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We are now a couple of days away from the NFL Combine, which is Feb 23-29, and we also are inching closer and closer to the beginning of the Free Agency period for the NFL as well, which begins March 9th.

 

During the last few weeks I have read a lot of post and comments from Twitter, the Miami Herald, ESPN among other sites in regards to what Miami will look to do in Free Agency and the Draft.  I also have my own thoughts on what the Dolphins may do in Free Agency, and one thing I believe the Dolphins will be is AGGRESSIVE.

 

So far the Dolphins have released CB Brice McCain and DE/DT Quinton Coples, and that is just the beginning of what Miami will do in regards to creating salary cap space.  It has been reported by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald that the Dolphins will use a clause in Ndamankong Suh's contract which allows to the team to re-work his contract for salary cap relief.  Doing this will create over 18 million dollars in salary cap space for Miami, and the goal is to hopefully be able to help re-sign their own free agents in DE Olivier Vernon and RB Lamar Miller.  The Dolphins have said that they want to bring both back to Miami, although they have not talked numbers with either player yet.

 

While the combine is big for college prospects that want to show what they can do in this part of the process, it is also a time when many teams will meet with agents about their clients in regards to possible contracts and numbers, and this is where things will start to pickup in regards to the futures of Vernon and Miller with the Dolphins.  The thought is if the Dolphins cannot work out a contract with Vernon, they will use the franchise tag on him.  Simon Clancy is the Deputy Editor for BBC Radio and is a contributing editor for the New York Times & Sun Sentinel among other publications.  He has a real vibe on all that is Miami, and I tweeted him to ask him his thoughts on Vernon and Miller and if they will both be back in Miami, and he believes the Dolphins will keep both in Miami. 

 

Vernon is looking for a contract paying him 14-15 million/per year, and the Franchise Tag number is 15 million.  Now, do I think Vernon is worth that type of money, NO.  But in a league starved for pass rushers, the Dolphins have a 25 year old player that has not reached his prime, and has been a very solid player.  Vernon has 29 sacks in his 4 years in the league and has gotten better against the run every year.  And while he is capable of commiting just some unforgivable penalties, he is a player the Dolphins cannot let get away.  He is one of there own, a drafted player that has developed into a good player, with the potential to become an ELITE player.  Miller is also not reached his prime, and for a RB that has been in the league for 4 years also, he still has a lot of tread on the tires.  Miller wants to be a featured back, a back that get's 20 carries per game, and he close to that now as he get's 15 carries per game.  New Head Coach Adam Gase is someoen Miller likes, and I believe Coach Gase will get him the ball.  Miller is that rare RB that has homerun speed, can catch the ball out of the backfield and has gotten better in pass protection.  It's not known what Miller is looking for, but I would think it would be north of 5 million/per year.  Lamar was drafted by Miami as well, and I want to see Miller remain a Dolphin.  Rookie RB Jay Ajayi is a talented kid, but he is not the homerun threat that Miller is.  I think together, these two guys give Miami a formidable duo.

 

As we approach Free Agency, it has been stated that Miami will look to address CB, LB and OG, positions that the Dolphins desperately need to upgrade going into the 2016 season.  At the OG spot, Barry Jackson reported a few weeks ago that the Dolphins had interest in Baltimore Ravens OG Kelechi Osemele, the 26 year old road grader.  Osemele wants to possible be paid like an OT, as he played a few games for the Ravens at OLT.  The Ravens could possibly release OLT Eugene Monroe if they think Osemele is a viable option.  If not Osemele, look for Alex Boone from San Francisco to be a prime candidate, as he played under new OL Coach Chris Foerster while in San Francisco.  The 49ers will meet with Boone people at the Combine, but the thought is they will not be able to get anything worked out.  At the ORG spot, and this is just my preference, I would like to see the Dolphins go after ORG Brandon Brooks of Houston.  I liked Brooks coming out of Miami, OH a few years ago, and he is a big, physical OG that can pull and moves well for a man his size.  He is also only 26 years old, so he is a kid you can count on for a long period of time from an age standpoint.  He will be in demand.

