When looking at the Miami Dolphins' 2010 NFL Draft, you have to take a few things into consideration. The Miami Dolphins spent their second-round pick this year on wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Marshall is arguably one of the top 3-5 receivers in the league and will instantly help out young quarterback Chad Henne.
Entering the draft, Miami owned the 12th overall selection. Wanting back into the second round, Dolphins traded their pick to San Diego. Here's how that deal looked:
San Diego gets:
#12 overall: RB Ryan Mathews
#110 overall: S Darrell Stuckey
#173 overall: SD traded this selection to San Francisco
LB Tim Dobbins
With that trade, even before their first selection, Miami added to players that would play crucial parts in the team's future. With the addition of Brandon Marshall providing an offensive playmaker, the wide receiver need had been filled.
Tim Dobbins is a solid player who adds depth to an inside linebacking corps consisting of Karlos Dansby and Channing Crowder. Dobbins will also help immediately on special teams.
1st round, #28 overall, the Miami Dolphins select -
Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State
With Mike Nolan as the new defensive coordinator, the Miami Dolphins are installing a new defensive scheme. A hyrbid, attacking defense that will ask for more penetration in the middle.
With that in mind, the Dolphins have plans to play Randy Starks as their nose tackle, adding a pass rushing threat from the position. Odrick is a big body, strong and quick off the snap.
Quick to the punch and has the size to move his man to either side and attack the ball. Odrick is solid in all aspects.
He's a hard worker with a relentless motor. Leader in the locker room with great eye for the game. Instinctive along the defensive line, although may lack lateral quickness.
Pick Grade: B+
2nd round, #40 overall, the Miami Dolphins select -
Koa Misi, DE/OLB, Utah
Someone I had graded as the most underrated hybrid in the draft. Misi is sneaky quick, with a fast burst off the edge.
With the loss of Joey Porter and Jason Taylor, Miami needed someone that can rush the passer, but also strong enough to hold the edge, Misi provides that.
With the scheme that Nolan plans to have in place, Misi's high motor and quickness off the edge could develop him into a double-digit sack man. Has the versatility to play DE, OLB, and ILB. The kid said he loves to drop back into coverage.
Pick Grade: A
3rd round, #73 overall, the Miami Dolphins select -
John Jerry, OG/T, Mississippi
With the word being that Justin Smiley's tenure is done in Miami, the selection of Jerry becomes that much better. With the often injured offensive line, Dolphins need someone who can stay healthy.
Jerry is a massive man with quick feet and a solid punch. His versatility and strong character helped make this an easy pick. He's 6'5", 328 lbs and put up 34 reps of 225 lbs last year which is an impressive feat given his long arms.
Good quickness off the snap and surprisingly good agility for a man of his stature. Could start next to Jake Long on the left side.
Pick Grade: B
4th round, #119 overall, the Miami Dolphins select -
A.J. Edds, LB, Iowa
The Dolphins traded the #126 and #179 overall picks in order to make this selection. One of the problems for the Dolphins' defense last season was the play of opposing tight ends.
A.J. Edds is in the top 3 this draft class when it comes to coverage skills from the linebacker position. Solid tackler and speedy linebacker that was used in college to cover tight ends, backs and slot receivers.
Good hands to go with the coverage skills will make opposing quarterbacks pay for their mistakes. Good competitive kid had five interceptions last season. Instant third down linebacker.
Pick Grade: A
5th round, #145 overall, the Miami Dolphins select -
Nolan Carroll, CB, Maryland
Miami received this pick for wide receiver Ted Ginn. Interesting selection here, but with the loss of Nate Jones, it's understandable. Unfortunately broke his leg after just two games as a senior.
Prior to the season, he was being labeled as a player to watch and Maryland's best coverage corner. Excellent athlete at about 6' and 204 lbs. Has 4.3 speed and good vertical.
Very raw for a cornerback, but fits the mold in which the front office looks for. Physical corner, good at the jam and solid in zone.
Pick Grade: C
5th round, #163 overall, the Miami Dolphins select -
Reshad Jones, S, Georgia
Miami received this pick for #174 and #219 overall. The Dolphins were believed to have a big hole at free safety, and they may have helped fill that hole with a versatile player. Jones is a big, intimidating hitter who will help cover the middle of the field.
Ballhawk had 11 interceptions in college. Keeps his eyes on the quarterback, solid burst to close on routes. Could make immediate impact at either safety spot. Needs to work on wrapping up tackles rather than going for knockout blow. At this point, Jones is a steal.
Pick Grade: A
7th round, #212 overall, the Miami Dolphins select -
Chris McCoy, DE/OLB, Middle Tennessee State
Undersized project, but is a quick player. Great first step and natural bender. Follows the theme of the draft of players with a never ending motor. Will have to develop more, but will help on special teams and could be a situational pass rusher.
Falls into the prototype player, quick, relentless and closes the pocket. May take some false steps on misdirections, but will improve with time.
Pick Grade: B
7th round, #252 overall, the Miami Dolphins select -
Austin Spitler, LB, Ohio State
Once again, a team leader, with a high motor. Can be fooled by misdirection at times and often attacks too soon. Good strength, good speed, good coverage and can stop the run.
Versatility at the linebacker spot, good blitzer and finishes the play with impact. Blue collar player that will impact on special teams immediately while improving. Solid player with time to learn.
Pick Grade: B
With those picks in tow, Miami addressed many of the needs that haunted them last season. They then went on to get Travis Ivey and A.J. Wallace as undrafted free agents.
Ivey is a big bodied, developmental nose tackle that is strong at the base. Wallace was at times called lazy, but he's an effective returner in the special teams game.
Overall, the Miami Dolphins did a stellar job adding to the needs and core base of the team.
LB Joey Porter
LB Jason Taylor
LB Akin Ayodele
CB Nate Jones
FS Gibril Wilson
WR Ted Ginn
LB Karlos Dansby
WR Brandon Marshall
OL Richie Incognito
LB Tim Dobbins
DE Jared Odrick
LB Koa Misi
OL John Jerry
LB A.J. Edds
CB Nolan Carroll
S Reshad Jones
LB Chris McCoy
LB Austin Spitler
Overall Offseason Grade: A-
The Dolphins have a tough task ahead of them in a stacked AFC East division. The only question now, will they step up to the challenge?
By Brandon Williams