Grier's taken some some heat for his use of our 5 1st rounders over the past two years, with the most well-deserved directed at the Jackson & Igbanoghene picks last year. Tua's been a lightening rod and, for me, the jury's still out at this point.
At any rate, besides Tua having played really well since coming in against Baltimore:
- our run defense has been very effective since Raekwon returned
- Jackson is a bit better at G than T...not that it's much of a compliment
- Robert Hunt is definitely a keeper - likely a long-term top 1/2 of the league OL
- Waddle - I've been impressed with him all year long doing whatever is asked of him...so happy to have seen him go off a bit today
- JPhillips - dude gets an inordinate amount of pressure and the sacks are coming on
- Javon Holland looks like he could be a top 5 safety in the not-too-distant future
- Eichenberg - not much to say here. He needs to perform better. I'm hoping there's untapped potential, but he's by far our most disappointing of the 2nd rounders.
- Noah - man, not holding my breath. Flores seems to be able to get the most out of DBs, so the fact that he struggles to even see the field is pretty indicting.
Overall so far it seems like we're able to hit more gold in the 2nd round. And, obviously, the Tua pick is the on that will have an inordinate impact relative to other positions whether it goes well or not. Finally, admittedly we're pretty early in all 9 players' careers so they may or may not develop and reach their full potential...just a note looking at it here in the middle of the 2021 season.
It would be amazing if Jackson & Eichenberg develop into legitimate starters. I think coaching has hurt them, and I still think that having 1 legit elite vet OL player and another top 1/2 vet OL would completely change the complexion of the whole thing. With both of those guys on the left side trying to figure out up from down...and Davis at RT showing he simply doesn't have the requisite athleticism, I think our OL plays worse overall than the talent overall. That said, those 2 have still disappointed me to date.
Igbo @ safety - I missed that suggestion, but think it's a good one if only cuz it couldn't hurt :-). Really, there's only potential upside to trying it.
Not really realizing how good Raekwon is against the run, I had told my son that a "big, fat" NT would be a great addition...and they're usually best as FA, since the position isn't too costly. I know NE loves them some big ol' NT play as a cornerstone part of their defensive philosophy.
I said Who the hell is this kid when they drafted him in the first. Another no no pick for this dolphins org. He was probably going tolast until the 5th or so maybe later because he was too raw. He is still is very raw after a couple years.
> I said Who the hell is this kid when they drafted
> him in the first. Another no no pick for this
> dolphins org. He was probably going tolast until
> the 5th or so maybe later because he was too raw.
> He is still is very raw after a couple years.
At CB yes. Raw isn't the word.....he just can't play it at the NFL level. But he's a damn fine special teams player and strong safety. Yes he had no buisness being a #1 draft choice. But he has value. When his contract time is up he will be paid accordingly.
I think "bust" is incorrect. He's a bust at CB. But he was effective in training camp and a few games at starting safety and on special teams. He was a punt returner in college and a reciever. He never should have been taken in the first round. But he has value as a Special teams flyer, defense depth.