NFL Combine hits full throttle – Free Agency Coming Soon!

8 WR’s in this 2022 NFL Draft ran official times under 4.4 seconds. Everyone’s getting excited here because we know we need to add talent at the WR position, but I caution, NFL Free Agency precedes the NFL Draft so we have to see how we upgrade our team via Free Agency. We can go crazy over certain guys at various positions, all positions of need for our team like WR, OL, LB, RB and not necessarily in that order, but how we add to the roster in Free Agency will determine how we draft, and what positions will be a priority.

This Miami Dolphins fanbase has gone crazy the last few years because we’ve had so many high picks at our disposal (with mixed results). The top of last year’s draft appears to have been a slam dunk. Jaylen Waddle is the explosive WR we needed and he caught a high volume of passes last season. Jaelan Phillips really came on as the season progressed as a pass rusher. Jevon Holland was an absolute bright spot in the secondary as a safety and showed he is a playmaker. The next 4 picks are a work in progress although I do believe Liam Eichenberg will be one of our starting OT’s, most likely RT. TE Hunter Long had a rough year and didn’t make it easy for the Dolphins to move on from now free agent TE Mike Gesicki. OT Larnel Coleman got a shot game 17 and lasted only 1 half before coming out with an injury and RB Gerrid Doaks spent the season on the PS.

In 2020, armed with three 1st round picks, two 2nd round picks, the Dolphins got only fair results for such a potential haul. QB Tua Tagovailoa was our first pick at #5, followed by young OT Austin Jackson at #18, and then DB Noah Igbinoghene at #30 who’s been invisible in 2 seasons. I’m higher than a lot of folks on Tua, and definitely higher than almost everyone on Austin Jackson. I’m almost willing to say with certainty that Austin Jackson will be our starting LT in 2022. If we address the O-line properly, and give Tua a running game and another weapon at WR/TE, easily done BTW, I think we’ll see a big leap in year 3 for Tua, maybe similarly to what the Bills saw with Josh Allen. Bringing in former Dolphins standout DB’s Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain is a welcome sight, and should be especially good for Noah Igbinoghene. Iggy is signed through 2023 and has a 5th year option for 2024 so he can potentially be under Dolphins control for another 3 seasons. It would be wonderful to get this kid right as he does have lots of talent. Pick #39 OL Robert Hunt has been a promising player on the O-line and looks to be perennial starter. DT Raekwon Davis (Pick #56) had a tough start being injured early but had a decent season and his size and athleticism is a plus. Safety Brandon Jones (Pick #70) had a breakout season and solidified his standing in the secondary. He was impressive doing all the things MFFF was supposed to do, blitzing the QB, playing up at the LOS making tackles. Jones had 5 sacks, 10 QB hits and 79 tackles last season 6 tackles for a loss. This does put fellow safety Eric Rowe’s future here in peril. The lone Dolphins left from this draft is OG Solomon Kindley who both Randy and I don’t believe is finished here either. He was a mauler in the run game in 2020 but was replaced by Liam Eichenberg at LG and eventually Austin Jackson when he was moved inside and Eichenberg to LT. He should be part of the rotation on the O-line because he’s a mover. If he can get himself in better shape, come in a little lighter and quicker, he could be that.

So as we watch the NFL Combine and drool over players, don’t fall in love my friends, because who we get in FA will give us an idea, and only an idea of which way we go in the draft. Odds are we will be filling our roster with a WR, OL, RB, LB in the draft regardless, but the key is what will be the priority and in what order will be looking for those players. Not to bore the heck out of you but I feel we must address the O-line with a minimum of one veteran that we can just put in a spot and consider that spot is taken care of. I said weeks ago, before we even hired former 49ers coach Mike McDaniel as our HC that OG Laken Tomlinson would be a good choice. Now with McD here it makes it even more likely. I know we like C Tyler Linderbaum, the top rated interior OL in this draft, but if we pick up say Ted Karras and Laken Tomlinson in free agency, it makes it less likely we’re going to spend pick #29 or even our next pick on the O-line. If we sign WR Mike Williams or some other starting quality WR then we’re not drafting WR Jameson Williams or any other WR with our top pick. You get the drift, be patient Dolphins fans, we’ll have a better picture on our draft approach once we complete free agency and get our roster remade. In any case, enjoy the combine, it’s always fun to picture certain players in a Dolphins uniform although we all know here most of them never materialize no matter how much we want them and project them here.



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1,340 Responses to NFL Combine hits full throttle – Free Agency Coming Soon!

  1. wyoming85 says:

    I wasn’t paying attention and MLB went to a all DH rule.

    No more pitchers batting ( except Ohtani )

    • wyoming85 says:

      And the page turn!
      Which Twice made less impressive! 😉

    • CavalierKong says:

      Oh shyte, I didn’t realize that either. Well, there goes one of the most interesting things that sets the leagues apart and one of the fun things about the World Series. Oh well, it was just a matter of time.

