I tend to concur with the belief that Vontae will start and Allen will move back in the starting line-up. Despite being bigger, and one would hope stronger, Smith was not as solid on run support during the season IMHO and still inferior to Allen (providing Allen is healthy). So what role does a good cover corner who struggles with run support play? Ding! That's right, nickel corner.
I would love to see Smith come out this year and show great improvement in run support and tackling because having his size out there to battle with Moss, Jacobs, etc. would be great. It would be fantastic if he came out this season ready to start ... either way, within the next couple of years, the Dolphins could have a solid group of CBs ... I like the stuff I have seen from Carroll as well. Could we have gotten a steal in the 5th simply because he had a broken arm and missed most of the season? I sure hope so.
Let me guess...
You'd rather have Smith play against Moss et al because he is taller despite the fact that it was Davis who had 2 picks while covering Moss last season?
IMO, Davis clearly surged past Smith by the end of last season and will only continue to get much better. He may have been burnt more last season, but he takes chances and makes plays. His mistakes will be fewer and his big plays will be more. Smith did nothing from a playmaking point if view, and could not tackle at all.