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The Draft and the Dolphins
Updated 02/02/02


     This is my Dolphins Draft Value Board, which I hope to update every two weeks or so. On this Value Board is the Top 40 players I want the Dolphins to draft (based on their team needs), with a brief explanation for each player. I have also posted my  7 RD Dolphins Mock Draft w/ trades and predicted comp picks.


1) DE Julius Peppers, North Carolina. 6-6, 275.
Peppers and Taylor off the edge and Madison and Surtain at CB... not bad. No chance of happening, though.
Projection: Top 5
#25: None


2) QB Joey Harrington, Oregon. 6-4, 220.
Because Harrington has a more polished throwing motion, I rate him over David Carr. Norv Turner would love to see this guy in Miami, but that's wishful thinking.
Projection: Top 5
#25: None


3) OT Bryant McKinnie, Miami (FL). 6-9, 330.
How much of a lock is McKinnie to be a great player? Well, just look at previous OTs that were Top 5 picks in the last 6 drafts: Tony Boselli, Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace, Walter Jones, and Chris Samuels.
Projection: Top 5
#25: None


4) QB David Carr, Fresno St. 6-3, 225.
I rank Carr below Harrington because his 3/4 sidearm throwing motion may lead to a lot of batted down passes. Still, Carr is blessed with a golden arm and has all the intangibles to be a great passer in this league.
Projection: Top 5
#25: None


5) S Roy Williams, Oklahoma. 6-0, 221.
Williams has more of a chance to fall than Peppers, Harrington, McKinnie, and Carr, but those odds are slim-none. Imagine a secondary of Madison, Surtain, Williams, and Freeman for the next 5+ years.
Projection: Early-Mid 1st.
#25: None


6) DT John Henderson, Tennessee. 6-7, 300.
Henderson's mediocre senior campaign could drop him out of the Top 5. At 6-7, 300 pounds, he has the tools to dominate at the next level if he stays injury free.
Projection: Top 10.
#25: None


7) RB Willie Green, Boston College. 6-1, 217.
Green's biggest asset in his vision... something Lamar Smith clearly lacked last season. His powerful cutback style reminds me of Curtis Martin.
Projection: Mid 1st.
#25: Fair


8) G Andre Gurode, Colorado. 6-4, 305.
Watching a woeful, decimated Dolphins OL in '01, this is the guy I've always had pegged for the Dolphins to take in the late 1st round. His engulfing run blocking ability and no-nonsense attitude would be tremendous assets for this team.
Projection: Late 1st.
#25: Good


9) WR Jabar Gaffney, Florida. 6-1, 207.
While Gaffney often comes off as flamboyant and immature, he is a polished player with good speed and great hands on the field. He and Chris Chambers would make a lethal duo, but likely won't last past #18, where Redskins coach Steve Spurrier would love to adopt his former pupil.
Projection: Mid 1st.
#25: Slim-none.


10) DE Kalimba Edwards, South Carolina. 6-5, 251.
Finding a pure edge pass rusher to compliment Jason Taylor would enable DC Jim Bates to rush 4 and drop 7, like in '00.
Projection: Early-Mid 1st.
#25: None.


11) G Toniu Fonoti, Nebraska. 6-4, 340.
Physically, Fonoti is the best interior lineman to come out of the draft in quite some time. If he is willing to pay the price, Fonoti could be another Larry Allen.
Projection: Mid-Late 1st.
#25: Average.


12) DT Wendell Bryant, Wisconsin. 6-4, 288.
Personally, I think Bryant is overrated. However, he'd make a great compliment to Daryl Gardener inside.
Projection: Top 10.
#25: None.


13) OT Levi Jones, Arizona St. 6-5, 319.
While Florida LT Mike Pearson is currently ranked ahead of Jones, I feel Levi will be the better pro with his long arms, great size, and agility for a big man.
Projection: Mid-Late 1st.
#25: Fair.


14) WR Josh Reed, LSU. 5-11, 200.
Reed is so much like Troy Brown, it's scary. While the Dolphins have bigger needs on offense, I wouldn't exactly throw my remote on April 20th I heard Reed's name called. His awareness, hands, strength, and YAC is rare.
Proejction: Mid-Late 1st.
#25: 50/50.


15) OT Mike Pearson, Florida. 6-7, 290.
Pearson/Jones and Wade would make a great bookend tandem for the next 10 years.
Projection: Early-Mid 1st.
#25: Slim-None.


