Dolphins shift focus from Free Agency to Draft

I know everyone, including myself, has their own idea as to what the Miami Dolphins should do in the 2023 NFL Draft. Armed with only 4 picks, none in RD 1, as the Miami Dolphins were punished for owner Steve Ross’ “tampering”, having discussions with QB Tom Brady and HC Sean Payton, while both were employed by other NFL teams. I think stuff like this happens all the time, but if somehow it comes out, then you have to pay for your indiscretions. This draft will not be a huge impact draft for our team, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find a couple of players who can make an impact this season and beyond.

I’ve been a fan of this team since the late 60’s, but I was a kid then and didn’t really comprehend the game. I’m still learning, and the game continues to evolve, mostly to enhance player safety and and to infuse as much offense as possible to recruit new viewers who don’t necessarily identify with the rules and strategy of gameplay, but love a high scoring affair. I recently read with much dismay that the “Roughing the QB” penalty that was up for potentially being a challengeable and reviewable penalty is now off the table, so the referees will continue to make a mockery and protect NFL QB’s at all costs, while NFL defenders are forced to play “patty cake” around opposing QB’s. Maybe they should just make a sack a two hand touch of the QB, so defenders won’t have to worry about actually tackling these 6′ – 6’5 200 – 250lb athletes and the 2 hand touch will keep the defenders from bringing them down. I think of the punishment QB’s used to endure, they were allowed to get hit at least 2 seconds after releasing the football with full force, and they were tackled as violently as any running back would be when they were in possession of the football.

This kind of brings me to my next thought. The NFL wants offense, that’s clear. As previously mentioned, I’ve been a fan since the late 60’s, and this could be one of the deepest rosters we’ve had here in Miami in it’s history. Our defense is very deep, and I feel our biggest holes or issues are on the offensive side of the ball. To me, TE and OL are still our biggest concerns. With TE’s Durham Smythe, Eric Saubert and Tanner Conner, we’re lacking a TE who is a true dual threat athlete, one that can win as an in-line blocking TE, and also be a reliable target in the passing game. Saubert is a an extra blocker at best, never having more than 15 receptions in any season. Smythe had a season high 34 catches in ’21 and fell to 15 last season. I get it, the offense runs through Tyreek Hill and Waddle, but if teams put extra personnel on those guys, someone else needs to step up. My first choice would be Georgia TE Darnell Washington. Of course, most importantly, he has to still be on the board in order for this to happen. Washington is a big bodied, shredded physical specimen who will block well in-line and also downfield. He has the speed to get downfield to help open holes for receivers and running backs. I also think his 6’7 frame will allow help him become a good receiving TE at some point. If Darnell Washington is there at #51, I hope we getter’ done!

At the moment, we have two very questionable spots on our offensive line. It seems as if our coaches are going to give LG Liam Eichenberg and RT Austin Jackson every chance to show they can start. I don’t like the idea of drafting a tackle, so i think our efforts would be better off concentrating on an interior offensive lineman, one that can play OG or C. Robert Hunt is one of our best linemen, and he has the frame, strength and athleticism to play outside at RT. There are a couple of interior guys who who might be able to help us. C/OG John Michael Schmitz and OG Steve Avila. Schmitz can play either center or G. Last season we brought in Connor Williams from the Cowboys and all he did was play EVERY-SINGLE-SNAP. He struggled with high snaps during the season, was our best C in quite some time. Schmitz could take over the C job and move Williams to OG, which could facilitate the move of Hunt to RT. Steve Avila is a big athlete who moves very well, and has the balance, power and athleticism to win and plays with some nasty. That could give that right side some serious nasty with Avila and Hunt. Nothing the Dolphins have said or done indicates that Hunt is moving to RT other than the fact we have only Austin Jackson currently our RT, and he’s started ZERO games there, and only played in 2 total games last season. Jackson is backed up by OT Geron Christian and OT Kion Smith. Not especially far fetched to think Hunt might move to RT, but we have to talent in place on the interior to allow that to happen.

