|Miami Dolphins 2011 NFL Draft Review|
|By Scott Garbarini, NFL Editor|
1 - Mike Pouncey, C, Florida (6-5, 303);
2 - Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State (6-0, 230);
4 - Edmond Gates, WR, Abilene Christian (6-0, 192);
6 - Charles Clay, TE, Tulsa (6-3, 245);
7 - Frank Kearse, DE, Alabama A&M (6-4, 315);
7 - Jimmy Wilson, CB, Montana (5-11, 193)
Top Pick Analysis: After getting inconsistent play out of the interior of the offensive line last season, the Dolphins made one of the safest selections in the draft in grabbing Pouncey, the twin brother of Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey, with the 15th overall pick. Like his brother, he's very nimble and can explode out of his stance and should start right away. Miami was without its original second-round choice due to last year's trade for Brandon Marshall, but moved up from the third to No. 62 to take the powerful Thomas, who stands to become the team's feature back with both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams headed to free agency. Gates is a blazer who burst onto the scene by running a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash at the combine, but is extremely raw and will need time to develop.
Best Value Pick: Clay had nearly 200 catches during his collegiate career and is very versatile, having lined up at tight end, H-back and even tailback at Tulsa. He could surprise as a seam-stretching tight end to complement blocking specialist Anthony Fasano.
We Question Why: The Dolphins didn't at least find some competition for inconsistent quarterback Chad Henne in the draft, though signing a veteran free agent isn't out of the question.
Summary: With an outstanding defense already in place, Miami was smart to focus on giving Henne a better supporting cast. Sure, a franchise quarterback would have been nice, but GM Jeff Ireland should get some credit for staying true to the board and obtaining two good prospects in Pouncey and Thomas instead of reaching for one.
FINAL GRADE: B-