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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Bring on the draft

The Miami Herald's draft coverage will kick off Sunday with me doing a story on the No. 16 pick -- it's potential for boon and bust and what the Dolphins are likely to do with the pick.

Tune in.

But for the purposes of this blog, we're going to spend the next few days taking an in-depth look at the Dolphins positions of need and I'll list the reasons they have the need.

For the record, the Dolphins need a cornerback, a defensive tackle, an outside linebacker, a wide receiver, maybe some OL help, and for the sake of adding value to the team, a young quarterback of tomorrow.

By the way, if Ricky Williams doesn't get off on his appeal for his fourth positive drug test, the Dolphins also need a running back.

That Miami doesn't have one OUTSTANDING must-have need speaks to the fact the team could likely operate and succeed with the roster as is. I guess that's the reason some folks think Miami is a Super Bowl contender.

But, in my opinion, it does the opposite. The Dolphins are not a Super Bowl contender today.

If the team can stand improvement in so many areas, it is logical to believe the team needs a lot of improvement. Teams that need a lot of improvement are simply not Super Bowl contenders.

Disagree? Voice your opinion.

I will cover the specific position needs starting on Monday. Meanwhile, have a great Resurrection Sunday.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand why everyone keeps saying we need a DT. Didn't we draft two last year in Wright and Vickerson? Traylor has at least a year left in him. Carter can play in the middle as well Holliday. We may need some depth for the future, but I wouldn't say its a huge need.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just wanted to say that i really like where this blog is a die hard dolfan it's good to see a blog that's actually a "blog" and not a column that's just updated every few days...keep it coming!

12:11 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

I'll tell you what: I'll explain the need at DT first thing Monday ... And I appreciate the love from the second commment.

3:31 AM  
Blogger anvanica said...

I'm looking forward to the draft preview. It's tough since we have no #1 need.

Vince Young will not be available at #16; too much potential, too much raw talent. I don't think we should trade up since there are other needs, and trading up for a quarterback is too risky.

10:30 AM  
Anonymous D said...

Wouldnt it be nice to finally have a viable young QB on the roster to count on and mold for the future? I'm tired of all the veteran backup talk. I realize picks are scare this year but we must pickup a QB in the third round if "the big three" are gone by the time our 16th pick comes around as projected. Great blog by the way, I really appreciate you posting the entire Culpepper interview. Looking forward to more of that in the future.

10:38 AM  
Blogger miamibillg said...

I agree that we are not a superbowl contender yet. We are good but have no real depth. We get pushed around by good offenses, which is why we need both strong outside Linebacker and a big defensive tackle. offense is good not great. If we start slow (no culpepper) to start season we may fight to the playoffs.

11:07 AM  
Blogger miamibillg said...

I agree that we are not a superbowl contender yet. We are good but have no real depth. We get pushed around by good offenses, which is why we need both strong outside Linebacker and a big defensive tackle. offense is good, not great. If we start slow (no culpepper) to start season we may fight to the playoffs.

11:08 AM  
Blogger John Dolfan said...

Superbowl Contenders of today are not what they were 10 years ago. The salary cap, aka parity, has enable many flawed teams to be contenders. Many people remember that the 2000 Ravens had a stiflening defense. Does anyone remember that they also suffered a 4 week losing streak in the middle of the season wherein they didnt score a single TD ? Does anyone also remember the 2001 Pats (beaten by the Fins that year) who were supposedly not in the same league as the Rams after being blown out by them in the regular season? Its hard to win a Superbowl but in today's NFL, the Fins are definitely a contender.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually like our depth at the OL with the signing of McIntosh for depth at tackle, although I think we could add an interior lineman through the draft, which would provide us with some flexibility. For all I know, the final O-Line could end up being:


As for DT, I agree that we still need to look to improve, but its not a huge need...What about adding Kenderick Allen, the DT (and former Saban guy at LSU) who just had his tender offer terminated from the Giants? He is young and some Giant fans I know say he has tons of talent, and really question the move.

1:10 PM  
Blogger jeepmanmatt said...

DT and QB are a concern. But many teams fill those needs with mid-round picks. Miami's first round pick has to be a DB, saftey or corner. Nothing helps out an inexperienced defensive backfield more than a Pro Bowl-caliber DB to shut down the opponent's best receiver.

