Dolphins Select Daniel Thomas — What’s Left and Next

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In the 2nd Round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Dolphins selected Daniel Thomas, RB out of Kansas State.  In order to get Thomas, the Dolphins traded with the Redskins (thru the Bears) for the 62nd pick.  The Dolphins gave up a 3rd rounder (79th pick), a fifth rounder (146th pick), and a seventh rounder (217th pick).  It might sound like a lot to give up for Thomas, but according to the NFL Trade Value Table (posted in a previous article) the Dolphins actually got the better value of the deal.

I like this trade and this pick.  I have discussed Daniel Thomas in a previous article actually mocking him at the 79th pick.  Thomas was named to the 2nd Team All-Big 12 in 2010.   He has good size at 6′ 0″ and 230 pounds having average arm length (32.25″) and hand size (9.0″).  He has average upper body (bench press of 21 reps) and lower body (broad jump of 123″) strength.  He has below average top end speed (40 time of 4.59 sec) and lateral quickness (3-cone drill of 7.06 sec), but is a one cut runner with good vision, strength, and leverage - he does not  “Dance with the Stars” at the line of scrimmage.  Thomas has an excellent two-year body of work at Kansas State after transfering from junior college – 26 career starts, 298 rushes & 27 receptions in 2010, and 545 career rushes.  Please note 545 rushes were done in two years.  He had good 2010 rushing production (5.32 YPA) and receiving production (6.33 YPA).  I have compared Thomas with other top tier RBs in the draft in the following table for your review.

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Topics: Aldrick Robinson, D.J. Williams, Daniel Thomas, Jeff Ireland, Mark Herzlich, Miami Dolphins, NFL, NFL Draft, Ricky Stanzi, Tony Sparano

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  • Ireland Are you listening?

    give up next years 3 or 4 , pick up some 4-5 this year as it is deep and go get:

    Stanzi, Enderle or Tyrod Taylor

    Green or DJ williams

    Kealoha Pilares!!!! Speedy game breaker RB/WR we don’t have

    Gates , Robinson or Salas

    Mana Silva or Herzlich

    Deangelo Williams, Tim Hightower, or Mike Tolbert

  • thomas loy

    Miami should draft McElroy in the 4th. In the 6th round draft Robinson. In the 7th draft oordt, with the last pick, draft Mario Fannin RB auburn.

  • Joe

    Nathan Enderle or Stanzi- neither can go wrong, big guys that can make all the throws, just as good as the top QBs, Stanzi is more mobile, I like him a bit, but Enderle has a stronger arm. Go Phins!

    • MassanuttenRef

      Stanzi looks real good — he is intelligent, accurate, and has a high yards per completion. But, I don’t think he will be there at the Dolphins pick — I hope so. Enderle has a fairly big red flag. He takes an awful lot of sacks — over 8% of his attempts. This indicates a lack of ability to read coverages.

  • Lee Henthorn

    Pick up a QB – Pat Devlin & try to trade for Carson Palmer – Keep Henne as a backup until Devlin is ready. I also like doubling up on RB if we can’t swing DeAngelo Williams

  • andre

    i like all the big except for the 2 defensive player in the 7 round we got the speed WR that the experts say remind them of mike wallace, i would have like a speed RB and another WR and TE in the 7th round

    • andre

      typo picks* not big