I had said in two previous Dolphin draft prediction articles that the Fins should select the best Cornerback in the first round that was not Vontae Davis.
Vontae Davis, conventional wisdom claimed, supposedly, that, while extremely talented and extremely physical, had work ethic and consistency issues on and off the field.
Davis, in other words, was a more talented Paul Soliai-type player, who would not play his best, and was definitely not a Parcells guy. That's what I had said.
So what do Parcells-Ireland-Sparano know that I don't, picking the guy I had said they should not pick in round one?
I was miffed at first when it was announced by the NFL Commissioner, "With the 25th pick in the NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins select Vontae Davis, Cornerback, Illinios."
The first thought was, "Not another Jason Allen!"
You know, the round 1 near-bust in the really bad Miami 2006 draft.
But this is Parcells we're talking about. Bill Parcells and his regime simply do NOT make round one (or two or three, etc.) draft mistakes!
So, maybe they know something I don't. In fact, maybe Davis's "issues" are just smoke and mirrors. Maybe the Fins were going to pick Davis all along, knowing or not knowing that Malcolm Jenkins would be gone by pick 25.
In fact, I may be completely wrong about Davis. In fact, given that the Dolphins must play the likes of Randy Moss, Wes Welker, TO, Lee Evans, and more fine receivers and tight ends, twice a season, the physical and big corner in Davis just might have been the best player available, period, for them to pick.
In fact, I am darned glad they did what I said they ought to do in picking to fill their biggest need, cornerback. And they also picked CB Sean Smith in round two.
Their other round two pick was a quarterback. Weird! They don't need a quarterback.
But Pat White? Way cool! Now, when and if they do run the Wildcat, this guy in running it becomes not only a pass threat (Ronnie Brown was hardly a pass threat), but also a running and receiving threat as well.
Again, this is Parcells we're talking about, so no doubt he and Dan Henning and Sparano have offense moves up their sleeves.
Thank goodness there are still some decent linebacker and defensive line possibilities for the later rounds, because Miami has another seven picks to go, with getting another fifth rounder in that Colts move-up deal.