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It is pretty bad when the best part of your football season is the NFL Draft. However that seems to be the case for many teams. I can’t help but think of Jets Fans who show up in droves every year to hoot and holler about their top pick. I’d make fun of the Jets, but in reality, Miami Fans have been in the same boat for quite awhile.  While the last 6-8 teams standing can look at retooling, Miami along with other middle of the pack or worse teams, have to look at filling serious holes.  That is where the excitement around the NFL Draft comes from. Anyone of those mediocre teams who get a star player along with a couple of solid contributors from the draft, could be a serious playoff contender next season. The stakes really are that high.

The draft also comes at about the midpoint of the off-season. It is an oasis of sorts between the Superbowl and the first preseason game in August.  So for those of us whose teams were eliminated way back in early December, it is a welcome watering hole for our NFL thirst.  It brings with it the hope of a successful new season and better things to come.

So who will the Dolphins pick?  I’m not sure anyone saw Ja'Wuan James coming last season. Most NFL analysts had him in the late first round or early 2nd. Miami took him at 19 and shocked most fans and analyts alike. I remember the reaction of the announcers as they paused and then gathered themselves to bring up positives about James. Many regarded him as a solid prospect that Miami could’ve traded down and gotten later in the first round.  So with that, guessing the pick in this year’s draft is the same way. By signing as many WRs as they did, Stills and Jennings, there’s no longer an urgency to grab a WR. So I don’t see them trading up despite rumors. Me personally, I like Gurley. He is deceptively fast and shifty for a big guy. He lowers his shoulders when he needs to.  For such a big back, he runs with his pads low. His loping stride reminds me of how deceptively fast Randy Moss was in his prime. Once past the pack, he simply strides out and leaves them in the dust.  Miami needs someone to dominate at that position to take the heat off of Tannehill. Miller is a good relief valve but not an every down back.

In my eyes, Perriman is a bit of a risk, but what do I know. If any of the other WR’s drop, it is almost a sure thing Miami will take a flier on them.  What is for sure, is they are in blue chip range and the pick should have some value if they choose to trade down. In any case, it will be fun, relaxing  3 days as well all sit back and enjoy the 2015 NFL draft.

Go Tannehill


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