16) RB DeShaun Foster, UCLA. 6-1, 213.
Foster has great power and hands out of the backfield, and could be the back to build a ground game around. His reputation as a fumbler and off the field problems could knock him down into the 2nd round, however.
Projection: Late 1st/Early 2nd
#25: Good


17) WR Ashley Lelie, Hawaii. 6-3, 190.
Since declaring for the draft, Lelie has reportedly bulked uo into the 190 pound range to compliment his great hands and speed. I keep picturing these wideouts next to Chambers, and I'm intrigued of having two do-it-all players on the outside.
Projection: Mid-Late 1st.
#25: Fair


18) RB T.J. Duckett, Michigan St. 6-1, 255.
Like Jones and Pearson, I have Foster and Duckett ranked right next to each other. He, too, is a back that a running game can be built around.
Projection: Mid-Late 1st.
#25: 50/50.


19) TE Jeremy Shockey, Miami (FL). 6-6, 240.
The TE was an afterthought in Chan Gailey's offense... Norv Turner may not have the same philosophy. I'm usually not in favor of drafting TEs in the first round, but Shockey's 6-6 frame, great hands, and long arms could be lethal weapons in the red zone. This guy could be special.
Projection: Late 1st.
#25: Average.


20) G Kendall Simmons, Auburn. 6-3, 312.
Although he played LT at Auburn, he'll be a solid LG at the next level. If he falls into the late 2nd round, he's a major steal.
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd.
#25: Great.


21) S Michael Lewis, Colorado. 6-0, 207.
You probably haven't heard much about this guy, but he'll be a great pro at the next level with the ability to play FS and SS.
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd.
#25: Great.


22) WR Marquis Walker, Michigan. 6-3, 207.
His size and production is reminiscent of David Terrell, the questions surrounding his ability to sepeate could knock him down.
Projection: Late 1st/Early 2nd.
#25: Good.


23) DT Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee. 6-5, 310.
Haynesworth made a mistake by leaving a year early, and is more of a work-in-progress than anything else. Playing next to Daryl Gardener for a few years could allow Haynesworth to realize his immense potential, but probably won't fall into the mid 20's.
Projection: Mid 1st.
#25: Fair.


24) S Ed Reed, Miami (FL). 5-11, 190.
He can cover, he can hit, he can make plays, and he is a leader.. he's just small. Although he isn't an immediate need, a secondary of Madison, Surtain, Reed, and Freeman looks enticing.
Projection: Late 1st.
#25: Good.


25) DT Ryan Sims, North Carolina. 6-3, 295.
The Dolphins need a big DT that can occasionally make plays in the backfield. Sims is more of an interior pass rusher with a non-stop motor.
Projection: Mid 1st.
#25: Fair.


26) DT Alan Harper, Fresno St. 6-2, 285.
After Henderson and Bryant, I rank Sims, Haynesworth, and Harper in a deadlock for the #3 DT. Very underrated player that can make plays in the backfield.
Projection: Early 2nd.
#25: Great.


27) DE Dennis Johnson, Kentucky. 6-7, 265.
Great size and potential will land the leading SEC sack artist in the first round. If he lasts until pick #25, he could be a possibility.
Projection: Late 1st.
#25: 50/50.


28) WR Andre Davis, Virginia Tech. 6-1, 194.
The questions surrounding Davis are similar to those surrounding Chris Chambers lasty year: sloppy routes, questionable hands. However, his athletic ability and work ethic could make him a 2nd round steal.
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd.
#25: Great.


29) WR Reche Caldwell, Florida. 6-0, 199.
Polished route runner with good hands that should have stayed another year at Florida for his senior season; an exact replica of Darrell Jackson in '00.
Projection: Projection: Early-Mid 2nd.
#25: Great.


30) QB Josh McCown, Sam Houston St. 6-3, 230.
Yep, that's right. McCown has the physical ability and love for the game to be a starting QB in this league. He'd make a great project for Norv Turner.
Projection: 3rd-4th Round (could go anywhere).
#25: Great.


31) G Fred Weary, Tennessee. 6-4, 301.
With all the hype surrounding Fonoti, Gurode, Simmons, and Terrance Metcalf, Fred Weary has quietly maintained his second round status.
Projection: Mid-Late 2nd.
#25: Great.


32) G Terrance Metcalf, Mississippi. 6-4, 320.
I have him ranked 5th among OGs. Why? Gurode, Fonoti, and Simmons had the chance to be special, and Weary gets a high grade because he can play C. Metcalf played LT in college, but projects strictly as a G at the next level.
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd.
#25: Good.


33) RB Lamar Gordon, North Dakota St. 6-1, 218.
Even if the Dolphins draft Gordon, he'll be a project. But at 6-1, 218 with 4.45/40 speed, he could be worth the wait.
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd (Could go anywhere).
#25: Great.


34) OT Marc Colombo, Boston College. 6-7, 288.
After McKinnie, Jones, and Pearson, Colombo is the best LT on the board.
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd.
#25: Great.


