2011 NFL Draft: Dolphins Find Multipurpose, Quality Draft Picks in 3rd-4th Round

Michael Heck Correspondent IIApril 12, 2011

CORVALLIS, OR - DECEMBER 04:  Jacquizz Rodgers #1 of the Oregon State Beavers runs the ball against the Oregon Ducks during the 114th Civil War on December 4, 2010 at the Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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We've established the unfortunate conundrum that the Miami Dolphins have not been able to navigate through the draft as they would prefer, by getting more draft picks.

I believe that if the Fins were able to trade players and picks, the fans would see the front office add a second-round pick. My guess is that they would add a fifth-round pick because that's where many offensive linemen are drafted.

Tony Sparano has always tried to implement offensive linemen who can play more than one position. However, it's probably important that he cuts back on that practice this year. He needs to focus the strengths of his line.

Instead, it would be important to draft some multipurpose skill players. There really isn't a Percy Harvin in this draft, not that we know of right now. However, there are some guys that could really help the Dolphins, especially in the backfield and special teams.

While Dolfans recognize the work of Patrick Cobbs, he made a lot of his name through special teams and the Wildcat. You could see he found his niche. He just hasn't been a great return man. Davone Bess has been okay, but barely.

You must look at Jacquizz Rodgers, the Miami Dolphins' third-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Yes, he can be compared to Darren Sproles, and for that alone he deserves notoriety. His body of college is well established: a runner, kick returner, punt returner and receiver. He is the multipurpose athlete the Dolphins are looking for.

He can be on the field as a receiver in the slot and in the backfield. When Oregon's best wideout (Jacquizz's brother James Rodgers) went down to injury, Jacquizz was the focal point for the Beavers offense—all 5'6", 196 pounds of him. He never fumbled the football his sophomore and junior seasons. Will he fumble in the NFL? Of course. But he's strong.

With the fourth pick of the 2011 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins choose: Casey Matthews, Oregon. I truly and honestly can't help choosing him. Not because I think he looks like Zach Thomas, but because he can do it all.

I've been criticized for this perspective. Most think he's too small for the 3-4. The guy played every linebacker position in all situations. He blitzed, played one-on-one and was great in zone coverage. He could put on another 10 pounds (putting him at 241) and be just fine on the inside. He is the same size as Pittsburgh linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

I've been really consistent in my draft prognostications for the Dolphins according to what I hear the Fins saying through interviews. The reality is we don't know how much the exiting of Bill Parcells will change the strategy of Jeff Ireland and Sparano.

If the Dolphins cannot trade into the second or collect other draft picks, this is the direction I hope they go.

Go Fins!