Two Players The Dolphins Shouldn’t Draft
Despite first round projections, Miami should pass on these players
Over the last couple of weeks, we have mentioned numerous players that would be a worthy selection for the Dolphins with their first round pick. Now, it’s time to talk about those Miami shouldn’t look twice at.
Two players Miami needs to stay away from are Linebacker Charles Harris and Safety Jabrill Peppers.
Before NFL football fans have my head on a stick for saying these two players are not worthy, let me say that they are both talented football players. However, based on our defensive schemes and some warning signs, these two players are a bit too risky for the 1st round pick, despite their talent.
Harris is a 3-4 outside linebacker, and Peppers is a jack of all trades, but master of none. Miami needs a “sure” hit with their first round pick… and these two may not be the surest.
Harris definitely has potential, even though he bombed the combine. He has the speed to be an edge rusher, but many scouts feel he is not a great fit for a 4-3 defense. My concern is that he could suffer a major setback in terms of learning a new position. Maybe it’s once bitten twice shy due Dion Jordan–I don’t know. Yes, he’s a guy with a ton of potential. But due to playing out of position, and with the less than stellar combine that make you wonder if he has the work ethic, there are too many question marks for my tastes. Many have even predicted he could end up getting selected in the second round.
Miami needs players who offer the greatest chance to contribute immediately
Peppers had an outstanding season last year and was up for the Heisman award. However, this was more because he was an all-around player, who not only contributed at his main defensive safety position, but also provided big plays on punt and kickoff returns, with 1 punt return touchdown, and had 3 rushing touchdowns on offense. First, I can’t really see him getting much of a chance to do returns or trick play for us, since we have Drake, Landry and Grant. But the main problem is he lacks instincts and doesn’t make big plays, as his low turnover stats indicate. The instinct part will play a much greater role at the NFL level. Also, Miami could find slightly less production for far cheaper later in the draft.
Will these two be busts? I can’t say. But it would seem other payers out there will have much better odds at being a success. What are the rest of the Miami Dolphins News fans thoughts about whether or not Miami should remove these two players from their draft board?