Does New DC Spell “D” In Draft?


Fans want a legit number 1 WR.  Many of those same fans hope that his name is Bryant.  As in Dez Bryant.  Yet the Miami Dolphins have obviously felt that it was their defense and not their offense that was this years problem.  They said as much when they retained Henning and fired Pasqualoni.  So does the eventual hiring of a new Defensive Coordinator mean that the Phins will go defense early in this years draft?  It very well may.

Consider this.  Bill Parcells is known for one thing if nothing else when it comes to the draft.  He loves drafting LB’s.  Al Groh is the front runner and since this was written on Wednesday night, it could be possible that the deal is already done as your reading this. 

Groh is a long time Parcells guy and the two of them have a long tenured history of working together..so there is no doubt that Groh would have the balls to stand in front of BP on draft day and say, “Bill, we are taking that LB”.

Then there is the case of Keith Butler coming to town to interview for the vacancy.  Keith Butler of Steeler’s LB’ing fame.  Butler has made the Steelers LB’ers some of the best in the league.  And let’s be honest, Bill does love his LB’s.

While names like Terrance Cody and Dan Williams will be popular “mock draft” choices because of the Phins needs at NT, the real names that will garner consideration, names that the Phins will be expected to pay close attention to at the Combine, will be guys like Sergio Kindle, Sean Weatherspoon, and Eric Norwood on the outside.

But still, I doubt that the Phins will invest top 12 money on one of them.  I think that the real value for the Dolphins will lie inside where Channing Crowder desperately needs moved out of the strong position.  Guys like Brandon Spikes, Sean Lee, and Rolando McClain make their home.

With speculation now down to two names for the DC spot, it only seems natural that if the Phins view defense as a problem, then they also view defense as a priority.  Especially if they fired their coordinator.

Offensively, the Dolphins don’t need as much.  Another RB likely will be added as will another guard.  But TE can wait another year and WR is a spot the team will likely address in FA or on day 2 of the draft. 

Rolando McClain seems to be, on the surface, a Bill Parcells type of LB.  Fast, explosive, and big.  The question is will he fall?  And if he does, will the Dolphins take him over a NT giant who only plays 2 downs of the 4?  The foretelling may come in the guise of who sits in the DC chair come April.