Thursday, April 28, 2005

First Choice: Running Back

- from the official site of the Miami Dolphins

The Nick Saban era in South Florida officially kicked off as the NFL held its 70th annual Draft. In the first round, the Dolphins selected running back Ronnie Brown from Auburn University. Miami selected defensive end Matt Roth from Iowa in the second round. The Dolphins drafted linebacker Channing Crowder from the University of Florida in the third round. In the fourth round, Miami selected cornerback Travis Daniels from Louisiana State. The Dolphins drafted offensive tackle Anthony Alabi from Texas Christian in the fifth round. In the seventh round, Miami selected defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson from Michigan State.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

TARGETING:

- from FOXSports.com

The team likely will target the best player available with its first pick, which could be Michigan WR Braylon Edwards or one of two quarterbacks: Cal's Aaron Rodgers or Utah's Alex Smith. Though the Dolphins have a good group of receivers, new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan emphasizes throwing downfield. Getting Edwards would give Miami exceptional depth at receiver and allow it to run the three-receiver alignments Linehan prefers. Smith is a favorite of Linehan, who recruited him in college, but has to learn to play under center rather than in the shotgun. The Dolphins also have scouted former Florida State QB Adrian McPherson, who put on a show at his workout but is dogged by gambling allegations from his college days and will be a mid- to late-round pick.

If the Dolphins don't take a running back in the first round, Cal's J.J. Arrington or Florida's Ciatrick Fason could be options at No. 70. Through the rest of the draft, look for the Dolphins to rebuild an aging defense with an emphasis on linebacker, safety and tackle. Saban would like to get a linebacker/end similar to the Patriots' Mike Vrabel who would allow the team to switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Draft

The draft is beginning soon and this is the first time that it will be happening under Nick Saban as new coach for the Dolphins. What are we to expect from his choices?

This is Saban’s first year participating in football on the league level. Before his newly acquired five-year contract with the Dolphins, Saban was coaching on the college level for some 26 years. Most recently, Saban was head coach for Louisiana State University.

Saban has had a very prolific career coaching college ball, only being on a losing team for 3 years of his stint as a coach. Lets hope he can do just as well acquiring us a winning team.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Draft Party

For all Dolphins fans, to be right there amidst the action put this tidbit on you calendar. The Dolphins will be hosting their annual Draft Party at the Shula Steak 2 on April 23rd from 11-4. The event is completely free and it gives the fans a chance to get a little more intimate with the players being the plays. Players will be signing autographs and the first steps to developing a new team will unfold right before your eyes. Coach Nick Saban, new to the franchise, will also contribute to the event.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Pre-Draft Press Conference

- from the official site of the Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins Head Coach Nick Saban will hold a pre-draft press availability on Thursday, April 7, at 4:30 p.m. (ET). Dol-Fans can watch live, streaming video of the press conference only on MiamiDolphins.com.