Miami Dolphins 7 Round Mock Draft 1.0

 

The Miami Dolphins have cooled off quite a bit in recent weeks after an exciting week to begin the free agency period.

Although Miami has filled many of their needs via free agency, the team still has numerous holes to fill.

 

The major question is, should Miami fill the bulk of their needs through free agency? Or should the team turn their focus towards April’s NFL Draft?

 

The answer is simple. It’s time to shift our focus towards the draft.

 

Miami has an astounding 11 picks during the fast approaching NFL Draft (1,2,2,3,3,4,5,5,7,7,7), meaning the team is in a great position to add depth and youth to a much improved roster.

 

So, with all of this being said, I took the liberty to attempt my 7-Round Miami Dolphins Mock Draft Version 1.0. Don’t be too harsh on me in the comment section, though!

 

Round 1 (12) – Barkevious Mingo – Defensive End – LSU

 

November 10, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) during a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

 

No, I’m not really a huge fan of selecting Mingo with the 12th overall selection. But the team is in position to take the best player available at a position of need. And, well, Miami needs a pass rusher to pair with all-pro defensive end, Cameron Wake. Mingo is a bit undersized to be an every down 4-3 defensive end, coming in at a very lean 240 pounds. Mingo seems to be better suited in a Von Miller type roll in a 4-3 defense. BUT he does possess unlimited upside if the kid can add some muscle during his first few years in the league. Mingo is incredibly athletic and has a quick first step. Adding weight and technique will be the main things Mingo should be working on during his rookie season.

 

Round 2 (42) – Blidi Wreh-Wilson – Cornerback – Connecticut

 

Oct 19, 2012; Syracuse, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (5) in action during the second half of a game against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won the game 40-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

 

Wreh-Wilson has been rising up draft boards after a strong showing at the NFL Combine. Wreh-Wilson excels in zone coverage, which is something Miami will be pressing towards using this season. Although the Phins have been rumored to be quite interested in signing free agent Brent Grimes still, this pick does not change regardless. Miami is in desperate need of a young cornerback or two – Carroll is young but he’s more of a back up than a capable starter. Look for Miami to take two corners early in the draft even if the team signs Grimes within the coming days.

 

Round 2 (54) – Justin Hunter – Wide Receiver – Tennessee

 

Sep 22, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Justin Hunter (11) against the Akron Zips during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee defeated Akron 47-26. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

 

Yes I am fully aware that the team brought in former Pittsburgh Steelers‘ wide receiver, Mike Wallace, and former St. Louis Rams‘ wide receiver, Brandon Gibson, via free agency. But the team lacks play-makers on offense. More specifically a big, red-zone threat. Hunter is a long and lengthy 6’4”, 200 pound receiver that happens to remind many of an incredibly raw Randy Moss. Miami will look to add a receiver or two this year (one in the high rounds and one in the later rounds) – after Head Coach Joe Philbin mentioned the team will likely have 10-11 receivers in camp fighting for 5-6 roster spots. Hunter can be developed slowly into an all-pro Brandon Marshall style receiver – if he adds weight to his frame and well, minus the shaky hands of Marshall.

 

Round 3 (77) – David Amerson – Cornerback – North Carolina State

 

Sept 22, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack cornerback David Amerson (1) leaps over Citadel Bulldogs wide receiver Greg Adams (6) for an interception during the first half at Carter Finley Stadium. North Carolina State won 52-14. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

 

Amerson is a big corner. When I say big I do not mean muscular. I mean long…The 6’2” 194 pounder, is exceptional at one thing, finding the football. Sure, Amerson was abused last season by numerous teams – he was still able to snag 5 interceptions and break up 12 passes – but there’s no denying 13 interceptions in one season. Personally, I would love Amerson. Head Coach Joe Philbin wants play-makers in the secondary or ball hawks if you will – Philbin has came out and said this himself after watching film and being appalled at having less than 15 turnovers. Amerson fits that bill.

