With the 25th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select...[insert name]. The truth is that, there is no external consensus as to who the Fins will pick on Saturday, April 25th. In order to understand what choices many mock drafters have put out there, we will list the players others chose to go at the 25th pick:
- WalterFootball.com - Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
- NFL Draft Dog - Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois
- Draft King - Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
- NFL Draft Blitz - James Laurinaitis, MLB, Ohio State
- Scott Wright's Draft Countdown - Everette Brown, OLB, Florida State
- Sporting News - Clint Sintim, ILB, Virginia
- NFL Draft Site - Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
- FFToolbox.com - Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
- National Football Post - Sean Smith, CB/FS, Utah
- Football's Future - Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
- Scout.com - Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State
- About.com - Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois
Vontae Davis, Larry English and Percy Harvin are the only players who were predicted to go to Miami by more than one mock draft. Another clear trend is the fact that many mock drafts believe that Miami will either select a Cornerback, Linebacker, or Wide Receiver - positions that definitely need to be addressed somehow.
Going with the most popular pick, Vontae Davis, we had predicted him as a potential pick earlier in the year and are optimistic about the skills he brings to the table. Speed, physicality, and solid route coverage are the three areas where Davis excels. His addition could bolster Miami's secondary to an even tougher unit, with the current presence of Yeremiah Bell and Gibril Wilson.
At the OLB position, Larry English portrays some of the same upsides that Vontae Davis does at his position. English is fast, athletic and has fierce instincts. He may not be great at pass coverage or have a lot to show in the height department, but his overall skill package is good enough to be considered a first round pick. Adding English would be great for the Linebacker core, as Channing Crowder and Joey Porter will have some young company to assist with their duties.
I'm not too sure on LB being such a crucial position to address, to the point that we pick one in the 1st round, but if English proves worthy of Parcell's approval then he'll be on his way down to South Florida come April 25th.
Percy Harvin - there's a funny story about this. I had criticized Draft King for predicting that Harvin would be selected by the Dolphins on the basis that he was "too good" to pass up on earlier in the 1st round. I had also promised Draft King that I "will officially write a blog post praising Draft King for their expertise." That bet online is still on and I have no problem giving Draft King props because Percy Harvin could be a useful play maker in Miami, at least in my eyes. It looks like Harvin at # 25 is not such an irrational pick after all, as a matter of fact, he may even drop to the 2nd round.
One thing that's for sure is the Miami needs to fill in many holes if they hope to compete in the AFC East this time around. Tom Brady will be back and ready to play; Terrell Owens will be lined up on the opposite end of the line of scrimmage for quite a few times; and the Jets defense will be re-tooled with the likes of Calvin Pace, Bart Scott, Lito Sheppard, and Jim Leonhard. On top of it all, the Fins have arguably the toughest schedule in the NFL next season.