The Obvious Isn’t Always Obvious: Select Wisely
Get too cute when you select a pick and you risk outsmarting yourself
The NFL 2017 Draft — and finding out who the Miami Dolphins select — can’t come soon enough.
It appears that Miami may be done–at least until the draft is over–in the free agency department with the FA cupboards bare. Now their focus is on the draft. One thing Miami must remember is, don’t get cute with projecting a player, select players that fit the scheme. Miami needs immediate contribution.
The reason I say this is obvious: Dion Jordan. He’s gone and now considered one of the, if not the biggest, draft bust in Dolphins history. It didn’t help his career that he was suspended multiple times and had multiple knee surgeries. But he was also forced to play a position that he never really played in college. And on top of that he was asked to put 20lbs. in his first off season on a bum shoulder (and they had zero indication he would need drugs to do that–yeah, right).
They were trying to make pie in the sky… and that pie hit them square in the face.
Our base defense is a 4-3 Defense. Miami should be selecting defensive players that have played in this type of defense in college or, in a lesser optimal scenario, have skills that translate better to a 4-3, instead of a 3-4 defense. Yes, translation can work. But it adds more chance to the already difficult task of making it on the pro level. Miami must do better than last year’s draft, and every extra bit of difficulty added to new prospects could have severe consequences that this young regime might not recover from.
Miami must select day one a player who can contribute right away
This sounds simple enough: don’t reach. But Miami hasn’t always applied this strategy when drafting or signing free agents. There are many examples of Miami acquiring a new player that they ask to basically play out of position. Just last year, Jermon Bushrod, who was a tackle his entire career, was asked to play Guard. As a result Bushrod experienced a learning curve in production, because he had to learn a new position. And these hiccups turned out broken plays that helped contribute to losses.
Miami needs to be especially careful in this upcoming draft, because it appears that Miami is going to go heavy on defense and select at least one or two DE’s, LB’s and DT’s, and it would be wise to select players that have played in or will excel in a 4-3 Defense.
Most NFL football fans realize that a 3-4 DE or LB, playing in a 4-3 defense, has to learn a new position and responsibilities, which unfortunately may prove very difficult to immediately grasp for young rookie players. This transition may even stunt the development of a talented player and lead them to failed careers.
Hey, if it works out, then it’s a touchdown. But more often than not, it ends up and interception. And at this point, Miami needs consistent early picks. If they want to try and find some big play late… great. But a 1st round bust will put the hard breaks on all the good done so far. Go Fins!!!