Next year would probably be a better time to look for an OT if necessary, as we’ll finally have a first round pick and a 2nd, although we’ll be picking at 32. That’s the sacrifice you have to make when you win the Super Bowl, and that’s one I’m willing to make!


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756 Responses to Dolphins shift focus from Free Agency to Draft

  1. son of a son of a shula says:

    Herd is correct I’d want to mingle
    I think I’d have the best chance of busting balls at table one.
    But getting to sit with Coach if possible would be hard to pass up.

  2. CavalierKong says:

    LOL @ existential reservations, no Crash Jensen, and wanting to walk amongst the tables. Ya’ll are a tough crowd to get on board.

    The concept is you’re supposed to make a decision picking which group of Dolphins players or coaches you’d choose to sit with when you have all the good ones interspersed amongst different tables.

    I’m pretty sure most Dolphins fans would agree they’d love the opportunity to hang and chat with any Dolphins player or coach ever, but where is the fun in that?

    Kinda like bieng asked to pick your favorite Dolphins players/coaches ever. “They were all my favorite” is a crap answer 😂

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      Fine. Table One. Final answer. 39 💪

      • CavalierKong says:

        Lol, I thought for sure Shula would be the clincher for you, but you can’t go wrong with Csonka

      • son of a son of a shula says:

        If Shula was actually alive I likely choose differently if really for no other reason than to ask Zach what he thought of Mike E.

  3. son of a son of a shula says:

    Scheffler should be -9 but he’s just missing so many birdie putts instead he’s in at -4

  4. Wyoming85 says:

  5. Rockphin says:

    I don’t know why you think they wont carry two FB’s on the roster AGAIN this year. They did last year. But they did list Lovett as a QB on the dolphins web site…

  6. herdfan says:

    Bunch of rule followers on here apparently. 🤷🏼‍♀️

  7. son of a son of a shula says:

    Let that Tennessee QB (recovering from injury) drift down the board I’d snag him in a second.

  8. son of a son of a shula says:

    Eric Rowe to Panthers
    He served us well.

  9. pheloniusphish says:

    Table 1 for me. Tough to pass on 3, but 1 is the best combo of past and future.

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      You and Seiler start a bromance
      Csonka calls you a boy lol

      • pheloniusphish says:

        Seiler’s family owns a hunting ranch just north of Lake Okeechobee. We would get along fine. Matter of fact it’s not far from where I go to shoot with my brother and his SWAT team. And Zonk can call me boy if he wants.

  10. The Flying Pig says:

    I’m dancing on the table

    Stop me!

  11. The Flying Pig says:

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  13. Krishna says:

    Oh my…if table 1 is Csonka v dead coach, I love Csonka…lol….he’s the best!

  14. Krishna says:

    There was a page turn and I have memory issues..Czonka was my favorite back then.

  15. naplesfan2010 says:

    Table cuz coach.
    Him picking brains of marks bros and terron and Jalen ramsey…wow

  16. Dean Chance says:

    Naples, I’m sitting with you @table 4.

  17. naplesfan2010 says:

    Tyvm…don’t know where the 4 went.

    • steveccnv says:

      Lol at half way there

      Enough with the wokeness already, and what I was referring to yesterday with the LSU player not wanting to go to the WH, rarely watch the NBA any longer for the same reason

      • CavalierKong says:

        A company using an advertising campaign to target a certain segment of the population isn’t being ‘woke’. That is the way advertising works.

      • steveccnv says:

        That isn’t what they’re doing here, they aren’t targeting a segment of the population

      • CavalierKong says:

        So what do you think Anheuser-Busch is doing by having a trans person on the can? Trying to make you and your kids trans? Or trying to sell beer to an untapped market?

