Too Much Tackle Talk Linked To Miami Dolphins

Click on a just about any “mock draft” link and 95% of the time you will see the Miami Dolphins are mocked to take a left tackle.  When you find one that doesn’t have the Dolphins taking a tackle, the mention the Dolphins moving up to take, you guessed it.  A tackle.

The Dolphins have needs at corner, pass rushing end/outside LB, OT, TE, and safety.  Despite the other positions, OT has gained the most legs.  The Dolphins are rumored to be looking to trade up as far as 3rd with the Oakland Raiders in the hopes of landing one of the top two LT’s.  Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher.   Failing to land one of the two, the Dolphins reportedly want to move up and take the third best tackle, Lane Johnson.

Is Jeff Ireland, who is looking at a career defining season, coming off a spending spree free agency period, facing a stadium referendum with Stephen Ross, going to spend the 12th overall pick and maybe more to draft an offensive lineman?  A player who will not touch the ball.  Not tackle a ball carrier.  Not score a TD?

It seems to me that there is simply too much talk about the tackle position.  Ireland spoke to media this week and even added more fuel to the bonfire that he wants to upgrade the line.  That he would love to find another Mike Pouncey or Jake Long and that he would take them every draft if he could.  Does this sound like the Jeff Ireland of previous drafts?  Me neither.

This time of year is all about smoke and mirrors and maybe Ireland is playing a different card this season by leading the masses to think he is going the tackle route in hopes that the other NFL teams think he is full of it.  Maybe he will indeed use one of his other four pick in rounds 2 and 3 to move up and lock down yet another franchise left tackle.

What Ireland needs most however is someone who will be a play-maker.  Someone who will get the fans excited to wear their jersey.  As an article on the Miami Herald stated, the Dolphins need someone who will be here for a long time.  They need another face like Jason Taylor.  Or a Zach Thomas.

Ireland has done well the last two seasons with finding players in the draft.  Pouncey is getting better and is already on the verge of Pro-Bowl caliber play.  Ryan Tannehill is taking the reigns of team leadership and the fate of Ireland and the coaches rest on his shoulder.  It’s easy to say that Mike Wallace fits that hype player but it is a different type of support that one finds with an incoming free agent rather than a draft pick.

Fans support arriving players from FA but they didn’t grow with them.  They didn’t watch them mature into the players they have become.  Rookies hold much more favor with fans.  They watch them get drafted, watch them hit training camp, pre-season, their first game.  They watch them become an NFL player.

Ireland will be challenged in this draft to find “THAT” player.  The question is who that player will be.  Will it be the rumored LT that the Dolphins need to replace departed Jake Long?  Or will it be a play-making game changer?

Guess we will know in another two weeks.

Topics: Jeff Ireland, Miami Dolphins, NFL Draft

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  • henry

    If they do trade up for an OT then I sincerely hope they figure out how to trade back into the 1st rd to grab TE TYLER EIFERT. which is nearly IMPOSSIBLE. Oh well, would be another draft with NO PLAYMAKER ON OFFENSE….
    I believe Not grabbing TE in the 1st is gonna MAKE A WASTE of all our Offseason moves in getting Wallace & keeping Hartline. Miami has NOT had a TE in forever that scares a defense and Keller is nice but not that kind of TE. He needs help at the position anyway and we have noone to do that.
    If anything the 2nd rd or end of 1st is where yu wanna trade up to. It wouldn’t cost as much (in pix or $$$) to move back into end of 1st or early 2nd & get a guy like OKAFOR or Jamar Taylor. Although I still believe they could stay where they are at in the first two rds and get exceptional talent that can Compete and Impact the team immediately. Maybe move up in the 3rd rd an get someone that seems to ne sliding or just someone they really like, even if they move back into the 2nd for a third time…
    1=EIFERT
    2a=Taylor
    2b= Phillip Thomas (best playmaking S in this yrs draft)
    3a= Hunter
    3b= Swope
    4= A.J. Klein MLB
    5a= Xavier Nixon OT/Fla
    5b= Montori Hughes DT
    7a= Josh Johnson CB/Purdue
    7b= Michael Mauti Olb/Penn St
    7c= Earl Watford G/James Madison

  • http://twitter.com/Dalton0625 Stephen Deyerle

    Of all the needs that you posted, the only position that we cannot go into the season as it is would be Tackle. Our D line returns 4 starters, plus Vernon with more experience. Grimes, Marshall, Patterson and Carrol can handle CB, although not quite optimally, but at least not be a terrible unit. Safety returns both starters (which I like Clemmons). And TE has been addressed with Keller.

    None of these positions are set for the long term, but the Tackle (or guard if Jerry is in shape and moves outside), whether left or right is a big need, and quite possibly the only must have position on the Roster. One of our top 3 picks has to address that position.

    I’m with Omar, though. Cooper from Chapel Hill would be a really good way to address the line. Him and Pouncey playing next to each other would be nasty.

    • txmedic5

      The Dolphins do have options outside of the top 3 LT’s or top 2 Guards in the draft. There are still several players still open on the market awaiting the draft outcome. The Dolphins have money and still more options. There are also some solid tackles in the draft that could be had in round 2.

    • txmedic5

      Not to mention if the Dolphins “do” like Brandon Albert, his price will drop considerably if the Chiefs do in fact select a LT number 1 overall.

  • Guest

    Why not just us one of the 2 2nd round picks and get Albert from KC?
    That way you don’t lose as much in value, in a Draft that is short on Blue Chips, but deep in Talent?

  • Tom Sparks

    Why not use one of the 2
    Second rounders to get Brandon Albert from KC? He’s a PROVEN LT and a known commodity!
    With a draft short on top level Blue Chip players, but deep in overall talent, you would not lose near as much value, by selling the farm, to move up, for a good LT???

    • txmedic5

      A 2nd rounder on Albert is way too high. Consider this. The Chiefs think so highly of him that they franchise him in order to trade him so they can draft a player number one overall at the same position. Sounds to me they don’t think very highly of him after all

      • Guest

        Really?
        Look’s like Miami just may pull the trigger, and besides Albert is from Miami.
        He IS WORTH a 2nd round pick, please a break do give me. We wouldn’t have FT’d him, if not.

  • txmedic5

    Henry..I agree with you on this. We need a playmaker plain and simple on offense or a major pass rush specialist on defense. An offensive lineman is a wasted pick. Trading up for one is a waste of several picks.