That was the theme of the Miami Dolphins 2010 draft. Yes it was heavy on the defensive side. But there are a few reasons for that. The first reason of course is the fact that the Miami Dolphins defense was porous last season. There were needs in the front seven and deep secondary. Those were addressed, over and over and over again.
But leadership was another reason. On offense, you have emerging leaders in Chad Henne and Jake Long. But on defense, your leaders went out the door when Porter and Taylor left and when Ferguson was suspended for half the season.
So how did the Dolphins address that?
7 of their 8 draft picks were team captains.
The approach was also to do what the Dolphins always do. They needed defensive and offensive line help in 2008. They drafted two defensive linemen and two offensive linemen. They needed safety help in 2009. They drafted two cornerbacks. This year, linebacker was a major need.
They drafted four. Two outside linebackers and two inside linebackers. Some fans may get frustrated at the approach and it is understandable. You still need a tight end and perhaps a running back for the future. But the philosophy of the Trifecta is to basically go for too much rather than not enough.
This was also another meat and potatoes draft, as the Dolphins were front seven intensive. They intend to do everything possible to stop the run and pressure the quarterback. And that's what many of the moves made this offseason, from Dansby to Odrick to Misi, do.
Odrick will probably be lining up a lot at defensive side with Randy Starks reportedly moving to the middle at nose tackle. Misi will fit in at outside linebacker. And on the offensive side, Parcells has always liked monstrous offensive linemen, so he drafted John Jerry, a 6'5 328 lbs mountain of a man from Ole Miss.
Lastly, this draft was special teams intensive as well. You can expect Nolan Carroll to be a gunner on special teams and you can expect a couple of the linebackers to make the team as special teams guys.
But my favorite pick was Reshad Jones in the 5th round. This guy may turn out to be a steal. He has ball skills, hitting ability and great size at 6'1 214 lbs. I believe he will have a future in the Dolphins deep secondary.
All in all, not a sexy draft. But several needs were addressed. Let's see how these moves play out.
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