Brandon Marshall

 Jared Odrick, the Dolphins 1st round choice, at the Rose Bowl this January.

Hello to all of Crack’s loyal readers, allow myself to introduce……myself; Mr. White’s the name and I have been given the opportunity to borrow Crack’s blog to file a report from the 6th burrough (Miami).  Let me begin by first thanking Crack and Dr. Jet for being magnanimous and allowing a Dolphin fan the chance to wax philosophical about the Dolphin’s draft.  I am sure they would extend the opportunity to supporters of the Pats and Bills, we just don’t know any.

Anyway, the most glaring impression I got after pouring over what must have been countless man hours scouting, researching and doing their due diligence to pick the right group of men to lead the Dolphins into this new era is that Jeff Ireland, Tony Sparano and Bill Parcells must love vanilla ice cream.  Actually, I pictured the scene in my head, Jeff and Tony, looking through the glass freezer at the multitude of flavors, tastes and combinations and saying “Ehhh, I’ll just have a scoop of vanilla…in a cup.”  That about sums up the Dolphin’s draft.  By no means does that mean I am disappointed, we have many holes to fill, not to mention the fact that we just need depth at about every position.  The Dolphins’ brain trust were determined to recoup the second round pick that was sent to Denver in the Brandon Marshall trade and when C.J. Spiller went to Buffalo (according to most, the only 1st round talent the Dolphin’s really lusted for) it was all but a certainty.  As an aside, the NFL draft, in prime-time drew 45 million viewers; to put that in perspective 3 times as many people watched Ndamakong Suh in a 3-piece suit hug Rusty Goddell than watched Lebron James in a playoff game.  Seems like whenever we bash the NFL for its hubris, the ratings prove us wrong.  Anyway, the Dolphin’s most glaring holes were on defense, namely the defensive line which got no pressure last year and the free-safety spot, which allowed every tight-end they faced free reign of the middle of the field.  Six of the seven Dolphins draft picks were spent on the defensive side of the ball, the lone exception being John Jerry, a tackle from Ole Miss that the fins are converting to guard to take the spot of the now untradeable Justin Smiley.  The first round pick of Jared Odrick was curious, because the most glaring hole on the line was at nose tackle, and there was a legitimate NT available in Tennessee tackle Dan Williams, who was gone by the time we picked at 28, but was available at 12, as well as safety Earl Thomas (1 of Mike Mayock’s 2 favorites in this draft) if, and I’ll go out on a limb and say when, 1 or both become pro-bowlers we will be reminded of what could have been in the same way we did when Dave Wanstache chose Eddie Moore over Anquan Boldin (not that I’m bitter).  Jeff Ireland was able to couch any negative sentiment with the earth shattering news that we have solved our Nose Tackle issues from within.  How, do you ask, did Jason Ferguson’s suspension for performance enhancing substances (for a NT, what’s that a KFC double down?) rescinded?  No, they have decided that our nt for 2010 will be defensive end Randy Starks.  So, rather than draft a true stud tackle from an SEC powerhouse, we’d draft a guy at the only position we have any depth at and move one of our most effective ends from last season inside; and then act like it was the plan all along.  Super.  Otherwise we chose “high-character”,  4 year starters from big schools that the brain trust had experience coaching at the senior bowl, an opportunity the Dolphins brass leapt at.  At this point it may sound like I’m bitching, but I’m really not.  We got, in my estimation, 3 starters in Odrick, LB Koa Misi and the aforementioned Jerry.  Looking at the later picks and I’m pretty confident that they also got a good value pick in Georgia safety Reshad Jones (most draftniks had him graded as a 2nd/3rd rd pick) which they traded up in the fifth round to grab and OLB Austin Spitler, an athletic freak who had the misfortune of being behind John Laurinatis for 3 years.  Pressed to give a letter grade (which eerily reminds me of my day job) I’ll give the Dolphins a solid B (I rarely do plus/minus).  It was a safe, sound draft full of solid football players, however in a league where the offensive brilliance of New Orleans and Indianapolis ruled the postseason; and where all of their division rivals added playmakers the Dolphins played it safe.  Maybe last year’s reach for Pat White had them scared, or the Marshall trade is all the risk this group can muster… but would it be too much to ask for a little syrup or some sprinkles in my cup?
Till next time
Mr White

Brandon Marshall, above in orange, was almost traded to the New York Jets last week.  The Jets were willing to part with their first round pick, #29 0verall, for Marshall, who they would have signed to a restricted free agent offer sheet, if they could have agreed with the player on a financial package.

This news shrouds Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum’s comments about not trading this year’s first round pick in more doubt.  When the Jets could not agree with Marshall, a bona fide superstar, on a contract, they turned their attention to acquiring troubled Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes, a serious weapon who comes with even more baggage than Marshall.  Because of Holmes’ 2 strike status, the Jets were able to acquire him for the relatively low cost of a 5th round draft choice.  See Holmes below:

If you ask Tannenbaum, it sounds as though the Holmes acquisition was all Rex’s Ryan’s doing.

“Rex will tell you that he cost him a Super Bowl ring, that he was the one guy that they couldn’t specifically stop in Baltimore,” said Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum Monday after the Jets announced the acquisition of Holmes. “And in the games they were losing in Pittsburgh, Holmes was the guy scoring the touchdowns in really close, hard-fought games.

“When his name came up, Rex didn’t blink twice. He felt this was the guy that really cost him another ring.”

Tannenbaum, blessed with superb survival skills, has already set up Ryan for blame should Holmes make any false tweets, or worse–fail another drug test.  As a Jets fan, I love Tannenbaum’s ability to make trades, but clearly, the GM, who comes from a legal and not a football background, has a tendency to lay blame for gone wrong personnel moves at the feet of other’s.  Brett Farve was an ownership thing, and Vernon Gholston was a Mangini move, and Holmes is apparently a Ryan move.

Though Marshall is the more dynamic player, this is the deepest draft in recent memory, and it would have been costly to surrender a 1st and a 3rd round selection (Braylon Edwards) on wide receivers.  Here’s a comparison between Holmes and Marshall: 

Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall  #0  WR
2009 STATS
101 1,120 10

Birth Date March 23, 1984
Birth Place Pittsburgh, PA
Height 6-4
Weight 230 lbs.

Age 26
Position WR
Experience 5 years
College Central Florida

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Receiving Stats
2006 DEN 15 20 309 15.5 71 2 14 1 0
2007 DEN 16 102 1325 13.0 68 7 70 3 1
2008 DEN 15 104 1265 12.2 47 6 65 3 2
2009 DEN 15 101 1120 11.1 75 10 56 0 0
Career 61 327 4019 12.3 75 25 205 7 3
Santonio Holmes
Santonio Holmes  #0  WR
2009 STATS
79 1,248 5

Birth Date March 3, 1984
Birth Place Belle Glade, FL
Height 5-11
Weight 192 lbs.
Receiving Stats
2006 PIT 16 49 824 16.8 67 2 41 0 0
2007 PIT 13 52 942 18.1 83 8 42 1 0
2008 PIT 15 55 821 14.9 48 5 40 2 1
2009 PIT 16 79 1248 15.8 57 5 63 0 0
Career 60 235 3835 16.3 83 20 186 3 1

Dr. Jet was beside himself a few years back when the Jets selected tweener Brad Smith over Brandon Marshall, and counts it as one of the Jets all-time worst middle round draft mistakes.  Hopefully Rex Ryan didn’t mess up too badly this time around.


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