 

At the CB position, the now Los Angeles Rams have two of the most highly thought of cornerbacks in Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins, and the thoughts were the Dolphins had interest in Johnson.  It may be much harder to get one of those CB now, as the Rams cleared over 24 million in cap space by releasing DE Chris Long, ILB James Laurinaitis and TE Jared Cook.  I believe this was to help the Rams keep both CB, and because the Rams felt they had in house replacement for those 3 players.  Laurinatis did not have a very good year, ranking next to last among ILB according the PFF rankings, but he is 29 years old, and perhaps a change of scenery would be good for him.  Could Miami have interest, time will tell.  Getting back to the CB though, I believe Miami will have interest in a couple of Cincinatti Bengals, CB Leon Hall and CB Adam Jones.  Both are in their 30's, but both are familar with new DC Vance Joseph, as he was the DB coach for the Bengals last year.  Another name to possibly keep an eye on is Green Bay CB Casey Hayward.  The Dolphins are reportedly looking to sign two CB in free agency, which brings us to Miami CB Brent Grimes.  The Dolphins have a tough decision to make on Grimes, as his play slide considerably from his 2014 season.  He also has a high cap number and a wife that has caused many issues for the Dolphins inside the locker room.  Grimes has said that he has spoken with his wife about the constant criticism of QB Ryan Tannehill and the team, but she continues to be critical.  Joseph wants to keep Grimes, so Miami has a tough decision to make.  They will not keep him at his present salary cap number, so this could be a decision made for them by Grimes if he does not agree to restructure his contract.  One quick note at the safety position, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported that David Burton, the free agent safety from Denver told the Denver Post that Miami is one of the teams expressing intrest in him.

 

Switching to the linebacker position, Denver ILB Danny Treveathan is a name I have read mentioned that the Dolphins would be interested in, and Simon Clancy mentioned Arizona OLB Sean Weatherspoon and Detroit OLB Tahir Whitehead along with another Bengal, LB Vincent Rey as possible considerations for the Dolphins.  I mentioned ILB James Laurinaitis earlier, and will bring him up again.  Don't know if the Dolphins will have interest, but he has been a solid player for a long time.  This is another position where the Dolphins have been reported to look to sign at least two players, which leads me to believe that LB Koa Misi time with the Dolphins is coming to an end along with LB Kelvin Sheppard.  This is a position for the Dolphins which has not performed well to say the least, so an upgrade for this group is essential.

 

On Twitter, Simon Clancy bought up a thought that if the Dolphins were to look DL in free agency, they could look at Bengal free agent Brandon Thompson.  I remember Thompson from his days at Clemson, and the 26 year old DT is very stout against the run.  Also, I read last night on Twitter from Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald that the Atlanta Falcons will be cutting former Miami Dolphin DT Paul Soliai, as he has refused to take a pay cut.  Soliai wants to look to return to Miami according to Salguero.  I tweeted Matthew Cannata of the FinsInsider about Soliai returning to Miami and if this could happen, and he said yes it could.  I would like to see Paul back in Miami on a team friendly deal.

 

Something to consider in regards to the Tight End position.  Jordan Cameron is coming off a 35-386-3 season for the Dolphins and has a 9.5 million salary cap number.  If he does not restructure his deal, I believe he will be cut.  He had his fair share of drops and just never seem to develop any type of chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill.  Would like to have Cameron back, but not at that number.  A couple of names I would keep an eye on if the Dolphins were to cut Cameron loose is San Diego free agent Ladarius Green and Indianapolis free agent Dwayne Allen.

 

One last note on free agency is that Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reported the development of Miami reaching out to WR Rishard Matthews to look to re-sign.  Matthews is coming of a solid season for Miami with 43-662-4 season.  To me, this would be a no brainer for the Dolphins, as Greg Jennings did not contribute a lot for this team and is making over 4 million/per season.  Cut Jennings and give Matthews that money on a 5 million/per year deal.  Right now I look at Matthews as a #3 receiver, as he has produced more that WR Kenny Stills.  In the multiple WR sets that Coach Gase will run, you need mulitple wide receivers.

 

How would all this effect the NFL Draft for Miami?  Both Simon Clancy and Matthew Cannata believe that if the Dolphins do go heavy CB and LB in free agency, it bring DL into the picture as a possible consideration as a 1st round pick.  Both myself and Mark Grimm, aka swerve believe that this is an exceptional deep class at DT, so I am not sure I agree with these two gentleman on that thought.  But it would certainly free up Miami to consider other needs if they were to be able to hit on those two areas of concern along with OG in free agency.

 

We got a long way to go and a lot of work to do.

 

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David
Blake

Miles
Jack

ILB
UCLA
Junior
6'1"
245 lbs
40 @ 4.55

The Dolphins get the best MLB in the draft with Miles Jack. Even though he suffered a year ending injury at the beginning of 2015, he will be ready to start in the middle for the Dolphins. The MLB position in the 4-3 defense must be addressed, and he sets the tone of the defense. I would be ok if the Dolphins decided to trade down in the draft to pick up Jaylon Smith and grab another 2nd round pick.

