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Monday, March 31, 2008

Miami gets extra picks at NFL meetings, more updates

The Dolphins have been awarded two compensatory draft picks for the upcoming draft.

The NFL just announced 32 compensatory picks to 15 clubs and Miami gets an extra sixth-round pick (204 overall) and a seventh-round pick (245 overall).

Under the NFL collective bargaining agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in a year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

Last year the Dolphins lost David Bowens, Damion McIntosh, Sammy Morris and Jeff Zgonina and signed only Jay Feely and David Martin.

Other stuff:

*Speaking of draft picks, the Dolphins have come to the realization they're pretty much stuck with the first overall pick. We've known that for a while, but the organization is pretty much operating under the assumption no other team will step up to trade for Miami's first overall pick.

"People aren't moving up," Dolphins managing general partner Wayne Huizenga said. "The top four or five picks -- a lot of teams aren't willing to spend the money to move up. In some years they would move up in other years they won't. This is one of those off years where no team really wants to move up.

"There's two things: What's available in the first four or five picks and what do teams need. So you get those things working for you or against you and that makes the decision whether teams are going to step or not."

*By the way, as you can read elsewhere on The Herald website since around noon, Huizenga's sale of the team to real estate mogul Stephen Ross was approved today. Huizenga called it, "bittersweet."

*Finally, I just talked to agent Leigh Steinberg, who represents Ricky Williams. He tells me Williams is still recovering from his torn pectoral muscle he suffered in his only game of last season.

Steinberg says Williams is not 100 percent yet and was told it would take "six to nine months," for the recovery to be complete. He suffered the injury in November so that means May at the earliest and possibly as late as August.

26 Comments:

Anonymous Shaun said...

I was expecting better than a sixth rd pick. I wonder how the Jets & Pats did on comp picks this year.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Division rivals Buffalo got two picks while neither New England nor New York got any.

Buffalo's compensatory pick is in the fourth round (132 overall). The Bills lost Nate Clements, Andre Davis, London Fletcher and Mike Gandy while adding only Derrick Dockery and Langston Walker.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous mr. kennedy..... kennedy!!!!!!!!!!! said...

At least it's something. Usually the Dolphins never get any compensatory picks. Anyways, keep the good stuff coming Armando!

3:23 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

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3:53 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

There you go Mando..you made me happy. I heard the picks were given out...cane to your blog and there it was. Thank you.

What we all have to keep in mind is that compensatory picks can not be traded..that is one stipulation. Not that it will effect us...just throwing it out there.

Washington got the first compensatory pick.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the comp picks are at:

http://www.nfl.com/draft/story;jsessionid=86F1F0F1C459F0A13C2D818B2F0F4DB1?id=09000d5d80780d69&template=with-video&confirm=true

4:18 PM  
Anonymous phins fan in ne said...

If I'm not mistaken, comp picks are based on free agents lost vs attained.....i didn't expect much.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Mando I am interested in your thoughts of the partial sale of the franchise. You tend to go against the grain..so what do you think of how it will impact the team in the future. I personally believe that if the operations are handed over to Ross too soon could cause issues with the new brass.

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Aphinsfan said...

Great stuff Mando..please keep the good work..will be checking back later

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can;t complain. You never know what you are going to get in those rounds. That pectoral muscle must hurt pretty bad. It isn't like breaking a leg where a leg is immobilized. A pectoral muscle is pretty well used for everything from walking to turning. Ouch

6:46 PM  
Anonymous B Man said...

Here's a link to a nice Excel spreadsheet where you can see the whole draft and sort by team/round etc http://www.mediafire.com/?dcnxnxwj5yx

6:47 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

I find myself very happy that the Patriots and Jets are not getting any compensatory picks this year, not as happy as I was that they choked in the Super Bowl.....Ha, I was on cloud nine that night.

the picks are helpful to us even if it is only 6th and 7th. I hear that BP and Ireland are good at finding gems in the later rounds. Thanks for the info Mando!!

6:53 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

I agree Sean! I was ecstatic when they lost as well. I have never been a Giants fan but I was definitely rooting for them last February.