35) DE-LB Dwight Freeney, Syracuse. 6-1, 250.
Freeny is an interesting player. He has 4.5/40 speed off the edge, but could also use his 250 pound frame to play OLB in a 4-3.
Projection: Late 1st/Early 2nd.
#25: Good.


36) WR Ron Johnson, Minnesota. 6-3, 215.
Questions about Johnson's speed has dropped him into the late 2nd/early 3rd round category, which is nonsense.
Projection: Late 2nd.
#25: Great.


37) QB Patrick Ramsey, Tulane. 6-2, 235.
Ramsey is a great project for anyone drafting in the 2nd round. If he falls to us in the third, I'd love to have him.
Projection: Late 2nd/Early-Mid 3rd.
#25: Great.


38) DE Will Overstreet, Tennesee. 6-4, 255.
Overstreet ruined a lot of OTs draft positions at the Senior Bowl, using outstanding quickness, hustle, and technique. He's a great ST player, too. Even if he isn't starting, Overstreet is a player you want on your team. First round is too early, but I'd lobby for this guy in the 2nd round if we had one.
Projection: Late 2nd/Early-Mid 3rd.
#25: Great.


39) LB Napolean Harris, Northwestern. 6-1, 242.
He's one of the few OLBs in this draft that can hold his own at the point of attack. Of course, we have bigger needs.
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd.
#25: Great.


40) RB Clinton Portis, Miami (FL). 5-10, 190.
His size is similar to Travis Minor, but he runs hard behind the tackles and is tougher than his size indicates. He could bulk up, too.
Projection: Mid-Late 2nd.
#25: Great.


Notable Players not listed
CB Quentin Jammer, Texas. No CB's, please.
OT Mike Williams, Texas. First, I think he's overrated. Second, he's strictly a RT, where Todd Wade's job is safe.
CB Phillip Buchanon, Miami (FL). No CB's!!!
WR Antonio Bryant, Pittsburgh. See Albert Connell and Terry Glenn... a player that talks about greatness instead of achieving it. Bryant will be a headache for any team that drafts him. Put that on my tab.
CB Keyou Craver, Nebraska. NO FREAKING CB's!!
WR Jevon Walker, Florida St. Only because I like other WRs more.
DT Anthony Weaver, Notre Dame. A lot like former Notre Dame DE Renaldo Wynn: can play DE and DT, but has limited upside potential. He's too much like Kenny Mixon.
DT Larry Tripplet, Washington. He's a good run stuffer, a relentless player, and a leader on and off the field. However, I don't see him commanding double teams at the next level. He's not much different than Jermaine Haley.
DT Eddie Freeman, Alabama-Birmingham. Keep your eye on this 6-5, 288 pounder that had a solid SR bowl week.
DE Alex Brown, Florida. Overrated. Highly overrated. He can't stop the run, and made a living in college by dominating below-average LT's.
TE Daniel Graham, Colorado. If you draft a TE in the first round, he had better be special. Graham is good, but by no means special.
OT Victor Rogers, Colorado. Again, strictly a RT.
WR Donte Stallworth, Tennessee. It didn't take Stallworth long to realize he made a mistake by coming out early.
QB Kurt Kittner, Illinois. Mel Kiper Jr. compares him to Drew Brees. Ha! Brees had great intangables and awareness to offset his limited physical ability. Brees also could consistantly complete short and deep passes, which Kittner has had trouble doing. I currently have him ranked 7th among QBs behind Harrington, Carr, McCown, Ramsey, Fasani, and Davey.
RB Adrian Peterson, Georgia Southern. I like this back, who runs with great vision and decent power for his 5-10, 205 pound frame. If I had a #41, he'd be on the list. He, Portis, and Gordon are all very close on my board.


Dolphins Mock Draft
*Note: I am predicting the Dolphins will receive two 4th rounders. I am also predicting the Dolphins to acquire a RB via free agency or trade.
1) G Andre Gurode, Colorado.
3) QB Josh McCown, Sam Houston St.
4) RB Adrian Peterson, Georgia Southern.
4) G Richard Williams, Gardner-Webb.
4) TE Keith Henrich, Sam Houston St.
5) DE Carlos Hall, Arkansas.
6) S Stephon Kelly, SW Texas St.
7) WR Aaron Lockett, Kansas St.


     With Dixon, Ruddy, and Perry in their 30s and coming off mediocre seasons, the Dolphins must upgrade talent on the interior line. Andre Gurode could challenge for a starting job at G. With Gurode on board and a FA addition at RB, McCown, Peterson, Williams, and Henrich would be a solid nucleus of raw talent at QB, RB, OL, and TE. I'm hoping Peterson's 5-10, 208 frame and small school background knocks him into the 4th round, but that may not happen. Oh well. DT Earnest Grant, DT Jermaine Haley, and S Arturo Freeman proved to be late round steals on defense. Hall and Kelly could be similar steals. At 5-6, 165 pounds, Lockett has very limited long-term potential. However, he'd be a good 7th round selection because of his return ability.


