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2013 Free Agency; Draft For Miami Dolphins

Jan 5, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (85) during the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

2012 was another mediocre year for the Miami Dolphins.  At times, this young team showed glimpses of a very solid football team.  Other times though, they looked like the same predictable and boring Dolphins we have become accustomed to over the past four years.

Unforeseen losses like the blowout suffered against the sub-par Tennessee Titans and  a poor outing against the Buffalo Bills in their only prime-time spot this year left fans angry and confused.  Losses like these and their inconsistent play week in and week out were keys to missing out on the postseason for the 4th straight season.

Their overall play is the reason why many in the football world including Miami, knows they have to add key players either through free agency starting in March and pick well in the draft in April to have any hope at the postseason next year.

The Dolphins are two position players away from being a legitimate contender for years to come.  Cornerback and wide receiver are the two major areas of concern that GM Jeff Ireland will need to address to both save his job for the future and to give South Florida and Dolphins fans everywhere what they have been longing for…… A consistent winner.

Wide receiver seems to be the only hiccup in the progression of Joe Philbin’s up-tempo offense that he would like to rev- up a bit next season. With good complementary receivers like Brian Hartline and Davone Bess, Miami is just one deep threat away from changing the whole auro about their mediocre offensive output.

Free agency is where I believe the Dolphins need to and will strike to get that game changing wide receiver. 2013 free agency has a handful of great free agent pass catchers to choose from. A do it all receiver like Greg Jennings from the Green Bay Packers, the physical and talented Dwayne Bowe from the Kansas City Chiefs (who is also a Miami native), and speedster Mike Wallace from the Pittsburg Steelers all have what it takes to be the Dolphin’s #1 wideout in 2013.

Greg Jennings (Aaron Rodger’s right hand man) seems to be the most relevant so far in discussions about just who Miami will bring in. Jennings will be looking for a big pay day when free agency starts. Green Bay has an abundance of talented wide receivers and they might just not want to pay a boat load for Jennings when they could spend elsewhere.

Jennings’ sister also has hinted at Jennings leaving the cold confines of Green Bay and “taking his talents to South Beach.” In my opinion, Jennings seems like the best fit for Miami and is a proven performer. Dwayne Bowe is a beast when he wants to be, but rumors over the last two years have painted Bowe as a selfish player who plays when he wants and Miami doesn’t put up with that…. i.e. Brandon Marshall and Chad Johnson.

Mike Wallace is a great deep threat and would help to stretch the field which Miami has been lacking forever.  I don’t think Miami will pursue Wallace like they will Jennings for a couple reasons.  Jennings knows Philbin’s system and has played under Philbin with great success.  Another reason is simply because Greg Jennings is a more complete receiver, not just a sprinter.

No matter what happens though, it is almost a certainty that Miami will  pay big money for a wideout as they have the highest cap space out of any team this year.  I don’t believe it would be a good decision for Jeff Ireland and the Dolphins to try and draft their future great wideout when your team is only a couple pieces away from contending and also when you have great free agent wideouts available.

Miami’s other key position that they desperately need to address is cornerback. Nolan Carroll stepped in for the injured Richard Marshall early in the season and proceeded to get torched by almost every team he faced. Miami mixed in anyone they could find to try and play the corner opposite of Sean Smith, but with some horrible results.

Miami’s cornerbacks probably are as a whole the worst in the league. With such a talented run defense and front 7, the 2012 secondary of the Dolphins truly was their Achilles to a more successful season.

Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin need to use their 12th draft pick in April and select the best cornerback available.  Dee Milliner from Alabama is the concensus best cornerback coming out of college and has the capability of coming in and making an immediate contribution.

All you would have to do is watch Milliner in the national championship game against Notre Dame.  For some reason, the Irish challenged him early and often but never got the best of the talented corner for the Crimson Tide as he defended the ball well in the air and never let his man get seperation.

Milliner also averaged a little more than 4 tackles a game for Alabama as he is a very strong tackler who helps tremendously in the run game.  Just imagine, the Dolphins would now have a cornerback, yes cornerback to improve their already stellar run defense. Yes, if Dee Milliner is there at #12…..PICK HIM!

So, those are the two key positions that Miami must get right this time.  This team is too close and too talented at most other positions to have another losing season.  Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin need to be on the same page before free agency starts if they hope to turn things around.  If for once, the Miami Dolphin front office gets key players to “take their talents to South Beach,” I have a feeling Dolphins fans will be much happier with the results this time next year.

Topics: Greg Jennings, Jeff Ireland, Miami Dolphins

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  • http://www.facebook.com/shayne.sullivan.9 Shayne Sullivan

    Get Wallace, resign Hartline and Smith(only for right price) then draft Warmack in first Hopkins and Ertz in the second and get 2 CBs in the third

    • http://twitter.com/Cornerss william

      would be a huge mistake to put the 2013 season on 2 rookie 3rd round cb’s who could easily both be busts or long term projects

  • disqus_qi2yN846RM

    how about Brandon Marshall?

  • Ranadicus

    I really wish people would do their homework before writing. Those “worst in the league” corners, and associated secondary, gave up 210.25 passing yards per game over the final 8 games and that includes the two against Brady. They were also one of six teams with 600 or more passing attempts against them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1647336924 Robert Hall

    Jennings is not really all that fast from what I’ve heard. He’s about the same as Hartline when it comes to speed, so I don’t think we should go after him. I think we should go after Bowe or Wallace and have their contracts mostly based on performance during the first year or two so they can prove that they are playing for the right reasons. If we can’t pick up one of these WR’s in FA, then draft one in the first or second round. 1- WR or CB, 2a- CB or WR, 2b- TE or DE, 3a- TE or DE, 3b- OL or LB, 4- OL or LB, 5,6,7- best player available. Bottom line is, we need playmakers that are team players.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1647336924 Robert Hall

    Also, we probably aren’t going to complete our puzzle with this Years draft and will more than likely need one more really good draft after this year, to even think about competing for the Superbowl.