 

Round 3 (82) – Johnathan Franklin – Running Back – UCLA

 

Nov 17, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins running back Johnathan Franklin (23) runs during the game against the Southern California Trojans at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

 

Hey, you can never have too many running backs, right? The Dolphins allowed running back Reggie Bush to walk via free agency, and it instantly opened a hole at the running back position. Yes, the team has an incredible prospect in Lamar Miller. But Miller is a young guy that needs time to adjust to the speed of the NFL. The team also has Daniel Thomas. Thomas has a boat-load of talent, but seems to lack the desire to be the absolute best he can be. Thomas also has issues holding onto the football which, if it continues, could lead to his departure from the team. Franklin is a strong back who does not shy away from contact, which is something the team needs. Franklin’s size, 5’10” 205 pounds and speed 4.49 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, is what teams typically look for in an every-down running back. Don’t be surprised if Franklin is already gone by the time Miami makes their second pick of the third round, though.

 

Round 4 (110) – Dion Sims – Tight End – Michigan State

 

Aug 31, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans tight end Dion Sims (80) makes a catch in the first quarter against the Boise State Broncos at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

 

Sims is an intriguing prospect at the tight end position. No, he will never be your explosive-seam threat tight end – he ran a 4.75 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in February. BUT, Sims is widely regarded as the draft’s best blocking tight end. Just what Miami needs. Sure the team added a very good player with ex-New York Jets‘ tight end, Dustin Keller, but the team truly has no blocking tight end on the squad currently. Charles Clay is more of an H-Back and last year’s third-round selection, Michael Egnew, looks like a bust. Sims could create quite a pair with Keller in Miami’s offensive scheme and reminds me much of former Miami Dolphin, David Martin.

 

Round 5 (146) – Brennan Williams – Offensive Tackle – North Carolina

 

No image available. If you do not know much about Williams watch this youtube clip against a very good Virginia Tech Defense:

http://youtu.be/JKEE-DzWaBM 

 

According to multiple sources, the Miami Dolphins are seriously interested in Williams. If you are unfamiliar with the North Carolina Tarheels here’s some interesting background on their offensive blocking scheme. They run a ZONE BLOCKING SCHEME.. What does Miami run on offense? A ZONE BLOCKING SCHEME! This is a great fit, in my opinion. Williams is a big boy up front, stand 6’6” and weighing 310 pounds, and knows how to throw his weight around. He is an athletic big boy who is a perfect fit at the right tackle position. Jeff Ireland could be finding a late round gem here in Williams.

 

Round 5 (176) – Kevin Reddick – Inside Linebacker – North Carolina

 

Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad linebacker Kevin Reddick of North Carolina (48) prior to kickoff of a game against the Senior Bowl south squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Dolphins have been trying to become more athletic at the linebacker position – hence replacing Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett with Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler. Reddick is an incredible athlete at the linebacker position and could be a late round steal at this point. Reddick is a sound tackler and flows to the ball with intensity. Although Reddick lacks the desired height for a middle linebacker – he’s only 6’1” – Miami had some success a few years back with an undersized inside linebacker they found in the late rounds…

 

Round 7 (217) – Earl Watford – Guard – James Madison

 

No image available. I could not find an image for this small school guy, nor could I find much of a youtube clip for everyone to watch. Here’s a little clip to see what the big fella looks like:

 

 http://youtu.be/4_cbK5VJKYo?t=13s 

 

Watford is a hard player to project. Some “experts” have him ranked as a fourth round guy, some have him going undrafted. Personally, I like the guy but his lack of experience against “elite” competition is a reason he falls to the seventh round. Watford is a strong interior offensive guard who is an excellent zone blocker. Oh what’s that? Exactly what Miami is looking for. Although he’s a little short (6’3″ 300 pounds) Watford could develop and become a replacement to the aging Richie Incognito.

 

Round 7 (224) – DeVonte Christopher – Wide Receiver – Utah

 

August 30, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes wide receiver DeVonte Christopher (10) warms up prior to a game against the Northern Colorado Bears at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

 

Christopher is an interesting receiver who did not receive an invite to February’s NFL Combine. The 6’1” 200 pounder lacks elite straight line speed, but has exceptional hands to pair with a decent understanding of the route tree. It will be interesting to see if a team falls in love with Christopher and takes him earlier in the draft. If not, Miami should take a chance on him in the seventh round.

