Dolphins Embrace Technology For Draft



The Miami Dolphins have always been at the forefront of trying out new ideas.  From live fantasy football updates before the NFL made it mandatory to hand held TV screens that allowed you to control what you watched while sitting in the stadium watching the game.  Heck the Miami Dolphins even added full wireless internet so their fans would have a much better experience.  Forget about the giant jumbotron in Dallas that eats up half the upper seating view, the Dolphins brought tech to the fans’ hand.

Now the Dolphins are bringing tech to their draft.

Miami Dolphins Digest writer Andy Cohen visited the Dolphins GM this week to take a look at the new 80″ “big board”.  A digital touch screen that instantly updates and provides countless amounts of information from video to numerical tendencies.  You can read his entire article here on

I like tech.  I like it a lot and as much as I can embrace it, I do.  I like the fact the Dolphins are taking innovative steps to improve their draft, free agency, and team evaluations.  Yes this quasi-tv does all that.  The question is whether or not it will work?  Very few teams if any are using the technology today.  Tampa Bay was the first and only team to use it last year.  Hickey brought it to Miami with him.  As stupid as it sounds, what happens if the power goes out?  At the time you are ready to make your pick.  What’s the reboot time because I can tell you my computer isn’t exactly lightning speed anymore than my 73″ TV is.

O.k. I kid, well sort of.  The Dolphins have always used either a dry erase board or a magnet board.  Simple switch and move was easy enough but there was always an element of human error.  That can be said for computer error as well.  The Dolphins, I would hope, will still rely heavily on the men who sit down with the players themselves.  The scouts.  This isn’t football’s version of “MoneyBall”.  There still must be an element of instinct on the part of the person making the selection.  A computer is great to spit out facts and figures but can it predict who exactly will be the right fit for your football team vs. the value of the selection or the money they receive?  Not likely.  Hopefully that is where the GM comes in.

As we wait for the draft in May it’s easy to try and understand what a GM or team is thinking without actually ever knowing what they are really thinking.  A digital big board won’t shed any more light on the subject.  Maybe though we won’t be blaming the GM for bad decisions but instead we can blame “HAL”.

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  • DragonFly34

    Brian, you know as well as I that Hickey must be lucky! Knowing the draftee will turn into a rock solid NFL baller is like knowing what Heaven looks like. Its nothing but a game of chance. Ireland was booted out because of,,,,,well, inter department ass kissing, but he also had some not so good draft picks, but at the time those picks looked solid,,,its a crap shoot.

    • Melbourne Dolfan

      Don’t know about that “at the time those picks looked solid statement”. For instance… why in the heck did Ireland choose to trade up to #3 last year to pick up Jordan!!!? That was not a dire need for the team at the time. And we saw how that played out.

      So far (it’s early though) I’ve been impressed with Hickey. Of course the real test is coming real soon.

      • DragonFly34

        The only reason Jordan didn’t play more was Philbin’s distaste for Ireland. If you’ll look back you might find Jordan did a very good job when allowed to get some snaps. The third pick of the 1st rd usually starts every game. Now flip on down to that dysfunctional escapade between Philbin, Ireland and Dawn-ho. Not exactly what I would call a solid front office. Hickey is signing NFL names and he might be on top of things, but know this the draft is a crap shoot,,,every scout, GM, et al can run the numbers, scout their collective ass’s off but no one knows how a draft pick will turn out. I remember Shula drafted Marino and the entire NFL said,,,,What is Shula thinking?

        • DragonFly34

          And Philbin not knowing about what was going on in his own locker room is mind boggling.

      • Patrick Keegan

        Actually I really believe Jordan missed out on the snaps because Vernon had a superb season. Nobdy sawthat coming. Depth at DE is a great thing! Just be patient. Good things are on the horizon. Remember, Wake ain’t getting any younger either.