The Miami Dolphins may have had one of the most uneventful NFL Drafts but they did address their needs. Picking up the best offensive lineman available isn’t exactly earth shattering to the Miami fan base but Miami did address a key need. Sometimes the most innocuous drafts turn out to be the best.
Miami Dolphins first NFL Draft pick and 28th overall Jared Odrick.
Jared Odrick,a defensive tackle from Penn State, addresses Miami’s difficulties with stopping the run. Odrick will be expected to jump in and be a disruptive force on the interior line. Odrick knows how to cause chaos at the point of attack and should not have trouble jumping up to the NFL. Odrick will play in his first NFL season and may actually start before the end of the NFL season.
Miami Dolphins second NFL Draft pick and 40th overall Koa Misi.
Koa Misi, a defensive end from Utah, further addresses defensive line issues. With Jason Taylor leaving the team, Misi could step right in. Misi has some excellent speed around the outside and once he gets going, he can’t be slowed down. Misi will make the team in his first NFL season and be used in passing downs and as a sub.
Miami Dolphins third NFL Draft pick and 73rd overall John Jerry.
John Jerry, an offensive tackle from Mississippi, addresses yet another need for Miami. Jerry will be a back up for the offensive line when they tire during 13 play drives. Jerry has good hands and good foot work for a big man. Jerry will see action the 2010 NFL season.
Miami Dolphins fourth NFL Draft pick and 119th overall AJ Edds.
AJ Edds, a linebacker from Iowa, has great tackling ability but lacks the ability to make a bone jarring hit. Edds will find his way onto the special teams if he can’t catch on as a linebacker. Miami will keep Edds on the team and he will see playing time in his first NFL season.
Miami Dolphins fifth NFL Draft pick and 145th overall Nolan Carroll.
Nolan Carroll, a cornerback from Maryland, is more of a physical corner than a cover corner. That means Carroll is known for stuffing the receiver and badgering them off their route. Carroll has qualities that don’t always translate to the box score but he can be an asset. Carroll will make the team but may have to serve time on special teams in his first NFL season.
Miami Dolphins sixth NFL Draft pick and 163rd overall Reshad Jones.
Reshad Jones, a safety from Georgia, is a great coverage safety and had 11 interceptions in his collegiate career. Jones, for all of his great coverage assets is seriously lacking in the tackling department. Jones is reluctant to help out on the run and has trouble in pursuit. Once Jones gets to the runner he has no pop in his tackle. Jones has a chance to make Miami as a special team contributor in his first NFL season.
Miami Dolphins seventh NFL Draft pick and 212th overall Chris McCoy.
Chris McCoy, defensive lineman from Middle Tennessee State, is from a small school and that doesn’t have to be a negative for him. McCoy was a defensive lineman but will most likely end up as a linebacker. McCoy knows how to drop back in coverage already, so the adjustment to linebacker should be smooth. McCoy might make the Miami roster in his first NFL season and he may have to do some time on the practice squad.
Miami Dolphins eighth NFL Draft pick and 252nd overall Austin Spitler.
Austin Spitler, a linebacker for Ohio State, has an opportunity to make the team as the last pick but of course, the team signed free agents also. Spitler has a ton of heart and that makes him a perfect candidate to make special teams. Spitler will make the Dolphins as a special team player and ease into the linebacker corps in his first NFL season.
NFL Network NFL Draft live coverage April 22-24, 2010.
ESPN TV NFL Draft live coverage April 22-24, 2010.
NFL.com player profiles.