Other consideration: CB Vernon Hargreaves, DE Shaq Lawson

Feb 4

Phinfever Draft Analyst:
Tony Simmons

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

1) Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida, 5'11, 199 lbs - Along with FSU CB Jalen Ramsey and Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander, are considered the premier cornerbacks in this draft. Quick, physical, aggessive & smart and a very good open field tackler. Good in press coverage and very good in run support. Does not have ideal size, but makes up for it with how aggressive he is.

 

2) Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson, 6'4, 275 lbs - Very quick, explosive with good hand placement and technique, can get skinny and has the ability to penetrate and disrupt. Had 23.5 tackles for loss and 12.0 sacks in 2015, behind his teammate and probably 1st round pick Shaq Lawson.

 

3) Scooby Wright, ILB, Arizona, 6'0, 246 lbs - Missed a large majority of the 2015 season with meniscus tear early in the season, then a foot sprain against UCLA when he returned. Came back fore the bowl game and played well. In his sophmore season in 2014, he had 163 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks and 6 forced fumbles. Quite simply, he is a playmaker.

Jan 17

Phinfever Draft Analyst:
Mark Grimm

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

I usually do my mocks with free agency in mind. This is not a good draft for guards so I am expecting them to finally sign a starter at guard. Other positions like corner, linebacker and defensive end can be filled through this draft. I'm also counting on Miller to be back. I'm not so sure Vernon comes back. So if we keep Wake and Shelby and add a guy like Ogbah we should be OK. Ogbah is being compared to Michael Bennett. Hargreaves is drawing comparisons to Joe Haden.
Feb 1
         

Breaking Football

Miles
Jack

ILB
UCLA
Junior
6'1"
245 lbs
40 @ 4.55

The Dolphins just couldn’t get any consistent play from their linebackers and despite Myles Jack coming off of an ACL tear, he’ll be ready to compete and start for the 2016 season. Miami once again failed to execute consistently despite a high quality roster that features three studs on the defensive line. Jack is an exceptional athlete who could play multiple linebacker positions in different systems and will be able to make a difference from day one.
Jan 31

CBS
Sportsline
Dane Brugler

Noah
Spence

OLB
E Kentucky
Junior
6'2"
254 lbs
40 @ 4.85x

Spence was the sixth-best prospect at the event, in McShay's eyes. "Spence was a guy everyone had circled to watch [last] week, after transferring from Ohio State to Eastern Kentucky in the wake of two drug-related suspensions," McShay wrote. The prospect acquitted himself well. So well, in fact, that CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler believes he "solidified himself as a top-10 talent" over the course of the week.
Feb 1

CBS
Sportsline
Rob
Rang

DeForest
Buckner

DE
Oregon
Senior
6'7"
290 lbs
40 @ 4.85

(No comment given)
Feb 2

Chicago
Now

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

Round 2: Joshua Garnett, OL, Stanford
Round 3: Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State
Jan 24

Cincinatti .com
Paul Dehner, Jr

Ezekiel
Elliott

RB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0"
225 lbs
40 @ 4.45

If a pass rusher worthy of the pick is there, it makes sense given DE Cameron Wake's age and Achilles rehab, and the potential loss of Olivier Vernon to free agency. But the Dolphins brought in a sharp offensive mind with the hiring of head coach Adam Gase, who inherits an inconsistent rushing attack. Elliott looks like the whole package, which Gase should appreciate after spending last season with Matt Forte in Chicago. And with Miami's leading runner, Lamar Miller, headed to free agency, Elliott would also fill a need.
Jan 29

Draft
Ace

Shaq
Lawson

DE
Clemson
Junior
6'3"
270 lbs
40 @ 4.70

Olivier Vernon will be tough to retain for financial reasons, which could push the Dolphins to address their pass-rush in the draft.
Jan 28

Draft
King

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

It's perhaps unrealistic for Miami to expect Hargreaves to fall to them at #8, a superb talent who would fit a major hole in the Miami roster. But, if that happens, I would expect the Dolphins to snatch Hargreaves off the board without thinking twice about it.
Feb 1

Draft
Season
Lupagus

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

The Dolphins secondary is their primary weakness. Adding this local product should help turn that substandard unit around.
Feb 2

