Look, I am not a big fan of Matt Moore. And yes, I know what I am suggesting … the Dolphins should consider drafting another offensive lineman in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. You must think I am nuts!
What’s that you say? The Dolphins should draft sexy! The Dolphins need a WR — they should draft a sexy WR like Michael Floyd — another WR who has character issues. The Dolphins need a pass rusher — they should draft a sexy DE like Quentin Couples — another DL known for taking plays off. The Dolphins need a franchise QB — they should draft a kid who only has 19 college starts at QB. The Dolphins should draft sexy … sexy will sell tickets. Offensive lineman are boring.
I suggest that winning will sell tickets. I suggest that not having the Dolphins QB laying on his back so often will win games … which will help get to the playoffs … which will really sell tickets. Winning is sexy … winning is exciting.
Historically, offensive linemen are the safest pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Dolphins can easily make such a case with Jake Long and Mike Pouncey. These guys came in and started Week 1 and will be there for a long time. Draft one more and the Dolphins would be set. No more 52 sacks in a season … no more 5 sacks in a game. And, maybe the Dolphins could even run the ball better.
The Dolphins need a right guard — in the worst way. Jeff Ireland has gone out and acquired some “acorns” over the last month. So, the Dolphins now have John Jerry, Artis Hicks, Ray Feinga, and Nate Garner, who will battle for the starting RG for the 2012 Miami Dolphins. How do those guys grab you? Personally, I am sensing another 50 sack season coming! Personally, I don’t think even Peyton Manning would be very successful with these guys pass protecting and run blocking.
Now meet David DeCastro. He played right guard at Stanford starting every game for the last three years … never missed a game … has no character issues … and, was a 2011 All-American. He is 6’4.5″ and 316 pounds. He ran the 40 yard dash in 5.43 seconds and lifted 225 pounds 34 times at the NFL Combine — he’s quick and strong. He is actually rated by the National Football Post as the third best player in the 2012 NFL Draft — ahead of Matt Kalil (USC) and RG3 (Baylor). Many draft experts firmly believe this guy has All Pro written all over him.
If the Dolphins drafted David DeCastro, they could not go wrong. He is a sure thing. I have watched tape of this guy and he is amazing, especially pulling from the RG position. Can you only imagine … Jake Long seals the edge on the left side, while DeCastro with his quickness pulls from the right side leading Reggie Bush around on a sweep? I see a running game the would scare the daylights out of opponents. Can you also imagine … DeCastro, Pouncey and Incognito in the center of the line protecting against a middle rush for a mobile QB like Matt Moore? I see no more Dolphins QBs getting beaten up every Sunday afternoon. I think Joe Philbin would be thrilled to have David DeCastro.
Drafting David DeCastro in the 2012 NFL Draft would fill a desperate need for the Dolphins. Fans would get over the lack of sexy in the first round — especially, when it frees up the Dolphins to use their second round pick to draft a sexy pass rusher like Vinny Curry (Marshall) and then to use their third round picks to draft a sexy wide receiver like Brian Quick (Appalachian State) and then a safety like George Iloka (Boise State) or a tight end like Ladarius Green (Louisiana-Lafayette). I think this kind of draft would give the Dolphins a better chance of getting to the playoffs in 2012. And, it would all start with the pick that it seems no one is talking about.
Okay! What do you think?
By the way, I’m ready to be called everything in the book for this cockamamy idea. But, I’d rather the Dolphins pick almost a sure All Pro, than another sexy pick like Teddy Ginn and his family — remember, the Dolphins selected him as the 9th pick in the draft. And remember, the sexy pick that year for the Dolphins was suppose to be Brady Quinn. Both these guys flopped. I say take a sure thing — an offensive guard in the first round. You know, like Steve Hutchinson, who was honored as an All Pro five times in the last 10 years. How many All Pros do the Dolphins have on their current roster?
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