In my last article, I discussed what top tackles the Dolphins could select with the 15th pick in the draft. Why discuss tackles and the 15th pick? Basically, tackles may be the best players available at that point if the Dolphins are unable to trade down in the first round and pick up a needed second round draft pick.
The Dolphins have done much due diligence on QBs in the draft. For example, they have talked with Ryan Mallett three times. They have also talked to nearly every other QBs and their parents, grandparents, and dogs. I think this is all a fake. I do not believe the Dolphins will take a QB with the 15th pick. They have too many needs to take a QB without a second round pick. I believe all the interviews with QBs are designed to influence other teams — like maybe the Seattle Seahawks. But, do you know the Dolphins draft fake that hasn’t happened? A more important fake?
Why haven’t the Dolphins brought in two of the top tackles in the draft? Look, most mocks have Tyron Smith (USC) going to the Dallas Cowboys with the 9th pick. Later in the first round, the New York Giants (19th pick), Indianapolis Colts (22nd pick), Philadelphia Eagles (23rd pick), and the Chicago Bears (29th pick) are all in need of top tier tackles. And, there are only five tackle prospects that are projected to go in the first round. So, Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland, why have you not brought in Anthony Castonzo (Boston College) and Gabe Carimi (Wisconsin) for interviews and workouts? Would that not have been the better draft fake? Especially, when the Dolphins really could use a second round draft pick?
Look, you bring in these two guys multiple times each — like three times each. It allows you to do your due diligence in case you are stuck with the 15th pick and decide to take the best available player that somewhat fits a need — offensive line. It also forces the Giants, Colts, Eagles, and/or Bears to wonder whether they will get the guy they really want. Or, it forces the Bears and maybe even the Eagles to wonder if they may be the odd man (men) out when it comes to picking up a top tier tackle they need. Do you not think that may help the telephone ring on Day 1 of the NFL Draft?
I really wonder what Sparano and Ireland are thinking?