Playing it Safe

“With the 15th pick the Miami Dolphins select Mike Pouncey, offensive lineman, University of Florid.” Those are the words that echoed from Roger Goodell’s mouth last night. It wasn’t the sexy QB, WR or RB that most Miami fans were hoping for but it was as Ireland said in his press conference the “safe pick.” 

Ireland talked about wanting to trade down but the phones just didn’t ring so they made the pick. I am a firm believer Miami went into this draft thinking they could trade back but if they couldn’t I think Christian Ponder was their guy. The problem with was the Minnesota obviously thought he was their guy and that they wouldn’t get another chance at him. There are many that thought Miami should have taken Mallett or Dalton, but they didn’t. Miami spent as much if not more time that anyone looking at Mallett and they decided he wasn’t worth the 15th pick. I think if they could have traded back they might have taken Dalton, but that is the issue. 

I have always said if you are going to reach in round one, then reach on a QB. If they thought they could drop back and get Dalton or even Mallet for that matter in the 20’s then pull the trigger at #15. Rumor was they were trying to trade back into round one, but they just didn’t have the ammunition. I am sure they burnt up the phones last night trying to get back into round two, but once again without giving up a lot not sure if they can. Instead of reaching and trying to throw the ball into the end zone Miami did what we as fans have grown accustomed to on third and seven and ran a draw play setting up the field goal and inevitable fist pump. 

Don’t get me wrong, I think Pouncey is a good player and will be either the starting center or starting left guard day one. He is also the best pulling guard in this draft. He struggled snapping the ball in shotgun situations early in the year in 2010 but got better as the season went on. Jeff Ireland claims he will start out at center, but not sure that is where he stays. There is no doubt in my mind Pouncey makes the offensive line better, he is a leader and called the line plays at Florida. 

While I don’t hate this pick, I don’t love it either. We can only hope he is as good as his brother but that will be a tough task. We can take solace in knowing he was coveted by the Steelers and Giants who are two of the best teams at evaluating talent for the draft. Mike Pouncey wasn’t the sexy pick, but he was the safest pick Miami could have made at that time, but is safe good enough?

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  • thomas loy

    In this case, yes, its a good pick. Pouncey will solidify the offensive line and keep the pass rush off the QB. Miami can still sign a veteran QB, and, draft a QB. McElroy would be a great pick late in the draft. Mallett is rated by some as a 4th round pick, Dalton and kaepernick will probably be gone by the time Miami picks.
    And would Miami trade Randy Starks for a pick? And can trades be made today?

    • onole1

      Don’t count out Yates either. I know they spent some time with him. I like Yates and think he is one of those rare mid round QB’s that could actually be a good QB in the NFL.

      I would hate to see them trade Starks, but I wouldn’t rule it out either.

  • joe

    PLEASE Pick Nathan Enderle in the 4th, he can be better than all the QBs picked in front of him. The guy is way better than Henne. Please trade Henne or get rid of him, geeze I would rather see Thigpen start!

    • onole1

      They spent a bit of time with Enderle as well, so I wouldn’t count him out.

  • x420xDirtyFish

    No trades of players as of this moment, maybe that will change before tonight starts.

  • joe

    I don’t think Dalton has near the arm strength of Enderle- who is just as good, if not better than Mallet.