NYF. I'd appreciate any comments or criticisms.


The Draft and the Dolphins - Part II
Updated 03/03/02

This is my Dolphins Draft Value Board, which I hope to update every few weeks or so. On this Value Board is the Top 40 players I want the Dolphins to draft (based on their team needs), with a brief explanation for each player. I have also posted my  7 RD Dolphins Mock Draft w/ trades and predicted comp picks.

The way I graded the "odds of falling to #25" are in this order: None, Slim-None, Fair, Average, Good, Great.  


1) DE Julius Peppers, North Carolina. 6-6, 275.
Peppers and Taylor off the edge and Madison and Surtain at CB... not bad. No chance of happening, though.
Projection: Top 5
#25: None

2) QB Joey Harrington, Oregon. 6-4, 220.
Because Harrington has a more polished throwing motion, I rate him over David Carr. Norv Turner would love to see this guy in Miami, but that's wishful thinking.
Projection: Top 5
#25: None

3) OT Bryant McKinnie, Miami (FL). 6-9, 330.
How much of a lock is McKinnie to be a great player? Well, just look at previous OTs that were Top 5 picks in the last 6 drafts: Tony Boselli, Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace, Walter Jones, and Chris Samuels.
Projection: Top 5
#25: None

4) QB David Carr, Fresno St. 6-3, 225.
I rank Carr below Harrington because his 3/4 sidearm throwing motion may lead to a lot of batted down passes. Still, Carr is blessed with a golden arm and has all the intangibles to be a great passer in this league.
Projection: Top 5
#25: None

5) RB Willie Green, Boston College. 6-1, 217.
Green's biggest asset is his vision... something Lamar Smith clearly lacked last season. His powerful, cutback style reminds me of Curtis Martin.  When Green ran a 4.59/40 at the combine, his chances of falling to the late 1st round increased greatly.  I'll tell you this much... if we trade for Ricky Williams and this stud falls to #25 on draft day, my foot is going through the TV!  
Projection: Mid-Late 1st.
#25: Average

6) S Roy Williams, Oklahoma. 6-0, 221.
Williams has more of a chance to fall than Peppers, Harrington, McKinnie, or Carr, but those odds are slim-none at best. Imagine a secondary of Madison, Surtain, Williams, and Freeman for the next 5+ years.
Projection: Early-Mid 1st.
#25: None

7) G Andre Gurode, Colorado. 6-4, 305.
Watching a woeful, decimated Dolphins OL in '01, this is the guy I've always had pegged for the Dolphins to take in the late 1st round. His engulfing run blocking ability and no-nonsense attitude would be tremendous assets for this team.
Projection: Late 1st.
#25: Good

8) DT Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee. 6-5, 310.
Playing next to Daryl Gardener for a few years could allow Haynesworth to realize his immense potential, but surely won't fall into the mid 20's barring any unforseen incident.  If Haynesworth tears it up at the combine, he could go ahead of teammate John Henderson on draft day.  
Projection: Early-Mid 1st.
#25: Slim-None.   

9) G Toniu Fonoti, Nebraska. 6-4, 340.
Physically, Fonoti is the best interior lineman to come out of the draft in quite some time. If he is willing to pay the price, Fonoti could be another Larry Allen.
Projection: Mid-Late 1st.
#25: Average.

10) WR Jabar Gaffney, Florida. 6-1, 207.
While Gaffney often comes off as flamboyant and immature, he is a polished player with good speed and great hands on the field. He and Chris Chambers would make a lethal duo, but likely won't last past #18, where Redskins coach Steve Spurrier would love to adopt his former pupil.
Projection: Early-Mid 1st.
#25: Slim-none.

11) WR Ashley Lelie, Hawaii. 6-3, 205.
Workouts will determine how high or low Lelie goes in this draft.  There are whispers that Lelie may run a sub 4.3/40 at 6-3, 205, which would catapult him into Top 5 status.        
Projection: Early/Mid/Late 1st.  
#25: Completely dependent upon off-season workouts.    

12) DT Ryan Sims, North Carolina. 6-4, 310.
After a dominating SR Bowl week, Sims isn't just "that guy that played with Julius Peppers" anymore.  Even with Bowens, Gardener, Haley, Grant, and possibly Larry Chester on board, Sims would be a temptation if he fell to us in the late 1st round.  That, however, isn't going to happen.  
Projection: Early-Mid 1st
#25: Slim-None

13) WR Josh Reed, LSU. 5-11, 200.
Over the last two seasons, Reed has caught 159 passes for 2867 yds and 17 TDs (an average of 7 catches, 128 yds, TD every game).  That is simply unbelievable.  Many question Reed's speed and ability to seperate at the next level; I think he'll be fine.  His awareness, hands, strength, and YAC is rare.
Proejction: Mid-Late 1st.
#25: Average.  

