Why Earl Thomas?

16 Apr

Here are twelve reasons: Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Ocho Cinco, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Calvin Johnson, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Anquan Boldin, and Hines Ward.

They will all be attempting to break free in the Dolphin secondary next season, and it’s very possible that a couple more names will be added to to this list after the draft. 2010 opponents Buffalo, Cleveland and Tennessee should be looking to add pass catching studs next week. Not to mention the possible playoff matchups, where we’d find ourselves facing Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson, or maybe Andre Johnson.

Unless we have plans to go after Darren Sharper or OJ Atogwe (seems like our wallet may be running on empty after The Beast’s deal), Earl makes the most sense at pick 12, should he last that long. He is amazing in coverage, and surprisingly strong against the run as well. Uber-Analyst Mike Mayock ranks him ahead of Berry as the top safety in the draft. The kid is an electric playmaker, with amazing ball skills and speed to burn.

Remember, our second rounder is Denver’s now. This means that the next tier of safeties could very well be gone by our second selection. Taylor Mays? Nate Allen? Morgan Burnett? They all figure to be toast by the third round.

There’s no doubt that Dan Williams is a quality NT, but there are guys falling to the mid rounds who could more that fit the bill. Torell Troup, Linval Joseph and Jeff Owens, all have serious talent, but would cost considerably less. I believe the drop-off is much less than it is at free safety, which has become a very coverage-intensive position in this pass happy league.

There are intriguing DE/OLB options in the 3rd and 4th rounds. Not to mention Jason Taylor could still very well be a Sea Mammal next season. Derrick Morgan is strong at DE, but we need hybrid skills. Jason Pierre Paul Peter Pumpkineater has only seven starts in his career, and could be a workout wonder. Sergio Kindle excels at the pass rush, but remains a mystery in coverage. Is the drop from Kindle to Jermaine Cunningham (projected 3rd) so great? Or Thaddeus Gibson (4th)?

Earl Thomas is an elite talent, and you don’t pass on those if you can help it. He’s the Official Bottlenose Draft Day Play, sponsored by Hialeah Race Track and the Crandon Park Zoo.

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2 Responses to “Why Earl Thomas?”

  1. InFINcible April 17, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    I love the options we have. If we stay put at 12 and don’t pick up a 2nd rounder than we pretty much have to go FS.Something tells me they love Morgan at 12, but there may not be any FS left in Rd. 3 tho rumor is Nolan likes Major Wright. If we trade down with Philly and pickup a 2nd rounder, I would take Cody Rd. 1 and best FS on board Rd. 2. Rest of the picks on LB’s with a RB and a TE mixed in.

    Less than a week left!

    GO FINS!!

  2. danewen April 18, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    I don’t see Morgan as an elite hybrid, and this draft is stacked at OLB/DE. I don’t know if Dan Williams is that much better than Cam Thomas, Linval Joseph and Torell Troup. It’s tough. Our secondary gave up more big plays than any other in football. We all saw the Gibril impact last season. Plugging that hole is a huge priority. If Eric or Earl are there, and Philly doesn’t come a calling, that’s the direction I’d go.

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