Dolphins need to address offense on draft day
"Everyone knows we need offensive line help,'' Shula said then.
So Shula drafted two offensive linemen with his first two picks of that draft, started both of them every game in the preseason and both had fine runs with the Dolphins for years to come. The two guys were Richmond Webb and Keith Sims.
So what is the lesson?
Sometimes it pays to know where your team is weak and address, indeed, attack that problem. And that brings us to today's Dolphins.
I've been hearing some troubling whispers where the Dolphins have defensive standouts like DT Amobi Okoye, S LaRon Landry, DT Alan Branch, and CB Leon Hall in their sights as possible first round picks. All of those guys may be available around the time the Dolphins are on the clock with the No. 9 overall pick.
To that I would say ARRRRRRRRRGGGGHHHH!
Has anyone seen the Dolphins play lately? They do not score enough points to win. It's been like that for about half-a-dozen seasons, which through no coincidence, is about the time the Dolphins have been out of the playoffs.
So here's an idea: Pick to improve the offense.
Ted Ginn Jr. is probably a bit of a reach at No. 9 because the kid has health questions troubling him this offseason. But the reason he has those issues is because he's been slow to recover from a foot sprain he suffered after he was mobbed by teammates when he returned a kick 93 yards for a TD against Florida in the national title game.
He's a reach at No. 9 as a pure receiver but Ginn also returns kicks which add to his value -- think Devin Hester of the Bears. And when was the last time the Dolphins had a return man that scared anyone?
There's also Penn State LT Levi Brown out there as a possibility. After all the Dolphins don't have a starting LT today so why not fill that significant need with a significant investment of a first-round pick. Personally, I'm tired of Miami filling in the most important positions (QB, LT, CB, DT) with other teams' castoffs.
So that would be a good fit if Miami has a conviction about Brown. And there's always Brady Quinn should he begin to drop on draft day. The Dolphins LOVE Quinn, but I have said and will repeat he will not be available when Miami picks at No. 9.
But suppose he's there at No. 5 or 6? Maybe the Dolphins can move up ahead of Minnesota and score a coup. But that is a stretch as I don't see Cleveland being stupid enough to let Quinn go.
By the way, if the Dolphins do not land Quinn in the first round, I'm told they will likely have Michigan State QB Drew Stanton on their radar in the second round.
That's a good thing because the guy plays on offense.