 

Round 7 (250) – Caleb Sturgis – Place Kicker – Florida

 

September 1, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators kicker Caleb Sturgis (19) kicks a field goal during the second half against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Bowling Green Falcons 27-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

 

Don’t get me wrong here, I absolutely love Dan Carpenter and his golden locks. But the Dolphins are paying him $3 million dollars and last year he was incredibly inconsistent. Sturgis is widely considered one of the draft’s more accurate kickers and should be brought into camp as competition for Carpenter. This pick is really just because they can. Not because they have to…

 

Let me hear your picks in the comment section below! I will be reworking this mock draft within the coming weeks!

Topics: 2013 NFL Mock Draft, 7 Round Mock Draft, Miami Dolphins

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  • Sal Biase

    I really like this draft from the second round on. Good work.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Thank you for your kind words, Sal! I think the seventh round is still a little shaky. And I agree on the Mingo pick. To me, I think they go best player available at a position of need. Now, I think Mingo is better suited as an outside backer in either scheme on defense. But, his upside warrants the pick. I’d much rather have Jordan or Ansah at 12 but that’s just a pipe dream. If one of those two falls to 12 though, there’s no reason to roll the dice with Mingo. Thanks for the read and the comment, Sal!

  • Miami Jules

    Tyler, my man, sir… dude! You know you’re one of my favorite writers of the Dolphins bloggerphere but… how did we grow so far apart? OK, having hopefully established the desired tone for my comment , I’ll continue. I am not in the group (believe me you have plenty of company) that’s preaching pass rush over coverage, UNLESS a higher ranked monster player falls onto our lap. My second issue is your #2. Why would you select a player w/little hands who’s expected to go in the late 3rd? Too late to keep me out of your dog house? OK, how about this? I LOVE your 7th round pick. (sucking up ensues) I always look forward to your articles Tyler

    • TylerMcMullen

      LOL, I love it man! Thank you for your kind words, Jules. Means a lot! I really wanted to ride with Rhodes at 12. Trust me. I did. I love the kid. But, as I said – the team will take the best player available at a position of need. Although we do need a corner, we need a pass rusher also. Odrick cannot play another season at DE. He just cannot. I’ll die if he does. Vernon showed promise but seems like a situational guy. As I said to Sal, I would love Ansah or Jordan, but that’s a pipe dream here! If one of those two falls to 12, we should be all over that. It’s just a start and I’m not feeling to well about the thought of Mingo being our guy because of his weight and his lack of drive on certain plays. I do however, think that their best option is to trade back in the first round with a team in the mid to late twenties. If they did that, Trufant, Eifert, Patterson, Austin or a tackle would be the pick! Wreh-Wilson is a guy I’m beginning to love. Absolutely love. Every time I check out some tape on the kid, he blows me away. Yes, he has small hands. But he’s great in zone coverage. As is Amerson. Which is what the Phins are going to use this season more often than not. He’s slowly rising up draft boards, man! And thanks for the compliment on the 7th round LOL. I feel like it’s a bit shaky. I love Watford. He’s a guy they should take. But I think they may use two of those 7th rounders to move up into the sixth round…Thanks for the read and the comment, Jules!!

      • Miami Jules

        I’m relieved to read you took my comment the way I intended it to be taken.

        • TylerMcMullen

          No worries my man!

  • Kristian Andersen

    Great article!
    If the draft pans out this way, I would be more than happy.
    I think you found some guys that fit our scheme pretty well, maybe except Mingo, but he’s very talented, and if he adds some bulk, he could become a very, very dangerous threat.
    I really like the Brennan Williams pick, he fits our scheme so well, that he’s allmost meant to be selected by us.
    Dion Sims and Justin Hunter both have skill sets that could make our offense even more dangerous, especially in the red zone.
    Great mock draft, keep up the good work.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Agreed on Mingo, Kristian. Well, agreed on everything you said LOL. Thanks for the kind words of encouragement! Thanks for reading my article and filling me in on your thoughts, also!

