The NFL draft is officially a little over a week away, we can almost hear the clock ticking away as teams scramble to make their selections. The Miami Dolphins have the 13th pick of the draft and there are multiple avenues they could take, they could trade up or trade down, draft an offensive or defensive player, or possibly select the future franchise quarterback.
Below are the selections made by the PhinManiacs writers, do you agree or disagree with our selections?
Pick #13 - Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Miami will most likely be looking to trade down from this spot but landing an elite EDGE player such as Montez Sweat would be a great selection.
Sweat is an athletic freak, standing at 6’5’’, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds. Sweat had high “sack” and “tackle for loss” production in college and with his athleticism this coaching staff could use him as much more than just an edge rusher.
- Oliver Candido (@BrazilCandido)
Pick #24 - Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
With Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, and Drew Lock all off the board in the top 10, the Miami Dolphins explore trading down, and find a willing partner in the Oakland Raiders. Dropping eleven slots to the 24th overall pick brings Miami an additional 3rd round (#66) and 6th round (#184) picks this year, plus a coveted second round pick in 2020. The Dolphins then take defensive lineman Christian Wilkins, a 6’4’’ behemoth from Clemson.
- Eldon Jenson (@EJFootball)
Pick #13 - Christian Wilkins
Christian Wilkins has the size and athleticism to line up at multiple positions along the defensive line. Scheme versatility is coveted in today’s NFL. With head coach Brian Flores’s background, he will love to have this guy’s set of skills to confuse opposing offenses.
- Steven Paulsen (@SarcasticPhin)
Pick #20 - Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Pittsburgh Steelers are still in search of someone in the linebacker corps to truly replace Ryan Shazier, someone who can cover, blitz, and run sideline to sideline, an all-around stud. There's a linebacker available in the first round who can do all of that well, and that's Michigan's Devin Bush. But the likelihood is that Bush won't be there for the Steelers to draft by the time they're on the clock at 20, and the linebacker depth in this draft is not exactly deep.
So, the Steelers trade up with the Dolphins to get to 13 and draft Bush, which allows Miami to get their hands on an extra third rounder and maybe a pick for 2020. With their new 20th overall pick, the Dolphins select Greedy Williams out of LSU. Xavien Howard continues to negotiate with the team for a long-term contract, and Miami needs someone to be the Patrick Surtain to Howard's Sam Madison.
Williams is the favorite corner in the draft by some analysts, while other have the likes of Byron Murphy or Deandre Baker above him. Nevertheless, Williams is a solid choice, and he (or one of the other two aforementioned corners) is likely to be available after a trade down. With the depth in the draft in the trenches, spending a 1st rounder on a corner still leaves plenty of talent available for later picks on the lines.
- Luis D. Sung (@LuisDSung)
Pick #13 - Greedy Williams
None of the QBs in this draft are worth a 1st round pick, so, instead, Miami needs a CB opposite of Xavien Howard, and the focus shifts to Greedy Williams. At 6’3’’ tall, 184 pounds, Williams has the size to be an excellent corner in the NFL.
He’s shown a knack for getting to the ball with eight interceptions in two years and 19 pass deflections. He also recorded 71 total tackles in two years showing he’s not afraid to make a tackle when needed.
- Dakota Gabel (@DakotasForrest)
Pick #13 - Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Clelin Ferrell would make a great replacement for Robert Quinn and he can even be used as a Trey Flowers type of player in Miami's new defensive scheme. Ferrell is good against the run and pass, he will immediately boost the Dolphins defensive line.
- Tanner Elliott (@Elliott302Tj)
Pick #17 - Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
With the 13th pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins will be trading down in order to accumulate additional picks. We could see any of the later round teams trying to improve their draft position and give up picks to trade with the Dolphins.
Then, later in the first round, the Dolphins will address their defensive line by selecting Rashan Gary, an edge rusher out of Michigan. He probably won’t last too far into the 20s range of the 1st round, but the Dolphins will effectively fill a need right from the start.
- Ian Berger (@ian693)
This article will try to do the impossible, which is to create some very temporary New England Patriot fans, emphasis on the “very temporary.” This would be a tough task for any fan, but this task is much more difficult for a Dolphins fan as we are a resilient and stubborn group of fans. Let us look at three major points that we should consider when watching the Super Bowl; Brian Flores, Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick.
The most important piece of the Dolphins future will be calling the plays for the Patriots defense come Super Bowl Sunday since Brian Flores will be named the head coach after finishing the Super Bowl. Taking over a new team will be a tough task for Flores but the value and respect that a fresh Super Bowl ring brings to the table cannot be overlooked.
Coach Flores will be a rookie head coach, never holding the sought-after head coach title previously, and he will begin molding this team to fit his vision and with this will come opposition. Players will undoubtedly question if they want to “buy in” to the plan, free agents will question if Miami is a logical destination, and rookies will grow anxious to know if they can flourish here in South Beach.
