love how EVERY Dolphins fan wants to talk trade down, trade down because they are either scared to make a pick at No.8, or are greedy and want more. Yet, the year the Dolphins actually did that, back in 2010, and pulled it off successfully in terms of picks, Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland get stoned for it.http://www.sulia.com/channel/nfl-draft- ... ce=twitter
I find it telling that UM receiver Tommy Streeter has a slightly lower draft grade than Leonard Hankerson the year before. Hankerson had a 5.44 grade, and went in the third round. Streeter has a 5.38 grade according to PFW.
Last year Dolphins tight end Charles Clay had a 5.33 draft grade. This year he'd be the sixth best tight end in the 2012 draft. The only tight ends he'd be ranked behind are Coby Fleener (5.85), Orson Charles (5.75), Dwayne Allen (5.70), Michael Egnew (5.38) and Ladarius Green (5.35). Do you get the point I'm trying to make yet?
There are only four tailbacks in the 2012 draft with a higher draft grade than Miami's Daniel Thomas, who had a 5.60 grade according to PFW. Trent Richardson, Davis Wilson, Doug Martin and Lamar Miller (who has a 5.70) are the only tailbacks in this draft class with a better grade.
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Last year Dolphins receiver Clyde Gates had a 5.44 draft grade according to Pro Football Weekly. This year Gates would be the 12th best receiver in the 2012 draft. He'd be rated ahead of Ryan Boyles, Jarius Wright, Tommy Streeter, Nick Toon, Devon Wylie, Joe adams, Patrick Edwards, Chris Givens, Marv Jones, Rishard Matthews, Jeff Fuller, TY Hilton, DeVier Posey, Dwight Jones, Juron Criner, Travis Benjamin, Junior Hemingway, Greg Childs, Danny Coale. You get the point I'm making?
What is my point? It would be nice is Dolphins fans took stock of what they do have, and allowed young players - who had their growth stalled by a lockout - to blossom before they concluded they were busts, or don't have it. I expect a significant amount of growth from players like Mike Pouncey, Jared Odrick, Clyde Gates, Daniel Thomas, Charles Clay, Jimmy Wilson, Nolan Carroll, Reshad Jones and Lydon Murtha in 2012.