Football season is finally back Dolphin fans! With the NFL draft right around the corner on April 22, teams will be built or broken, and this season the Dolphins look to get back to the top of the heap in the ultra competitive AFC East. Miami was not that far off a season ago, especially after losing star running back Ronnie Brown and quarterback Chad Pennington for the year. The young guys stepped up their games, and the Dolphins have found their QB of the future with the strong-armed Chad Henne. Linebacker Carlos Dansby leaves the desert for the beach and brings his ferocity and leadership to the Dolphins’ defense. With all that said and done it’s time to look for the future stars for Miami in the 2010 NFL draft. This is why Bill Parcells is here, so let’s check out Miami’s needs on both sides of the ball.
Biggest Offensive Need- Wide Receiver
All of us down here know that WR Ted Ginn Jr. is not the number one wideout that he was drafted to become and never will be. It’s time to bring in some fresh blood that can actually run a route and catch a football. Brian Hartline is going to have to step up his game in his sophomore campaign. He showed signs of life as a rookie and with last season under his belt looks ready to become the playmaker he was drafted to be. Miami kept possession receiver Davone Bess around for another year, but this is easily the most glaring need for the Fins in this year’s draft. This is why the Dolphins have to select WR Dez Bryant,(Oklahoma State), with the 12th overall pick. Yes he’s had character issues in college. Yes he seems like a risky pick at number 12. Do Dolphin fans really want to miss an opportunity at what could possibly be the next Randy Moss? All his character issues were quickly erased when he made plays and scored some victories. This is the type of playmaking ability Bryant possesses. Parcells is known to make the so-called risky picks and this seems too good to pass up.
Biggest Defensive Need- Defensive Tackle
The loss of Jason Ferguson is a gaping void that needs to be filled. You need a legitimate run stopper up the gut in the 3-4 defense to run on all cylinders. The Dolphins’ defense is based on clogging up the middle and bringing heat on the edges, that is why Miami might look to take DT Dan Williams out of Tennessee. At 6’2, 327 lbs, Williams is the type of space-eater that Miami can really utilize. This is the position that Parcells really likes to sink his teeth into. With Williams in the middle, this can free up rushers to pressure the quarterback, which in turn will lead to more turnovers in the secondary. With the status of Ferguson in limbo while he decides rather to serve the eight game suspension or retire, Williams has to be strongly considered in the 12 hole this year.
Of course each year the draft plays out like a blind man playing bingo, so we’ll just have to wait on the edge of our seats until Thursday, April 12 when the NFL draft goes prime-time. All I know is that Mel Kiper will be wrong as he is every year, and most likely, so will I.