wang was another good selection one frame later. Buffalo desperately needs a left tackle and Wang should be able to compete for the job. We are not sold that the Virginia Tech product will ever develop into a true blind side tackle yet in a worst case scenario the fifth round pick should be an inexpensive utility blocker that can back-up for a number of spots on the offensive line.
The team came away with a pair small school steals in round six.
Arthur Moats was projected as a fourth round pick but fell due to concerns over his lack of height. Moats proved to be a terrific pass rusher at defensive end on the college level and should be able to replicate those skills in the NFL standing over tackle. Danny Batten did much the same at South Dakota State and was one of the most underrated players in this draft. He could eventually develop into a better pro-player than Moats. At the very least both Moats and Batten should be terrific special teams players in the NFL.
Quarterback Levi Brown was the first of the team’s selections in round seven. Brown is a terrific passer with great poise and accuracy. The Bills had a third round grade on the Troy State passer and feel he is a steal in the final round. He’ll compete for a roster spot this season and the team may pin their future hopes on Brown, depending on the play of Trent Edwards moving forward.
Kyle Calloway was the teams final selection and a good choice near the end of the draft. We always felt Calloway is limited but does hold value in a back-up role.
Overview: The initial two selections were head scratching for a number of reasons. CJ Spiller really does not fill a need and Torrell Troup was a reach. Buffalo would have been better served selecting Dan Williams with the 9th pick then coming out of round two with a player like Jimmy Clausen, Vladimir Ducasse or even Charles Brown. This draft draws high grades from round three through seven, but the questionable picks in the early frames pulls down the overall value.
The 2010 NFL Draft is barely a week in the books yet its’ never to early to look ahead. Throughout the summer TFYDraftInsider.net will break down every program in IA and look at the pro-prospects on the roster. We’ll also break down the grades handed down by National Scouting and BLESTO starting in June. But we start the month of May by offering our top 150 prospects eligible for the 2011 draft.
|1||Robert Quinn||DE||North Carolina||3Jr|
|5||Cameron Heyward||DE||Ohio State||4Sr|
|7||Bruce Carter||OLB||North Carolina||4Sr|
|12||Von Miller||OLB||Texas A&M||4Sr|
|16||Stephen Paea||DT||Oregon State||5Sr|
|18||Michael Floyd||WR||Notre Dame||3Jr|
|20||Cliff Matthews||DE||South Carolina||5Sr|
|21||Charles Brown||CB||North Carolina||4Sr|
|22||James Rodgers||WR||Oregon State||4Sr|
|23||Marvin Austin||DT||North Carolina||4Sr|
|26||Nate Potter||T||Boise State||3Jr|
|27||Evan Royster||RB||Penn State||5Sr|
|32||Deunta Williams||S||North Carolina||5Sr|
|38||Chimdi Chekwa||CB||Ohio State||5Sr|
|45||Kendric Burney||CB||North Carolina||4Sr|
|46||Justin Boren||C||Ohio State||5Sr|
|50||Greg Jones||ILB||Michigan State||4Sr|
|51||Mark Herzlich||OLB||Boston College||5Sr|
|54||Titus Young||WR||Boise State||5Sr|
|56||Markus White||DE||Florida State||4Sr|
|58||Rodney Hudson||G||Florida State||5Sr|
|59||Christian Ponder||QB||Florida State||5Sr|
|62||Noel Devine||RB||West Virginia||4Sr|
|64||Stefan Wisneiwski||C||Penn State||5Sr|
|65||Weslye Saunders||TE||South Carolina||4Sr|
|66||Quan Sturdivant||ILB||North Carolina||4Sr|
|73||Vincent Brown||WR||San Diego State||5Sr|
|75||Derek Sherrod||T||Mississippi State||4Sr|
|76||Anthony Castonzo||T||Boston College||4Sr|
|78||Kendall Hunter||RB||Oklahoma State||4Sr|
|85||Chris L. Rucker||CB||Michigan State||4Sr|
|86||Rashad Carmichael||CB||Virginia Tech||5Sr|
|102||Detron Lewis||WR||Texas Tech||4Sr|
|103||Jarriel King||T||South Carolina||5Sr|
|105||Dwayen Harris||WR||East Carolina||5Sr|
|106||Austen Arnaud||QB||Iowa State||5Sr|
|112||Jock Sanders||RB||West Virginia||4Sr|
|114||Austin Pettis||WR||Boise State||4Sr|
|118||Scooter Berry||DT||West Virginia||5Sr|
|119||Greg Little||WR||North Carolina||5Sr|
|121||Jeron Johnson||S||Boise State||5Sr|
|122||Rob McGill||T||Louisiana Tech||5Sr|
|129||Davyd Jones||ILB||Ball State||4Sr|
|137||Brian Duncan||ILB||Texas Tech||5Sr|
|139||Chris Culliver||S||South Carolina||5Sr|
|140||Thomas Claiborne||G||Boston College||5Sr|
|142||Duke Ihenacho||S||San Jose State||4Sr|
|144||DeAndre Morgan||CB||North Carolina State||5Sr|
|145||Russell Nennon||G||Wake Forest||5Sr|
|146||Terrell McClain||DT||South Florida||4Sr|
|148||Mark Dell||WR||Michigan State||5Sr|
|149||Ugo Chinasa||DE||Oklahoma State||5Sr|