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.traini Peter Traini

    i got 1st rd #12 OG jonathon cooper, n.carolina,,,2nd rd #42 TE zach ertz,stanford,,2nd rd #54 CB darius slay,mississippi st.,,3rd rd #77 FS TJ Mcdonald USC,,3rd rd #82 WR ryan swope,texas a&m,,4th rd #110 DE devin taylor s.carolina,,5th rd #146 OT reid fragel ohio st,,5th rd. #166 DT TJ barnes georgia tech,,7th rd #217 WR brandon kaufman,e.washington,,7th rd #224 SS cody davis,texas tech,,7th rd #250 WR uzoma nwachukwu,texas a&m

    • Miami Jules

      That’s a pretty good set of picks there Peter, different from mines except for my favorite, Ryan Swope who, in my opinion, will become my this year’s TY Hilton (yes I kept raving about Hilton last year and most out-of-the-area-fans were going -” Who?”-). Injuries or not, on tape or on the stat sheet, I beieve Ryan Swop is the real deal.

      • TylerMcMullen

        Very nice set of picks, Peter. I’d love Cooper but I don’t know really where the team wants to go round one. Honestly, I cannot see Miami taking Cooper simply because of the Louis signing and having Cog already in place. I like the way you think though! Very well put together mock! I absolutely love the Slay pick! Was tempted to throw him in there instead of Wreh-Wilson! Not very high on Swope though. Don’t get me wrong, I think the kid is great. There’s just something about him that I’m not a fan of. And I honestly couldn’t tell you what it was! Thanks for the read and the comment Peter!

  • Miami Jules

    This is the latest revision of the Miami draft the way I see it or hope for. I’m using the hybrid logic of “filling needs” and “BPA”, and I will NOT cut and paste again.

    Plan A (no one falls onto our laps from above) 1-Xavier Rhodes 2A- Jon Cyprien 2B-Menelik Watson 3A-Lonnie Pryor 3B-RYAN SWOPE 4-Chris Faulk 5A-Xavier Nixon or BPA 5B-Brandon Jenkins.

    Plan B AKA The “I’m Dreaming Plan” (Lane Johson isn’t drafted by St Louis/falls to 12) 1-Lane Johnson 2A Jamar Taylor 2B- Margus Hunt 3A- Robert Alford 3B- RYAN SWOPE 4- Chris Faulk 5A- BPA 5B- Shawn William.
    That’s it… the winning formulas… I have a 3rd, but a Zen Master never reveals all his wisdom at once, so I wont. My 3rd option based on Ezikiel Ansah falling to 12. Heed my call and embrace my plans. Just like Dwight D Einsenhower had a plan, so do, and I am ready for “D” Day.

    • TylerMcMullen

      LOL thank you for not cutting and pasting it this time, Jules! Looks good! I’d love Jenkins in the fifth but I think he goes in the third to a team with a pressing need. I also would love Cyprien BUT I have him going in the first round to St. Louis! Looks good though, Jules! Keep it up!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-J-Bailey/1055197089 Matthew J Bailey

      Faulk is interesting. I’m wondering where he’ll go. If he hadn’t come out and had a good year, he could have been a 1st round in 2014.

      • TylerMcMullen

        I’m not a huge fan of Faulk. He’s a massive offensive tackle who plays with poor technique. An Andre Smith type of player. He will be a decent right tackle in the league because of his strength – don’t get me wrong he has talent. But his lack to technique will catch up with him eventually (he’s very tight, especially in the hips and doesn’t play low enough). Not to mention he’s not really what they’re looking for. He’s too big at 331 pounds. Miami’s looking for offensive linemen that are athletes and can move. Williams is a bit big also, but he’s played in the zone blocking scheme for four years at the University of North Carolina and he is an excellent athlete at 326. Faulk, well he’s not a great fit in the zone blocking scheme. Thanks for the read and the comment, Matthew!

        • Miami Jules

          …but he is athletic Tyler….being out of shape can make the most agile of men (just ask me, I’m out of shape again) appear bulkier and clumsier than we really are. I think Sherman can scare him into shape or he would be on the practice squad.

          • TylerMcMullen

            I’m not so sure, though. He’s a big guy. A little Andre Smith in him. Big, bulky and strong. Which is not what the team is looking for. Ireland and Philbin are looking for athletic, strong and physical linemen. Faulk just isn’t a good fit for the zone blocking scheme.

