Help Wanted: Third Down Back with Wheels

1 May

As the draft wound down, it took serious cojones to draft a cornerback and developmental defensive lineman instead of adding Derrick Locke, Noel Devine or Mario Fannin.

We like the Daniel Thomas pick, but he’s a 230lb bruiser who may not be much help on a 3rd and 7. We added speed at the wideout position with Edmond “Pearly” Gates, but our backfield could certainly use a turbo boost.

Luckily, the three players listed above are all unrestricted free agents. Fannin is a freak, who is about the same size as Thomas, but with phenomenal hands and track star speed. Locke was a big time playmaker at Kentucky, undersized but a wealth of pass-catching experience. Devine is the smallest of all, but perhaps the most dangerous. The West Virginia scatback could also be a huge find as a return specialist.

This draft filled a few needs, but we think third down/change of pace back remains a big hole. We could save ourselves a huge check to Darren “What You Talkin’ ‘Bout” Sproles if we brought one of these guys into the fold as an undrafted gem.

GO DOLPHINS, and feel free to follow us on Twitter @thebottlenose     

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10 Responses to “Help Wanted: Third Down Back with Wheels”

  1. Phinster May 1, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    We need devine or Locke, at least take a look. Devine plays with a chip and has electric moves and breaks tackles well for his size. Would be a great wildcat weapon with Gates & Clay

    • Dan Ewen May 1, 2011 at 9:22 am #

      Just a gaping hole right now, if the plan is to become more dynamic. Devine and Gates would spice up the offense in a big way, and as you point out, combined with Clay’s versatility and a smashmouth Thomas, really propel this offense.

      The million dollar question: Is Henne the guy to operate it?

  2. Phinster May 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    Thigpen needs his opportunity, he is more versatile than henne. Expect us to look at a veteran, Bulger, Volek, maybe palmer, or Orton one the lockout is lifted. I would really give volek the helm for 2 years, he has proven he can on a few occasions.

  3. Phinster May 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    Mario Fanin could be a sleeper also,. He is 230, can move and is a decent receiver. With the rebuilt line Devine hits the holes real quick and makes moves like very few once in the open

  4. Oscar May 2, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Have you lost your hopes on Kory Sheets?

    The draft was pretty good for Miami, a “B” is well achived.

    • Dan Ewen May 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

      I agree on the B. Just a few holes left, and this squad could be legit. Sheets could get a look, but he didn’t show me as much in college as Devine and Locke.

      Thanks for the visit!

  5. brad May 2, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Devine needs to be signed!!!!!!!!!!!

    Free agent D angelo Willanms as well

    Williams/ Thomas/ Devine Waht a trio!!!!

    We also need to find a TE via Free agency

    • Dan Ewen May 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

      I wonder how much like Chris Cooley Charles Clay really is. If we hit on that pick, and add a legit speed back, all we need is steady QB play (easier said than done).

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. batsandgats July 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    Chase Reynolds is the answer. Very shifty and could line up in the slot if they needed him to that is how good of a receiver he is. He only has average top end speed but his burst in the initial 20 yards is amazing.

    • Dan Ewen July 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

      Chase is a baller, and I’m sure he’d do whatever it takes to stick on the roster. Wondering though, with Polite, Hilliard, Cobbs, Ricky, Ronnie, Daniel Thomas, Kory Sheets, and other UFAs still in the mix/under consideration, if we’re a fit?

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