Draft
Season
Onebar

Miles
Jack

ILB
UCLA
Junior
6'1"
245 lbs
40 @ 4.55

Dolphins need some help at the linebacker position. While Jack ended his collegiate career with a knee injury he proved that his talent is well worth a top 15 selection. Jack is the type of player you can build an entire defense around.
Jan 18

Draft
Season
ULTIMATE

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

Miami will most likely be looking to add on defense, most notably linebacker or corner. If the cards fall this way and they have the chance to get a shutdown corner like Hargreaves, look for Miami to get that card in at a record pace.
Jan 6
Emmanuel
Ogbah

DE
Oklahoma St
Senior
6'4"
275 lbs
40 @ 4.75

Cameron Wake turns 34 at the end of January and is coming off a season ending Achilles injury. To make matters worse, Miami is likely going to lose one of their top three pass rushers in Free Agency, leaving them with a huge void on their defensive line. The early rounds are where Miami must address this need in order to get their hands on a top prospect. With the top two corners and O-Linemen off the board, Miami's focus will be on the top 4-3 DE. With 63 total tackles (16.5 for a loss), 12.5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles, Ogbah was given the high honor of AP's Big12 Defensive Player of the Year. Ogbah has only gotten better each season at Oklahoma State, which is reason to believe that this young man is still on the rise. Although Ogbah is a project, he possesses the size and strength to be a great player in the NFL. On film, Ogbah shows that he has the superior upper body strength to dominate his opponents and get after the QB.

Round 2: Cody Whitehair - Kansas St - OG

Jan 29

ESPN INSIDER
Mel
Kiper

*

Shaq
Lawson

DE
Clemson
Junior
6'3"
270 lbs
40 @ 4.70

Lawson led college football in tackles for loss with 25.5, and Miami should add another edge-rusher because Olivier Vernon is about to become extremely expensive if he can even be kept around as an unrestricted free agent. Lawson is just extremely consistent in his ability to beat tackles and make plays.
Jan 14

ESPN INSIDER
Todd
McShay

*

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

At 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, Hargreaves has adequate size to go along with outstanding suddenness, body control and deep speed. He thrives in man-to-man coverage, and with CB Brent Grimes turning 33 this summer, Hargreaves would be a good fit in Miami. The other option would be Oregon DE DeForest Buckner if free-agent-to-be Olivier Vernon leaves town.
Feb 3

NFL.COM
Chad
Rueter

Shaq
Lawson

DE
Clemson
Junior
6'3"
270 lbs
40 @ 4.70

Miami struggled to get a consistent pass rush this season, averaging less than two sacks per game. Lawson can help in that respect, and could take Olivier Vernon’s spot if he leaves via free agency.

Round 2: Scooby Wright III, ILB, Arizona
Round 3: KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame
Round 4: Joe Thuney, OG/OT, North Carolina State

Jan 29

NFL.COM
Bucky
Brooks

Miles
Jack

ILB
UCLA
Junior
6'1"
245 lbs
40 @ 4.55

Despite Jack's season-ending knee injury, the Dolphins could take a flyer on the UCLA star to add a new-school linebacker with superb playmaking skills to the mix.
Jan 17

NFL.COM
Daniel
Jeremiah

Jaylon
Smith

ILB/OLB
Notre Dame
yrr
6'3"
229 lbs
40 @ 4.65

If not for a knee injury in the bowl game, Smith would've been in the mix to be the first overall pick.
Jan 17

NFL.COM
Lance
Zierlein

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

This might be a little early for Hargreaves, who is a little shorter than teams like as an outside cornerback, but his twitch and coverage talent is undeniable.
Jan 22

NFL
Draft
101

DeForest
Buckner

DE
Oregon
Senior
6'7"
290 lbs
40 @ 4.85

There is a lot of hype around Buckner and his potential off the edge. Cameron Wake is coming off a torn Achilles at the age of 33 and Olivier Vernon is coming up on impending free agency.
Jan 18

NFL
Draft
Countdown

Miles
Jack

ILB
UCLA
Junior
6'1"
245 lbs
40 @ 4.55

UCLA LB Myles Jack, like Jaylon Smith, is a Top 10 talent who is coming off of a season-ending knee injury. However, Jack has the advantage of a considerable head start on his rehab since he got hurt in September. Not only was Jack a difference-maker on defense for the Bruins but he also contributed on the other side of the ball at running back, finishing his college career with 11 rushing touchdowns. Jack is incredibly fast and explosive with outstanding range, elite coverage ability and the versatility to play either inside or outside. You simply don’t see too many special athletic specimens like Jack at the linebacker position. Despite not currently being at full strength Jack should still come off the board somewhere in the top half of the first round. Especially if he is able to put on the type of show that most expect in pre-draft workouts. Linebacker is arguably the Dolphins most glaring need and Jack could be the game changer they have been searching for on defense.