          • Miami Jules

            Oh the great wrath of Tyler cometh…alas, woe me…I should’ve known not to stirr otherwise calm waters… OK, Shakesperean moment over, back to football. OK, you win sir, I have ousted, exiled, vanished, erased, and deleted poor Mr. Faulk from my picks. NO, what happened was in revising my picks after the grimes signing, I have reworked these priorities. The objective truth TYler is that Faulk is coming back from ACL and has put on some weight that has to be shed… was never a secret Thanks for your opinion, in the end, I trully appreciate it. Here then are my new and improved picks.. and may I say, these are winners.Note: the first choices (before the “or” go with the 1st choices), as the 2nd choices (after the “or”) go with the 2nd choices. Here they are:

            12- Lane Johnson or Ezekiel Ansah (If not avail, get a BPA)
            42-Jonathan Cyprien or Jamar Taylor
            54-Margus Hunt or Menelik Watson
            77-Robert Alford or Ryan Swope (if Alford, Swope at 82)
            82-Ryan Swope or Ryan Swope
            110-Marquis Goodwin or Shawn Williams
            146-Shawn Williams or Xavier Nixon

            You like? Not bad eh? Let me know how you grade them if you wiould,

          • TylerMcMullen

            Hahaha you always make me laugh my man! Love the first and second rounds. Johnson would be awesome at twelve. As would Ansah. I think Ansah is almost a lock to Detroit at 5, though. They’ve lost both starting DE’s from last season. Johnson, well he could go as high as 7 to Arizona or could go to San Diego at 11 – depending on Winston! They sign Winston, I think he falls to us. The issue is, do we want to shore up our offensive line early in a deep offensive line draft? Cyprien or Taylor would be amazing at 43. I’m a huge fan of Taylor. Has a few glimpses of Will Allen in him but a bit larger. If Hunt lasts to 54 I’d be surprised. Unlimited upside. Just hard to place a value on him. Could go in the first to a team like San Fran or could fall – dramatically. Watson, again, is hard to put a value on. Many have him going in the first round to a team line Chicago or Cincy. I personally think he’s worthy of a second round pick – albeit early. Alford at 77 is a bit dramatic. I LOVE ALFORD, but I think he goes at the top of round two. His stock has been on the rise for awhile now. Swope. Well, I’m not a Swope fan. DO not know “why.” Couldn’t give you a reason why. I’m just not a fan! Love Goodwin – amazing speed! No, breathtaking speed – see what I did there? I like Williams. I think his spot is at 146 if they want him. I’d rather snag his secondary mate though. Bacarri Rambo is just a name I want to say every time we score a defensive touchdown. It’s just interesting as heck! Looks good my man! Keep revising and keeping me updated!

          • Miami Jules

            Thank you Tyler…for the humor appreciation and sharing your opinon on my latest picks (212th edtion of the same draft). I have been calling St. Louis and not Arizona to be the most likely risk of taking Johnson… I just realized that I’m so old, that I keep calling St. Louis, the Cardinals, but yes, I meant the Ariz. Cardinals,

          • TylerMcMullen

            LOL That just made my day!

          • Miami Jules

            Heck, I’m old enough to remember Fred “stickum” Baletnikoff

          • TylerMcMullen

            Haha please for the love of god, do not get me started on Collinsworth..!

          • Miami Jules

            I recon you may not like “Mr Personality” himself…? My letters are sticking together and is typing spaces where there are none…by the time I finish, it looks like I’m typing in an unknown language

          • Miami Jules

            Hey… how about Mr. Sunday Bight Football, Chris Collinsworth.

          • Miami Jules

            PS (laptop getting stuck lately and I meant not to end my sentence with a comma, least of all my comment.

