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There are a few Drafts out there that have Miami picking TE O.J. Howard from Alabama.
He would be a good pick, but I think Miami is going to go on the defensive side of the ball with that first pick, and possibly the second, also. LB/DE is what I see, and not necessarily in that order. BPA for either of those positions.
A lot depends on what we do in free agency. Like Tannebaum (or was it Grier?) said - you want to be able to line up and play a game on draft day, so you have the flexibility to go BPA. Not sure well hit that lofty goal or not, but it would be nice.
If one of O.J Howard or David Njoku is there when we pick we'd be exceedingly stupid not to take him despite us needing a LB, DE, DT and CB. We need a fast, big play TE that can create matchup problems for LB'ers and CB's. Such a player would be a big part in taking our offense to the next level.
We simply don't have that guy on our roster at the moment.
The issue is that we don't need a JAG playing TE and if you don't draft a special prospect when they are there that's exactly what you will get. Coaching someone up is all fine and dandy but that person has to have the raw skills, size and speed. Most mid round guys don't. If we can get and renegotiate the deal with Julius Thomas none of this matters though.
I'm not convinced that either of those guys will be there when we pick anyway.
Even though we NEED defensive help badly we can't pass on a blue chip offensive player that falls to us simply because we don't have an "on paper need" for that position.
IF we re-sign Dion Sims, I'm fine going into the season with him as the starter. No, he isn't "special" but he's adequate, and we have much more important needs to fill on the defensive side of the ball. I can't see how we justify drafting a TE in round 1. Now if they can find a guy in the later rounds who's a "steal", then fine, OK. But unless something crazy happens in pre-draft free-agency, our top couple of picks need to be LB / DL. And OG, considering that it looks like Albert will be gone one way or another.
Barnett is falling in some mock drafts would love for him to fall to us. Taco is my number 1 right now (I think Barnett is going to be gone). I like Lamp but don't think he is going to be there for us in rnd 2 and I think DLine should be our first pick. My first 3 picks
1 Charlton DE MI
2 Johnson G Pitt
3 Tomlinson DT Alabama
Not many strong side lb's in this draft. We really should try to fill that spot in free agency. They should bring in Sio Moore on the cheap. We also should try to bring a veteran DT to push or take the start position from Phillips. Time for Phillips to start playing all out during his time on the filed. I would not mind if the bought in Hankins or Poe (if his back is healthy and at the right price).
Im still ok with our 3 outside corners, with an improved Dline and a year's experience in our D I look for improvement from each of them.
If we sign a DT and an OLB I would like our first 3 picks to look like.
1 - OL (Ramzyk/Lamp) Ramzyk is falling in some mocks, not because of talent but defensive players are rising after the combine.
2 - S or WR (Maye/Schuster)
3 - C (Pocic)
Yes we do if our offense is going to hinge on a power running game we have to have a solid oline w/ capable backups. Pouncey is too fragile we need a solid rookie to come in and take his spot. Cut him in 2018 and go shopping in f/agency again.
I read that Tannenbaum's strategy is to fill the roster holes with free agents so Miami can draft the BPA. I would expect to see them pick up a cheap G and LB in free agency before the draft. I would expect Miami draft to draft the BPA on defense in the first few rounds and OG. I just hope they don't use a 1st rounder on the OL.
> I read that Tannenbaum's strategy is to fill the
> roster holes with free agents so Miami can draft
> the BPA. I would expect to see them pick up a
> cheap G and LB in free agency before the draft. I
> would expect Miami draft to draft the BPA on
> defense in the first few rounds and OG. I just
> hope they don't use a 1st rounder on the OL.
That is an OK plan, as long as he gets "players." Don't waste money on guys that are sure to be cut. Larsen will be a solid pick if he can provide depth, if not start. Timmons and Thomas we know will start. Allen is not a sure thing, but at least he can provide depth.
Going BPA would be great, but that is mainly for teams who are solid and can afford to do that. Miami is not in that category. Miami still has to go BPA at a position of need.
I agree, dgoodhue, BPA on defense the first couple of rounds, unless the BPA is a stud and Miami would be foolish to pass. I don't think you have to worry about Miami going OG in the first round; by pick 22, the best of the best will have already been picked. I do agree, however, that one, if not two, OL have to be picked in the draft.
I saw on NFL Network, DJ's mock...he has Miami taking UM's TE Njoku. Good pick, but Miami needs to go defense. I am sure there will be a couple of OLBers and edge rushers there.
I could go with Watt. T really don't want Cunningham he is a hit and wrap linebacker. I have seen too many plays where he gives up 3/4 yards after contact. Plus I see pro rbs escaping out of some of his 'wraps'. I want a mlb that stops the runner cold and brings him down. Really overrated imo.I think we have 3 DE's in our rotation now so that would remove DE from round one, again imo.
> I could go with Watt. T really don't want
> Cunningham he is a hit and wrap linebacker. I have
> seen too many plays where he gives up 3/4 yards
> after contact. Plus I see pro rbs escaping out of
> some of his 'wraps'. I want a mlb that stops the
> runner cold and brings him down. Really overrated
> imo.I think we have 3 DE's in our rotation now so
> that would remove DE from round one, again imo.
I also like Watt, and he is picking up a lot of buzz, so not too sure he will still be there, but if he is.....
I hear ya about DE, but...Branch played OK, but with Wake, his age is a factor and that Achilles worries me. Granted, he played great last season, but not sure if he can last. If he goes down, what does Miami have?
I am only talking DE if that "stud" is there when Miami's turn comes up. However, if that "stud" LBer is also available, it will be a tough choice, but I am sure the Miami brass has the names lined up and maybe wouldn't be too difficult to decide which way to go.
On the other hand, if that "can't miss" DB is there....