Rey Maualuga Visits The Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins seem hellbent on finding a pass rushing LB to put pressure on opposing QB’s this coming season.  Today they are working out USC LB, Rey Maualuga who does not fit that bill.  Still, the Phins may be seeing him as the missing ILB that will make Channing Crowder a better player.

Maul, his name is too long to write every time, is not known as bull-rushing OLB that will kill QB’s.  He is however known as a relentless playmaker which is exactly what the Dolphins need and what Bill Parcells loves.  Paired inside with Channing Crowder, the Dolphins could potentially have a lethal combination.  

Crowder is a run stopping LB and it just about ends there.  He is not a coverage LB, not an INT machine, not a sack guy.  He often blitzes but rarely makes contact with the QB and rarely puts enough pressure on the QB to force errant throws.  Still, he is a valuable run stopper who moves well from end to end in pursuit.

The two of these guys would compliment each other quite well.  Rey would be free to rush the QB and make plays while CC would be able to utilize his vision to work the field.  When you add in Joey Porter on the outside and newly added OLB/DE Canadian product Cameron Wake on the other, the potential for a dominating defense is in place.  There is one problem though.  Rey Maualuga won’t be available at pick 25.

Many mock drafts have Maul going anywhere from the mid to late teens to the late 20′s.  If the latter is true, the Phins could be in place to grab a steal with the 25 pick.  It appears though that with teams such as the Patriots, Texans, and Chargers among others needing LB help, the Phins won’t likely see the versatile LB when they go on the clock.

The option of course is to trade up.  The Dolphins however want to add 3 more picks in this years draft which may indicate a willingness to move down and not up.  Should the Phins go into the draft with only 9 selections which they currently hold, they won’t likely use any to move up.

With 2 selections in the 2nd round, it’s not out of the question that the Phins could simply move one to advance 3 or 4 slots if the guy they want is there.  It should be noted that the Phins are once again doing their due diligence and working out key players at their need positions.  So Rey Maualuga may be nothing more than another player in the long line of deception tactics.

Would it really surprise you to see the Dolphins work out every player but they one they draft?  No, me neither.

In other news, it is apparent that the Dolphins, while they won’t say it openly, are inching closer to pulling the plug on WR Ted Ginn.  Now this is simply conjecture on my part, but when the GM comes out and says “Teddy is going into his third year and I think it’s time for him to really show what he was drafted here to do,”  the writing may in fact be on the wall.

Ted Ginn has blazing speed.  Yet last year he didn’t return punts or kicks.  With Chad Pennington tossing the rock, Ginns’ speed was wasted.  It was his route running and his “after catch” abilities that came into question.  Often running out of bounds or away from contact instead of turning up field which is the hallmark of an up-field speed WR.

Ginn needs to learn how to use his speed and agility to better himself as a receiver and while Jeff Ireland isn’t saying “It’s a make or break year” for the 3rd year veteran, in reality it is.  The Dolphins have expressed an interest in upgrading their offense with a “playmaker”.  That is not something they will do at RB or QB.  They completely refer to the WR position when they say that.

With Greg Camarillo signing a big money deal (for Camarillo) last year and the Phins apparent commitment to Davone Bess and Brandon London, Ted Ginn is the guy that has the most to lose.  If the Phins draft a WR on day one of this years draft, it won’t be to compete with Ginn, it will be to replace him.

Topics: Cameron Wake, Channing Crowder, Jeff Ireland, Miami Dolphins, Rey Maualuga, Ted Ginn

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  • DOL-PHAN

    I think that the the DOlphins #1 should take Jason Taylor back #2 take Anquan Boldin for a wide reciever. And they should also take LB Brian Cushing from USC. He is what the Dolphins need and what they are looking for.

  • Samdolphin

    Brian:  I lost your e-mail address when I lost my address book.  I would like for you to do an article on what draft picks the Dolphins should look for this draft and especially look at what they should draft this year to meet their needs next year in 2010.
    Example 1
    NT- We need a dominating NT this year.  Next year Jason Fergerson will not be here he will be 35 in Nov this year .  He had problems last year with tiring late in games and especially toward the end of the season.  His back up is Paul Soliai and he couldn’t be very consistent in 2008. He also got in the HC’s dog house a couple of times in 2008.  The new DT acquisition  Tony McDaniels 6′ 7″ 310 is pretty strong but he needs to beef up is he is going to be a dominating NT.  I feel the Dolphins needs to draft an beast of a NT in this 2009 draft. 

    Example 2
    QB- Chad Henne will be our QB next year.  Chad Pennington’s contract is completed at the end of 2009.  Who knows what he will want to do in 2010?  If he does great this year he may want a huge salary 2010 or he may simply want to retire in 2010.  I would like for him to sign a $1M contract and stay on as a mentor or as a QB Coach provided he doesn’t get hurt this year and leave us with just Chad Henne and John Beck.  In 2010 John Beck’s contract will be completed and he will be 29 in Aug of 2010.  I would like for the Dolphins to trade him this year if they can find a trade partener and get another pick.  In any case I think the Dolphins should  draft a QB if one is available in the 2009 draft.

    Example 3

    RB-  Ronnie Brown’s contract will be completed at the end of 2009 and the Dolphins will have to give him an extension this year if he does great or let him become a FA at the age of 28.  Ricky Williams will be 33 in May  of 2010 and will probablly retire.  That only leaves Patric Cobbs at RB and he will be 27 in 2010.  The Dolphins also have Lex Hilliard that was on their Practice Squad last year and was resigned to come to TC this year in 2009.  I haven’t heard how pleased the Dolphins are with this 2nd year player?  I think the Dolphins should draft or sign a UDFA or a FA after the 2009 draft?

    Example 4

    WR- We have a fair stable of recievers currently, but several of them needs to make a great showing in 2009.  I think the Dolphins needs to draft a WR that can get seperation and streach the field in this 2009 draft or get a UDFA / FA WR after the 2009 draft.

    Example 5

    TE- Anthony Fasano will have to be given an extension in 2010 if he does great in 2009.  Anthony will be 26 in 2010,   David Martin will also need a new contract in 2010 if he does great in 2009 but, he will be over 30.   That only leaves Joey Haynos a 2nd year player.  BP likes TEs and there are several in this year’s draft that may fall to the Dolphins.  Several are tall and fragile looking in the 2009 draft and could either beef up as TEs or play as WRs.

    Example 6

    OTand or OG-  The Dolphins needs to draft a new OT/OG or get
    UDFA or a FAs after the 2009 draft as stated by HC Sparano in the Owners Meeting a couple weeks ago.

    Example 7

    OLB, ILB, CB, SS, FS same as Example 6above.

    Example 8

    The Dolphins should also look for a new Punter?

    I found this an intersting study in trying to guess what the Dolphins will do in the 2009 draft by looking at their 2010 needs.

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    After reading what SAMDOLPHIN wrote, I feel very depressed. Seems like we need alot of things. We have to trade John Beck asap or it will be a waste. I wouldnt be opposed to trading Ginn either. Lets face it, he is behind schedule, I think the guy has potential but we don’t know when it will show. Does anyone really see Ginn having more than a 1,000 yards this year to come? let me answer for you, NO not really. I think we have to look at picking up VICK–dont kid yourself about the dogs and PETA, this guy makes opposing defenses worried. His speed and quickness scare people. Imagine him out of the Wildcat–he would hear some roars then.

    If we trade Beck I think we should draft the tall kid (6’5) qb-Tom Brandstater out of Fresno State and develop him as a back-up to Henne. We can probably get him in the 5th round or something.

    Beck, Ginn, and Wilford should all be on the trading block.