Top 3 Team Needs: CB | MLB | OL

Feb 1

NFL
Draft
Geek

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

Vernon Hargreaves being available at pick number eight has got to be the dream scenario for Dolphins fans; unless you're dream is for them to dump Ryan Tannehill which still seems extremely unlikely, though justifiable. Miami made some major moves to upgrade their defensive line last year, but they have a major need for a starting cornerback opposite Brent Grimes, and eventually instead of Brent Grimes who will be 33 next season. A blue-chip recruit who has lived up to the hype from day one, Hargreaves has arguably been the best cover corner in the country for the past two, or even three years. If the 'Phins don't go corner, look for them to target a pass rusher to eventually replace Cameron Wake.

Round 2: Jason Spriggs (OT Indiana)
Round 3: Kentrell Brothers (LB Missouri)

Jan 20

Phinphanatic

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

Linebacker, offensive line, safety, cornerback, all could be drafted with the 8th overall pick and it’s entirely possible that the Dolphins opt to do just that. Jaylon Smith is a big possibility here as well but his knee issue may scare teams off this high in the draft. What Miami does need to find is a cornerback and they may need to find two if they don’t work something out with Brent Grimes’ contract.

The Dolphins have major issues on defense that start with the defensive line. Olivier Vernon is scheduled to be a free agent, so is Derrick Shelby. Cameron Wake is coming off an Achilles injury and Earl Mitchell is making a lot of money but has not been productive. Last year the Dolphins spent a 2nd round pick on Jordan Phillips but Phillips looked inconsistent much of the year when he received playing opportunity.

Hargreaves is not a shutdown corner but he is the best in this years class. Where Hargreaves exells is in his ability to cover routes and recover. He is quick but is not physical off the line of scrimmage. The Dolphins play Tom Brady twice a year and then face Brandon Marshall of the Jets and Sammy Watkins of the Bills twice a year. They need to get better at the position and they need to do it quickly. I suspect the team will look at linebackers in free agency and draft another defensive lineman or defensive end in round two or three.

Feb 2

Pro
Football
Focus

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

Though his 2015 season was not nearly as strong as 2014, Hargreaves has already shown that he’s capable of mirroring opposing receivers while playing fundamentally sound football as a bonus. His +22.3 coverage grade in 2014 is the best we’ve had in two years and while deep speed and size may come into question during the draft process, his upside as a natural cover man is too much to pass up.
Jan 15
Mackensie
Alexander

CB
Clemson
Junior
5'11"
195 lbs
40 @ 4.45

Miami's secondary is so light at talent at cornerback, it can be hard to see them going in another direction with the No. 8 pick. Alexander gets the edge over Florida's Vernon Hargreaves because he has the greater long term upside.

Other options: Vernon Hargreaves (CB, Florida), DeForest Buckner (DE, Oregon)

Jan 25

The New NFL Draft

Miles
Jack

ILB
UCLA
Junior
6'1"
245 lbs
40 @ 4.55

The Dolphins get the best linebacker in the 2016 NFL Mock Draft. He was injured but should still be a stud linebacker at the next level.
Jan 30

USA
Today

Ezekiel
Elliott

RB
Ohio St
Junior
6'0"
225 lbs
40 @ 4.45

If a pass rusher worthy of the pick is there, it makes sense given DE Cameron Wake's age and Achilles rehab, and the potential loss of Olivier Vernon to free agency. But the Dolphins brought in a sharp offensive mind with the hiring of head coach Adam Gase, who inherits an inconsistent rushing attack. Elliott looks like the whole package, which Gase should appreciate after spending last season with Matt Forte in Chicago. And with Miami's leading runner, Lamar Miller, headed to free agency, Elliott would also fill a need.
Jan 29

Walters
Footbal
Matt McGuire

Vernon
Hargreaves

CB
Florida
Junior
5'11"
199 lbs
40 @ 4.50

Miami's secondary is a mess, as everyone took note in the Monday night loss to the Giants. The front office will have to find help at both cornerback and safety, and the former can be addressed here via the top pure cornerback in the 2016 NFL Draft. The opinions on Hargreaves are mixed - one team in the top 10 that needs a corner won't draft him - but perhaps the Dolphins will like him enough to pull the trigger at No. 8.
Feb 4

 

 

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