A Sonny Football Fantasy
A Complete Homer Draft
by John D (son of a son of a shula)
In an NFL first, the Miami Dolphins have drafted their entire 2015 class from the same school. Although the Fins brass says that it “just worked out that way” they used all six of their picks on UCF Knights. The Offense got a huge boost with a big receiver and also nice developmental receiver. The Defense was bolstered with a hard hitting Safety, a ball hawking corner and an inside linebacker who hits like a truck. Let’s examine the haul and see if holes were filled.
Breshad Perriman wowed scouts with his amazing Pro day. Enough so that the Dolphins were compelled to pick him with the 14th pick in the draft leaving DeVante Parker on the board. GM Dennis Hickey sighting physical play and pure speed as the reason for the pick. “We felt Breshad could come in and add a dynamic dimension to our Offense, a mix of physicality and a burst of pure speed”, said Hickey as he addressed the media after day one of the 2015 NFL Draft. Perriman checked in at 218 lbs, at 6’3”, was a big play receiver at UCF and is the son of former UM receiver and NFL player with the Lions Brett Perriman.
With the 47th pick in the draft the Dolphins selected a Safety, although a bit of a surprise at 47 Clayton Geathers led all DB’s at the combine in both the bench press and the vertical jump. A four year starter for the Knights Geathers was a leader on the defense that finished as the 10th rank team in the nation in 2013. Geathers 4’55 speed and hard hitting will pair well with Reshad Jones to round out the Safety position. Geathers will vie for playing time against Michael Thomas and last year’s 4th round pick Walt Aikens. The book on Geathers is summed up with this, “ Cherishes his role as a hitter”.
Without a 3rd round pick, which was used to aquire Kenny Stills, the Dolphins chose to sit still and wait until the 114th pick in the 4th round to select the next player for the secondary and third pick of the draft for the team. The Dolphins felt Jacoby Glenn wouldn’t last until the 5th round and was a player they had high marks on. Glenn entered the draft after his sophomore season and has a very high ceiling. As a redshirt sophomore in 2014, Glenn started all 13 games, recording 48 tackles and seven interceptions. He was named the American Athletic Conference‘s co-Defensive Player of the Year and was also a second team All-American. Salty cornerback who plays with passion and intensity, Glenn may struggle with the speediest of receivers but is best suited to play in a zone type of system.
Heading to round 5 of the draft the Dolphins are armed with back to back picks at 149 and 150. Having already picked 3 UCF players it would seem highly unlikely that another Knight would come off the board here let alone two more consecutively. But alas that is exactly what happened. The Dolphins found a hard hitting inside Linebacker at 149 in Terrance Plummer and followed that pick with another addition to the WR room with the selection of Rannell Hall. Plummer was the enforcer of the UCF defense, he would throttle receivers coming into his area of the field, very mobile and shows good diagnostic skills. He’ll contribute as a Special teamer while he works himself into the defensive rotation. Rannell Hall is a crafty receiver who isn’t afraid to do the dirty work, he fights for yardage over the middle and is an excellent route runner. He’ll compete with Matt Hazel for a possible roster spot but may spent his first year on the practice squad.
With the Dolphins sixth round and final pick of the draft there is absolutely no way another Knight comes off the board, who’s left there anyway is the real question. A big ‘ol offensive lineman is left that’s who. 6’3 320lb Torrian Wilson to be exact, a solid Guard who played on UCF’s zone blocking line for the last four years. Wilson played Tackle for his first three years but was moved to G for his Senior year where he is best suited. Wilson will compete with a range of other young players to try and earn a spot on the Dolphins offensive line, his experience in the blocking scheme may help him.
This draft addresses many of the needs the Fins had entering the draft now it is on George O’leary’s guys to show they have what it takes to succeed in the NFL. As Jeff Ireland once said, “if our evaluations were right then we hit a home run (something to that effect), well Ireland was completely wrong by and large when he said that the evals were horrible as Martin freaked out and Eggfooyoung washed out. Hopefully Hickey got it right with this class. So there you have it for the first time ever an NFL team has used its entire draft to select players from the same school and that honor shall belong to Central Florida’s own UCF Knights.
Mock Poll Draft UPDATE
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Tam – J. Winston; Ten – L. Williams; Jax – D. Fowler, Jr.; Oak – K. White; Wash – V. Beasley; NYJ – M. Mariota; Chi – D. Shelton; Atl – S. Ray; NYG – B. Scherf; STL – L. Collins; MIN – A. Cooper
With the 11th pick, the Vikings took Amari Cooper
The Browns are on the Clock
The Browns were 23rd in the NFL in Yards given up and 23rd in the NFL in yards gained
So they sort of need a little help everywhere
Here is there depth chart