      • steveccnv says:

        They’re pandering to the left

    • CavalierKong says:

      Am I the only one who sees the irony in a guy heavy into body mod crying about trans people? lol

  18. Mike E. says:

    I think I’d want to sit at Marino’s table, and if he was a douchebag as advertised, I’d throw some food at him, and start some shit. On the other hand, if he was cool, it would be a fun table for sure. Wilkins and Phillips could be a devilish combo right there. They’d probably be throwing shit at Marino with me. lol

  19. steveccnv says:

    1 for Csonka, 5 for Marino and 6 for Warfield, I’d probably have them in 5,6,1 order

    I’ve seen Danny in Tahoe, but couldn’t exactly talk to him before he’s hitting his 2nd shot from the rough onto the green at 18 Edgewood in the celebrity golf tournament

    My dad being from Cleveland, always had an appreciation for Warfield, besides how many deep balls he caught to get us out of a jam

    Csonka there’s just something about him, he’s kind of quirky, he’d be fun to talk to

    Talk to Griese a couple of times, Shula went to my church and on I went on his TV show, so I’ve talked to him a few times, his oldest went to my school

    Mercury not on the list is a surprise, talked to him too

    William Judson lived across the street from my mom, talked to him

    Garo lived in South Dade close to me, my brother talked to him, fucker didn’t even tell me until afterwards he played tennis with him, I was playing basketball on the other side of the park

    Jake Scott lived in Hawaii, I was in the little town where he was a regular at the bar, but I didn’t know about that until afterwards, he’d have been interesting

    Jim Kiick also would’ve been interesting

    • CavalierKong says:

      A couple of other notables missing with Mercury. Ricky Williams and Manny Fernandez. Fernandez should be at table 1 with Sieler – kindred spirits.

      • steveccnv says:

        I really don’t care much about the players since 2000, I’d like the list to include only the older guys

        Must’ve missed Jason Taylor, being with Warfield would have to be 1b for me

      • CavalierKong says:

        I pretty much feel the same way. When I look at the tables, it’s the older guys that are more the draw for me, although McDaniel almost drew me to table 4 all by himself, but Ramsey put me off.

      • steveccnv says:

        I can’t stand the way MM talks, he reminds me of Jordan Peterson, they both have great things to say, but their style is painful to listen to, maybe I’m just too impatient IDK

      • CavalierKong says:

        I remember you mentioning that before about the way McDaniel talks. He also does say ‘umm’ a lot, lol.

      • steveccnv says:

        Add Tyreek to that list

  20. Rockphin says:


    • steveccnv says:

      Pick them all up and take them in.

      2 years ago my son’s girlfriend’s cat had kittens in my closet, they kept 1 and its the coolest cat ever

      • steveccnv says:

        Last summer they moved to FL, with 2 cats 2 dogs and a rabbit, on the way across the country we stopped in Tallahassee, the next morning there were about 20 feral cats in the hotel parking lot. A lady was feeding them, she said, she came there every morning to feed them

      • Rockphin says:

        Man, if you take them to the pound they may get adopted, but they may get destroyed too. I couldn’t take in 9 little kitties. I thought it was strange how they swarmed him. The are too young and feral to have developed an attachment to people yet. But there they were trying to climb his legs. LOL

  21. steveccnv says:

    How did Ingold get a seat at the table?

  22. CavalierKong says:

    Steve, all advertising is pandering. It’s literally what advertising is. They are pandering to a certain group to sell beer and make money. If you think that group is the entire left, it’s still just an advertising campaign, just reaching a bigger group in your opinion, lol.

    • CavalierKong says:

      If Busch thinks putting a trans person on a can will sell more beer, I’m not sure how that is any different than putting Dale Earnhardt on a can to sell more beer. Busch isn’t trying to create social change, they are just doing what they think will sell more of their beer.

      • CavalierKong says:

        That is part of what is so stupid about the McDonald rant. He’s talking nonsense that people put on the can should deserve to be put on the can.

        What the heck does deserve have to do with anything. Is putting Mother Teresa on a can going to sell more Bud Light?

        …actually, I’d probably buy one of those cans to keep and I don’t even drink beer, lol.

      • CavalierKong says:

        The more I think about the Mother Teresa Bud Light can, the more I laugh. I’d definitely buy one for the novelty.

    • steveccnv says:

      Yes it’s all pandering, but it’s not all political pandering, this is political pandering

      Can’t you see what they’re doing?

