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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
We are still in the Divisional Playoffs for the NFL, something us Dolphins fans have not experienced in a LONG TIME. Unfortunately, us Dolphins fans have had to save our excitment for the NFL Draft. And also, the Dolphins again hired a new HC in Adam Gase, so we all as Dolphins fans are wanting to see what Coach Gase will bring to the Dolphins in 2016.
I've seen some early mocks for Miami and thought I would go ahead and put one out as well. I will add as well that a HUGE part of what Miami and all these teams do in the draft will be determined by what they do in free agency. Just from reading some of the articles and thoughts of Simon Clancy and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, I believe the Dolphins will be aggressive addressing the troublesome offensive guard spots. A name to keep an eye on is Baltimore Raven OG/OT Kelechi Osemele. 26 years old, Osemele is Big, Nasty & Physical and very good feet and movement. He is also versatile as well, as he played OLT the last few games of the season for the Ravens. He will be expensive, but he could certainly fill a hole at the OLG position and possibly move to OLT once Brandon Albert's contract is up. Other names to keep an eye on are Alex Boone of San Francisco, Evan Mathis of Denver, Brandon Brooks of Houston and Ben Jones, also with Houston. I think the Dolphins could possibly look to develop Jamal Douglas and Billy Turner at the ORG spot, and Douglas showed his versatility by coming in and playing well for C Mike Pouncey when he got hurt.
The Dolphins could also look at CB, FS and possibly LB in free agency as well. A couple of secondary personnel to keep an eye on are Cincinnati CB Leon Hall and FS Reggie Nelson. New DC Vance Joseph has a very good relationship with Hall, and Nelson is a Florida boy. It is not known if the Dolphins will try to restructure the contract of CB Brent Grimes, who is coming off a season in which he struggled and is on the wrong side of 30. Making matters worst, his wife, former radio personality Miko Grimes has been very vocal in her criticism of Miami, her last rant on Twitter gaining national attention. The Dolphins have talked with Grimes about his wife on several occasions as Miami Herald writer Armando Salguero pointed out a few weeks ago. While Hall has been injury prone, he has been very solid when healthy and is a bigger CB that knows Joseph system. Nelson, 32 years old is coming off a outstanding season with 8 interceptions, and has 30 career interceptions. Having a playmaker like Nelson next to SS Reshad Jones would give the Dolphins one of the better safety tandems in the NFL.
Free Agency and who Miami decides to let walk will effect the way the Dolphins approach this draft once again. With that said, let's take a look at my mock draft.
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.
4) Willie Beavers, OLT, Western Michgan, 6'5, 312 lbs - Miami needs to develop a OT that can play in case Brandon Albert or Ju'Juan James get's hurt, and a OT for the future. Beavers has the size, length, feet and quickness to develop into a quality OT in the NFL.
5) Deon Bush, FS, Miami, 6'1, 205 lbs - Michael Thomas and Walt Aikens have been disappointment in my eyes, and are special teams, depth type of players.
6) D.J Reader, DT, Clemson, 6'2, 325 lbs - The defensive line ended up being the strength of the Dolphins defense last year. They were talented and had quality depth. Miami could lose some of that depth this off season and need to keep the unit strong. Reader is versatile, as he can play over the center on in a 3 technique, moves well for a big man and can get pass rush pressure inside and is solid against the run. Had some personnel issues he had to resolve and missed some time this year with the Tigers.
7) Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State, 6'3, 235 lbs - Logan Thomas is going to be given a chance to be out Matt Moore, who does also carry a nice salary cap number for a backup QB. Miami could look to bring in another, athletic QB to develop and Jacoby fits the mold. Very good size, speed and mobility and comes from a spread offense. Very good arm, but is still somewhat raw and needs work.
Gase coached an undiscipline left handed fullback (Tim Tebow) to a playoff berth and a first round victory.
He oversaw a record breaking campaign with Peyton Manning to 55 tds and 5400 yards.
He helped get Cutler back on track WITHOUT Brandon Marshall.
This shows that with 3 very different qbs, he has found ways to get the best out of their abilities... Tebow was an under 50% completion guy and was able to win to some degree with that. Peyton obviously ran the offense in his campaign, but he did so in indy as well... He needed some one to help organize the gameplan and to give him the freedom to execute his thousands of omaha audibles. Gase checked his ego and was able to work harmoniously with one of the best.
In Chicago, he took a QB that was tethering on being cut, without his safety valve all pro WR, with an under performing Forte, and a bad defense, in a stacked division (2 playoff teams with 10 plus wins and a lions team that was very dangerous in the 2nd half of the season) and had a very "respectable" year in 1 season on the job.
I am not praising the man for being a world beater or "the second coming", but it is very clear that gase has been able to adapt to the players he is given. He has been able to significantly improve the quality of qb play in a very short amount of time. And has been able to utilize players to work to their best attributes rather than a system of prrference.
Each coach since Johnson has had an agenda, and an offense they desired to be installed.....
Gase seems to want to work our players in whatever offense can be successful.
Furthermore, it doesnt look like Gase is looking at a 3 year rebuild.... He is looking at a retooling of talent. So no more cutting good players that dont fit, and more acquiring those who can be an upgrade.
Seems like a best case scenario.... I wish Campbell was retained as asst hc/ o.c. but i guess his ego showed him the door.
I work with a die-hard Broncos fan. I wanted to get his take on Gase as conventional wisdom is that he didn't have to do much because Peyton Manning was his QB.
This is what he said - "From everything I know about Gase, you guys got the real deal."
He added that Gase is two things:
1. An excellent Xs and Os guy who can adjust his system to the talent and can change the gameplan from week to week, quarter to quarter and drive to drive.
2. An excellent people person who can relate to all sorts of different personalities and is good at building relationships
He said that when Elway fired everyone, he wanted to keep Gase, but he needed to send a message. Also note, Fox immediately took Gase with him to Chicago.
He said that Gase's impact on Peyton Manning is understated because Manning is Manning, but that Gase played a huge role in setting up a system around Manning that took advantage of Manning's strengths, hence the record-breaking season. He also said it is no coincidence that the Broncos offense has gone downhill since Gase left.
Interesting insight from a Broncos fan. Most fans tend to rip former coaches.