You are correct as well in that Tuna and Ireland have a history of evaluating talent well. This will be our best draft in years. Of course it would not be difficult to surpass our last few drafts...lol.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, you rock with all the great information. But don't stop giving my perspective and opinion. Don't always agree, but always entertaining.

7:21 PM  
Blogger JinVA said...

Ok...so I have a question for everyone. I keep hearing all the press about how no one wants to trade up because of the price of the picks. Like Mando reported Jerry Jones saying about trading in to the top 5.

However~! What is wrong with the thought of trading WITHIN' the top 5??? If everyone in the top 5 is in the same "boat"...the little difference in the signing bonus shouldn't stop them. I understand why Dallas doesn't want to trade up...but Atlanta?

7:26 PM  
Blogger Coolhand J said...

I wonder what compensatory pick they will receive next year for losing Zach and company?

7:52 PM  
Anonymous SteFin said...

Armando one comment asked the question, "How do you feel about the sale of the Dolfins"? Joe Robbie and Mr. H have been great, and everyone involved whether friend or foe, has echoed this. The initial look at Mr. Ross indicated he's a fan first. Give us some insight. Thanks SteFin

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Randy said...

Coolhand: I don't believe the Dolphins will get anything for Zach. He was cut; he wasn't a free agent. That is, his contract didn't run out, which is how a player becomes a true free agent.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Coolhand J said...

Randy:

TY sir for clearing that up for me, I wasn't sure how it worked exactly.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous phins fan in ne said...

jinva....why would atlanta trade up? just asking....ryan and dorsey should both fall to them.....maybe kc likes ryan enough to jump atlanta....i think that's our best chance....but i'd get used to the idea of us selecting #1.

Let's look on the bright side too....we get the pick of the day....we'll make someone's dream come true.....we'll be the headline of the day....let's enjoy it.

Go Phins

9:39 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

phins fan...I agree with you that we will most likely be selecting first. You never know what can happen between now and then. The only other option would be to let the clock expire. I doubt that would be the case because talk about bringing on the heat...lol. That would sure turn things upside down and stir up some controversy. Below is a link to an article about the possibility.
http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=389615

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando should enter the army, and die in combat, fighting for freedom. Then, maybe, someone would respect him.

10:59 PM  
Blogger JinVA said...

phins fan in NE...

Well...my point is everyone acts like we should just show our hand and start negotiating with the two we want, but I feel like there IS still some potential to smoke screen some of the teams right behind us! I said Atlanta wants Ryan, so I used them as an example. I think we should be trying our best to keep feeding the fires of all 5 top players. Long, Long, Ryan, Gholston, and Dorsey. We've already killed the potential opportunity w/McFadden.

If we smoke screened enough...we could offer a "mild upgrade" scenario to Atlanta to ensure they get Ryan, or whomever they want, and still benefit in some way from it. It may even be only a 3rd, but hey...something is better than nothing.

However...I am not a GM, so maybe their concern is that the guy they really want won't be there if they trade down at all!

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Phins Fan in NE said...

Jin Va....didn't want to come across the wrong way on my response....just think atlanta's targeted players will be there at #3.

Jeremy I don't consider letting the clock run out a possibility and if word got out we did it on purpose we might hurt ourselves worse with potential repurcusssions. Thanks for the link though.

Let's keep the pick if it's our best option and roll.

12:08 AM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

phins fan,

I do not consider a viable option either hence my statement saying I doubt it. But I would not disagree if that was what they did being how the top picks are now so lopsided. We are supposed to be rewarded in a sense for a terrible year and having the top pock has truly become a burden.

However, I am confident that it will be addresses with the next CBA.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only person who feels Rey Maualuga (LB for USC) should be a huge focus for the Dolphins in the Draft? I mean I watched him destroy Illinois in the Rose Bowl this year !!!! Why are all of the mock drafts not even showing him in the first 3 rounds? He is better than Keith Rivers(projected 1st rounder).... Miami needs a stud at linebacker with the loss of Zach Thomas !!!! Bill if your reading this, TRUST ME you need to pick up Rey Maualuga from USC !!!! He is the next best thing to Zach !!!

7:00 PM  

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