It may have been a shortened week, but we ramped up the content here at MDD with the start of two series, looking forward at what to expect from the Dolphins’ Year Two players and looking back at some of Miami’s best and worst draft picks. Here’s a recap:
MDD assistant editor Chad Pullen has been ranking the best and worst draft picks in Dolphins franchise history. This week, he unveiled the picks, starting at No. 10 with cornerbacks Sam Madison and Jamar Fletcher. At No. 9, Pullen went in the time machine to revel in the pick of WR Mark Duper, but lament the selection of RB John Avery.
This week, MDD began analyzing what to expect from the Dolphins sophomores — the second-year players in the midst of their first full offseason. The performance of these players is crucial to Miami’s season.
TE Michael Egnew, from all indications, has had a solid offseason, but he will have more competition this year with newcomers Dion Sims and Dustin Keller. Can he live up to his receiving potential? MDD Editor Kevin Fishbain on Egnew’s Year Two.
OLB Josh Kaddu was a nonfactor in his rookie season, appearing in only four games, but as the roommate of Dolphins first-round pick Dion Jordan, could have an extra role. Pullen on what to expect from Kaddu, on and off the field, in his second season.
OLT Jonathan Martin got the confidence from his club that he is the starter on the blind side, but can he be the long-term solution in protecting Ryan Tannehill? Martin’s play may be scrutinized the most this season of the sophomores, and Fishbain looks at what Martin needs to do to succeed in Year Two.
DE Olivier Vernon ended the first week of the MDD Sophomore Series. The pass rusher showed some flashes as a rookie, and Pullen writes about how the draft pick of Jordan affects Vernon in Year Two.
We concluded our week, as we always do, with John Blair’s “Inside the War Room.” This week, Blair explained why Alabama QB A.J. McCarron will be the steal of the 2014 draft, broke down some of the top tackle prospects, introduced us to a small-school tight end and much more from the world of college football.