14) RB T.J. Duckett, Michigan St. 6-1, 255.
I have Foster and Duckett ranked right next to each other. He, too, is a back that a running game can be built around.  When I see players like Green, Duckett, and Foster, I start thinking that a fresh start with a hungry rookie may be the way to go.  
Projection: Mid-Late 1st.
#25: Average.  

15) RB DeShaun Foster, UCLA. 6-1, 213.
Foster has great power and hands out of the backfield, and could be the back to build a ground game around. His reputation as a fumbler and off the field problems could knock him down into the 2nd round, however.
Projection: Late 1st/Early 2nd
#25: Good

16) OT Levi Jones, Arizona St. 6-5, 319.
While Florida LT Mike Pearson is currently ranked ahead of Jones, I feel Levi will be the better pro with his long arms, great size, and agility for a big man.  He can play guard, too.   
Projection: Mid-Late 1st.
#25: Average.   

17) DE Kalimba Edwards, South Carolina. 6-5, 251.
Finding a pure edge pass rusher to compliment Jason Taylor would enable DC Jim Bates to rush 4 and drop 7, like in '00.
Projection: Early-Mid 1st.  (Note: Edwards' broke his leg toward the end of the '01 season.  His off-season workouts will determine his draft status.  Edwards is said to be 100%, though.)
#25: Slim-None.

18) OT Mike Williams, Texas.  6-6, 378.  
Williams is strictly a RT, and an overrated one.  However, his 6'6, 378 frame could make him a pro bowl RG next to Todd Wade.    
Projection: Top 10.  
#25: Slim-None.  

19) DT John Henderson, Tennessee. 6-7, 300.
Henderson's mediocre senior campaign could drop him out of the Top 5, and possibly out of the Top 10.  He's 6-7 and under 290 pounds, which means he is somewhat lean for a DT.  At this point, I really question his injuries and ability to maintain leverage on running plays.   
Projection: Top 10.
#25: None

20) DE Dennis Johnson, Kentucky. 6-7, 265.
Great size and potential will land the leading SEC sack artist in the first round. If he lasts until pick #25, he could be a possibility.
Projection: Late 1st.
#25: 50/50.

21) G Kendall Simmons, Auburn. 6-3, 312.
Although he played LT at Auburn, he'll be a solid LG at the next level. If he falls into the late 2nd round, he's a major steal.
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd.
#25: Great.

22) S Michael Lewis, Colorado. 6-0, 207.
You probably haven't heard much about this guy, but he'll be a great pro with the ability to play FS and SS.  I wouldn't mind seeing Lewis and Freeman at safety for the next 5 years.   
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd.
#25: Great.

23) Antonio Bryant, Pittsburgh.  6-2, 190.
I don't care much for his attitude, and he could be a player that talks about greatness instead of achieving it.  But man.. he can play.  
Projection: Mid-Late 1st.
#25: Fair.

24) OT Mike Pearson, Florida. 6-7, 290.
While Pearson/Jones and Wade would make a great bookend tandem for the next 10 years, LT isn't of critical importance with Fiedler's mobility.  Pearson is somewhat lean at 6-7, 290, and is merely an average run blocker.  
Projection: Mid-Late 1st.
#25: Fair.  

25) DE Dwight Freeney, Syracuse. 6-1, 260.
Freeny is an interesting player. He has 4.5/40 speed off the edge, which would be a great compliment to Taylor.  As we learned with Jamar Fletcher, taking a situational player isn't the best move in the first round.  However, I miss having two sack artists off the edge.
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd.
#25: Great.

26) DT Wendell Bryant, Wisconsin. 6-4, 288.
Personally, I think Bryant is overrated, and will be the 4th DT taken in this draft. However, he'd make a great compliment to Daryl Gardener inside.
Projection: Mid-Late 1st.
#25: Slim-None.  

27) S Ed Reed, Miami (FL). 5-11, 190.
He can cover, he can hit, he can make plays, and he is a leader.. he's just small. Although he isn't an immediate need, a secondary of Madison, Surtain, Reed, and Freeman looks enticing.
Projection: Late 1st.
#25: Good.

28) WR Marquis Walker, Michigan. 6-3, 207.
His size and production is reminiscent of David Terrell, the questions surrounding his ability to sepeate could knock him down.
Projection: Late 1st/Early 2nd.
#25: Good.

