What will the Dolphins do in this year’s NFL Draft? (Getty Images) Picking 11th overall is a great situation for the Dolphins in next week’s NFL Draft, regardless of who gets taken in the 10 spots ahead of them. While they need significant help on offense, if they can’t get a top quarterback in the first round, they’ll likely snap up a potential defensive game-changer. That’s not a bad worst-case scenario. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock believes it’s an enviable position and his recommendation is that they target Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith or Florida State safety Derwin James. “I think those two kids are special,” Mayock said. “I think they’re home runs. I think they’re plug and play day one, and they solve multiple issues for you on defense.”Linebacker is the more pressing of the two positions for the Dolphins. They have Kiko Alonso coming off a somewhat frustrating season and Raekwon McMillan, who missed … [Read more...] about 2018 NFL Draft: If not a QB, what makes sense for Dolphins in Round 1?
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Cork Gaines, provided by Published 8:39 am, Thursday, April 26, 2018 Otto Greule Jr/Getty For every Peyton Manning or Von Miller in the NFL Draft, there is another former top prospect who didn't pan out. Whether they failed because of injuries, substance abuse, or just poor play, all of these players provide fascinating case studies of the NFL's demanding environment and the fleeting nature of athletic success. Below, read all about the 26 most notorious draft busts from recent NFL history. The group includes seven quarterbacks, 11 players taken among the first five picks, and 24 players who never made a Pro Bowl. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Is Michigan defenive lineman Maurice Hurst a better NFL prospect than Bradley Chubb and Saquon Barkley? Pro Football Focus' Mike Renner and Steve Palazzolo share why they rank Hurst as their best non-quarterback prospect. Media: Sports Illustrated Sam Belden contributed to this post. 26. Maurice Clarett, RB Ed … [Read more...] about The biggest NFL Draft busts of the last 15 years
Imagine four to 10 minutes between pitches, then having to wait months and often years to know whether it was a hit or whiff, a popup or a passed ball, a home run or a balk.No one who watches the NFL draft has any right to complain that baseball games take too long.No one who has listened to virtually year-round media chatter, previews, analysis and predictions can complain about how endless talk about political races and awards shows has made the events themselves anticlimactic.That’s not to dismiss the many various appeals of the draft for viewers, including questioning the insights of Mel Kiper Jr., and the opportunity to watch someone’s years of dedication and hard work result in a one-way ticket to Buffalo or Jacksonville.This year’s draft is set for next Thursday through Saturday. But you surely knew that already.It hasn’t snuck up on anyone in a long time, thanks to what has developed from ESPN first putting the draft on TV in 1980, turning procedure … [Read more...] about NFL draft tries air game with Fox and ABC; ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. talks Bears pick at No. 8
Heisman winner Baker Mayfield has swagger and moxie, they say. (Getty Images) DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins are slotted to draft 11th in the upcoming NFL Draft and of course they may move up and of course they may move down. But do they feel good about 11 players in this draft class? “I was joking with (general manager) Chris (Grier) about this,” Dolphins executive vice president Mike Tannebaum said Wednesday. “If you have the 11th pick there’s eight guys you love. If you’re at the eighth pick, there’s five. That’s just one of the axioms. And look, maybe we end up trading back, you just never know. So I think we feel really good about our preparation and we’ll see how it goes.” The Dolphins need a starting linebacker and starting tight end. Which begs the question: how does Miami feel about those groups in this draft? “I think it’s balanced,” Grier said. “I think there is depth at both those … [Read more...] about What Miami Dolphins think of this NFL draft class
Leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, we'll be taking a look at each of the Philadelphia Eagles' positional groups. We'll determine if the Eagles are likely to select a player at that position with one of their six picks, as well as note some players who make sense. Today we'll look at cornerback.Previous draft preview positional analysisQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endOffensive tackle | Interior offensive line | Defensive end | Defensive tackleLinebackerCornerback is one of the most intriguing positions the Eagles could address in the 2018 NFL Draft, as there are all kinds of possibilities.Even after the release of Daryl Worley, the Eagles are loaded with outside corners, in Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Sidney Jones, and Rasul Douglas. None of the Eagles' corners have extensive experience playing the slot in the NFL, though the team thinks that Mills can handle those responsibilities if need be.Still, it … [Read more...] about Eagles 2018 NFL Draft preview: Cornerback