Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Dolphin's Draft Review

Here is a quick recap of the Dolphin’s draft. I was pleased with Miami’s selections as they went to fill their needs. The two biggest needs the Dolphins had at the end of the season were quarterback and defensive secondary.

Miami acquired Daunte Culpepper, before the draft, which will be a major upgrade from last season once he gets healthy. There is also the prevailing rumor out there that Miami is going to pick up Joey Harrington as well. It didn’t happen on draft day which means that the Dolphins will wait until Detroit releases him and then go after him.


1 Jason Allen - DB - Tennessee (16) – This was a great pick in my opinion. I know that several fans wanted the Dolphins to go for a receiver with this pick but a defensive back was a much bigger need. Gone are the days of Sam Madison and Pat Surtain. Hopefully Jason Allen will bring in a new era.

2 To Minnesota for QB Daunte Culpepper (51) – Looking at the quarterbacks that were left when the Dolphins made their first pick at #16 overall you see the steal that Culpepper was with this draft pick.

3 Derek Hagan - WR - Arizona State (82) – Here is the receiver that Dolphin fans wanted. Maybe not the exact one but Hagan is a gamer. He finished his college career as the Pac 10’s all-time leader in career receptions and number two in receiving yards. Hagan will be a solid addition to an already established receiving corps in Miami.

4 Joe Toledo - T - Washington (114) – I guess you could put offensive line on that needs list but Miami had done enough through free agency to put it on the back burner so to speak. Toledo is a former tight end turned offensive tackle and brings quickness to the line. He’ll compete for a starting spot but will more than likely be a special teams player his first couple seasons.

5 Exercised in 2005 supplemental draft for Manny Wright (149)

6 To San Diego in Cleo Lemon-A.J. Feeley trade (188)

7a (from Green Bay in Brad Bedell trade) Fred Evans - DT - Texas State (212) – I have to admit that I don’t know a lot about Evans but he will have to battle to make an active roster spot on the defensive line. He recorded 11.5 sacks in his two years at Texas State.

7b Rodrique Wright - DT - Texas (226) - Wright will have a solid career and should see significant playing time as a rookie. His draft stock plummeted because of injuries and the reputation of taking plays off. Manny Wright learned the hard way that Coach Saban doesn’t appreciate or allow his guys to take any plays off.

7c (from Chicago in John Owens-Brendon Ayanbadejo trade) Devin Aromashodu - WR - Auburn (233) – Aromashodu is a triple threat guy who registered receiving and rushing yards as well as 45 tackles and an interception on the defensive side of the ball during his career at Auburn. In my opinion the worst case scenario for Aromashodu is a special team’s player. He has too much talent to not make the active roster.