29) WR Andre Davis, Virginia Tech. 6-1, 194.
The questions surrounding Davis are similar to those surrounding Chris Chambers last year: sloppy routes, questionable hands. However, his athletic ability and work ethic could make him a 2nd round steal, or a 1st round consideration.   
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd.
#25: Great.

30) QB Josh McCown, Sam Houston St. 6-3, 230.
Yep, that's right. McCown has the physical ability and love for the game to be a starting QB in this league. He'd make a great project for Norv Turner.  McCown is my favorite player in this draft.   
Projection: 3rd-4th Round (could go anywhere).
#25: Great.

31) WR Reche Caldwell, Florida. 6-0, 199.
Polished route runner with good hands that should have stayed another year at Florida for his senior season; an exact replica of Darrell Jackson in '00.
Projection: Projection: Early-Mid 2nd.
#25: Great.

32) G Fred Weary, Tennessee. 6-4, 301.
With all the hype surrounding Fonoti, Gurode, Simmons, and Terrance Metcalf, Fred Weary has quietly maintained his second round status.
Projection: Mid-Late 2nd.
#25: Great.

33) G Terrance Metcalf, Mississippi. 6-4, 320.
I have him ranked 5th among OGs. Why? Gurode, Fonoti, and Simmons had the chance to be special, and Weary gets a high grade because he can play C. Metcalf played LT in college, but projects strictly as a G at the next level.
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd.
#25: Good.

34) LB Napolean Harris, Northwestern. 6-1, 242.
He's one of the few OLBs in this draft that can hold his own at the point of attack.  I think Derrick Rodgers is extremely overrated, and an OLB tandem of Harris and Greenwood would give the Dolphins size and speed.  
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd.
#25: Great.

35) OT Marc Colombo, Boston College. 6-7, 288.
After McKinnie, Jones, and Pearson, Colombo is the best LT on the board.  Again, LT is not as important as C or G with a mobile QB.   
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd.
#25: Great.

36) TE Jeremy Shockey, Miami (FL). 6-6, 240.
The TE position is a need, and Shockey make sense because he carries a 1st round grade.  However, I am a big fan of Jed Weaver; I think he'll benefit most from Norv Turner's arrival.  
Projection: Late 1st.
#25: Average.

37) QB Patrick Ramsey, Tulane. 6-2, 235.
Ramsey is a great project for anyone drafting in the 2nd round. If he falls to us in the third, I'd love to have him.
Projection: Late 2nd/Early-Mid 3rd.
#25: Great.

38) WR Ron Johnson, Minnesota. 6-3, 215.
Questions about Johnson's speed has dropped him into the late 2nd/early 3rd round category, which is nonsense.  He should have come out last year.   
Projection: Late 2nd/Early 3rd.
#25: Great.

39) WR Donte Stallworth, Tennessee.  6-1, 190.  
It didn't take Stallworth long to realize he made a mistake by coming out early.  An underachiever for most of his college career, Stallworth began to come on late in '01, which makes his decision to come out even more questionable.   
Projection: Could go anywhere, depending on his off-season workouts.  He currently carries a late 1st/early 2nd round grade.  
#25: Questionable.  

40) RB Lamar Gordon, North Dakota St. 6-1, 218.
Even if the Dolphins draft Gordon, he'll be a project. But at 6-1, 218 with 4.45/40 speed, he could be worth the wait.
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd (Could go anywhere).
#25: Great.

Notable players not included
- CB Quentin Jammer, Texas. No CB's, please.
- CB Phillip Buchanon, Miami (FL). No CB's!!!
- WR Jevon Walker, Florida St. Only because I like other WRs more.
- DT Anthony Weaver, Notre Dame. A lot like former Notre Dame DE Renaldo Wynn: can play DE and DT, but has limited upside potential. He's too much like Kenny Mixon.
- DT Larry Tripplet, Washington. He's a good run stuffer, a relentless player, and a leader on and off the field. However, I don't see him commanding double teams at the next level. He's not much different than Jermaine Haley.
- DT Eddie Freeman, Alabama-Birmingham. I like this guy, but DT isn't much of a need with Timbo, Gardener, Chester, Haley, and Grant on board.  
- RB Clinton Portis, Miami (FL).  Yes, Portis is a tough runner at 189 pounds with the ability to get bigger.  But I'm not a fan of small backs.  
- DE Alex Brown, Florida. Overrated. Highly overrated. He can't stop the run, and made a living in college by dominating below-average LT's.
- DT Alan Harper, Fresno St.  Very underrated player and a favorite of mine.  But again, we have bigger needs.  
- TE Daniel Graham, Colorado. If you draft a TE in the first round, he had better be special. Graham is good, but by no means special.
- OT Victor Rogers, Colorado. Again, strictly a RT.
- QB Kurt Kittner, Illinois. Mel Kiper Jr. compares him to Drew Brees. Ha! Brees had great intangables and awareness to offset his limited physical ability. Brees also could consistantly complete short and deep passes, which Kittner has had trouble doing. I currently have him ranked 7th among QBs behind Harrington, Carr, McCown, Ramsey, Fasani, and Davey.
- RB Adrian Peterson, Georgia Southern. I like this back, who runs with great vision and decent power for his 5-10, 205 pound frame. If I had a #41, he'd be on the list. He, Portis, and Gordon are all very close on my board.
- DE Will Overstreet, Tennessee.  If I had a #41, he'd be it.  Overstreet ruined a lot of OTs draft positions at the Senior Bowl, using outstanding quickness, hustle, and technique. He's a great ST player, too. Even if he isn't starting, Overstreet is a player you want on your team.

