This was certainly a great season. I don't think there was anybody out there that predicted 11 wins, and a division championship. One thing is clear though, this team has a lot of need for some talent at some key positions. Here are some names that you could be seeing in a Dolphin uniform next season, whether it be through the draft or Free Agency.
Terrell Suggs, OLB. Suggs will get paid this off season, no doubt about that. The Dolphins made a run at Calvin Pace last off season, but lost out to the Jets. Suggs could get franchised, but if he doesn't, I expect Parcells to at least put an offer in. He is one of the better 3-4 OLBs in the NFL, and would fit perfectly into our scheme. Another pass rusher to opposite Porter is something that MUST be addressed in the coming months.
Bart Scott, LB. Suggs' teammate over in Baltimore, Scott can play either the OLB position, or he could be a replacement if we were to not resign Crowder. I would much rather spend the big bucks on Scott than I would on Crowder. I think that he is the odd man out in Baltimore, with Lewis obviously getting resigned, and the Ravens having to pick between Suggs and Scott; that's if they have the cap for either player.
Karlos Dansby, MLB. One thing that you have probably figured out by now...I want a LB to be added this off season. Dansby is a big hitter in the middle, and a play maker; something that Crowder is anything but. Dansby would be an awesome addition to a weak LB core.
O.J. Atogwe, FS. Atogwe could very well be franchised, but if he isn't, I think we have to make a run at him. He is one of the top FSs in the NFL, and the definition of a playmaker in the secondary. FS could very well be our weakest position right now, and Atogwe I think could upgrade our secondary tremendously.
B.J. Raji, DT/NT, Boston College. Raji is the best interior D-lineman entering this year's draft. Boston College has had tons of success in developing NFL talent along the lines throughout the past few years, and Raji is one of the best BC lineman to come in that span, if not the best. Raji creates great penetration and is a big guy who will have no problems playing the 3-4 NT position, and holding the gap. Ferguson just turned 34 years old, and is need of a replacement. While Raji would be a great pick, I don't know if Parcells is looking heavily into drafting a replacement just yet. Why would Paul Solai still be on the roster if the staff did not think that he could be a starter in this league? If my memory serves me right, he has gotten suspended 3 different times for violating team rules so far, through his first two seasons.
Victor Harris, CB, VT. Being a BC fan, I am obligated to hate Virginia Tech, especially with the recent history between the two schools. So while I despise the Hokies, I love their number one CB, Victor Harris. He's got great size and speed, and brings a different dimension to the cornerback position than what we currently have in Will Allen and Goodman. I think that he can be a Champ Bailey type of corner for a long time; I'm not saying he will be at the same level as Bailey, but the same type of player. Malcolm Jenkins gets all the love from the media, but I consider Harris the number one corner in this year's draft class.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, UNC. I love Nicks. He is everything that you want in a WR, and would be a perfect guy to opposite Teddy G. He's got tremendous size and strength, is a very good route runner, and has great hands. He reminds you exactly of Anquan Boldin in many more ways than one. He is tremendous after the catch, and does not go down easily at all. He is almost like a RB out in the backfield. I was convinced that Nicks would be a top 10-15 pick, however, I've been shocked to see him go as low as the late second round. If he is there at 25 though, I think we have to oull the trigger. WR is not our biggest need, not by any stretch of imagination, but Nicks is just too big of a talent to pass up, in my opinion.
Michael Johnson, DE/OLB, GT. I went to go see Johnson live, when Tech played BC in the Eagle's home opener. Talk about relentless pressure...Johnson is huge, measuring in at 6'7. I think that he could be a Jason Taylor type for a long time. Johnson would fill a huge need for us, hopefully providing us with that pass rusher to compliment, and eventually replace, Peezy.
Duke Robinson, OG, Oklahoma. Another possible pick. He's an absolute beast in the run game, but has plenty of experience in pass protection having blocked for Heisman winner Sam Bradford. Robinson is shifty as well. A great prospect at guard, and the best interior O-lineman entering the draft.
Herman Johnson, OG, LSU. Talk about beastly...you don't get more beastly than Herman Johnson. Think Vernon Carey, except add about 2 or 3 inches and about 40 pounds!! At 6'7 390 he's a big boy...the type of size that you know BP loves. He is the definition of a mauler in the run game, and I think could very well be the guy that we select with our first of two 2nd round picks.
Alex Boone, OT, Ohio St. With the rumors swirling around that Carey will not be resigned, the FO might be/probably is looking to draft his replacement. Boone is excellent in both pass protection, and the run game. While, to me, it would not make sense to let Carey go, and create more problems along the O-line, Boone is a very big possibility in the 2nd or 3rd round if Carey is not back with Miami next season. Let's hope he is though. You would like to see Boone put on a little more weight though, as he is a whopping 6'8, but just 312.
Who knows what will be the situation come the FA period, and draft time. Those are some names to keep an eye on though.
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