The reality of it all now: that's in the past and the draft marks the present and future. We must move on now.
As Dolfans we must appreciate last year's performance, but not dwell on it. 2009 is a new year, a tougher season, and an uphill battle that should be taken one game at a time. The 2009 NFL Draft will help reinforce some of the weak spots in our offense, defense, and special teams. With plenty of draft picks on our side, thanks to trades and deals made last year, we have a good chance to choose some solid players.
Here's our draft order:
- Round 1, Pick 25 (25th overall)
- Round 2, Pick 12 (44th overall)
- Round 2, Pick 24 (56th overall)
- Round 3, Pick 23 (87th overall)
- Round 4, Pick 8 (108th overall)
- Round 5, Pick 25 (161st overall)
- Round 6, Pick 8 (181st overall)
- Round 7, Pick 5 (214th overall)
- Round 7, Pick 28 (237th overall)
Don't be surprised to see pick swaps and/or pick-for-player trades by the Dolphins. Parcells seems to have considerable mastery over the NFL Draft and has a good sense of what is worth and not worth a draft choice.
It will be a long weekend, but I'm confident that the Dolphins can make picks, even late in the draft, that will ultimately improve the team this season. Look at Yeremiah Bell (6th Round) Channing Crowder (3rd Round), and Kendall Langford (3rd Round) - just to name a few.
Check back at the end of this Draft weekend and we'll recap the picks, evaluate the talent, and foresee our post-draft potential.