 Dolphins Mock Draft
- Dolphins trade 1st, 3rd, and 5th round selections to the Saints for RB Ricky Williams and a 2nd rounder.  - Dolphins are awarded 4th and 5th round compensatory selections.  
2) G Kendall Simmons, Auburn.  If the Dolphins come away with Ricky and a 2nd rounder, OL will definitely be the first pick.  At either LG or RG, Simmons could make an immediate impact.  
4) QB Josh McCown, Sam Houston St.  I doubt McCown falls this far, but it's definitely possible.    
4) DE Carlos Hall, Arkansas.  If Bromell and Mixon depart, a young pass rusher is needed.  David Bowens is the only pass rush threat off the bench.
5) G Richard Williams, Gardner-Webb.  Williams is a raw, physical speciman from small school Gardner-Webb.  He'd make an interesting project for Tony Wise.
6) S Stephon Kelly, SW Texas St.  
A young safety project...
7) WR Aaron Lockett, Kansas St.  
Good KR's are a dime-a-dozen in the late rounds.  

As much as I'd like to keep our picks and start fresh with a young back (Green, Duckett, Foster), I'm starting to think Ricky will be a Dolphin.  The Browns are the only other team interested, and probably will go the free agent route with Garrison Hearst or Ricky Watters.  If the Saints thought Ricky was a headcase before, imagine him in '02 after the Saints tried to deal him all off season.  If I'm Randy Mueller, I start fresh with Deuce McAlister.  Behind closed doors, the Saints offense was a circus with Ricky Williams playing the role of the bearded lady.  

I'd appreciate any comments and/or criticisms.

NYF.


The Dolphins and the Draft - Part III
Updated 03/23/02

What are your feelings on the draft? Interested? Apathetic? Upset because we may have given up too much for Ricky? I've compiled a list of 20 players that I hope last until the #90 spot.  I don't intend on the following players lasting until our spot, as they are projected to go at least one round higher than our first selection.

Players Gone by Pick #90
QB: David Carr, Joey Harrington, Patrick Ramsey
RB: William Green, T.J. Duckett, Clinton Portis, DeShaun Foster
WR: Donte Stallworth, Ashley Lelie, Jabar Gaffney, Josh Reed, Antonio Bryant, Reche Caldwell, Marquis Walker, Andre Davis, Ron Johnson, Tim Carter
TE: Jeremy Shockey, Daniel Graham
OT: Bryant McKinnie, Mike Williams, Mike Pearson, Levi Jones, Marc Colombo
OG: Toniu Fonoti, Andre Gurode, Kendall Simmons, Terrance Metcalf
C: LeCharles Bentley
DE: Julius Peppers, Kalimba Edwards, Bryan Thomas, Ryan Denney, Charles Grant, Dennis Johnson
DT: John Henderson, Albert Haynesworth, Ryan Sims, Wendall Bryant, Anthony Weaver, Eddie Freeman, Larry Tripplett, Alan Harper
LB: Napolean Harris, LeVar Fisher, Trev Faulk, Saleem Rasheed, Rocky Calmus, Robert Thomas
CB: Quentin Jammer, Phillip Buchanon, Lito Sheppard, Keyou Craver, Mike Rumph, Derek Ross, Mike Echols
S: Roy Williams, Ed Reed, Michael Lewis, LaMont Thompson, Jon McGraw  


NYFCat's Top 20 List

1) QB Josh McCown, Sam Houston St.  6-4, 221.  4.57/40.  
As I've stated in the past, this is my favorite player in the draft.  He's physically gifted with the necessary passion for the game.  Mike Shula and Norv Turner could make this guy a Pro Bowler by 2004.  

2) DE Will Overstreet, Tennessee.  6-3, 259.  4.65/40.  
While Overstreet is rising to 2nd round territory with a solid post-season, it's hard to project where this undersized, high-motor player will end up.  A team could fall in love with his tenacity, or ignore it and focus on physical limitations.  If the Dolphins are serious about moving Daryl Gardener to DE, he and Overstreet would make a great 1-2 punch.  

