Three First Round Curveballs the Dolphins Could Throw

16 Mar

We are of course in the middle of free agency. A lot can and will happen between now and the draft. But just for kicks, these are three curveballs our beloved SoFlo Sea Mammals could toss at the rest of the league come the first round of the 2013 draft.

Why? Because we may be just out of reach of elite talent at other positions. Because touchdowns win football games. Because really Brian Hartline’s deal is for two years. Because it sometimes takes that long anyway for a rookie wideout to get up to speed. Because Austin is completely and utterly filthy on a football field. Because why reach on a guy at 12 if he isn’t miles beyond what we can get at that position with our second rounders?

Why? Because Lamar Miller has 57 touches in his entire career. Because it often takes two running backs in today’s NFL. Because Daniel Thomas averages 3.5 yards per carry. Because 6.5ypc against SEC defenses. Because 5’11” 230lbs of fury, that’s why.

We know, we know, “Nobody trades within their division”. Apparently the hitch in the Tampa bay offer to the Jets was their reluctance to include their 1st rounder. Would New York really not bite if the #12 pick in the draft was dangled? If a player they truly coveted was on the board? They’d be getting rid of a disgruntled player coming off a major injury and expecting a massive payday. If things get bad enough between Revis Island and the powers that be, they might become less and less picky about their trading partners.

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16 Responses to “Three First Round Curveballs the Dolphins Could Throw”

  1. M. Brown March 16, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    I like curve ball #2 the best.

    • Dan Ewen March 16, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

      That would be pretty sick. Thunder and lightning with Miller/Lacy. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Clayton's Shades March 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    I think your reasoning on Austin is right on. I would rather look for a veteran cheaper RB to work with our stable of young runners we already have. and Revis…. yuk man. Older and entitled, so no thanks for even a 3rd rounder. I just keep coming back to the Austin pick and I love it. Re sign Long and get a vet RB. If we can’t get Long, than perhaps go two or THREE linemen in our first 5 picks. shore it up.

    • Dan Ewen March 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

      Wish we’d gotten in on Rashard Mendenhall, who signed for 1-year in Arizona… I look at Green Bay. Granted he was in the 2nd round, but did they need Randall Cobb when they drafted him? They had Jennings, Jordy, James Jones, Jermichael. But clearly they saw something in him. Now we see their wisdom. Something to be said for best player available drafting, especially if the talent has leveled off at other positions. Thanks for the comment.

      • joshI March 16, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

        yes but that is a team that had a lot of talent and no real holes to fill.dolphinsdont have that luxury. i think DB or o-line is the obvious choice. no curveballs here

      • Dan Ewen March 16, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

        Sure, we have holes. But in most mocks the stud OTs are gone. Millner is gone. Xavier Rhodes (most people’s #2 CB) is ranked the 40th best player in the draft per Scouts Inc. If we miss on Joeckel, Fisher and Lane Johnson there isn’t another top 32 LT in their rankings. We could reach. But if you’re looking at guys with 2nd round grades and there’s a special player sitting there, you have to consider that guy. Gotta play the board a little.

  3. John March 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    These options, albeit ones with good intensions of improving the team are ridiculous. The team needs to undoubtedly add good young talent to the secondary. I feel the offense is basically set, although we need a tackle; whether that’s Long or Eric Winston or drafting Lane Johnson etc.

    Darrelle Revis is not worth 16 M per year. Further, the guy is defintely a malcontent. There’s a number of corners, good ones, in this years draft.

    That’s my 2 cents 🙂

  4. Bill March 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    I think you left one out. What about trade up to #3 and take Milliner? We need shutdown corners to fulfill our defensive needs.

    I think your option #2 is crazy. A RB is rarily if ever worth a first round pick.

    Trade DOWN to get Austin would be my idea of logical.

    I think if we stay at #12, we’ll take a tackle.

    • joshI March 16, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

      who is going CB before us? i think milliner will fall to 12

      • Dan Ewen March 16, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

        I have seen hundreds of mocks. Not one has Millner there at 12. If he’s there I will do the Harlem Shake.

      • joshI March 17, 2013 at 6:50 am #

        willing to bet ALL of those mocks were pre free agency. the lions are the ones everyone has him going to. resigning houston and signing quin plus losing both avril and vanden bosch makes me think DE is where they go. only an unlikely trade up from a someone for him is the only way i see him gone. i dont think he is as good a prospect as peterson or even claiborne, just the best CB in this years draft. not someone you trade multiple picks for.

      • joshI March 18, 2013 at 7:58 am #

        Going to hold ya to that harlem shake!!! Post it on youtube for all to see

    • Dan Ewen March 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

      Odds are against a tackle being there, and it’s looking like Long will be back anyway. I think the cat’s out of the bag on Austin, and I’m not sure a trade down will get ‘er done. IMO, if you think Lacy’s A.P./T-Rich quality, you could more than justify that pick if the draft falls that way. I don’t pretend to know Ireland’s board, but I think reaching at an area of need vs taking a special player presents an interesting situation. I don’t see much of a dropoff from Xavier Rhodes to the other CBs in the top 50. At pick 12 we may be just out of reach of the creme de la creme players at CB/LT. If we’ve got exclamation points next to Tavon or Lacy on our big board, I have no problem with them pulling the trigger. Thanks for your comment.

  5. loso March 16, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    austin and then trade bess after draft

  6. gman March 17, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    way off on all 3 counts

    • Dan Ewen March 17, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

      Exactly why they’re “curveballs”. Thanks for the comment.

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