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The Finsiders Pick at #15
By on April 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Is opinion starting to turn towards Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey?

With the start of the 2011 NFL Draft now just two days away, I figured it was finally time to get as many of our guys on the record as possible concerning what they think will happen if the Dolphins make their first selection at #15 overall. So, assuming no trades will be made, here are what some of the Finsiders think the Fins will do at #15…

Sam Madison: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

I’m going with need for the Miami Dolphins. Carimi, at 6’7, gives us size and strength to help whatever running back get through the holes on the right side of the line. I think he is a guy that can play either guard or tackle and will not miss a beat if shifted. Not sure how Veron Carey’s offseason is going after his season-ending surgery. This selection will give Coach Sparano the peace of mind and help the Achilles’ heel of this football team.

Kim Bokamper: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

He brings speed and brings even more value thanks to the latest issue concerning Brandon Marshall. With or without Marshall, though, Smith can contribute to an offense looking for more contribution.

Keith Sims: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

This is Jeff Ireland’s first draft without the shadow of Bill Parcells. Parcells would have gone the safe route (RB – Mark Ingram) just like he did when they held the #1 pick and selected Jake Long over Matt Ryan. The Dolphins need a difference maker and the QB is the key to winning and winning big in today’s NFL. This is the type of pick that a GM makes a name for himself. If he’s right, he’s found the next great franchise QB. Of course if he’s wrong, the downside of this pick isn’t as bad. What NFL franchise wants to keep making the wrong decision on what most people feel is the most important position on the field? Mallett helps Dolphin fans forget this list: Cleo Lemon, Joey Harrington, AJ Feeley, Gus Frerotte. Do I need to go any farther?

Troy Drayton: Mike Pouncey, OL, Florida

Pouncey is the best available interior lineman in this year’s draft. The Fins need help at both guard or center and Pouncey is yet another versatile lineman that can come in and help out in multiple ways. Some say he may be a reach at #15, but the pick makes sense.

John Congemi: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

Of all the QB’s in this draft, Mallett is the most NFL-ready to play next year. His arm and the things he was asked to do at the line of scrimmage puts him ahead of the others both mentally and physically.

Which Finsider makes the best argument?

  • Sims/Congemi (Mallett) (63%)
  • Drayton (Pouncey) (21%)
  • Madison (Carimi) (13%)
  • Bokamper (Smith) (3%)
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BigMauler says:

Sure all of the needs are great , impact immediately is questionable. Finally , please get the QB. Offense and the ability to move the football is of the utmost urgency. Did Don Shula fret about his OL when Dan Marino was available? Get Mallett. Read the reports. He makes throws that several NFL QB’s can’t make. Get the Field General. Bring confidence to the huddle. All that other crap we can worry about later. Does any serious Fin Fan remember how many Super Bowls Dan didn’t win? NO , we remember all the great throws , TD’s , comebacks , and the fact that you never counted him out of a game. C’mon , folks lets get back to what’s important in this league………everything else has to fall together far everyone that ever won big…….They all started with a solid QB

Phinsrule says:

in ref to Last year’s draft Sparano mentioned last season that the Dolphins would have selected C.J. Spiller if he would have been there. As we know Bills got him before Miami had a shot. So Let’s all think about this for a second. If Sparano would have drafted the best RB in college What makes you all think he wouldn’t draft the best RB this year??? Not to mention we dont even have Ricky or Ronnie and we could lose Cobbs as well….Bottom line WE NEED RB why not draft the best???? INGRAM TO MIAMI DONE DEAL!

Thang says:

No one said Ingram? I agree that we need a new OL and a struggling QB but tose are problem that can be cured through free agency. None of these QB’s are “The Answer.” Getting Ingram helps the OL and QB by taking the stress off having to make plays. Our Defense needs some attention at Safety but the RB position cannot be overlooked for a team the RUNS THE BALL. Pouncy would make the most sense to me of OL.
All I can really say is that it would be a shame to let a Heisman winning RB in Mark Ingram (the most successful Heisman position) to slip through the Dolphins only to land on the PATRIOTS roster!!!

BrianH says:

Keith – I always value your opinion but what are you smokin, man!? You have whay I think is a fatal flaw in your analysis:

“This is the type of pick that a GM makes a name for himself. If he’s right, he’s found the next great franchise QB. Of course if he’s wrong, the downside of this pick isn’t as bad.”

Huh? The downside of this being wrong could be his job!! IMO both he and Sparano are on a VERY short leash to turn this around..and quickly. If he picks Mallet and Mallet ends up being Ryan Leaf 2.0, he’s likely GONE!!! That being said, I agree with everything else you’re saying…I think IF they have a high opinion on him they roll the dice…