  2. naplesfan2010 says:

    from last page:
    Jesse Davis last year had a 52.5 PFF rating.
    6’6 325 out of Idaho, will be 31 for the 2022 season.
    He gave up 4 penalties and 8 sacks, but he played 1063 snaps.

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      Is La’el related to Superboy?
      last year Collins had an 82 PFF rating and gave up 2 sacks and 8 penalties on 671 snaps which was only the 53rd most played.
      He’s 6’4 320 out of LSU and ran a 5.12 40 at the combine. He’ll be 29 for the 2022 season.

  3. Mike E. says:

    Naples – Who is Superboy?

  4. naplesfan2010 says:

    One question I always have when hearing that a team wants to trade a guy is why? There must be a reason that a team wants to move on from a player. Two teams will have given up on Amari Cooper. Why?
    Why does Dallas want to trade La’el? Starting tackles are a prized commodity.
    Even if they are cap casualties, why are they the ones chosen to get cut and not other players?
    If it’s truly just a money thing, ok.
    But still I wonder if we’d be getting a descending player, damaged goods, or a head case.
    Will Amari infect Waddle?

  5. naplesfan2010 says:

    As you know Mike E. I was raised with multiple close Jewish friends and would go along with them sometimes to Hebrew School which was in the afternoons after public school.
    I’d then sometimes go home with one or the other of them and hear lots of Hebrew spoken by the elders.
    I attended services at Temple Shalom and Temple Beth Elohim a few times.

  6. Rockphin says:

    Tim Knight says:
    March 10, 2022 at 7:21 pm
    LOL, the good ole chiffon robe.

    LOL The reappearance of Chiffon.

    Wasn’t it Kaepersniffer who was the original wearer of the Chiffon Robe? Before he took a knee?

  7. naplesfan2010 says:

    El appears buried in several modern English words that many Americans are unaware of, such as Emanuel and Bethel (Emanu-el and Beth’El) because El means “of God.” Bethel means “house of God.” Emanu’el means “God is with us.”

  8. naplesfan2010 says:

    Kal-el (Superboy) was said to mean “voice of God.” He was blasted off in a capsule to be adopted in a safer place by people of a different race just as Moses was put in a swamp in a basket to be raised by Egyptians. He too became famous as a sort of “voice of God.”

  9. Rockphin says:

    In Collins’ case his name means The The in Spanish.

  10. wyoming85 says:

  11. bailbondmike says:

    I’m excited as hell baseball ⚾️ is back. After football, my favorite sport.

    Awe, you ruined it. ;-(

  12. sb7mvp says:

    3 more days until legal tampering. Hopefully we’re smart about free agent monies. We still have to rework X’s contract again and possibly get Gesicki long term. Then there’s Ogbah’s contract if they’re even looking at keeping him.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      If we trade out of the first it would be nice if it was a top 40 pick we pick up

      But with that trade we have 43, 50, and 2 third rounders that we might be able to use to trade up into the 2nd

      I wouldn’t be upset with 3 seconds and 0 first rounders

      Specifically a RB and WR there will be good picks in the 2nd

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      5th round picks barely ever make it, and 3rd rounders are usually not stars. To give up a 1st round pick, I’d need a first round quality player. Having lots of mediocre players is why the Dolphins end up 9-8. We need stars, not depth.
      Certain positions can give starters at later pick numbers into the second because some positions are drafted so heavily early such as QB and OT and EDGE rushers. So you can get a quality safety or center later, or a WR or RB, because there are so many of them to choose from, but still the risks of getting a stud rise dramatically the later you pick.

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      Picking up a Kareem Hunt or a Saquon Barkley (not saying they are anything alike) is only good if they are a perfect fit in our offense and won’t ruin our RB room.
      Those guys have obvious talent, so the question is why they are not successful and how we’d fix that.

  13. naplesfan2010 says:

    The creators of Superman comics were Jewish.
    Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster.
    They wished to created an opponent to persecutors of Jews, the “Super Race” of Hitler and Stalin (not his real name) which means “man of Steel” in Russian, although Stalin was not really Russian.

  14. naplesfan2010 says:

    The el on the end of many names means “of God” such as Michael and Daniel.
    Michael means “one who is like god”

  15. naplesfan2010 says:

    The el that means the in Spanish is different from the ‘el with the accent which means he and when capitaized means God in English usage.

  16. naplesfan2010 says:

    La’el means belonging to God in Hebrew.

  17. bailbondmike says:

    I wouldn’t be upset with 3 seconds and 0 first rounders

    Specifically a RB and WR there will be good picks in the 2nd
    Hmmm, 3 seconds?

    Kenneth Walker, Christian Watson and Leo Chenal. Works for me!

  18. naplesfan2010 says:

    This is one of those guys who plays with his hair on fire which is the type we’ve been collecting and the most fun to watch. I think he is wearing 2 different numbers though. 5 and 45?
    He was a RB in high school and state small school offensive player of the year.

  19. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!!!

  20. Mike E. says:

    Kong – You should bring that C&H to the new blog. LOL

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