      They don’t care about anyone but themselves, it’s all about power and money, and anything they can do to acheive that, then that’s what they’ll do

      • CavalierKong says:

        Right, anything with trans attached to it has to be political pandering. Because everything is always black and white when prejudice is a factor.

        Are we back to they are trying to make you and your kids trans? Or is it that the left is evil for giving trans people a platform, even though the ‘left’ does it for less than pure reasons and *gasp* has political motivation behind supporting trans people rights…just like any other ism has political motivation for anything they do.

        When social change is happening, it takes discernment to identify which elements are purely political and which are just a community fighting for equal rights (or in this case simply being advertised to), and sometimes those things can become blurred.

        The problem with discernment is when you don’t have any. When everything is black and white, at that point you paint everything with the same brush. Then it simply becomes bigotry.

        Get used to it, dude. The world doesn’t cater only to only old, white, hetero guys anymore, lol.

      • CavalierKong says:

        I don’t see the left giving trans people a voice and a platform any different than the right giving uncompromising religious zealotry a voice and a platform.

        It doesn’t mean that everything I see with religious connotations in our society I instantly condemn as political pandering. I don’t instantly put down everything attached to religion.

        It’s the same thing with the trans movement. I have serious issues with some of the trans movement in sports, specifically transwomen who go through puberty as a male then competing with women. That doesn’t mean I think putting a trans person on a flipping beer can is in any way an issue.

        Any social movement is going to be a pendulum swing and it may go to far in some areas, then need a course correction. It happened with the Me Too movement. It’s happening right now with the trans movement. There is serious pushback because some things are going too far.

        But, of course, then that pushback then goes too far. That is how I label this beer can thing. Unless you genuinely have a problem with trans people, it’s fucking retarded to have an issue with it.

      • steveccnv says:

        Trans, gay, black…they’re all being used by the left for votes ( the border is another example), they parade these people out there to show others just like them how great it is on our side for them, they’ll pass some rights laws, but what these people really need/want they won’t help

        Put one of them on the right and you’ll see the backlash from the left, Candace Owen’s comes to mind and even Caitlan Jenner

      • CavalierKong says:

        Ok, Steve, I don’t disagree with the majority of what you put out there. That is what political parties do.

        And the fact a trans person in today’s world can be put on a beer can as part of an advertising campaign can be directly linked back, at least in part, to the support the left has given that community which has given then a higher profile, more normalized public persona. Additionally, most of the political animals on the left couldn’t give less of a rat’s ass about that community except as political currency. I see and agree with all those viewpoints.

        Where I disagree is now that the trans community is in the public eye and perception, that every instance of them being put out there is some agenda that needs to be shot down in anger or hate. They deserve to have a voice and be seen, however it was achieved.

        Busch putting a trans person on a beer can is just a marketing scheme because that is the world we’re in, not in some furtherance of the left’s agenda.

        They have guys sitting in a room saying, it benefits our brand to do this. This is a market we can take advantage of. We’ll lose some people here, and we’ll gain some other people there.

        IMO, when your gut reaction is to instantly dismiss and label woke all things publicly trans because you see it as a left agenda, that is broad stroking and it dilutes your argument when it actually is a political ploy.

      • steveccnv says:

        Not quite marketing, get in line with the left or they’ll cancel you

        Everything that’s obvious political pandering will get some resistance, which has nothing to do with Trans

        To say it’s marketing, then say we’ll lose some people here and gain some over there means it’s a wash, don’t think any marketing people are trying to accomplish that

      • CavalierKong says:

        So are you saying Busch feels they had to put a trans on or they’d get cancelled? That didn’t happen. If their CEO was caught making transphobic remarks, then they did this, I’d fully agree it was a ploy or a way not to get cancelled.

        Cancel culture is a different conversation, and I have no doubt we probably see things more eye to eye there.

        I was generalizing with the ‘lose some here, gain some there’. Obviously if they didn’t feel the gain would outweigh the loss they wouldn’t do it. Nobody forced them to put a trans person on their can. It was a marketing choice because they see potential gains in the market.

