Top 10 Dolphins Draft Prospects

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Jul 29, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins helmets are seen prior to a scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 29, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins helmets are seen prior to a scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

This is not a list of who the Miami Dolphisn have tabbed as their top ten prospects but instead the top ten prospects I would like to see in Miami at some point come next week when the NFL Draft kicks off.  First however, I want to paint you a picture of the where exactly the Miami Dolphins “war room” is at.  And maybe a little of what it looks like.

I always thought that the teams draft room was located off in some corner of the teams two story training facility.  I envisioned it tucked behind two big wooden doors that opened into a spacious office style room lined with tables and phones.  A window allowed the staff to gaze outside as they pondered their next selection.  This past season I was able to tour the very off-limits second floor of the Dolphins training center and got a glimpse of what had to be the “War Room”.

As you exit the elevator or climb one of the two half-spiral staircases below hanging banners and pictures you enter the facilities office spaces.  Great quotes from Don Shula and others are boldly displayed along the walls.  We have all seen the images of the facilities practice squad and nestled in the very middle over looking the field is the head coaches office.  It’s smaller than one would think.  Around the corner is a room that is centered by four halls running from the coaches office to the general managers and other coaching offices.  This is the draft room.

We could not turn on the lights so it was only lit by the two doors on opposed corners that light entered the room.  A large white board was on the far end which has now likely been replaced by the touch screen television employed by Dennis Hickey.  Tables came together to form a square in the center with computer equipment and cables.  Along the walls were smaller work stations.  We could not take pictures but to the best of my memory, this is what the draft room looked like.

Next Thursday night the NFL will kick-off the draft with round one followed by two and three on Friday night before finishing on Saturday.  Here is a closer look at the names I hope to hear called during that draft for the Miami Dolphins.  These are in no particular order although my last two are my top two choices.

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  • Johnny

    I’ll take TE ASJ over Ebron.. ASJ got acouple of inches on Enron.. Fast for his size and will be a bigger Target/ Redzone threat for THill

    • Disqus_Blazus

      Agreed. Ebron is a clone of Clay. We need more height.

      • Johnny

        Exactly!!! I’ve been saying it for the last 2 years.. All of our WRs are around 6′ and even our #1 TE Clay is tiny (6’3) for a TE… Help Tannehill out.. It’s like he has to throw the perfect pass just for a completion.. We need a guy, who you can toss it up high and he will GO GET IT!! aggressive (not like Wallace, where you have to drop it on a dime for him to make the catch.. If he doesn’t drop it).. If it’s under thrown, come BACK FOR IT!!! fight for it.. or atleast draw a pass interference…

        • Johnny

          Bring back Brandon Marshall
          6’4, 230

    • Miami Jules (Julian)

      I’m thrilled I’m not the only one not on the Ebron wagon Johnny.

      • Johnny

        You know it Jules… We want size and speed…

  • LostSok

    Love Smallwood if we don’t go Mosley in the 1st or Borland in the 2nd. He initially had 3rd round grades, but there’s just too much talent. Considering he’s likely a core special teamer that takes a year or two, I think 5th/6th is probably dead on. Solid, solid quality if we got him in there. With Jenkins, we’d have two young guys with high upside.

    All the other names are fine, too, but Smallwood stands out to me as few other Phins lists have included him.

    An interesting sleeper at ILB: Jeremiah George from Iowa State. Undersized Zach Thomas clone who just tackles people. He’s like The Waterboy. He should be there in the 6th and possibly 7th.

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    Wow! You have a pretty good ability to recall the lay out of the Dolphins’ facility. We couldn’t take pictures once we entered the area but even if we had, I don’t think I’d been able to retain where everything is, in relation to everything else with that amount of accuracy… do you eat a lot of fish? LOL Maybe it was all so exciting that I didn’t draw a mental map.
    Back to the drat picks. You have 2 TE’s, and I’m not real sure why, but I really like Seferian-Jenkins… not so enthused about Ebron for some reason. I have also never been on-board the Martin wagon, because I think it’s too high a price to pay for a projected guard at the NFL level, but I like Duvarnay-Tardif and of course I LOVE C,J. Mosley. Not bad overall IMHO, it just doesn’t excite me.

    • txmedic5

      These are not players that I expect Miami to draft in terms of all of them, which is why I have two TE’s. I really like the upside of Ebron over ASJ but that is personal preference. As for the facility, I have wanted to see that upstairs for six years now and have wanted to mentally picture the layout of both floors. Now I have one of upstairs…LOL. Guess you can say I had been waiting to see the draft war room…LOL

      • Miami Jules (Julian)

        I know Ebron is top graded and ranked much higher than ASJ, but while I can not logically explain it, for some extra-natural reason, I’m just not into him… gut feeling I suppose.
        I understand… I was hoping you were gifted as opposed to me slipping, but as long as I don’t have to worry about older-age-memory-loss yet, I’m good… I think it was all the excitement…. I do remember the wall postings everywhere.

        • Dolfandave Uyemura

          Hi Julian

          Heard Ebron is high maintenance

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            Hi Dave… yes, and his blocking in pass protecting isn’t all the rage either. It is crucial for me, as a Dolfan, that a TE (should we get one) embodies the position in a full.