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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Your guess is as good as mine

When it comes to the 2006 Miami Dolphins and the college draft. They did fill needs at Defensive Line, Offensive Line, Secondary and Wide Receiver. I just don't enough- slash make that anything about these players.

Someone out there may say, "Come on TFM make a guess." That's all I would be doing. Then isn't alot of blogging guesswork?

Side note- Get well Jason Taylor. The Dolphin Defensive End was stabbed yesterday. He is supposed to be doing well.

Open Post- Basil's Blog, Bright & Early,

DAVIE -- The list of Dolphins offensive linemen to compete for roster spots is sizable enough to elicit a response of "Holy Toledo!"

And that was before the Dolphins chose Washington tackle/guard Joe Toledo in the fourth round of Sunday's NFL Draft.

What already was unfolding as the team's most compelling position battle this preseason became even more heated after Toledo was selected with the 114th overall pick.

The Dolphins have signed one free agent (L.J. Shelton) as their new starting left tackle and agreed to terms with another (tackle Mike Pearson) as a backup. Tackle Damion McIntosh and center Seth McKinney were re-signed, meaning all five members of last year's starting unit are under contract.

Three linemen the Dolphins invested time developing as rookies in 2005 -- tackle Anthony Alabi and guards Joe Berger and C.J. Brooks -- are returning, along with two draft choices from the previous coaching regime, center Wade Smith and tackle Tony Pape.

With Toledo a lock to make the team because of his lofty draft status, there will be competition for a projected eight roster spots among the aforementioned 11 linemen, not to mention any promising college free agents the Dolphins sign.

Such an ensemble shows Dolphins coach Nick Saban wasn't tricked into standing pat this offseason by the surprising success of last year's offensive line. The Dolphins surrendered only 26 sacks, the NFL's fourth-lowest total, and paved the way for running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams to rush for a combined 1,650 yards.

But even a position coach as highly regarded as offensive line guru Hudson Houck can only make so much with the ingredients the Dolphins had in 2005.

The line needs to play even better this season if the Dolphins are to end a four-season playoff draught. Providing optimal protection for quarterback Daunte Culpepper is a must when he returns from a major knee injury. The Dolphins also have to generate more power with their run blocking.

Toledo shouldn't be expected to make an immediate impact. In his lone season at left tackle after converting from tight end, Toledo started just six games because of a high ankle sprain.

The Dolphins, though, believed Toledo has enough potential to pass on more pressing needs in the fourth round. The Dolphins selected two big-bodied defensive linemen (Texas State's Fred Evans and Texas' Rodrique Wright) and a fleet wide receiver (Auburn's Devin Aromashodu) in the seventh round, but failed to pick up a pass-rushing outside linebacker or backup running back to replace the suspended Williams.

"You're talking about a limited number of picks trying to get all the things you need," Saban said. "We obviously couldn't do that with six picks."

The Dolphins won't have three rookies start at least 10 games like Brown, linebacker Channing Crowder and cornerback Travis Daniels did in 2005. But first-round pick Jason Allen should provide instant help in the secondary if he doesn't claim the starting free safety spot. Third-round selection Derek Hagan (third round) has the chance for snaps as a backup behind wide receivers Chris Chambers and Marty Booker.

The Dolphins also hope Culpepper will be a steal for the second-round choice sent to Minnesota for his services, while the two other players acquired for 2006 picks -- defensive tackle Manny Wright (fifth) and quarterback Cleo Lemon (sixth) -- are expected to at least make the team.

"I think you've got to look at some of the other people we've been able to bring into this organization using some of the draft picks," Saban said. "The other thing that's really important is we have all our of draft picks next year."

If his attempts to address the offensive line pay dividends, Saban could use all of those 2007 selections on other positions.

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