  23. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!

  24. Mike E. says:

    Kong – I don’t really understand the whole equal rights thing when it comes to gay, transgender, non binary etc. What I guess I never understood is why they need a classification in the first place. Not sure I understand why they group lesbians, guys, queer, trans, bisexual, altogether. Do each sect vote on this? Are there board meetings? Are non binary folks freaking our because there’s no “N”? Do “Furries” want to be lumped in there as well? Do people who are into S&M feel unrepresented?

    • CavalierKong says:

      lol @ Furries. I actually know what that is because of my son’s ex.

      I’m not a LBGTQetc member or advocate, so I can’t answer as to how those meetings go because I’m not invited, lol. But those are all marginalized groups of people that form a stronger community together, so I think it likely they grouped themselves together.

      S&M is just another Friday night in a lot of households all across America, so I’d hazard a guess that that community feels good with where they’re at.

  25. Mike E. says:

    Kong – not sure about that. I know a member of one of the letters who is not fond of one of the prominent other letters. He is a bit if a rarity though because he’s an ultra conservative who voted for and likely would vote again for Trump

    • CavalierKong says:

      There are always outliers in any group. But I was going to mention that I know those groups don’t always get along. Heck, I know there are factions of lesbians that hate other factions of lesbians, so even if they are the same letter, they may not agree with each other, lol.

  26. Mike E. says:

    Anyway, my point is we’re all humans. I think the additional designations just add to differentiating themselves from everyone else and therefore separating and distinguishing themselves from everyone else, which I feel adds to the discrimination against them. Just a quick example is a Gay Irish banner at a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Why is it necessary? To me it’s a sexual preference just like S&M is. I think the transgender thing is getting out of control. Not intending to offend anyone but I think changing your gender is offered no differently than having a side salad instead of fries at Wendy’s.

    • CavalierKong says:

      It’s easy to say we’re all human and we shouldn’t feel the need to differentiate when you are part of the majority and normalized group.

      You remember gay bashing? You remember how the majority of gay people couldn’t even tell their own family because of how being gay was viewed. That wasn’t 300 years ago. It still goes on today. There is a reason these marginalized people formed their own communities. They didn’t have anywhere else to go. It used to be a flipping crime to be gay. That is why it is necessary.

      I agree that some of this stuff is out of control. We don’t need drag shows in schools. I just wish people were as gung ho and up in arms about priests molesting kids as they are now about drag shows. It’s funny what people choose to turn a blind eye to in their community and what they outrage over.

      I think the trans stuff has gone too far in sports. I also wonder about all the gender stuff because I don’t get it. I also think we should be able to do things without it always having to be about being gay, trans, or gender whatever.

      I kind of address this up the page. ALL civil and social rights movement swing on a pendulum once they start gaining momentum. The METOO movement went insane the first couple of years. It’s come back in the right direction. Was it a bad thing because it went to far at first? I don’t think so. It’s silly to think these societal course corrections will land in the sweet spot right off the bat.

      • Mike E. says:

        Good points, well said. I can’t really disagree with anything there. There are so many things that differentiate people from others already, like color, race, religion, language, geographical location etc. You know what, I’m getting old and more intolerant. We watch a lot of TV and I find myself constantly pointing out the obligatory gay or lesbian scene in every show, or a transgender or non binary person featured, and honestly I feel force fed by all this stuff. That and the total inundation of pharmaceutical commercials. Holy fuck, it’s one outrageously aggressive campaign!!! It’s an onslaught!!

      • CavalierKong says:

        I often feel the same way. I constantly struggle to keep an open mind to this stuff. Part of the reason I argue this stuff here occasionally is to convince myself of my own arguments.

        Honestly, my biggest problem with the gender thing is when I’ve known you as Jenny for 15 years, how am I supposed to suddenly start calling you Jim?

  27. Mike E. says:

    Kong – good man! You have the right outlook, I can do better. I probably won’t, but at least I realize I can do better. lol

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