But, when Flores walks into the building with four Super Bowl rings, one coming from the current season, players will do more than just buy in. The NFL is a “what have you done recently” league, players will look past the old rings, but they will see a bright future in the reflection of a coach’s new one.
Tom Brady, a name that strikes fear into the hearts of every defense in the NFL, is 41 years old and will be 42 if he decides to play next year. Facing doubt and opposition this year, Tom Brady, has taken on the underdog role for the 2018 season.
Yes, this multi-time Super Bowl winner and MVP, has decided to take on the underdog role as laughable as that is. Multiple social media posts and team videos show Tom Brady speak about how the media has doubted him due to his age and surrounding talent. Brady has used this as fuel the entire year. Upon possibly winning the Super Bowl, Brady will have to decide if this will be the time to retire, after being doubted by “everyone,” would it not be sweet to retire after winning on the biggest stage? Hopefully the answer is a resounding yes and hopefully Tom Brady decides this would be the perfect way to end his career. If Brady loses, I don’t see him retiring. Instead, I see him posting more ridiculous “underdog” images and videos for 2020.
The hooded shadowy figure that is Bill Belichick will become the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl, at 67 years old, if he is able to pull this off. Having built the greatest dynasty in sports history, will he be ready to do it again without the most important piece of the puzzle?
Hopefully with Tom Brady retiring, Belichick will have to start anew at the quarterback position, a daunting task for the 67-year-old. Countless time and luck are needed to repeat the success he found in Tom Brady, why not hand the reigns over to Josh McDaniels and ride off into the sunset with Brady?
Cheer for the Patriots and bite the bullet, let Brady and Belichick ride off into the sunset. Meanwhile, Miami will acquire a respected coach coming off a Super Bowl victory and face a division that will have Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and possibly a third rookie quarterback. The race for the AFC East is underway. The old ruler will be gone and the struggle for power will begin. Or, watch the Patriots lose and hope that the best coach of all time and best quarterback of all time somehow don’t win the AFC East division and march back into the playoffs like they have since the year 2000.
The choice is yours.
This story was written by Oliver Candido. Follow him on Twitter: @BrazilCandido
Per reports coming from Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport, looks like Jim Caldwell will be joining Brian Flores and the Miami Dolphins staff. As of now it doesn’t look like Caldwell has a set position. with Breer simply reporting Caldwell will be on the staff with no disclosed position as of yet.
"I expect him to be a part of the staff, but maybe not as OC. Even if Flores had landed Roman or Kingsbury, my understanding is that Caldwell likely still would have been in the mix in an associate head coach-type role."
No matter the position that Coach Caldwell is placed in we should all be excited as Dolphin’s fans.
To emphasize the hire expected to be made by Flores, investigate the staff changes made by Adam Gase. There is a long list of questionable changes made by Gase, but they all fit a similar mold: most of them had a history with Adam Gase but they weren’t winners. Most notably is Dowell Loggains.
Replacing Gase as the offensive coordinator in Chicago, Loggains led a poor offensive attack that lacked any bright spots. Before being the coordinator for the Bears, Loggains was the QB coach while Gase was the coordinator. Together they helped elevate Jay Cutler to his best year, but as Dolphins fans know, this doesn’t translate to wins.
Follow the trail for Loggains in his NFL coaching career and you don’t see playoff wins or championship caliber teams, you can say the same for most of the staff brought in by Adam Gase.
Jim Caldwell yields an impressive resume that boasts three Superbowl appearances and two wins. Caldwell was brought over to the Colts with Tony Dungy from the Buccaneers and held many titles, including QB coach, offensive coordinator, and assistant to the head coach. He was an important part of the staff that assisted in bringing the Lombardi Trophy to Indianapolis in 2007.
Following Tony Dungy’s retirement in 2008, Jim Caldwell was promoted to Head Coach for the 2009 season. In his rookie season the Colts went 14-2 with their two losses coming at the end of the season while they sat their starters. With one of the best regular season campaigns by a rookie head coach, the Colts marched on to the Super Bowl.
Although they were handed a defeat from the Saints, this season showed much promise for the future. Next year they marched right back into the playoffs and this was a common occurrence for Caldwell, making the playoffs twice with the Colts, twice with the Lions, and was the offensive coordinator for the Ravens during their Super Bowl win. Coach Caldwell has proven to be a winner, being an integral part in these Super Bowl campaigns by the Colts and Ravens.
Coach Flores is bringing along respected staff that not only have head coaching experience but are proven winners. Who you surround yourself with speaks volumes to who you are and if Flores wants to make Miami into winners, they need staff and players who know what it means and what it takes to win.
This story was written by Oliver Candido. Follow him on Twitter: @BrazilCandido
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