Miami Dolphins Draft Grade
The Miami Dolphins had an intriguing draft to say the least. You may ask yourself why they would select a quarterback in the second round, while selecting two corners in the first two rounds?
Pat White was hand selected by Bill Parcell's knowledge of the game. Not only does he know talent when he sees it, he can quickly evaluate how well they will make the transition into the NFL; an intangible "sixth-sense."
He sees White as the ringleader of the Fins "wildcat" formation. Without it, White would be a mere pine rider.
Parcells evaluated the way White ran a high powered offense at West Virginia and easily decided that he has the leadership ability and athleticism to run the "wildcat" not only as the one taking the snaps, but possibly utilizing his 4.49 speed as a receiver in the formation. Simply put, the possibilities are endless with White on the roster.
Vonte Davis is said to have come with some "baggage." His off-the-field character may have played a role in him dropping into the Dolphins lap at 25. Parcells knows all about "baggage." He had to deal with Terrell Owens for a hand full of years in Dallas. He feels that he can handle him. Parcells likes that Davis plays with a chip on his shoulder.
Davis was a great pick for the Fins. He was a workout specimen who hits like a linebacker and can cover like a corner. His attitude towards the game only fuels his desire to shutdown the best of receivers, a must have attitude with Terrell Owns and Randy Moss in the division. Expect Davis to start and be a difference maker early in the season.
Sean Smith was next corner taken after Davis. Yet again, Parcell's eye for talent reeled in Smith. Smith is not your prototype corner; he's more than that. At 6'3" and 215 pounds he is a defensive nightmare for opposing receivers. His 4.4 speed doesn't let his opponents sleep any easier.
Smith can instantly make a difference in the NFL with his size alone. The reason why the Randy Moss's of the league are so good at what they do is due to their size and speed. Smith is a great counter to both of them, and it will be fun to watch what he can do against the great receivers.
Look for the Dolphins to match-up their first and second round picks against the league's best this upcoming season.
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