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  • McFadden a Dolphin?

    I wrote this piece for another site, but I figured I'd post it in here for your opinions...

    McFadden a Dolphin?


    After a dismal 2007 season, the Miami Dolphins hold the top pick in this year's NFL Draft. As always, there is much speculation over who will or should be this year's top pick. As always you start hearing about each teams needs. To me, the Dolphins have only one need. That one need is to get more talent on their roster. Bad teams can't afford to draft based on "need," they need to draft with an attempt to get the best available football players to increase the teams overall talent level. The Dolphins have so many "holes" that drafting one particular player or position isn't going to fix their problems. Let's face it, the Dolphins aren't going to get good over night or with just one draft.

    The direction I feel would best serve the Dolphins would be to take the draft's best player in Arkansas running back Darren McFadden. McFadden is a rare talent with a tremendous combination of size, speed, vision, and power. McFadden is the type of player an offense can be built around. Generally the running back position is the easiest position to have an immediate impact when making the jump from college to the NFL. After seeing the success Adrian Peterson had this season in Minnesota, I think that makes the McFadden pick all that more logical. As I earlier stated, the Dolphins aren't going to right the ship over night or with just this years draft. I'm sure there will be a 2-3 year plan put in place, which will allow plenty of time to sure up the offensive line, defensive line, and secondary. They won't have nearly as many chances to land a game-breaking talent like McFadden. Another aspect to look at is their quarterback situation. Last year the Dolphins spent a second round pick on BYU quarterback John Beck. The Dolphins hope they have finally found an heir apparent to Dan Marino in Beck. What better way to take the pressure off a young quarterback than to have a strong running game?

    So you say, "What about Ronnie Brown?" Believe me, I'm not ready to sell Brown up the river, but there is no guarantee he will be 100% next season or ever again after tearing up his knee early this season. Prior to this season Brown was average at best, although he did look very good early this season prior to getting hurt. If Brown is Ok, that's all the better for the Dolphins. Two back system's are all the craze right now in the copy-cat league that is the NFL. New team president Bill Parcell's has shown in the past he favors a 2 back system.

    -darnik44
    Last edited by darnik44two; 01-01-2008, 10:21 PM.

  • #2
    It would be a nice luxury to have two RB's like that in the same backfield, but for a team that went 1-15 this year, can you really afford to have a luxury like that?

    They need D-line help, and badly. Teams run on them at will. I would go with either Chris Long or Glenn Dorsey, I personally prefer Long by a little bit.

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    • #3
      how much money would that be if you invest two top 5 picks in RB? waaaay too much....especially in a position where one awkward hit turns you from a game changer into just some other guy.

      if parcells, who says he wants to let who he hires as GM And coach handle the team anyway, really wants to go back to a 2 back system, he can bring in a guy hes coached before in julius jones when he doesn't get resigned by the cowboys.

      no, the dolphins wouldn't put that much of an investment into that position without a proven QB to throw and a sufficient line to protect.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by yo123 View Post
        It would be a nice luxury to have two RB's like that in the same backfield, but for a team that went 1-15 this year, can you really afford to have a luxury like that?

        They need D-line help, and badly. Teams run on them at will. I would go with either Chris Long or Glenn Dorsey, I personally prefer Long by a little bit.
        you must not have read a word...

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        • #5
          Remember Ronnie Brown was the best RB in the league before he got injured. The only way I could see them taking McFadden is if he absolutely tears up the combine and puts on a legendary performance but even then Id take my chances with them opting to trade down instead.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by darnik44two View Post
            you must not have read a word...

            How do you figure that? I read every word. Just because you dont write something about how teams shouldnt draft on need means I immediately have to take your opinion?

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            • #7
              Dolphins really need to trade down about a couple spots and pick up some more picks. They can trade down a few spots and possibly get Dorsey or Jake Long and add more picks, one player will not fix there team right now

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              • #8
                Trading down always sounds good, but how often does it actually happen? The problem is, teams within striking range all have "too many needs too" so they can't afford the trade.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 619 View Post
                  Remember Ronnie Brown was the best RB in the league before he got injured. The only way I could see them taking McFadden is if he absolutely tears up the combine and puts on a legendary performance but even then Id take my chances with them opting to trade down instead.
                  the dolphins are probably hoping that mcfadden does indeed have god like performaces leading up to the draft because then teams will have increased interest in trading up to get him. (maybe the cowboys. they have 2 first rounders this year and have few enough needs IMO that they can throw in next years as well possibly to get him)

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                  • #10
                    i wouldnt be surprised. remember, john beck is an inexperienced QB, what better way to take pressure off of him than having 2 dominant RB's? Brown and Mcfadden are both powerful backs which would tire down defenses with 45+ rushing attempts per game between the two of them. running that many times with 2 big RB's limits the chances of turnovers by a young QB and takes pressure off of Beck so he can run the playaction all day.

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                    • #11
                      I know it is the consensus right now, but isn't Dorsey right up there with DMac when it comes to the best player in this draft. So why not choose him? He fills a need and is arguably the best defensive player in the draft, possibly even best player overall. Although not a great fit and not my first choice, it makes a ton more sense than McFadden at this point. Sorry bro, I get what you're saying, but your reasoning is all off.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 619 View Post
                        Remember Ronnie Brown was the best RB in the league before he got injured..
                        ... He was?
                        The whole world loves neophyte athletic tight end Jimmy Graham from Miami with the 95th pick. "Best pick in the draft,'' one AFC coach told me. "Give him time, and in that offense, he'll be better than [Jeremy] Shockey by the start of next year.''

                        “We know that no matter the adversity, be it the lockout, be it the suspension or be it a hurricane, our men will pull together and defend the honor of this city. We’ve shown we’ve been able to do that.” - Jabari Greer

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Flyboy View Post
                          ... He was?
                          Numbers dont lie.

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                          • #14
                            Well Parcells doesn't like to take RBs in the first round and we also have Lorenzo Booker- our 3rd rounder who's been looking really good in the few games he has played. I don't think we would spend #2 on a RB, a 3rd roundeer on a RB and then the #1 overall on a RB 3 out of 4 years. And, Parcells has mentioned he wants to retain Jesse Chatman.

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                            • #15
                              I understand the point of view, but i still can't see putting the money into him. I know the dolphins need to add talent, but i'd rather add talent in a position of greater need. After seeing c.long play today i think he could possibly be the pick over dorsey. He seems like a very solid and safe pick. The only way i see him not having a succesful NFL career is injury. I'm not saying he's a gauranteed HOFer or better than his pops, but there isn't anything i dont like about him, except for maybe not weighing 310 lbs.

                              "When it's third and ten, you can take the milk drinkers and I'll take the whiskey drinkers every time."

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