Hello fellow Dolfans!
The offseason is upon us and that means that the Miami Dolphins are at home or on vacation while they have missed the playoffs once again.
As the Miami Dolphins front office and head coach Adam Gase assess each and every position, they will discover that the Dolphins have several needs on both sides of the ball.
Here is my take on who the Dolphins should draft and why in the first two rounds:
Round 1, pick 11: The Dolphins take Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame. Size, strength, and a need on the left side of the offensive line fit the Dolphins offensive style which should be more balanced and more run-friendly with Ryan Tannehill coming back at quarterback. Nelson is 6’5″ and 330 lbs (Notre Dame Sports), Scouts have marveled about his strength.
Luke Easterling of Draftwire.usatoday.com says: “A massive mover with a rare combination of athleticism, physicality and awareness, Nelson is a 36-game starter who consistently dominates his competition.” The Dolphins need to absolutely bring back that swagger as an offensive unit and I’m going to go old-school with this pick of building the offensive line through the draft. I believe that Nelson would fulfill that need at left guard for one and fill that void that was left after the suspension and release of the Bills Richie Incognito. For one, the Dolphins selection of Nelson would shore up the left side of the line and also the middle with Mike Pouncey needing help as a pass blocker. Nelson is immovable and would support Laremy Tunsil on the left side. I can see the Dolphins getting back to a down-hill running style with this selection.
Round 2: As the Dolphins continue their negotiations with wide receiver Jarvis Landry, it will be quite interesting in what direction they go. In my humble opinion, the Dolphins go cornerback with their second pick. I realize the Dolphin under head coach Adam Gase have drafted defense in round 2 and I don’t feel any different here. The Dolphins could select Mike Hughes of UCF, Cornerback. I like Hughes simply because of his “ball-skills” and his versatility as a returner. The the Dolphins need another physical cornerback opposite Xavien Howard. This is a position that the Dolphins need to get right if they are going to “sweep” the AFC East next season.
Said Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com: “Hughes has dangerous ball skills. He is very talented at slapping passes away and times his contact well while being a threat to pick off the pass. Hughes has good hands and is a dangerous threat to pick passes off. When he gets the ball in his hands, Hughes knows what to do with it as he is dangerous to rip off big returns. His speed and elusiveness in the open field is very impressive. ”
I’m a big fan of UCF’s incredible 13-0 run and it’s no secret that Scott Frost, the new head coach of Nebraska had his blue print on this relentless defense. Both Frost and Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander put their stamp on this team and Frost, having coached and played both sides of the ball placed Hughes not only at corner on his defense, but as a returner, and none bigger than the return this past season versus USF to clinch a berth in the AAC titile game. Hughes, a multiple sport talent in high school, grew up idolizing Deion Sanders. Said Hughes, per ESPN of his big return versus USF:
“Once I saw the kick was short, I took it, I went with the return,” Hughes said. “Everyone knows what they’re going to do. And I know what I’m going to run, and I’ve got to give those guys up front credit. They did a great job of following through with the play. I saw a cutback lane, and I just took advantage of it.”
What’s not to like about Hughes? Check out his highlights at the tail end of the Maryland game for unbeaten UCF. 2:14 mark is a good one!