            I was going to add that I sometimes I get criticized for considering Swope, because of alledged concussion concerns. They don’t play enough Texas A&M games on the tele down here for me to know as much as I would about FIU, the U or the Bulls, but I researched the alledge cocusion and the only thing I gound was an episode when he left practice early, citing concussion-like syntoms. This kid is a faster, taller, and more than just a slot receiver, he’s a wide receiver. I first fell in love with him (figurately of course), when watching one of the televised games in my area. Add to that the fact he already enjoys pre-existing chemestry with Tannehill, catching for 811 yards in ’11 from our present QB. I read an article, can’t remember where, that Swope being white seems to act as a prejudice I remember (not being familiar w/Hartline at the time of his draft0, going “huh” when I saw him… I soon became a believer and I am a long time raving fan of Welker

      • Miami Jules

        Mathew, he is interesting and shape has been a concern BUT, that would be no problem for our coaching staff as long as the guy has natural athletecism. Below is part of the Rob Rangs’s player analysis:
        “STRENGTHS: Very smooth out of his stance. He eases to his left, latches on with strong hands and has the lateral agility and balance to sustain blocks in pass protection. He possesses long arms and surprising flexibility to reach speed rushers. Shows the ability to handle speed rushers when left one on one, rarely allowing any pressure off the edge…”

  • doodfus

    any round, any spot, I think they should get this UNC RB Bernard, the kid is a beast!

    • TylerMcMullen

      I was thinking about throwing Bernard in there! They just had a private workout with the kid also! I’m just not sure where he goes. Second. Third. No way he gets out of the third round. Can’t quite place his value yet! Thanks for the read and the comment!!

      • doodfus

        Bernard and Miller, keep them healthly and I think they would be scary good!

        • TylerMcMullen

          Agreed! My only concern is both Lamar Miller and Giovanni Bernard are on the small side for an NFL Running Back. Sure the team has Thomas – but his inability to hold onto the football and his concussions are concerning.

          • doodfus

            this is off the Miami Herald’s sports buzz…
            The Dolphins are showing considerable interest in North Carolina and former St. Thomas Aquinas running back Giovani Bernard, who spent five hours at Dolphins headquarters Thursday. Bernard, an option for Miami’s picks at 42 and 54, had 1228 rushing yards (6.7 per carry), 490 receiving yards and two punt returns for touchdowns in 2012.

            Miami also will do a private workout with Clemson’s Andre Ellington, another potential second-round back. The Dolphins want a back that can compete with Daniel Thomas for carries behind likely starter Lamar Miller, who “impressed us,” Philbin said because he’s “instinctive” and has “explosiveness.”

          • TylerMcMullen

            Exactly. The team is interested in Bernard – hence why the team had a private workout with the kid. I’m not much of a fan or Ellington, but I do think he would compliment Miller better than Bernard. Not to mention, I have high hopes for Miller as an every down back. But it would be great to have someone to spell Miller.

          • doodfus

            I’m a Hurricane fan as well, I really liked Miller from his first day, I see Bernard as a more polished Miller, with Thomas hopefully getting it together as the big bashing ram but we’ll see I’m thinking coach Joe and staff like Thomas like they liked Bush, which is to say not really but they are kinda stuck with him for the moment, I also think J Ireland and D Aponte have done a great job of managing the cap space over the last few years, hence the lack of “name” signings to get to the point they are at now, where they can sign the big names but who can or will actually payoff, we all hope! LOL anyway, I just think they’re not that high on Thomas but keeping him because it’s cheaper to keep her, for now.

          • TylerMcMullen

            That’s just it. Many people – look through the comments of some of my previous articles – questioned why I put running back as a need. It’s a big need. Not due to lack of leadership or a veteran presence, but because the team really is not a “fan” of Thomas. Don’t get me wrong, I like Thomas and I think he has a load of potential, but he just doesn’t get “it.” He’s been in the league for three years now and if he does not show maturity and improvement, he’ll be gone. Also, I like your thoughts on Bernard being a more polished version of Miller. That’s a great pick up, man. I think they’d compliment each other well, but I think a bigger back like Ellington, Lattimore, Fanklin, Randle, Michael, or Bell would all be better fits. It’s a crap shoot at this point LOL.

          • doodfus

            Lattimore I think would be a great pickup, he’s coming off a bad injury but as long as his rehab goes good he can be had for a lower round pick and has huge upside! Miller well, I just have this man crush on that kid, he can go the distance any time from anywhere on the field.

          • TylerMcMullen

            Agree on Miller. Love Miller. And yes, Lattimore would be an excellent pick up. I’m just not so sure I want to use a second or third round pick on him..