3) C Seth McKinney, Texas A&M.  6-3, 294.  4.95.  
The Dolphins just can't get Tim Ruddy out of the starting lineup.  In '99, they drafted Greg Ruegamer, a 3rd round bust, after the Bears matched an offer to Casey Weigmann.  In '00, the Rams matched an offer for Ryan Tucker.  Last year, the Saints teased the Dolphins with the idea of released versatile Tom Ackerman.  Just a few weeks ago, Olin Kreutz turned down a lucrative offer to remain with the Bears.  McKinney, while a Ruddy clone, would add more pop in the running game.  

4) G Fred Weary, Tennessee.  6-4, 308.  5.37/40.  
While Fonoti, Gurode, Simmons, and Metcalf have received more recognition, Weary has quietly maintained his first day status.  Weary's ability to play Center is an intriguing asset.  

5) C Melvin Fowler, Maryland.  6-3, 305.  5.46/40
Similar to McKinney, but not as quick.  

6) LB Larry Foote, Michigan.  6-1, 233.  4.83/40.  
While Foote is athletically gifted, he is a smart, instinctive player that plays with passion.  The Dolphins desperately need a player that can step in OLB or MLB at a moments notice; Foote fits the bill.  

7) LB Raonall Smith, Washington St.  6-2, 244.  4.53/40.  
Similar prospect to Sedrick Hodge, that went in the late 3rd round last year.  Believe it or not, Derrick Rodgers will be 32 this year, and depth is desperately needed.  

8)   G Martin Bibla, Miami (FL).  6-3, 306.  5.19/40.  
This guy is just like Mark Dixon: slightly undersized, but smart with deceptive power.  
He would add depth at G position.  

9) S Ramon Walker, Pittsburgh.  5-11, 188.  4.57/40.  
While undersized, Walker is an impressive athlete in the Arturo Freeman mold.  Rick Spielman recently said that there are a number of quality safeties available in the middle rounds; Walker could be one of these safeties.    

10) LB James Allen, Oregon St.  6-3, 240.  4.64/40.
Allen's quickness makes him a perfect fit in the Dolphins LB core.  

11) LB Rocky Boiman, Notre Dame.  6-2, 242.  4.60/40.  
Impressive athletic ability and great work ethic will land Boiman in the 3rd or 4th round.

12) DE Jarvis Green, LSU.  6-3, 273.  4.87/40.  
Very underrated pass rusher with enough beef to play against the run.  Didn't live up to his potential in college, though.  

13) RB Adrian Peterson, Georgia Southern.  5-10, 214.  4.68/40.  
If Ricky Williams goes down, the running game will be on life support once again.  Corey Dillon and Curtis Martin are the only two backs in the league that have started every game.  

14)   G Quasim Mitchell, North Carolina A&T.  6-5, 355.  5.29/40.  
Tony Wise would love a physical specimen like this.     

15) TE Doug Jolley, BYU.  6-4, 251.  4.60/40.  
Keep an eye on this guy, who could catch 40-50 passes as a rookie.  I rank him slightly behind Graham and Shockey; that's how much respect I have for this guy.  Unfortunately, I like Jed Weaver as well.    

16) Ben Taylor, Virginia Tech.  6-2, 236.  4.83.  
Taylor won't blow anyone up at the point of attack or double as a DE in Dime Packages, but he'd be a great backup at all 3 LB spots.  He's one of those LB's that just gets the job done.  

17) TE Tracey Wistrom, Nebraska.  6-4, 245.  4.93/40.  
A pure receiving TE, like Wistrom, is a poor fit for Nebraska's option offense.  

18) TE Darnell Sanders, Ohio St.  6-5, 265.  4.63/40.  
Sanders is a great athlete that fell victim of poor QB play at Ohio St.  He could challenge Mayes and Weaver for the starting TE position.

19) QB Randy Fasani, Stanford.  6-3, 234.  4.77/40.  
Another talented QB that can be molded into a starter.  Because he has the arm and mobility, I rank him above LSU's Rohan Davey and Illinois' Kurt Kittner.    

20) DE Carlos Hall, Arkansas.  6-4, 259.  4.67/40.  
Hall could form a great edge pass rush tandem with Jason Taylor.


7 RD Mock w/projected 4th and 6th round comp picks...
3) C Seth McKinney, Texas A&M.
4) G Quasim Mitchell, North Carolina A&T
4) LB Ben Taylor, Virginia
5) QB Randy Fasani, Stanford
6) DE Darrien Yates, Tarlenton St.
7) WR Aaron Lockett, Kansas St.
7) CB  Bruce Branch, Penn St.  

NYF