NFL Draft 2011: Does Brandon Marshall Stabbing Change Miami's Draft Priorities?
In case you missed it, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall was stabbed overnight, apparently by his wife, whom police took into custody.
Marshall was admitted to a South Florida hospital intensive care unit, although his agent said he is expected to make a full recovery.
But one has to wonder whether that changes things for the Dolphins in terms of their draft priorities. There's no question Marshall is an amazing talent. He joined Miami last year, signed a four-year, $47.5 million contract, and led the team with 86 receptions for 1,014 yards.
Problem: He's also a head case who has hid troubles on and off the field, which hastened his departure from Denver.
Miami has the 15th pick in the NFL Draft. Assuming there's a season and assuming that the next four-plus months are enough time to make a recovery, Marshall is Miami's No. 1 receiver. Or is he? It remains to be seen if this latest episode scares the Dolphins enough to make a move to trade up in the draft to try for Georgia receiver A.J. Green or Alabama's Julio Jones.
Miami's Davone Bess is a good slot receiver, and Brian Hartline is dependable, but neither is a Brandon Marshall. The Dolphins have some tough decisions to make in the next few days.
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