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with your assessment with regard to the Dolphins needs, including a DT. I hope that Wright and Vickerson will pan out, but you can never have too many quality people at that position. I would like to see them address the WR position, adding some speed and depth. Booker is getting up there and Welker is not the answer the 3 receiver. Hopefully Justice, Jackson or Holmes or Jimmy Williams will be available @ 16.

6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are completely wrong about not being a superbowl contender. The dolphins went 9-7 last year with a rookie running back, a horrible quarterback, a questionable offensive line and no third reciever. If they sign Lavar Arington look for them to draft either Holmes or Jackson to make their offense maybe the most potent in the NFL. Ronnie will have a breakout year and the Dolphins have improved in virtualy every position this offseason. This is the most talented team Dante Culpepper ever has gotten the opportunity to play with, and he is an amazing athelete. People keep saying Randy Moss made Culpepper, I say bull@#%%! Look at Moss's number last year with Oakland. Culpepper made him.... I look for 4000 yds and 30 TD's from Culpepper. I look forward to the Phins not having to punt 3 out of every 4 series. I look forward to having a quarterback complete more than 56% of his passes. I look forward to Shelton getting his first chance to play for a winning team and finaly living up to his franchise potential. Most of all I look forward to Nick Sabin showing what I already know to be true..... He is the best coach the NFL has seen since Bill Walsh, and yes that includes the other Bill up in NE. I grew up in the Buffalo area, and I haven't been so excited for the Dolphins since Marino was in his prime.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, I think you've overlooked wide receiver among the positions of need. The team is in dire need of a playmaker after the first two guys (Chambers and Booker), especially with a real QB now. I hope you address that situation in your draft coverage, too. Even with the team's other needs, I would not be surprised if the Dolphins take a wide receiver with their first pick, especially if Saban trades down.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would say Cleo Lemon is our developmental QB for the future. What this team needs is a veteran QB to take the first few games which Culpepper is likely going to miss. Rookie QB's rarely win their first few games, the shell-shock is just too much. That's why we need a veteran.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Ottawafan said...

I believe that the Dolphins need to take either a DB or OLB (assuming we don't sign Arrington). While drafting either Holmes or Jackson seems like a more exciting pick I would rather someone like Chad Greenway who can come in and have an impact right away. I don't remember the last time the Dolphins had a LB who could cover RB's and TE's man-to-man.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are nuts dude the dolphins are going to win the afc east this season hands down will be the number 1 or 2 seed in the playoffs and will be the first team to host a superbowl fins are bigtime contenders now that they have a bigtime qb in daunte culpepper and mark my words pepper will be ready to go week 1 at the steelers the dolphins will win it 27-17!

3:33 AM  
Anonymous IceDaddy said...

Dolfans don't fooled. Miami is a great city and SuperBowl '07 is a great reason why everything under the sun should be done to put together a great team this season. Veteran team players like: Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor work very hard every season in bringing out the best in teammates and inspiring young players to be ready to contribute. Nick Saban has been phenomenal in putting together a framework for future team success and of cource, selecting the right players in the draft. Don't be surprised if the Dolphins show up for the big dance. I think the Dolpins will surprise a lot of pessimists. Go Dolphins! It's your boy, Icedaddy, the golf guy(MIA).

3:52 PM  
Blogger Scott Lanzendorf said...

Six reasons why it's not a good idea to dishonor yourself and "dis" a U.S. President in one breath:

1. When your elected national leader invites you to dinner, you go!

2. When you can't accept a dinner invitation made by your democratically elected national leader, you say "no" but reciprocate the gesture.

3. When your elected national leader, whose politics you happen to disagree with, invites you to dinner, you go if only to express your own point of view. (Most of us untermenschen will never get such an opportunity.)

4. When the most powerful man in the world invites you to dinner, you go.

5. When it could be argued that the man who invites you to dinner led your nation through dangerous and perilous years, you go.

6. If you are a professional footbal coach who happens to be a liberal, and your elected national leader is a conservative, the former goes to a dinner prepared by the latter so as not to alienate football fans who are conservative.

(aka Scott Lanzendorf, Homestead)

11:35 PM  

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