Miami Dolphins: 2009 Draft Preview

The SportmeistersAnalyst IApril 13, 2009

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 4:  Quarterback Chad Pennington #10 of the Miami Dolphins looks to pass against the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL Wildcard Playoff Game at Dolphins Stadium on January 4, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

By Ryan of The Sportmeisters

The Dolphins weren’t expected to be this competitive in 2008, but boy, did they surprise. A year removed from 1-15, the 2008 Miami Dolphins turned in a 10-6 record and an AFC East Title.

They didn’t make it out of the wild-card round, but for a team to change their record by nine wins, they should be plenty happy. The staff in the Dolphins War Room, led by Bill Parcells, is very apt in their drafting ability, and with some holes on both sides of the balls, should find a complement of playmakers to turn what some see as a fluke playoff run, into a long-term relationships with the postseason.

Miami Dolphins Draft Picks:

Round 1, Pick 25 (25)

Round 2, Pick 12 (44)

Round 2, Pick 24 (56)

Round 3, Pick 23 (87)

Round 5, Pick 25 (161)

Round 6, Pick 8 (181)

Round 7, Pick 5 (214)

Round 7, Pick 28 (237)

Team Need 1: WR

The Dolphins have talent at this position, but players like Greg Camarillo and Davone Bess do not command double teams like a marquee player would. Ted Ginn Jr. is getting close, and in year three, he should emerge as a top number one.

With a plethora of available receivers in the 2009 draft, Miami could really benefit from having two first rounders on each side, with Camarillo, Bess, and Brandon London adding some quality depth. The Dolphins have options, looking to grab speed in Percy Harvin, who would shine in the Wildcat formation. They could also look for some height in 6’0’’ options like Darrius Heyward-Bey or Hakeem Nicks.

Team Need 2: CB

Even with the addition of Eric Green, the Dolphins need help in the secondary. Gibril Wilson was a nice Safety addition, but with Will Allen getting older, Miami needs to improve its depth here.

There isn’t an amazing number of pro prospects in this position, but there are a few at the top worth taking a pick on. If the Dolphins are willing to spend a first day pick on Alphonso Smith, D.J. Moore, or 6’3’’ Sean Smith, they could grab a solid nickel back into eventually replacement for Allen. Beyond those choices, the Dolphins would be better to spend their efforts elsewhere.

Team Need 3: DT

The Dolphins primarily run a 3-4 base, making the DT position a huge one, in eating up two lineman to allow the linebackers to come up and stuff the run or disrupt the pass. Current incumbent Jason Ferguson is 34, and starting to hit the downhill portion of his career.

Behind him, none of the current options, while in the same physical mold, can fill the gap quite like Ferguson. Mid-to-late options include 6’4’’ Fili Moala or 6’3’’ Sammie Lee Hill.

If the Dolphins are willing to spend an earlier pick, 6’3’’ Ron Brace could help spell Ferguson. The Dolphins should make this a priority, but still have another good year or two, depending on health, out of Ferguson, and should use a later pick to develop a solid tackle here.

The Dolphins are an amalgamation of solid players, without many big names. They won’t look to grab a guy planning on being a self-made stud, but a core team player, designed to help the Dolphins in the ferocious AFC East. They are out to prove they have the potential to play into January every year, and if they fill these holes with the right bodies, they could make that goal a reality.