Jonesin For A Cure….

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Developing from within….that’s weird to say or think when you hear about the Miami Dolphins.  Countless regimens that have lead our team have always built for a win now foundation, thereby sending our developmental assets to other teams in respect to draft picks.  However, we need to give credit when credit is due, and our current front office has learned to cherish draft picks.

Our Regimen building from within philosophy has provided an instant upgrade in the interior of our game.  Our deepest positions of talent are on the line of scrimmage for both facets of the game.  Looking at these assets you can’t help but notice the draft selection.

Jake Long – 1st round
Philip Merling – 2nd round
Kendall Langford – 3rd round
Jared Odrick – 1st round
Mike Pouncey – 1st round
Paul Solia – 4th round

The list can go on, and one main observation is that you can’t help but notice anything less than a 4th round draft selection within the interiors of the line, now let’s switch the attention to the weakest link on our team Free Safety:

Chris Clemons – 5th round
Rasheed Jones – 5th round

Now there are many arguments out there that state you draft based on need, and how the board unfolds, and in cases with this regimen they were pleased  with these selections, but can you tell me the last time a 5th round selection made an serious impact?

Manny Wright? Cried himself off the team….and in other years we traded away our draft picks.  The last time we saw any potential out of the 5th round, was Zach Thomas. 

Do you believe that Jones or Clemons will have that type of impact?

I don’t see Clemons developing into a starter at all, maybe a second tier player, but not the player that I would want to anchor my secondary around.

Rasheed Jones, is the player that I will be focusing my attention to.  Just like last year, where we thought Clemons would take hold of this position, it’s now time for this young former Bulldog to prove to us that he can make us forget about all previous players.  Anchor the secondary, implement the Robber and steal the position away.

We only have one game to judge this prospect on, and against the Titans he played and dominated.  We haven’t seen that type of playmaking ability since Louis Oliver was holding our secondary down.

Rasheed Jones if you are out there, your time is now….we the fans are waiting patiently and jonesin that you are the cure for the Free Safety position.

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  • YO YO

    Great read and I agree with you. Last year Tony stated on almost every post practice media session, what an impact Clemons was making. Well, we didn’t see that on the field at all.
    The dark horse to win this position would be Jones, but don’t be surprised if they bring someone in.

    • bahamas

      YO YO – I hope they do, and the player i would like to see brought in is DeAndre McDaniel

  • fins4ever1

    Yo Bahamas,

    Excellent written article. You really did your homework. Agree it might be time to either cut lose some cash for a FA they like or put more emphasis on the safety position in the next draft.

    We did spend a #1 on Vontae Davis in an effort to improve the secondary, but I know that doesn’t help the FS position. I have a couple of questions for you.

    1. On average, just how early of a draft pick do you think is warranted for a FS? I can see a 1 or 2 rounder for a CB, but anything more valuable than a 4th for a FS seems high. I might be wrong.

    2. Assuming the time between a CBA being settled upon and the beginning of the season, who do you see getting the most playing time at FS? Is Jones the guy?

    By the way, if you think the organization has mostly ignored the FS position, take a look at the TE.

    • bahamas

      check the forum…i’ll answer there

  • beowulf

    I was happy when we drafted Jones, mainly because he was one of the few players I had on MY board that we took! Granted I thought he was a 6th or 7th round selection… Then again, we didn’t have any 6th round picks and we DID take him with our second 5th rounder…

  • Ranadicus

    Seriously? I think you watched the 2009 season by accident. 2010 is when the Dolphins pass defense finished 8th in the league. You don’t finish 8th in the NFL if you are getting bad play at free safety.

    • bahamas

      I dont think you understand…yes we did finish with the 8th but still teams continued to expose us on our back court…look at Pitt, Patriots, Detriot, Steelers game tape…watch Greg Jenning school Davis and not get any over the top help.

      I can understand where you are coming from, but the truth is in the game film my friend…