Jeff Ireland’s first draft on his own, without the influence of Bill Parcells is in the books. He took a conservative approach by remolding the running game and passing on the opportunity to bring in a young quarterback to compete with Chad Henne.
If one of the signal callers the Dolphins passed on, Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton, or Ryan Mallett, emerge as a franchise quarterback, we will forever second guess the decision to play things safe and take Pouncey, or in Mallett’s case, trade into the second round and draft Daniel Thomas.
But there is no turning back now. What’s done is done. And on paper at least, Chad Henne, who is the biggest winner in all of this, should have a better supporting cast around him in 2011. Henne isn’t out of the woods yet, as the Dolphins could, and likely will, bring in a veteran to compete with him in training camp.
But for the time being, this is still Henne’s offense. Some fine-tuning still needs to be done on it in free agency, but for the most part, Brian Daboll’s unit appears to be headed in the right direction. Let’s take a look at some clips of the players the Dolphins drafted this weekend.
We already highlighted Pouncey in his own individual film study on Friday and I couldn’t dig anything up on the obscure seventh-round selections, Frank Kearse and James Wilson, on Youtube. But I was able to pull up some film on Daniel Thomas, Edmund Gates, and Charles Clay. Enjoy.
Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas St.
Edmond Gates, WR, Abilene Christian
Charles Clay, H-back, Tulsa
It's Hartline's job right now. He showed great progress in his second season. Gates is going to have to earn the spot. I think he can, and ultimately his speed would be a greater value to this offense than what Hartline brings to the table. But he may need time. Scouts say his route running ability is a little raw. Once he fine tunes those skills, I think he will be ready to challenge Hartline for the starting job opposite Marshall. The Dolphins should probably try him out at kick and punt return from the get go, though. This guy needs the ball in his hands as much as possible.