Andy Cohen’s column on Dolphins.com appears at 6 a.m. every weekday from training camp through the season and when events warrant during the offseason. Occasionally, like today, Andy will provide six things to think about. Thus, the title, “Six at Six.”
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Two days down. Three selections by the Dolphins. A handful more today. What do we know? How should we feel? Let’s take a closer look:
1. Really like what the Dolphins did in the second round. You can never have enough playmakers. And Jarvis Landry is definitely that. He isn’t the biggest, he isn’t the fastest, but he may just be the toughest and he may have the best hands of any receiver in the draft. Did you catch the highlight reel of some of his 77 catches last year at LSU? You had to look at some of them a couple of times just to believe. I know this wasn’t a high priority area, but the Dolphins clearly need more touchdowns and more big plays. Landry has the resume to provide both.
2. Dennis Hickey was the aggressor on the second day of the draft, maneuvering his way through the second round with a couple of trades and then deftly coming up with a deal to get an early pick in the third round. The end result of three trades was an extra fifth-round pick today and a couple of intriguing players. We’re learning a lot about Hickey in a hurry. It is clear by now he is ready for this challenge and comfortable in his position. There is never any panic in his eyes, only poise. This is the deepest draft in a long time and Hickey is doing a solid job making the most of it.
3. Perhaps Hickey’s boldest and most interesting move was vaulting toward the top of the third round to take North Dakota State tackle Billy Turner. This was a player Hickey had targeted, a player he brought into Dolphins camp, and a player he simply did not want to lose. Turner was a left tackle in college – didn’t give up a sack last season – and could also play guard with the Dolphins. Suddenly, the offensive line has some depth, some youth and has some intriguing potential.
4. Got an up close look at first-round pick Ja’Wuan James on Friday. It’s hard to tell he weighs 315 pounds because he’s 6-6 and doesn’t appear to have an ounce of excess baggage. You look at his long arms and it’s easy to tell that he can use them as a big advantage in pass blocking. But I believe it is his internal make-up that really convinced the Dolphins. As for his words, you can really hear the maturity. “This feels right,” he said. “I’m glad to be here. I’m supposed to be here. When the Dolphins called, it was the best phone call of my life. I know this is a nice area, but I’m here to work. I still haven’t slept yet. My life’s dream came true last night.” Indeed, a very impressive young man.
5. I don’t agree with those who harp on whether the Dolphins could have gotten James a round later. If you have a conviction, and it’s a position of need, you go for it and go for it quickly. You gamble and wait and you could very well see a player slip away. A year or two from now if, James becomes a force on the offensive line, nobody will care when he was drafted. It’s all about one simple question: Can he play?
6. And finally, my catchword for today is “reliability”. Look at the three players the Dolphins have chosen so far. Ja’Wuan James started 49 games in college, a team record. Billy Turner started 56 of a possible 57 games. Jarvis Landry missed one game in three years and had one drop in 106 targets last season. Get the idea? The Dolphins wanted players they could count on. They wanted answers instead of questions.
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