Pouncey, Thomas And Co. Rookies No Longer by Stephen Cohen
Carrying teammates’ pads, picking up food and getting ridiculous haircuts are just some examples of the chores that rookies have to endure in the NFL. This form of “welcoming” is an amusing way for the veterans to put the rookies in their place while they learn the league. However, that is just the “off-the-field” part of being a rookie.
The Dolphins corner enters his fourth year focused on determining how to consistently position himself to make more of these game-changing interceptions.
The departure of Yeremiah Bell, who was drafted by the Dolphins in 2003, has opened the door for someone in the Dolphins’ young secondary to be the unit’s vocal leader.
Mel Kiper will be there, draft notes in hand, to break it all down.
Kiper, who has been covering the draft and evaluating players for over 30 years, recently participated in a conference call to discuss this year’s hot topics.
Even though he’s a seasoned veteran, Kiper still must adjust his evaluating techniques to counter trends that surface in the league.
With all of the emphasis in the NFL on offense, it has become increasingly important for defenses around the League to find a guy or two who is not just a playmaker, but a game-changer. While many of these guys are elite pass rushers, having a stud in the secondary can be highly beneficial as teams try to slow down the high-octane passing attacks used by most offenses.
From the Fins:
- Andy Kent of Dolphins.com talks about ex-Dolphins helping college players prepare for the Combine
- Check out what Yeremiah Bell and Dick Anderson have in common besides the position they play
- NFL Network Fantasy Editor Michael Fabiano joins The Finsiders to discuss the possible fantasy implications of the Peyton Manning situation
- James Walker of ESPN.com has a little advice for the Dolphins
- Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald talks about a movement gathering momentum in Miami
- The Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly explains the difference between roster needs and roster wants