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Andy Cohen: Opening The Mailbag
By on May 7, 2014 at 5:55 am

1acam_FansAndy Cohen In The Morning will continue to run during the offseason, but only as events dictate. Be sure to follow Andy Cohen on Twitter at @ACohenFins

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Q. What do you think of C.J. Mosley in the first round? I like him. Then move Ellerbe to OLB. Hope he is still on the board at 19. @DolphinPride72

AC: I also like Mosley a lot. Would be a nice fit for this defense. I’m not sure he’ll be on the board, but if he is I believe the Dolphins will seriously consider him.

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Q. Andy, trade up, trade down or keep the 19th pick? Looking forward to watching it all from the UK. @66SamThompson

AC: GM Dennis Hickey gave us a clue when he said: “I like more picks.” Whether that means a trade is an offing is hard to predict. I can tell you this: If the offensive tackle the Dolphins covet is available in a trade up scenario, I believe the Dolphins will do all they can to get him. My gut feeling, though, is that they’ll stay with the 19th pick.

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Q. What is your prediction for the Dolphins final record this year? @EJfootball

AC: C’mon, EJ, it’s only May. I’m having a difficult enough time figuring out who they are going to draft. I can give you this morsel: I believe the Dolphins will finish with a winning record this season. I just see a lot of pieces coming together in Joe Philbin’s third season. As far as an exact record, I’ll make my prediction in late August.

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Q. Andy’s what is Bryant McKinnie’s future with the Phins? @Jddmech

AC: That will be determined, I believe, following the draft. McKinnie wants to continue to play and he’d love that to be in South Florida. Even in the fourth quarter of his career, I think he’d be an excellent insurance policy, but I don’t believe he is in the current plans as a starter.

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Q. Can the Dolphins get opening day starters on the offensive line with second day picks? @OnelioF

AC: No doubt about it. Bill Parcells once told me that offensive line is one of the positions where you don’t need high draft picks. “You need smart tough guys who will work,” Parcells said. “And you can find a lot of those, especially from smaller schools, in the later rounds.” I believe whomever the Dolphins draft on the offensive line, it will be a wide open competition in training camp. The best players will start, regardless of where they are drafted.

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Q. Do you think the Dolphins will keep running backs Moreno, Miller and Thomas or will one of them get traded or released? @MrRyanQ1

AC: Again, too early to tell. I believe Knowshon Moreno will be the main back and could play on all three downs. I also believe, at least right now, that Lamar Miller has a bigger upside than Daniel Thomas. Mike Gillislee could also be a factor and I’m hearing rumors that the Dolphins might also draft another running back. Bottom Line: What we saw last season wasn’t nearly good enough.

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Q.  Andy, I know you’ve spent some time recently with Dennis Hickey. Your thoughts? @Marvel16

AC: He’s a good, decent man who has waited his professional life for this opportunity. He is creative in his thinking, which I like. But Hickey will be the first to tell you that he should be judged on the talent he brings in and, while the early returns are promising from free agency, the draft will tell us a whole lot more.

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Q. Andy, do you like the fact that the Dolphins open at home against the Patriots? @gofish333

AC: Absolutely love it. I’m hoping it’s a stifling hot early September afternoon. I also think it’s better getting Tom Brady earlier in the season than late. You think Philbin will have trouble getting his players’ attention in training camp with an opener against New England to prepare for? I think not.

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Q. Why did the Dolphins let Dustin Keller go? @DavidOrv41

AC: First of all, they didn’t let him go as he only signed a one-year contract. Secondly, he is trying to return from a serious knee injury and he’ll turn 30 in late September. I think the Dolphins are looking to go younger at tight end and they already feel pretty good about Charles Clay. Having said all of that, I believe Keller would have had an excellent season in 2013 had he stayed healthy. It’s a shame his season had to end so early.

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Q. Andy, what offensive and defensive players from last year’s draft will have the biggest impact this season? @kyhemi1

AC: Defense is easy. It’s got to be Dion Jordan. I believe this young man has an enormous upside and now that he’s healthy and more comfortable in the system, I expect that he will put up some big defensive numbers this season. As for offense, I’ll have to go with tight end Dion Sims who showed some big-time potential in his rookie season. I’m hoping guard Dallas Thomas can contribute as well.

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Q. Will the Dolphins mortgage the future to make a big splash in the draft with all of the game-changers out there? @bwallen5499

AC: Seriously doubt it. First of all, the Dolphins don’t have enough high draft picks to pull off a deal like that unless players are involved and I just don’t see that happening. Secondly, you never really want to mortgage the future unless you are one player away and that’s not where the Dolphins currently reside.

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Q. Andy, I know the draft is important and I know the Dolphins have plenty of needs. But doesn’t everything they do still come down to Ryan Tannehill making a quantum leap in his third season? @CharlieB815

AC: No doubt about it. The immediate future of this team rests on Tannehill’s broad shoulders. If he produces – and I believe he can – then everything else falls into place so much easier.

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Q. Tell me the one area in this draft where you don’t expect the Dolphins to take a single player? @Armandorod42

AC: Defensive line. The Dolphins have both talent and depth on the line. They are set for next season with a nice mixture of veterans and youth.

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Q. Andy, should we take a quarterback early for the sake of competition? @dmalzacher

AC: I’m not sure I’d take one early – too many other pressing needs – but I would strongly consider taking one. A general manager once told me that he’d prefer taking a quarterback in just about every draft because the position is so important. I tend to agree.

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Q. What’s the best case scenario for the ‘Phins when the 19th pick comes around? @SJArmentrout

AC: That one of the top four tackles in the draft is somehow still on the board. The chances of that are remote, but you asked for the best case scenario and that’s it.

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Q. Andy, your funniest draft story? @PaulMoser23

AC: Years ago the Dolphins drafted a defensive lineman who only had two toes on one of his feet. In his post-draft media session, we asked the player which foot was missing the toes. “Hold on,” he said, slowly taking off both shoes, “I need to check.”

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On Thursday morning, AC in the AM previews the Dolphins draft.

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